A few weeks ago, we started noticing that our microwave wasn’t working very well. At first I thought it might have been operator error, because we had a lot on our minds and possibly not thinking clearly, and maybe we weren’t programming it right. But it seemed like everything was starting to take twice as long as it should have taken.
I kind of had a love/hate relationship with my microwave. It was used several times a day for a variety of foods and ingredients, and saved me a lot of time…which I loved! We basically used it to heat water for jello or a cup of tea, melt butter, reheat leftovers, bake potatoes, maybe heat up vegetables from a can, and make popcorn.
The last time I used it, I was
baking microwaving potatoes. Ten minutes for two large baking potatoes. Timed perfectly to be ready when the tenderloin was through roasting. While I was standing there watching the potatoes go around in circles inside the microwave, I was thinking “Am I bad for wanting this thing to die so I can have my counter space back?
Apparently, Karma must have thought so, because it took three full 10 minute cycles before those potatoes were done and fork tender, ready for butter.
Death of a Microwave
The deceased microwave was a pretty shade of red and the medium size was perfect. It looked kind of nice sitting on the counter. But it took up too much space in my small kitchen. A new microwave is only a short trip away if we decide to get another one, but we are trying to be more selective about what goes on the counter. I have to tell you though, we are digging the extra counter space.
I actually remember life BEFORE microwaves, so I knew it was possible to live without that modern convenience. We have a couple of sauce pans that we can use to easily heat water for tea or jello making, or to reheat things like soup, stew and vegetables with a little water or broth on the stove top.
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Baked potatoes are now going to require some thought. They can actually be baked in a regular kitchen stove oven. Who would have thunk it? Or in my slow cooker, if I can remember to get them started in the morning. Or in a electric pressure cooker, if I don’t. We also have a NuWave Oven, which lives on the counter. Which is why we didn’t really have enough space for the microwave. It works great for baked potatoes, too.
Funny thing is, we much prefer mashed potatoes. The baked potatoes were basically out of pure laziness. Yes, I said it….
NuWave Oven Reheating Leftovers
Other things like leftover casseroles heat beautifully in a pie pan, meats on a baking sheet and dinner rolls on the rack heat in a matter of minutes in the NuWave Oven. It might take a few minutes longer in a regular oven, but it works too. Hubby rarely used the microwave for reheating . He swore that foods actually tasted better reheated in either the oven or NuWave Oven.
We also like to grill hotdogs in the Nuwave Oven for a quick lunch, with a little foil pan of leftover chili (or sauted peppers and onions) to dress up the hotdogs, or baked beans to serve on the side. We prefer the hotdogs grilled instead of boiled or microwaved.
The NuWave Oven isn’t just for reheating leftovers and grilling hotdogs. We frequently roast tenderloins, chicken, turkey breasts and vegetables in it. Small casseroles bake well, as do small cakes, muffins and desserts on occasion. We cook coconut shrimp or fish sticks and fries for a quick and easy meal. It’s also kind of like an over-sized air fryer, which is pretty cool.
We are trying to cut back on our snacking, or at least making healthier choices. (Hmmm, we had that discussion just before the microwave bit the dust…coincidence?) Popcorn has multiple health benefits; whole grains, fiber and antioxidants all in one. It’s the toppings that can turn it in to junk food; oil, salt, sugar and rich flavorings. Just saying…as I get back on the subject with the demise of the microwave.
The big thing to re-learn was how to cook popcorn. Hubby did a fine job making a nice size bowl for snacking tonight. It’s going to take a couple of times though to get it perfect, but it was delicious! However, Santa may be slipping an electric Hot Air Popper under the tree.
But the microwave? We are missing it less and less each day, and now I’m kind of thinking we could do without one permanently.