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I moved into an new flat recently, and not having a microwave with me, thought it would be an interesting experiment to see how long I could last without one.

Almost every Western home has a microwave, and most families say it would be "almost impossible" to live without one.

Despite being aware of the debate surrounding their health impacts and nutritional effect on food, I enjoyed having access to one simply out of convenience.

But I do try to live in the healthiest, safest way possible, and now was the perfect opportunity to see if I could make a better swap.

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To start my experiment, I made a list of the occasions I use a microwave:
cooking porridge (daily)
warming left-overs before eating (daily/every other day)
making hot drinks (every other day)
softening vegetables before roasting (once or twice a week)

Not a huge one, but still fairly ingrained in my cooking routine.

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I then worked out my solutions to the above without a microwave. For example, porridge would be cooked on the stove, vegetables would roast for a little longer than usual etc. And to me, these all seemed like doable alternatives.

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Now, a month later, I honestly can't say I miss having a microwave at all. I didn't realise how far superior stove-cooked oats tasted! And they don't even take that much longer.

I also have the luxury of more worktop space in the kitchen which is great, and not having to think about the possible harm my microwave is inflicting on me is a nice benefit too (for the record, the debate still rages over whether microwaves are 'healthy' or not). From a money-saving and environmental perspective, I can't tell if I am using more or less energy without one (it must be fairly similar), but at least I saved on the initial purchase outlay.

So I don't see myself going back to a microwave any time soon, but moreso because I just don't need it. What are your thoughts on microwaves? Do you use one or do you do things 'old school' style?

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When I got my first microwave and I bought a couple of microwave cookery books as I expected to cook many recipes using the microwave. However, I use it mainly for defrosting and reheating. I could live without it but would have to plan ahead more to get things defrosted.
Definitely a fair point Marie - they are great for defrosting. I've just started to get things out ahead of time and it wasn't as big of a deal as I expected it to be!
I'm definitely an 'old school' gal; haven't had a microwave for over fifteen years and have never missed it :)
15 years?! Wow that is certainly very impressive! We'd love to do the same I think!
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