What in the world did we do before the Microwave?

United States
June 11, 2007 9:06am CST
Could you go without your microwave oven? What percentage of your cooking is done in the microwave. I couldn't do without mine...a lot of the food that my 6 yr old eats is cooked in the microwave. I couldn't give up my toaster over either!
2 people like this
10 responses
@eden32 (3976)
• United States
11 Jun 07
I could give up my microwave no problem. I have threatened to many times, it eats up counter space. It's pretty rare that it's used for anything but thawing foods when I forgot to plan ahead. Unless you are eating lots of ready-to- eat foods, I can't see where a microwave is very useful at all. Now my toaster oven & crockpot on the other hand, I could not & would not give up for anything.
1 person likes this
@UDDERONES (888)
• United States
12 Jun 07
No I could not give up my microwave. I do not cook so whatever I make I make in the microwave. Either that or frozen pizza in the oven. My mother always worked two jobs and never had time to teach me to cook and now I have no desire.
• United States
12 Jun 07
I think you hit the nail on the head...those of us who had moms who cooked all the time while we grew up will probably cook more so than those who had a mom who didn''t cook. I have a lot more interest in cooking since I am not working currently. I enjoy it as long as I have someone to cook for.
@elisa812 (3033)
• United States
11 Jun 07
I guess I could live without the microwave if I absolutely had to, but I definitely wouldn't want to! lol I love the convenience of it, and I use it all the time! I guess I could manage without it if I had no other choice, but it would probably drive me nuts. lol
• United States
11 Jun 07
I hear you...it would be like going back to rotary phones...we coul fall asleep by the time the phone nuber is dialed. LOL
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
11 Jun 07
I gave up my microwave 11 years ago now. I do not miss it at all. Food cooked in the traditional way is not only healthier but also maintains its temperature longer. microwaved food gets cold so quick. Now the toaster oven is something I use several times in a day!
• United States
11 Jun 07
I agree that microwave food gets cold quickly. Why is that I wonder?
• United States
11 Jun 07
I could live without my microwave. I would not throw it out though. I only use it to reheat my meals. If I had to I could just use my stove to heat my food. I am shopping and cooking more than pre-made meals.
• India
11 Jun 07
I know what you mean, even I can't do without the microwave. I use to cook quite a few things apart from heating food. My day starts with warming my baby's milk in the microwave. I find cooking in the microwave so convenient that so many dishes that have to be cooked on the stove, I try and find ways to cook them in the microwave. The fact that microwave saves on energy and oil is also a big plus.
@brimia (6584)
• United States
11 Jun 07
I don't like to use the microwave too much. I really only use it to heat up leftovers. I mainly use my stove/oven.
@5000ml (1923)
• Belgium
11 Jun 07
I don't even own a microwave and we survive pretty well. We don't have the space or the need for it. All I really need is my oven.
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
11 Jun 07
well i work part time and dont think of what to make for supper til later in the afternoon...even though my hubby does most of the cooking, i am the person that usually decides what we are having for supper...so i have to take it out....and i use the microwave every day almost for defrosting! also, where would the world be without microwave popcorn??? :-)
@Flight84 (3050)
• United States
11 Jun 07
I gotta have a microwave! I do a lot of cooking in mine. When I have kids over to keep, most of their food is cooked in the microwave. I have been trying to use the oven more, but my oven takes forever to preheat.