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Please Welcome Me to the *Twentieth* Century

Monday, January 09, 2012

So.... drumroll, please...

Today I acquired a microwave!

I know, I know... most of you are probably asking how I reached 2012 without one. I did have a microwave when I lived with my girlfriend, or roommates, but I haven't ever had one in my own studio. Which means I lived without a microwave for the past 3 years, and for about 3 years in the early 2000's.

You ask why I chose to live like such a Luddite? Well, it started out as kind of a crunchy-granola-DIY pride thing, like a sort of "slow food" badge of pride before the term "slow food" existed. Then, for this second round of microwave-less living, I kind of just never got around to buying one. That's the short answer, I guess.

But I've been feeling like there's times I'd eat healthier if I had one. So I've been meaning to bring over PARVUS' spare microwave (yes, she had two), and tonight we finally got that organized.

So now I can quickly reheat things like a normal person, stock up on frozen meals (ideally but not necessarily homemade ones), or defrost some frozen chicken if I darn well please. I can quickly make up a breakfast with an EGG on a WEEKDAY!!! Wooohooo! I can even make... GASP!... microwave popcorn! I can make an ear of fresh corn and not have to wash a pot! AMAZING!

WIsh me luck, feel free to check up on me to make sure I'm not living off of TV dinners, and let me know if you have any favorite tips for extremely quick, microwave breakfasts!

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  • GRACEMCDOG
    My mother-in-law who, according to my husband, is one of the worst cooks in the world, gave me a great tip for doing baked potatoes in the Meecro Wahv (that's how we say it at my house...with a phony French accent. I don't know why.)

    Anyway, depending on the size of the spud, let's pretend it's kind of a medium-sized one, nuke it for 3 minutes, open the door, turn it, nuke it for 3-4 more minutes. (of course, if you have one of those fancy ones with a carousel you can skip that step.) Take it out and wrap it tightly in aluminum foil. Let it sit for 10 minutes. You may have to play with the cooking times a little bit. You want it to feel almost-but-not-quite done when it goes into the foil.
    3158 days ago
  • MYOWNHERO
    I love making big ol' pots of vegetable soup, then portion it out in freezer safe containers. I grab them in the morning on my way to work...hard to imagine life without that MW!
    3180 days ago
  • TWEETYKC00
    Have you tried making your favorite kind of chili in a nice big batch? Even making a roast or something and then set up lates that you can use in the microwave later. You can set up the plates with your veggies and meat, whatever you want and then just pull the plate and enjoy!
    3183 days ago
  • ZENMIND7
    Thanks, SCREWIE! Yes, my plan is to make some readymade homecooked meals and freeze individual portions. Hopefully I can get around to making the first batch this weekend. What's your favorite thing to cook up large batches of and freeze?

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    3183 days ago
  • SCREWIE
    Welcome to the 20th Century Zen :)))

    I am in awe of how you managed without a microwave. Years ago I was dead against them myself, but since being given one about 17 years ago I haven't looked back.
    My first microwave was passed on to me by a friend who had upgraded hers so it wasn't new, but it still served me fine for almost 16 years until about a year ago.
    When it popped its clogs I was in a panic for a week or so until I could get a new one.
    My new MW is actually a combination thingy but it's only in the past month or so that I have started exploring its oven and grill functions. I am amazed, the oven is far better than my conventional one! So far I have roasted potatoes and some meats in it, all yummy.
    I agree with conventional steaming methods being better for the veggies, but I find that with a microwave I can do lovely crispy veg in a couple of minutes. I put them in a bowl with a few drops of water, cover the bowl with tight clingfilm and heat on full power for two minutes. Then I leave them there to steam until I am ready to eat and by then they are lovely and crunchy (still almost raw but I like them that way).

    I also love my microwave for my own ready meals: I cook in huge batches, then freeze individual portions. When I can't be bothered to cook all I need to do is open the freezer and pick one of the meals to go in the MW, ready for my lunch or dinner in 10 minutes.

    I very rarely have hot breakfasts but when I do it's a fry up, so I can't help with that :D
    3184 days ago
  • MCJULIEO
    How easily we have become so dependent on our microwaves! I can't imagine life without it....
    3185 days ago
  • ZENMIND7
    Thanks for your comments, everyone!

    This morning I enjoyed some tasty Morningstar vegetarian breakfast sausages, along with some blueberries. Yeah, adding some whole wheat toast or oatmeal would have really rounded the meal out, but one can only ask for so much [of me] when I'm rushing to work in the AM.

    I like my new (to me) microwave!

    SEASONSCHANGE, I hear you about avoiding the steamer bags. Thanks! Do you mean that all veggies should be kept out of the microwave? Really? Or just to avoid the special "steam in the bag" variety? (I'm going to try to keep plastic out of the microwave, period.)
    3186 days ago
  • ALPHAPREP
    Too funny! I got rid of mine when we moved and haven't gotten my new one yet. It keeps me from snacking easily during the day, but I really miss heating up my oatmeal - and more importantly, my coffee in the morning if I'm too slow to drink it. Enjoy!
    3186 days ago
  • PHEBESS
    My fave is microwave oatmeal - stick half a cup of oatmeal into a mug, add a cup of water, microwave on high for 2 minutes and let it sit in the microwave while you go take a shower. Then, take it out, add raisins and almonds, or cinnamon, or whatever - texture is perfect! Not too creamy, not overcooked, plenty of nuttiness to it!
    3186 days ago
  • RAINSTORM17
    Well about time emoticon Now you can make a quick meal instead of grabbing junk. Enjoy!
    3186 days ago
  • no profile photo CD7675529
    Glad you're up with the times. :o)

    Stay away from steamer veggie bags. The microwave kills a lot of the nutrients. It's still best to steam veggies in the old fashioned steamer. Plus, frozen veggies are cheaper by not buying the steamer bags.

    Happy cooking.
    3186 days ago
  • EVER-HOPEFUL
    you might not have a pan to wash but you might have a whole microwave to clean if the ear of corn explodes,lol.donĀ“t feel so bad i have got a microwave either my husband is dead against them though i would have loved one when the kids were small to heat up their bottles for the midnights feeds instead of waiting for the water to boil then cool again.have fun. emoticon
    3186 days ago
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