I’ve Got A Secret…

by GettingFreedom on June 24, 2009

I’ve never really mentioned it here..not completely sure why. I guess that I didn’t really think it was that big of a deal. But after my family and real life friends made such a big deal about it..I got to thinking about it some more. And I realized that indeed, it was a little strange in this day and age. And well lately, I’ve been all about strange. I’m all about getting freedom from the normal, too. I’m sure you’ve been able to tell that by now.

Are you ready?

You may want to sit down. Oh yeah, most people use their computers sitting down, that’s right. Moving on.

Here it goes. Here’s my secret: I don’t have a microwave in my kitchen. Or in my house for that matter. It has been that way since right before Thanksgiving (I do believe) and quite honestly, I don’t miss it. As a matter of fact, I don’t see me having a microwave anytime soon.

Here is how it all came about. I had a small, white microwave that I got when I graduated (for free from our Project Graduation Party). It worked, but it was on my counter and was the only appliance in my kitchen that was white, both of which annoyed me greatly. When we bought our refrigerator, we came across a Fridgedaire Stainless Steel over the Range Hood Microwave. And I loved it. It had a big dent in the side so it was on major markdown, so we bought it. Removed the dent. Installed it. Used it 6 months when it quit. Kaput. I was livid.

While we were waiting to get it to the shop and on the verdict from the repair man, I noticed that it was easy to get by without the microwave. I still had my white one that we had moved to our pantry, which is actually a room off of our carport that is heated/cooled, but I never used it. I didn’t miss it. Granted it took a little while longer to prepare things, but when I did, it was much better than when I used the microwave. No mush. No hot spots. And no worries! Then the verdict came, it was going to cost more to repair the microwave than what we paid for it. Not happening!

By no worries I mean this. My husband is fully and completely convinced that plastics in the microwave (from them being heated up) can cause autism. Not saying that it does, but still. Considering that we question whether our oldest is on the spectrum or not–this is something we tried to avoid. Even if it isn’t partly responsible for autism, it is proven that microwaving your food in plastic (or even covered with plastic wrap) releases cancer-causing compounds. While I know that there are supposedly “safe plastics” and that glass is also an option–I don’t want to worry about it.

Not only that, but microwaving food significantly reduces the nutritional value. I came across one study that stated microwaves decrease 97% of the flavonoids which contain anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and anti-microbial properties as well as B 12 (which helps your nervous system and with red blood cell formation). I think I want as many flavonoids and B 12 in my food a I can get!

I also know that we lived without microwaves up until about 1946. Many, many women (and men) cooked without one, and they survived just fine. While I will admit that it takes more preparation on my part to warm us up lunch, that is really the only negative side effect, if you want to call it that.

How do we deal? That is easy!

  • I use a kettle for hot cocoa and hot tea.
  • We have completely switched over to what I call “real popcorn.” It’s not that fancy stuff you find in bags with the butter and seasonings (as well as numerous other chemicals) mixed in. Instead we get the pure delight of watching ½ cup of popcorn kernels turn into 2 big bowls of popcorn that we get to flavor to our individual preferences. I love white cheddar, while my DS loves cinnamon sugar. Not to mention this way has far less sodium and Lord only knows what else. Plus, it’s frugal!
  • Since I menu plan, I know right off whether I need to pull something out of the freezer for dinner.
  • I begin to think lunch around 11 or so. This gives me ample time to warm something in the oven if need be.
  • Anything that can me made in the microwave can be made (and was probably originally made) on the stovetop or in the oven. For example: I got some frozen vegetables in a steamer bag for free after coupon. When my microwave broke I didn’t know what to do with them. Haha. Open them up and cook them! Just because they are in a fancy bag doesn’t mean they aren’t “normal”. The packaging doesn’t change the product. It’ll cook. :)

All of that to say, you may think I’m weird. You make be looking at your screen going….”Wha? Seriously? Nuh uh!”. But I’m for real. It works for me. I’ve survived without my microwave. I love it, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. So if you must, go ahead and think I’m weird. I’m just on my way to getting freedom from normal. And I’m completely okay with that. :) You never know, my TV just may be next…. (yeah right, I think my husband would really think I’ve lost it then!)

This post is linked to Works for Me Wednesday.

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