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Do You Have a Microwave?

In Aspen, at a special lunch, Michael Voltaggio named the microwave as "the most underused technology in cooking today." He used the microwave to make a delectable sponge cake and told us how easy it was to re-create at home. I was disappointed because I do not have a microwave. Although my kitchen is modern, there simply isn't a microwave. How about you?

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Spectra Spectra 7 years
I have one and I can't imagine NOT having it. I don't use it to actually cook things, but I do use it to reheat leftovers and to pop popcorn. And no, I don't buy microwave popcorn; I put popcorn in a paper bag and stick it in the microwave. Works great! I know people who bake cakes and stuff in them, but I don't think I'd do that...the texture would probably be weird.
amber512 amber512 7 years
How do people get by without them? Oh the convenience.
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
I went a month without one when we moved here (end of May). When you're used to having one to heat up water for tea, thaw, or reheat leftovers, it's a pain to go without. I got used to it, but still missed it, so we went out and bought one last week.
PiNkY-PiNk PiNkY-PiNk 7 years
we've always had microwaves. I thought everyone just had one cuz they're so cheap now.
pink-pirate pink-pirate 7 years
From a green perspective, using an oven or stovetop to reheat food uses much more energy than a microwave does, especially if you have an older oven that takes a lot of time to preheat. Also not sure what chemical changespeople are talking about. Microwave ovens only heat water molecules, so it does not create a "chemical" change in food. The only health concerns are leaching plastic, which just means use a plate instead of a plastic container. Whatever low levels of radiation can easily be avoided by not standing near the microwave while using it - and this only applies for very old microwaves as modern ones have a shield to block this.
CoconutPie CoconutPie 7 years
No, and I don't want one. I don't like the way it reheats foods and I'm kind of scared of the negative effects it might have on health & foods.
Pets Pets 7 years
My first apt out of college had one built-in but, other than that (and my parents' house), I've never had one!
AlexisSF AlexisSF 7 years
i have one and never use it — it grosses me out for some reason. i'd rather re-heat on the stove or in the oven.
mstrauss mstrauss 7 years
I LOVE for my microwave! I do alot of cooking using the oven, but there are certain items that either come out better or are quicker just by microwaving them, like baked potatoes and popcorn :)
noxcatt noxcatt 7 years
i agree with those who dont have one. i have such a small kitchen so i cant have one. i dont miss it. its not like everything cant be heated up on a stove/oven. plus its nice when reheating soup, its hot ALL the way through!
dclsweetspot dclsweetspot 7 years
I can't imagine living without one. I make a large pot of soup and heat it in a mug when needed. I use it to cook lean cuisines or homemade vaccuum sealed meals for convient foods when there is no time to cook. It's so nice to not have to clean a pot and have your food cook so fast. Our broke and we needed to wait til the weekend for my husband to install a new one so I ran out and bought a little one to use in the meantime. I was lost without one.
kuura kuura 7 years
I belong to the minority! I now live with my parents and we've never had one. Last year I lived on my own and my appartement had a microwave. Though I'm used to not having one I admit that it's useful... After summer I'll move again and I hope I'll have one. It is more ecological after all.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 7 years
I do own a microwave but it's hardly ever used nowadays. I don't like the rubbery taste of food when it's reheated in the microwave and I don't trust the chemical changes to the food. But then again, we hardly have any leftovers at our place now :)
beram1220 beram1220 7 years
I don't have a microwave and honestly I don't miss it. I have always been a little freaked out by microwaves and when I moved, we never bought a new one. I use the toaster oven to heat up leftovers or anything else. To me, microwaves make food taste rubbery and I would end up reheating things in my toaster oven anyway. I can't say I won't get one in the future though - especially when I have kids and when time is of the essence :)
imLissy imLissy 7 years
Wha? How does anyone survive without a microwave??? We didn't have one for half a day when we were moving in and I was lost.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
I thought everyone had one too! I've never been to a kitchen that didn't.
opentypeA opentypeA 7 years
For me it's a necessity for reheating leftovers!
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 7 years
I think everyone I know has one!
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