Living Without a Microwave

Italy
January 17, 2007 12:19pm CST
Do you think you could live without a microwave in your home? My wife and I recently moved to Italy and our furnished apartment didn't come with a microwave. At first I thought we would have to buy one to be able to survive (how American is that?), but actually we've been living just fine without one, and I hardly miss it. Do you think your life would be significantly changed if your microwave was suddenly gone?
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@mrstigs (63)
• United States
17 Jan 07
I don't do much actual microwave cooking so I don't think it would affect me too much. Mostly I'd just have to plan ahead and heat stuff in or on the stove sooner than I would. I defrost meat in the microwave often but if I just took it out in advance and put it in the fridge I could skip that step.
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• India
18 Jan 07
it won't bother me much to as me not much into microwave
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@Eisenherz (2910)
• Portugal
22 Jan 07
We actually own a microwave around here at home but rarely use it, to be honest. I don't think microwaves are really important in a kitchen, I mean, all they ever do is warming up your food. I find it highly unpersonal and as a person who loves cooking totally avoid using it, since I prefer to have my own meals made manually by my hands, in which I trust more.
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• Malta
18 Jan 07
I think that it does not have to be only a microwave. Could be the electric kettle, the heater or anything else we don't note that it's a luxury. I think we can survive without most of our luxuries. How did people survive about 50 years ago. Or even now how do the third world people survive? They surely don't have a microwave!
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@Bev1986 (1427)
• United States
18 Jan 07
Ours broke a couple months ago and we really missed it! I didn't think it would be such a big deal, but we reheat a lot of foods and I hate dragging out a pan to reheat it on top of the stove. I don't do a lot of actual cooking with the microwave, but I didn't realize how much we depended on it until it broke. Needless to say, we lasted a week without it then went out and bought a new one.
@opinder (421)
• India
18 Jan 07
We got a microwave recently. I live in India, and microwaves do not make a part of everyday cooking here. I find the cooking more fun without the microwave.
@dsunny (999)
• India
17 Jan 07
well its possible to live without a microwave..its not all dificult u'll get used to it soon.
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• Italy
18 Jan 07
yeah, we've made adjustments. there are certain leftover dishes that don't really work when heated up in the oven. that's the only problem i've run into without a microwave. oh well, just have to eat more!
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• China
23 Jan 07
why would one live without a microwave cause at times i dont even notice that i have a microwave.
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@tara99 (68)
• India
23 Jan 07
I do not own a microwave and am not planning to get one. We use gas stove for cooking and I am happy with that. It is more fun.
@jglfan101 (155)
• United States
23 Jan 07
I could definetly live without a microwave but I don't want to. It is a convience that I don't want to give up. Microwaving food is so easy and really convinent, especially when you just get off work and are hungry and don't want to cook. Microwave foods aren't that good but these days you can put just about anything in the microwave so you don't have to eat those gross microwave dinners. Microwaves are also really convinent when you need to heat something up quick like coffee or pizza. Eventhough microwaves are really convinent, I wouldn't die if I didn't have one. I mean you can't microwave everything and there are still those things that taste better from the oven than microwaved.
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@chopsuey (97)
• Malaysia
23 Jan 07
i don't think that microwave is compulsory in my kitchen. i rather enjoy cooking using the stove rather than using the microwave. i usually used microwave to reheat food or defrost them, but that was only when i'm being unbelievably lazy. It's because i really enjoy cooking, even if it's as simple making soup
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@runsgame (2032)
• India
23 Jan 07
i do not think we cannot live without m.oven in our home,. of course it is not that much essential too., if u hav it is Ok u can live without microwave. As a matter of fact using m.oven is increasing the cooking process time and lot many other jobs like cleaning etc.,
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@Lady_Vincy (1540)
• United States
23 Jan 07
I don't know how I lived without my microwave. Just about everything goes in there. Unless I am actually cooking, my microwave gets to warm the bulk of my food.
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@carlaabt (3505)
• United States
23 Jan 07
We use our microwave a lot at our house. We don't really cook in it, per se. But we thaw out meat and heat things up. My son eats a lot of Gerber Graduates food that just have microwave directions for heating. I'm sure it wouldn't be hard at all to heat them on the stove. It just adds an extra step and extra dishes. And dishes are one thing that I hate doing!
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
23 Jan 07
No not really I would just have to use more electricity and maybe time to get things done. but I have lived without them before I never had one till after I was married about 2 years and I have had one off and on throughout the last 14 years now. Everyone culd live without one. They would just have to slow down enough to use other things cause yeah its easy to throw something in the microwave and walk away for minutes at a time and there be no worries of burning or scorching like when you do it on the stove or ovens.
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• Canada
23 Jan 07
yes think i can live without microwave as earlier days i was not having it but i was living without it. and moreover lot of people in this world who have never seen and even touched microwave.
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@mcmomss (2601)
• United States
23 Jan 07
I don't think I could. Ours broke last year and we went out and got a new one the very next day. I couldn't stand being without one.
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@sj_chaudhry (1537)
• Canada
22 Jan 07
in my case, i think a bit beacuse i use it very frequently.. especially for amking tea and reheat the left overs... it really save my extra dishes to eb washed. it is pretty much into lives and i think we are very much depend on that too.
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• United States
22 Jan 07
no mine wouldnt be. i really dont use mine all that much. if its to reheat food, i could use the stove top or the oven, depending on what it is. alot of microwaves dont heat evenly and take a few reheatings to get it all hot and then part of it can get over cooked.
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• India
22 Jan 07
read this before u plan to buy one. some hardcore evidences:: In Comparative Study of Food Prepared Conventionally and in the Microwave Oven, published by Raum & Zelt in 1992, at 3(2): 43, it states "A basic hypothesis of natural medicine states that the introduction into the human body of molecules and energies, to which it is not accustomed, is much more likely to cause harm than good. Microwaved food contains both molecules and energies not present in food cooked in the way humans have been cooking food since the discovery of fire. Microwave energy from the sun and other stars is direct current based. Artificially produced microwaves, including those in ovens, are produced from alternating current and force a billion or more polarity reversals per second in every food molecule they hit. Production of unnatural molecules is inevitable. Naturally occurring amino acids have been observed to undergo isomeric changes (changes in shape morphing) as well as transformation into toxic forms, under the impact of microwaves produced in ovens. One short-term study found significant and disturbing changes in the blood of individuals consuming microwaved milk and vegetables. Eight volunteers ate various combinations of the same foods cooked different ways. All foods that were processed through the microwave ovens caused changes in the blood of the volunteers. Hemoglobin levels decreased and over all white cell levels and cholesterol levels increased. Lymphocytes decreased. Luminescent (light-emitting) bacteria were employed to detect energetic changes in the blood. Significant increases were found in the luminescence of these bacteria when exposed to blood serum obtained after the consumption of microwaved food." The Swiss clinical study Dr. Hans Ulrich Hertel, who is now retired, worked as a food scientist for many years with one of the major Swiss food companies that do business on a global scale. A few years ago, he was fired from his job for questioning certain processing procedures that denatured the food. In 1991, he and a Lausanne University professor published a research paper indicating that food cooked in microwave ovens could pose a greater risk to health than food cooked by conventional means. An article also appeared in issue 19 of the Journal Franz Weber in which it was stated that the consumption of food cooked in microwave ovens had cancerous effects on the blood. The research paper itself followed the article. On the cover of the magazine there was a picture of the Grim Reaper holding a microwave oven in one of his hands. Dr. Hertel was the first scientist to conceive and carry out a quality clinical study on the effects microwaved nutrients have on the blood and physiology of the human body. His small but well controlled study showed the degenerative force produced in microwave ovens and the food processed in them. The scientific conclusion showed that microwave cooking changed the nutrients in the food; and, changes took place in the participants' blood that could cause deterioration in the human system. Hertel's scientific study was done along with Dr. Bernard H. Blanc of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and the University Institute for Biochemistry. In intervals of two to five days, the volunteers in the study received one of the following food variants on an empty stomach: (1) raw milk; (2) the same milk conventionally cooked; (3) pasteurized milk; (4) the same raw milks cooked in a microwave oven; (5) raw vegetables from an organic farm; (6) the same vegetables cooked conventionally; (7) the same vegetables frozen and defrosted in a microwave oven; and (8) the same vegetables cooked in the microwave oven. Once the volunteers were isolated, blood samples were taken from every volunteer immediately before eating. Then, blood samples were taken at defined intervals after eating from the above milk or vegetable preparations. Significant changes were discovered in the blood samples from the intervals following the foods cooked in the microwave oven. These changes included a decrease in all hemoglobin and cholesterol values, especially the ratio of HDL (good cholesterol) and LDL (bad cholesterol) values. Lymphocytes (white blood cells) showed a more distinct short-term decrease following the intake of microwaved food than after the intake of all the other variants. Each of these indicators pointed to degeneration. Additionally, there was a highly significant association between the amount of microwave energy in the test foods and the luminous power of luminescent bacteria exposed to serum from test persons who ate that food. This led Dr. Hertel to the conclusion that such technically derived energies may, indeed, be passed along to man inductively via eating microwaved food. According to Dr. Hertel, "Leukocytosis, which cannot be accounted for by normal daily deviations, is taken very seriously by hemotologists. Leukocytes are often signs of pathogenic effects on the living system, such as poisoning and cell damage. The increase of leukocytes with the microwaved foods were more pronounced than with all the other variants. It appears that these marked increases were caused entirely by ingesting the microwaved substances. This process is based on physical principles and has already been confirmed in the literature. The apparent additional energy exhibited by the luminescent bacteria was merely an extra confirmation. There is extensive scientific literature concerning the hazardous effects of direct microwave radiation on living systems. It is astonishing, therefore, to realize how little effort has been taken to replace this detrimental technique of microwaves with technology more in accordance with nature. Technically produced microwaves are based on the principle of alternating current. Atoms, molecules, and cells hit by this hard electromagnetic radiation are forced to reverse polarity 1-100 billion times a second. There are no atoms, molecules or cells of any organic system able to withstand such a violent, destructive power for any extended period of time, not even in the low energy range of milliwatts. Of all the natural substances - which are polar - the oxygen of water molecules reacts most sensitively. This is how microwave cooking heat is generated - friction from this violence in water molecules. Structures of molecules are torn apart, molecules are forcefully deformed, called structural isomerism, and thus become impaired in quality. This is contrary to conventional heating of food where heat transfers convectionally from without to within. Cooking by microwaves begins within the cells and molecules where water is present and where the energy is transformed into frictional heat. In addition to the violent frictional heat effects, called thermic effects, there are also athermic effects which have hardly ever been taken into account. These athermic effects are not presently measurable, but they can also deform the structures of molecules and have qualitative consequences. For example the weakening of cell membranes by microwaves is used in the field of gene altering technology. Because of the force involved, the cells are actually broken, thereby neutralizing the electrical potentials, the very life of the cells, between the outer and inner side of the cell membranes. Impaired cells become easy prey for viruses, fungi and other microorganisms. The natural repair mechanisms are suppressed and cells are forced to adapt to a state of energy emergency - they switch from aerobic to anaerobic respiration. Instead of water and carbon dioxide, the cell poisons hydrogen peroxide and carbon monoxide are produced." The same violent deformations that occur in our bodies, when we are directly exposed to radar or microwaves, also occur in the molecules of foods cooked in a microwave oven. This radiation results in the destruction and deformation of food molecules. Microwaving also creates new compounds, called radiolytic compounds, which are unknown fusions not found in nature. Radiolytic compounds are created by molecular decomposition - decay - as a direct result of radiation.
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@anup12 (4180)
• India
18 Jan 07
No doubt it is very tough to live without a microwave in today's situation. Microwave has a lot of advantages like: 1.It saves gas. 2.It is economical. 3.It is very handy. 4.It is very user-friendly
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