You can go to any store and buy them pretty cheap, you can get cookbooks for them, there are innumerable “quick” meals in stores they are used to heat…the microwave. I have one of these, a really nice one in fact. My Grandma bought it for us when our little, very old, one took it’s last breath. I like the microwave. It eliminates thinking for the most part. I don’t have to plan, I can throw something in it after being gone all day and have a complete meal in under 15 minutes. Yet, there are also a number of studies that show the microwave damages food structure and causes health problems, from radiation to toxic food prepared in it.
About a month ago my Mom told me of a study a middle-school kid did for a science project. He took some plants, all the same, same size pots, same dirt, same light, etc. The only thing he did different was experimant with water sources. He boiled water, used city and well water, purified water, spring water, and microwaved water. At the end of his study all but one plant was still doing well. The plant that died was the one given microwaved water. Well, I knew the microwave wasn’t the best, but I really just used it in a pinch and to heat water (ah-hmm) for my coffee and tea. My husband had sworn off of it about a year ago, refusing to use it or eat re-heated food from it, but I had not quite made the break. This study made me think of how much I disliked tea made from nuked water, and I thought, “Hey, if I serve all this good food only to ruin it before putting it in my body, what’s the point?”.
That brings me to this; I decided to quit using the microwave. I even am trying to sell it so I cannot give in to the temptation of ease. A month after this decision, I have “fallen” twice and used it, once to heat left-overs, and once to heat water. I felt like I sinned terribly, but I cannot bring myself to take the thing out to the barn, where something always ends up broken or forgotten about. I would far rather sell it to some unsuspecting person who wants to poison themselves 🙂 Can you take that step? Have you? I need support here! It’s like AA for microwave owners 🙂 *I happen to have a lot of respect for people that kick addictions of all kinds, it’s not easy, and my jokes are in no way meant to make anyone feel bad, I’m just laughing at how hard it has been not to use a silly piece of equipment.