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i don't own one. i wanted my Mom to return the 1 she got me for Christmas several years ago.
yins guys like microwaves or prefer other ways of making your foods?
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Old 08-05-2009, 11:32 PM
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I do not use to prep my foods, but sure is convinient for a quick worm up. Couldn't do without one.
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Old 08-05-2009, 11:37 PM
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Default Re: to microwave or not to microwave?

microwaves have their place in a kitchen and are a very useful tool, but i usually don't consider them as a device which can make a meal. rather, they help prep or finish things such as pre-cooking potatoes, quick defrosting proteins, or reheating leftovers.

as far as any health dangers are concenerned, well, that's just bs. so long as the faraday cage (the metal frame and door) are not damaged or cracked, there's nothing to worry about. ok, except for superheating water, but that has more to do with van der waal's forces of water.
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it is another tool in my kitchen that i couldnt live without.

i use it everyday. it heats my coffee all day long.
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What Buckytom said. The microwave oven is a tool, not a way of life. It's great for melting butter and chocolate, reheating coffee, making a cup of tea, heating soup, etc. etc. And the microwave is tough to beat for reheating many leftovers, from casseroles to steak, IF you learn to use it properly.
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lol, like don't throw a grease pencil in a nuker and turn it on high unless you plan on throwing out the microwave after calling the fire dept. to tell them not to come.

i did that as a kid when i worked in a boigah king one spring.
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also dont microwave a grape
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Don't microwave a whole egg in the shell either!
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I agree with all the others, Luvs, and I think it's a tool you would use. It's a great time saver - melting butter, boiling water, re-heating leftovers, melting cheese, defrosting some things, making a quick baked potato, corn on the cob in the shucks, making ramen. It keeps your kitchen cooler and less dishes because you can usually heat it right in the dish you serve in and fewer pots to clean. I use mine many times a day as a tool in cooking.
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Oh, and never nuke a giant jawbreaker! It will seriously screw up your microwave.
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I wouldn't want to try to live without mine!
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I agree with all the others, Luvs, and I think it's a tool you would use. It's a great time saver - melting butter, boiling water, re-heating leftovers, melting cheese, defrosting some things, making a quick baked potato, corn on the cob in the shucks, making ramen. It keeps your kitchen cooler and less dishes because you can usually heat it right in the dish you serve in and fewer pots to clean. I use mine many times a day as a tool in cooking.
Oh YEAH! A microwave is invaluable for Ramen in 6 minutes! I love it!

Great for the first step of twice baked potatoes too.

And there are some really good microwaveable instant snacks like Hot Pockets, etc.
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I've goofed around with a glass measuring cup, a teaspoon of oil, and some popcorn kernels and made fast and easy popcorn for one. Kind of fun.
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And there are some really good microwaveable instant snacks like Hot Pockets, etc.
Great point! We do the frozen eggrolls, taquitos, burritos, corn dogs, sausage biscuits, etc. When Luvs is running late for school or work - she can still nuke something to eat in the car.
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Old 08-06-2009, 01:17 AM
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Great point! We do the frozen eggrolls, taquitos, burritos, corn dogs, sausage biscuits, etc. When Luvs is running late for school or work - she can still nuke something to eat in the car.

I LOVE the Jimmy Dean's Sausage and Biscuit in the nuker first thing in the morning! A perfect microwave dish.

And re-heating Krystals in the microwave is awesome!
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Old 08-06-2009, 02:18 AM
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I wouldn't be without my microwave. Defrosting stuff is a good use. We also use to baked potatoes & making hot chocolate. DW's dinner gets warmed as well when she gets home.
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i seriously wouldnt be without mine either

but if you are considering a microwave, consider the redneck microwave..lol

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Yeah! What most everyone else said. For me I use the feature of turning the power down quite a lot. It keeps things from cooking on the outside and being frozen on the inside.
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Old 08-06-2009, 08:24 AM
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i don't own one. i wanted my Mom to return the 1 she got me for Christmas several years ago.
yins guys like microwaves or prefer other ways of making your foods?
To shun the microwave is like shunning the automobile as a tool to get you from point A to point B when your current transportation is a horse. Yes, both will get you where you want to go, but why would you ignore such a powerful time saver as this is? I'm only piping in here because my nephew was fed the anti-microwave meal when he went to culinary school in Pittsburgh, yet when he did his externship at the Ritz Carlton, the kitchen had several of them, as did each subsequent kitchen he worked in.

No, they will not give you pretty finished meals like an oven will, but there are many times when I've come home to frozen food and was still able to have dinner within an hour. Sorry, but "no nukes in the kitchen" is not a good mindset to embrace. Would you refuse to use one for an employer? I didn't think so. Then why deny yourself the convenience?

BTW, all new construction and renovation of kitchens in single family homes include a built-in microwave. It is "expected" to be there when the buyer walks through, and points are deducted when doing side-by-side comparisons of properties if it is missing. I believe it is also a line item in the description of a home's accessories in the Multiple Listing Service (MLS).
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90% of my nuke use is to reheat left overs. Getting used to the settings can be a big help. I use medium ranges to better warm food. High is too powerful a setting for most things. I have even used the low setting to warm food.
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Im with alot of the responses here... invaluable as a reaheater/ defroster

to actually cook stuff... not so much
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i'm kinda stubborn, guys. i'm not swayed enough to get 1. we don't have the room. i have a kitchen that is connected to my living room.
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Luvs, microwaves come in all sizes and can be quite compact. See if someone will let you borrow theirs for a week and that way you will know if you like it. Or, look on Craig's List and buy a really inexpensive one. You should be able to find one for $20 or so. If you don't like it, sell it or donate it.

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Good brands of Microwave's are cheap today. I have two, a small one in the office for tenants to use with a small refrigerator and a larger one in our kitchen. We use it for the standard things like defrosting, steaming vegetables, heating soups and left overs etc. I think the one in the office was about $50 and the kitchen about $80 or so. Both are GE but there are many other good brands. They are actually cheap enough now to consider them a disposable item if they break.
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just give in and get one already, luvs. giiiive iiiiinnnn. join uuuussssssss.

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