Microwave ovens, C/D?

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Am I the only person here who has eschewed the 'convenience' of these appliances? I haven't had a microwave oven in my house for over 20 years. What do you use yours for, if you have one, and how do you justify the space it takes?

It is not enough to love mankind – you must be able to stand (Michael White), Friday, 30 January 2009 17:19 (fourteen years ago) link

i have a tiny kitchen and a conventional covection oven that is also a microwave oven. i use it on microwave a few times a week at most.

jed_, Friday, 30 January 2009 17:38 (fourteen years ago) link

e.g. for heating the milk for my coffee and for heating readymeals because i am often lazy.

jed_, Friday, 30 January 2009 17:39 (fourteen years ago) link

With the exception of boiling a cup of water, I can't think of anything that a microwave does significantly better than another appliance.

It is not enough to love mankind – you must be able to stand (Michael White), Friday, 30 January 2009 17:39 (fourteen years ago) link

congratulations (n/a), Friday, 30 January 2009 17:40 (fourteen years ago) link

melting butter, heating up leftovers, everything else dud

Tina Fey's narrative bonsai (I DIED), Friday, 30 January 2009 17:40 (fourteen years ago) link

according to mark bittman, "for any vegetable you would parboil or steam, the microwave works as well or better, and is faster."

congratulations (n/a), Friday, 30 January 2009 17:42 (fourteen years ago) link

leftovers or meals that i have cooked in bulk to be reheated on subsequent nights (i live on my own).

jed_, Friday, 30 January 2009 17:43 (fourteen years ago) link

n/a, I usually wok my veg so that wouldn't work (and btw, the wok is a very quick way to cook) and I have this weird prejudice that reheating something in a saucepan is less destructive to taste. In anc case, the extra time it takes for something to cook thusly is time I use to get plates and flatware and napkins ready or time to cook something else or valuable time I spend with a glass of wine comtemplating the indifference of the univers.

It is not enough to love mankind – you must be able to stand (Michael White), Friday, 30 January 2009 17:47 (fourteen years ago) link

for expediting baked potatoes: classic. for exploding eggs: classic.

soggifying everything else: duuuuuuud

more private than a bar stool (Upt0eleven), Friday, 30 January 2009 17:54 (fourteen years ago) link

In anc case, the extra time it takes for something to cook thusly is time I use to get plates and flatware and napkins ready or time to cook something else or valuable time I spend with a glass of wine comtemplating the indifference of the univers.

― It is not enough to love mankind – you must be able to stand (Michael White), Friday, January 30, 2009 11:47 AM (10 minutes ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

so why did you bother starting this thread?

congratulations (n/a), Friday, 30 January 2009 17:58 (fourteen years ago) link

I love my little microwave, probably because my mom told me when I was young that we were not getting one because we were not going to have our food zapped by a bolt of lightning.

Badder Meinhof Syndrome (libcrypt), Friday, 30 January 2009 18:01 (fourteen years ago) link

just seems like you're taking an awfully superior tone about something that nobody is going to claim is a necessary or superior tool. some people just like cooking things a little faster without having to use a bunch of pots and pans.

congratulations (n/a), Friday, 30 January 2009 18:01 (fourteen years ago) link

Advantage: microwave for heating things in their serving dishes, like soups and cheese dip. I dirty enough cookware as it is, no need to dirty a saucepan AND a serving bowl for some soup. Also for reheating leftovers. Microwave popcorn. Heating a mug of water for cocoa. Taking a cold stick of butter and making it spreadable very quickly.

WmC, Friday, 30 January 2009 18:03 (fourteen years ago) link

I have a special cubby in my home that is microwave-sized so if I had no micro it would probably be full of spices or something.

xp: n/a do you have the indigestion today or something you have been on fire with the calling outs.

Badder Meinhof Syndrome (libcrypt), Friday, 30 January 2009 18:03 (fourteen years ago) link

Pro: Eating a frozen dinner after 5 min of cooking.
Con: Eating a frozen dinner????

Badder Meinhof Syndrome (libcrypt), Friday, 30 January 2009 18:04 (fourteen years ago) link

I love Amy's tho.

Badder Meinhof Syndrome (libcrypt), Friday, 30 January 2009 18:04 (fourteen years ago) link

I don't mean to sound all snooty about this, n/a. Everybody has their own system in the kitchen and I am totally cool with that, I just can't presonally justify the space a microwave takes compared to the time I would actually use it. Others may and will differ and I want to see what they use theirs for.

It is not enough to love mankind – you must be able to stand (Michael White), Friday, 30 January 2009 18:05 (fourteen years ago) link

Attempting to call out Michael White on a challops is about the most challopsy thing you can do, really, and ultimately doomed to failure.

Badder Meinhof Syndrome (libcrypt), Friday, 30 January 2009 18:06 (fourteen years ago) link

presonally is TOO a word, btw. I just coined it.

It is not enough to love mankind – you must be able to stand (Michael White), Friday, 30 January 2009 18:06 (fourteen years ago) link

lol @ thread about microwaves getting catty

more private than a bar stool (Upt0eleven), Friday, 30 January 2009 18:06 (fourteen years ago) link

More 'heated' than catty, no?

It is not enough to love mankind – you must be able to stand (Michael White), Friday, 30 January 2009 18:07 (fourteen years ago) link

n/a is on a crusade today to take down any and all fronters, I think.

Badder Meinhof Syndrome (libcrypt), Friday, 30 January 2009 18:08 (fourteen years ago) link

Having seen MW's kitchen, I can see how space would be more important than gadgetry.

WmC, Friday, 30 January 2009 18:08 (fourteen years ago) link

Pro: Eating a frozen dinner after 5 min of cooking.
Con: Eating a frozen dinner????

Depends on who cooked the frozen dinner. Bulk cooking meals to reheat in the microwave later = classic. Microwave TV dinner, mostly dud, but sometimes I can't be bothered to do anything else.

snoball, Friday, 30 January 2009 18:11 (fourteen years ago) link

When I was in microwave-free land, I used to heat some foods up with a skillet, which meant that not-necessarily-fried foods became fried foods.

Badder Meinhof Syndrome (libcrypt), Friday, 30 January 2009 18:13 (fourteen years ago) link

Thanksgiving leftovers were particularly tasty thus.

Badder Meinhof Syndrome (libcrypt), Friday, 30 January 2009 18:14 (fourteen years ago) link

Fried mashed potatoes are actually amazingly tasty.

Badder Meinhof Syndrome (libcrypt), Friday, 30 January 2009 18:14 (fourteen years ago) link

I will say that reheating leftovers is something I do in microwaves and it certainly is convenient. I wonder if part of my aversion to them stems from cooking for two or more. When I was a kid and just making quick food for myself, I used them all the time.

which meant that not-necessarily-fried foods became fried foods.

libcrypt, I cannot help but see that as mostly a good thing.

It is not enough to love mankind – you must be able to stand (Michael White), Friday, 30 January 2009 18:15 (fourteen years ago) link

They're handy for making bread stale for breadcrumbs fairly quickly but beyond that I'm not really a fan, don't have one at home or at work.

Matt, Friday, 30 January 2009 22:41 (fourteen years ago) link

I've never done the baked potato thing and I have made semi-scrambled eggs in one before and found it perfectly palatable and they're okay for reheating stuff but I generally find that they don't cook things 'right'.

It is not enough to love mankind – you must be able to stand (Michael White), Friday, 30 January 2009 22:46 (fourteen years ago) link

I have a multi-functional microwave oven. it rocks. but then I have yet to use a proper oven. :-) i love the microwave/oven machine. like for PIZZAS. (I just started making pizzas, it rocks!)

Nathalie (stevienixed), Tuesday, 3 February 2009 10:03 (fourteen years ago) link

microwave == precooked food reheating machine!!!
microwave =/= food cooking machine

Aimless, Wednesday, 4 February 2009 04:27 (fourteen years ago) link

thirteen years pass...

TIL: irrespective of brand, most microwave ovens are all manufactured by the same company

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designer sunglasses are pretty much the same story. i find it kind of fascinating.

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