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.
A butter warmer is used for very quickly reheating:
- hot drinks
- 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
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?