In the purging of most of our possessions, Brad and I decided to ditch our microwave. The first reason was to be more minimalist. Why do we need another appliance to do a job that we can do without it? Then I began to come across posts on blogs and other websites of others who had given up their microwaves for health reasons such as Red and Honey - Bidding Farewell to the Microwave Oven (the most recent blog I have discovered and fallen in love with), Keeper of the Home - Life Without a Microwave (a woman who's opinion I hold in high regard), and Naturally Knocked Up - Are Microwaves Dangerous to Your Health? (who's post is a little more informative).
I am not going to try and convince you whether or not microwaves are safe. There has been much controversy and discussion over the years. I encourage you to read about it and make a decision for yourself. A website article I read can be found at Global Healing Center - The Proven Dangers of Microwave Ovens which was in my opinion informative and research and facts based.
I don't know if this is proven, but I found it amusing.
Instead I am going to tell you how we live without it. Here is what we used a microwave for and our new alternatives.
Cooking vegetables --> Steam them in a pot or fry them in a frying pan on the stove
Reheating left overs --> In a pot on the stove or in the toaster oven (we LOVE our toaster oven)
Melting food items (chocolate, butter) --> In a pot/makeshift double boiler on the stove or in the toaster oven
Defrosting --> Bring it out a day or two ahead or use a sink of water
Clock --> Clock on the wall
Timer --> Cellphone timer
Having grown up with a microwave and probably using it daily, I was surprised how easy it was to give up. I don't miss it one bit. And I love all the extra counter space! We have a grand total of 5 feet of counter top (I measured), and the microwave used to take up 2 feet of it.
Do you have a microwave oven?
PS - If you will do me the courtesy of allowing myself some selfishness, I have a favour to ask of all of you. Brad and I entered a photo contest with RW&Co to win a shopping spree. I found out today that we are in the top 12 finalists. Voting begins tomorrow, so if you are a RW&Co.nnection member (or don't mind becoming one for a good cause) on their website, please vote for us starting tomorrow (October 7-16th)! As some of you know, my husband is currently going to school for his Bachelor of Education. Winning this shopping spree would really help us out to build him a professional wardrobe for upcoming practicums and his future career. Thanks!
This is the photo... (he's wearing a RW&Co vest)