Here are the top ten questions I asked myself before taking the giant step into the unknown.....my world without a microwave......(If there was music set to this post it would be set to horror music.)
1. Will warming things up the "old fashioned" way zap away precious minutes out of my day?
2. Will we have the patience to wait for the burner to warm up and then wait for the food to warm too?
3. Will I be able to keep up with the extra pots and pans that will need washing?
4. Can I in good conscience continue to artificially warm up the kids food?
5. Can I really stand to burn my tongue one more time on an unevenly heated meal?
6. Can I continue to take a bite out of a meal that seems to be heated all the way through only to find out it's ice cold in the middle?
7. Is it healthy to daily expose ourselves to the harmful waves emmitting from the microwave?
8. Can I really stand to feed my family food that after being microwaved kinda, sorta, well........tastes different? (Microwaved chicken is gross!)
9. Can I live with melting a few tablespoons of butter for the recipe I'm working on (that calls for melted butter) in a pot on the stove?
10. Do I have the time for this lifestyle change????
Well, the answer to the last question is, yes!
9. I can melt butter on the stove. Is it more convenient to melt it in 5 seconds? Yes. But thirty seconds isn't bad either and it's healthier.
8. No, I could not stand to feed the kids, or myself, anymore strange tasting food.
7. It can't possibly be healthy.
6. Some food wasn't meant to be eaten cold once cooked. Yuk!
5. If I burn my tongue one more time I'm throwing that microwave out!! Oh look, that's exactly what I did!
4. No. This didn't sit well with me. Microwaving plastic wrapped around our food doesn't sound good to me.
3. Yes, there really isn't more than 1 or 2 extra pots or pans every couple days if that. We rarely have left overs.:)
2. This took some geting used to, but we adjusted to waiting the extra minute or two as opposed to the 10 to 30 seconds we were used to. Literally one or two extra minutes is all it takes to make a healthier choice.
1. It might take an extra 10 minutes out of my day to do it the" old fashioned" way.
So, how 'bout you?
Warning: Children may whine and complain for a few days, maybe even weeks, till they get used to this "new" idea.
Oh, and one more tip. I put my microwave in the garage for 6 months, just in case we couldn't handle it, before I got rid of it. Baby steps.