Getting Rid of the Microwave

Another appliance has gotten the boot from our home. We are now microwave free.

I’ve been wanting to get rid of that thing for a long time, really. I just couldn’t imagine how I would survive without it! How would I reheat leftovers?

I don’t know exactly what it was that made me uneasy about using a microwave. Maybe the term “Nuke it” just didn’t sit right with me when talking about my food. There’s something inherently wrong with radiating what we eat, on purpose. I found myself hesitant to stand in front of the microwave when it was in use, and I always turned it sideways away from the kids.

Why did I feel this way? Intuition? Maybe a misunderstanding of how it works?

It doesn’t really matter. After reading this article from Dr. Mercola, I was convinced it wasn’t worth the risk. Even if this is unsubstantiated nonsense, which I doubt, there is still nothing lost by tossing the microwave for good.

I thought I’dΒ  just give it a trial run to start off with, to see how inconvenienced we would be without it for a week.Β  But it has been about six weeks now and I haven’t missed it one bit. Actually, I’m relieved it’s gone.

Now, we use either the stovetop or the toaster oven to heat stuff up. Yeah, it might take 3-4 min. to have a hot meal… but who needs to be eating in 30 seconds anyways? If that’s you, it might be time to reevaluate the pace at which you are living!

Kendra
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A city girl learning to homestead on an acre of land in the country. Wife and homeschooling mother of four. Enjoying life, and everything that has to do with self sufficient living.

35 Comments

  1. I’ve been micro free for three years. I must admit I will be glad to get one this month. Still tv free. 15 years and counting. That’s never coming back!

  2. I have researched on websites about the dangers of microwave ovens and, also, my colleague at work told me that she does not like them and she told me that they are not good to use, because of radiation that is not good for the food.

    Therefore, I decided to get rid of the microwave oven that I used to have. If I want to heat my leftover food, I prefer to use a conventional stove oven.

    How truly very sad that so many people do not know the dangers of microwave ovens.

  3. We’ve been without a microwave for YEARS. Fifteen, at least. You wouldn’t believe the people who would come to visit and not have any idea for an alternative way to cook their potluck contribution or warm the baby’s bottle. They all thought I was crazy. πŸ˜‰

  4. I came upon your wonderful blog after a google search of “getting rid of the microwave.” It’s nice to see I’m not alone with my suspicion of this contraption! It came up this week as I started my 6 month old on solids. I couldn’t justify nuking her nutrient rich homemade food, but yet I won’t hesitate to nuke the same cup of forgotten coffee five times for myself. I brought it up to my husband and to my surprise he was all for it. He says it makes food taste terrible, and he added, we only use it for your coffee anyways, hehe. Hmmmm…. time to say goodbye to it I think, and time to remember to enjoy my coffee when it’s hot. I love your blog, it’s great to see others who are loving the Lord and gravitating to a more natural way of living!

  5. I would like to get rid of our microwave. It is mounted to the wall, above our stove. My question is, what can we put in its place so we do not have a big hole there. I guess I could replace with taller cabinets, but is there an appliance like a wall-mount toaster oven or something that can go in its place?

  6. We don’t have a microwave either. We had one but it died two years ago and I said I didn’t want another one. “Nuking” our food seemed silly since we were trying to be more natural by growing our own.
    I also found that I saved some money because there were certain products I would buy because the kids could cook it themselves. YUK! What was I thinking? Also, because I can’t just”nuke” something to eat, I find I think more about what I’m eating or if it’s really worth heating up the oven or stove top.

  7. I’ve been without a microwave for over 13 years, people ask why? simple it was just one more thing to clean and take up counter space (i’m lousy at housekeeping so folks who know me understand this)….. when actually it was all about the not wanting to ‘nuke’ my food

    but i do have a hot water pot… fill it with water, plug it in turn it on, it boils the water, turns its self off – no more burning out the bottom of a tea-kettle by forgetting it on the top of a stove (1,2, or 3 too many times) – lol!

  8. Good for you! We got rid of ours several years ago and I never miss it! We reheat with a toaster oven mostly (I have a Pampered Chef mini bar pan that just lives in there)… and I have a 1 quart sauce pan that is for that purpose too, especially for warming baby food.

    Enjoy a healthier way!

  9. Ours died almost a year ago, and we decided to try without it. We don’t have a toaster oven either (which is on my wish list), so we just use the stovetop, oven or top of the woodstove to heat things. It has been FANTASTIC! I don’t miss it at all! I don’t see us ever buying a microwave again. It’s funny how something that seems to be a staple in our homes is really so unnecessary! You wouldn’t believe how many people have come over and realized that we don’t have a microwave and said “I could never live without it”. You really can! It just takes a little more effort…but not much really!

  10. SOOO glad to hear you ditched the nuke chamber. I’ve lived without one for 12 years already, and I don’t miss it at all. I think food tastes better warmed up on the stove. Not to mention cooking takes on a more wholesome meaning when you actually have a hands-on experience with preparing it. Good for you!

  11. I always find it funny when people ask how you re-heat leftovers without a microwave. I have had the use of one on and off, never missed it when I don’t have one. Do they think we only ate cold leftovers before this was invented? so weird…

    Congratulations to you πŸ˜€

  12. When our microwave died this year we got rid of it and made the decision to not get a new one. We realized that the only thing it was being used for was warming up my cold coffee and that I could easily do on the stove top. It’s nice to know I’m not the only one without one in this country.

  13. We got rid of our microwave shortly after getting married, six years ago. We haven’t missed it! Whenever we eat at my in-laws, we always make sure the kids are away from the microwave and I swear the food that has been nuked has a taste to it. I’m so glad we got rid of ours!

  14. We have been microwave free for about 5 years and I really haven’t missed it. I thought I would but I find it more enjoyable to cook food using our toaster oven or the stove top.

    People think we’re crazy when they find out we don’t have one. I’ve even had multiple people ask, “how do you warm up leftovers?”. I find a lot of pleasure asking them if they’ve ever heard of this new contraption called a stove. πŸ™‚

  15. Kendra and Jen- I was just thinking the exact same thing about the plant experiment and having the kids make it a science experiment. I have never liked using a microwave but it was “convenient”. It was actually after reading that article about the plants and microwave water that I decided we were no longer going to use ours. I have no clue if there is any truth to the plant article but I decided it’s so not worth it. We recently moved and now we don’t even use a toaster oven. Just the regular stove/oven, and it works just fine!! Just want to say good choice Kendra! Your body and your families bodies will thank you!

  16. … but who needs to be eating in 30 seconds anyways? If that’s you, it might be time to reevaluate the pace at which you are living!

    Amen!

    That right there is reason enough to not have it: Priorities. Food is such an IDOL in the obese country we live in; I’m no exception. I find taking an extra 30 seconds to decide what I want to cook helps to curb my appetite and cause me to think about my diet in a healthy frame of mind. Rather than just ‘nuking’ or stuff the food in my mouth and coming away unsatisfied. Nothing beats the aroma of something simmer slowly on the stove.

    As for ‘off-grid’ living. I’m in the learning / baby steps phase; but all for it!

    ~ enjoyed this post, Pat

  17. My mom and best friend both had breast cancer. BOTH of them had ideas that it could very well have come from standing in front of their microwaves while in use. This was at a time when they sat on the counter, now however they sometimes sit up high on a special shelf. That is scary since it is at head level. I never stand in front of it while in use and have also thought about tossing it. Im not quite there tho, maybe when we move Ill just not take it with me.

  18. This is something on my list to do – I haven’t got there yet. Was thinking of waiting until I’m finally staying home – but maybe we should take the plunge sooner. Hmm.

  19. Also I learned a trick to heat up water as almost as fast as a microwave. I use a clean coffee maker. I drink lots of tea so I was always heating up water on the stove but then I realized how much propane that was wasting. So now I use the coffee maker to heat up water for my tea and other things.

  20. I read that same article and TWO DAYS later our microwave started throwing sparks. We got rid of it and replaced it with a toaster oven.

    Since getting rid of the microwave, I have seen a significant difference in our behavior. Where once we waited to think about meals until the very last minute, when we were already hungry, now we plan ahead. No more instant gratification for us!

    I love your blog! It is very encouraging as we are trying to do many of the same things that you and your family are.

  21. We’ve been without a microwave for about a year. The only time I miss it is when I forget to thaw out meat for dinner! πŸ™‚ But it’s not worth the risk~I had a problem with the term “nuke it” too!

  22. I have been wanting to get rid of ours for awhile. When I was finishing my nutrition degree, I came across an article about a science project a girl had done with microwave water and feeding plants. She fed one group of plants regular tap water. The other group she fed water that had been microwaved and cooled to room temp. If I am remembering right, the plants watered with the microwaved water died. I will have to see if I can dig up that link. At any rate, I have been leery of using our microwave ever since.

    • This “science experiment” has been debunked by snopes, so no, microwaved water will not kill plants.

      I think there are other valid reasons to not use one. For example, it changes the structure of food, and food never tastes as good once it’s nuked. I prefer pasta heated in the oven. It gets a little crispy on the outside and there’s no sogginess.

  23. We too are an off-grid household. We were microwave free until we expanded our system. My husband brought a small one into the house, but we rarely use it. Time to give it the boot! A small pan with a bit of water on the gas range…steam warmed leftovers in no time!

  24. I got rid of our microwave a few years ago. I didn’t know if the hype about them being dangerous was really true or not, but I figured, why risk it? Food cooked in the microwave normally tastes inferior anyway. And it took up an awful lot of space in my small kitchen. I didn’t use it very much at all. So it just made sense to me to get rid of it.

    I’m so glad I did. I now have room for a nice wooden breadbox, and more counter space, and I don’t have to worry about harming my family’s health when I give them leftovers. I just reheat leftovers in a pot with a bit of water in the bottom. It’s not complicated at all.

    One thing we found really weird, was that one time when our kettle was broken and we were heating water in the microwave to make tea, the tea tasted TOTALLY different with the microwave heated water. We thought, maybe it’s because of the glass measuring cup vs. metal kettle? So we tried heating water in a regular pot on the stove, and it tasted normal. But the microwave water tea tasted just strange. Kind of disturbing to think that it was doing something to distilled water to make it taste different!

    • I’m completely with you! Tea with microwaved water isn’t something I look forward to. Our electric kettle (something which is apparently very culturally-oriented) gets used two or three times a day.

  25. I’ve been thinking about this for a while now myself. I’ve had the same thoughts about keeping the kids away from it and all. I use mine as little as possible and like you said, that’s not much! πŸ˜‰

  26. I have wanted to get rid of our microwave for quite some time now as well. Just last night my daughter pulled up a chair in front of it as it was going and I instinctively pulled her away like she was in danger. Maybe my husband would be okay with trying one week without it and seeing how it goes. I may be able to get away with that!

  27. Hi Kendra,
    After our microwave died a few years ago we decided not to replace it.I was nervous about them too.We really have not missed it and I LOVE the extra counter space it left us.

  28. Good choice! When we moved to our off grid home 3 1/2 years ago, we tossed the microwave. I had the same feelings, subconscious about standing in front of it when it was running, keeping the kids away, and also not sure how I would heat leftovers. But even if I could now, I wouldn’t want one.

  29. Our microwave died a little over a year ago and we never replaced it. We were tired of nothing but problems with it and we had never really been comfortable with the whole idea of it anyhow. After it died we started learning more from Mercola and others and it just solidified our decision. Translating life from with a microwave to without wasn’t difficult as my dh and I just went backwards in time to when we were kids. We didn’t have microwaves. They didn’t exist until we were pre-teens! :O It’s been awesome! And truth be told, the only thing I miss is the clock. πŸ™‚

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