Living Without a Microwave

The other day, I shared a post on Facebook that was full of good information on why we shouldn’t use microwaves. Instead of rewriting the “why”, I suggest you pop over to this blog and learn for yourself. What I want to do today is share the “how”.

We’ve been microwave-free for over a year, and we don’t miss it at all! When I first read about the dangers of eating microwaved food, I thought it would be so hard to adapt to losing the convenience of using one. I also thought that having a built-in microwave would be a huge temptation, since I couldn’t just toss it in the basement. It actually turned into storage space, which is nice since we don’t have a pantry. Every little bit of space helps! 🙂

Here’s how we easily reheat foods without our microwave.

Butter Warmer

A butter warmer is used for very quickly reheating:

  • hot drinks
  • soups/stews
  • sauces/gravy
  • anything that is mostly liquid

A skillet or saucepan with a lid and about 2 tablespoons of water:

  • anything mostly solid, except pizza

A dry skillet, with a lid:

  • pizza slices
  • tortillas

A toaster oven:

  • any mostly solid leftovers

We didn’t even have the toaster oven until recently, so don’t think that it is necessary. We love ours, but it is really just for convenience. We can use the convect bake and defrost, when appropriate, which we love! We bought several small and medium ceramic baking dishes to reheat in and they have worked beautifully. If we are concerned about the food drying out, we add a little butter on top or some water in the dish. That is the same for reheating in a skillet or saucepan, but with those you need to keep a closer eye on the food to make certain that the bottom doesn’t burn.

I can’t say enough good things about our butter warmer!! I linked the picture above to the exact one that we bought because we use it all the time. With the copper bottom, it reheats liquid really quickly. I honestly think it’s almost as fast as a microwave! It is stainless steel, so no nasty chemicals, either. The pour spouts on either side really do make it easy to pour liquid into cups without drips or spills. Plus, it’s super easy to clean up. As soon as I’m done using it, I just squirt a little dish soap in and add some hot water, swish it around with a dishrag and rinse. No scrubbing! 😉

We’ve discovered that we really do like not using a microwave. The food has better texture and we know it’s healthier.

Has your family gone microwave-free? How do you reheat your food?

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22 thoughts on “Living Without a Microwave

  1. We used to have a toaster oven, but I didn’t really know how to use it at the time. Now I am wishing I hadn’t gotten rid of it. The hubs would call me a nutter again if I denied him being able to pop his food into something to melt the cheese. I love that the conventional oven is no where in this post – that is a big reason I haven’t gotten rid of ours. I thought having no microwave meant having a hot house.
    Each time I have used the microwave since you posted about it on FB I have felt guilty and bad :/

    • Don’t feel bad! If you had told me two years ago that I would EVER live without a microwave, I would have thought you were nuts! We’re all at different places in our lives and our journey towards healthier living. It cracked me up when you said you didn’t know how to use your toaster over. I never read the instructions on ours (then I managed to lose them!) and there are buttons on there that I don’t have the first clue what to use them for. 😉
      I actually use my regular oven LESS now that we have the toaster oven. We’ve cooked lasagnas and french onion soup in the toaster oven instead, so we’re saving energy! And it’s a huge bonus that we won’t have to heat up the house in the summer!!

    • Thanks so much for commenting, Kailyn! We’ve really loved not using our microwave, too, but I was very intimidated when we first started. Once we got past those first few days, we never looked back. 🙂

  2. Renae Mckiven says:

    I haven’t gotten rid of mine yet. I try not to use it but in a rush to defrost meat. Can you defrost meat in a hurry without a microwave?

    • I have a defrost option on my toaster oven, but I haven’t tried it on meat. For ground meat, I just toss it in the pan frozen and start it cooking. For small pieces of meat, I put it (still wrapped) in a sink of cool water or set it under running luke-warm water (food safety people say that’s a big no-no, but we’ve never had any problems with our pasture-raised meats). For large pieces of meat, like a roast, I will put it in the crock pot on high to cook instead of trying to thaw it. If I have at least four hours, it gets done and tastes great that way. 🙂

  3. I completely agree! We put ours in the basement, so it’s still there for emergencies, but we only use it a couple times a month, maybe. It was taking up valuable counter space and we’re better off without it. 🙂 Hoping someday we’ll have room for a toasted oven!

    • We *love* our toaster oven!! In this rental we have plenty of space for it, but it did take up a chunk of our very limited counter space in our house. It was worth it for us, though, since we use it several times a day.

      Thanks for the comment, Joanna!

  4. I’ve given thought to the idea but haven’t committed yet. I like the idea of using a toaster oven for convenience as I think it would appeal to my husband.

    Oh! and I never heard of a butter warmer so I’ll be checking that out!

    Thanks for sharing.

    • I remember how absolutely crazy it sounded when I first heard of people *not* using microwaves. Reheating food without one is such a non-issue to us now that it was several weeks after we moved into this place before we even noticed that there is no microwave here! We really do prefer not using one. 🙂

      Thanks for the comment, Danielle!

  5. Our family as tossed the micro over a year ago without looking back.in addition to having healthier, tastier food, I find that I am much better about planning ahead for meals since a little preparation goes a long way when thawing frozen meat. When I plan ahead for meals it makes for a much more pleasant evening and usually a healthier dinner. Thanks for sharing your experience, I think we may need a butter warmer.

    • LOL! I wish I had a big stash of butter warmers to sell! It think I could make quite a good income selling them because I love ours so much. 😉
      Thanks for the comment, April!!

  6. I was given a toaster oven about five years ago. Like may have posted, I didn’t have the counter space. It stayed in the box until two years ago. We bought a 2nd home. It didn’t have air conditioning for the first six months. No money LOL! So I took out the toaster oven to cook our meals instead of heating up the house for just two people. I haven’t looked back. I bought a second one for the first house and we use it for almost everything. I can’t remember when I used my microwave last!

    • I love that about toaster ovens! I used mine for everything that would fit in it, during the summer. It really did help keep the house cooler!

      Thanks for the comment!

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