Thursday, November 05, 2009

Update on Microwave Free Living

Over 6 months ago, our microwave died and at the time we decided not to replace it. It wasn't cuz of any enviromental issues or even money, tho its been nice to not spend $$ we could use for other essentials on replacing it. No, it was cuz I wanted the COUNTER SPACE!!! Living with a tiny, tiny apt kitchen, counter space is at a premium.

I always knew that if it got soooooooooo bad, that we could indeed get another micro. But suprisingly, we haven't missed it much. I mean really, there are alternatives to heating up water in the micro. Who knew? Only 2 or 3 occasions has it been a major inconvenience. But not enough of an inconvenience to make me want to give up my beloved counter space for a space hogging micro.

So what have I learned from this experiment? That water does boil on the stove in a pot. That air popped popcorn doesn't burn. That you have to plan ahead if you want to make baked potatoes in the oven--it takes an hour! And that micro dinners/lunches cooked in the oven just don't taste the same.

I don't know that I'll ever go back to having that space hog appliance in my kitchen again. It's been a good thing!


Deryk and Jo said...

BUT...if you had a micro that didn't take up any counter space and was mounted conveniently above the stove...might you just go back? I love ours for the same reason you hated yours! :)

gail said...

you are so right, joanna! if it was built in it wouldn't be a problem at all.

Diana said...

I ended up putting my microwave on a kitchen island to make more space, but then I had room for a kitchen island. I think I'd be alright without it, but it does make re-heating leftovers so much more convenient.

Alicia, The Snowflake said...

We have one that I would love to get rid of. It cooks things too fast. We always have to adjust the cooking time and I still haven't figured out how to pop popcorn w/out it burning. Oh well, maybe I'll get one of those air poppers. I've heard they're good.

I've missed you lately. Hope all is well!

Anonymous said...

It would be very difficult for us to live without a microwave! I made "rice bags" that we heat up constantly to hold on our laps or on our feet. Our house is plenty warm, we're just spoiled! And I don't like air-popped popcorn because the salt won't stick to it! (If you don't add butter, that is.)
Cousin Joy