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The microwave

Saturday, March 23, 2013

You'd think it's an optional item, and in a way it is. It takes longer to reheat things in the oven and heating water may not be an issue on the stove, but the microwave is essential for the lazy reheater.

Ours went kaput a couple of weeks ago and we just haven't found one at the wattage and price we would like to see.

I like to have leftovers and those little Green Giant veggie packs, but I really don't want to wait a half hour for something that takes no more than 5 minutes in the microwave. I have had to make my tea (essential for someone with a head cold like me) in a pot on the stove and hope that I don't spill it all over the counter.

Although the microwave is a splurge item, it makes life so much easier. I love my microwave and hate living without one. So we are on the search for a new one, but are patient enough for a good deal.

Perhaps one day I will own a pie server and a potato masher also.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
FRAN0426 3/24/2013 5:36PM

    The microwave is a big time saver for heating up leftovers quickly, I think the leftovers don't get as dry as reheating them on top of the stove and even the oven. I use mine too for getting hot tea water for myself. The last time our microwave died we weren't without one but for a few days. Hope you find what your looking for at a great price soon.

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SUNNYWBL 3/24/2013 12:58AM

    What wattage and price are you looking for? I see them at Sam's and Costco for lless than $100.

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LIBBYL1 3/23/2013 10:52PM

  hardly use mine! my daughter makes those horrible two minute noodles and occasionally I will half do a potato before finishing baking it in the oven...

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MELINDA382 3/23/2013 8:12PM

    We didn't have one growing up. My mom was afraid of the waves warping our minds. We eventually got one pretty much right before I left home. Though I prefer the stove and oven for cooking, the microwave is great for leftovers, frozen veggies and tea.

Yesterday, the boyfriend broke the glass plate that goes inside ours. So, I guess we'll be tracking down a replacement online. Luckily our housemates have one in the main kitchen!

Happy shopping!

Comment edited on: 3/23/2013 8:12:58 PM

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HOLLYM48 3/23/2013 6:17PM

it is amazing how dependent we have become on that thing!
I hope you find an inexpensive one soon. emoticon

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BOPPY_ 3/23/2013 4:49PM

    Veggies cook faster, better (nutritionally), and even taste better in a microwave.

Bacon cooks better and faster in a microwave. (I only know this from memory since I haven't had any bacon in over two years ( emoticon ).

Tea, hot chocolate, coffee, decaf, are all a breeze in the microwave; and especially if you have am electric range, it is an energy saver, as well.

Quick and instant oats are a breeze when you nuke 'em.

As you mentioned reheating is not only faster, and more economical, but there's less chance of overcooking with the ole nuker.

One thing that's made out MW more useful is a Pyrex 6 cup pitcher/measuring cup -- for heating water. I drink decaf in a four cup mug, and need 2 more cups for my oatmeal every AM.

Give me nukes, or give me none emoticon !

Lee emoticon

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KELLYFIT123 3/23/2013 4:35PM

    I didn't own a microwave the 2 years I lived in Minneapolis for grad school. The apartment I rented didn't have one and I didn't think it was worth it to buy one. I heated everything up on the stove and in some ways felt good about doing it -- no microwave waves and all that. But when I moved and had one again, I loved the convenience! No doubt you'll find the one you want. Have you checked Craigslist or the want ads?

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LJCANNON 3/23/2013 1:06PM

    emoticon Definitely hard to say the Microwave is a "Luxury". I know we COULD live without it, but I sure DON'T want to!! Hopefully your Search will be a Short One!

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TRUCKERWIFE2 3/23/2013 11:47AM

    It's funny how when I was a kid a microwave cost $300 which was a lot more then than now. We cooked on a stove for years. I didn't own a microwave for many years and now it's a convienece I enjoy and my husband uses on the road to eat the meals I prepare for him. I know I could live without one easily but I sure do enjoy the way I can get things done with it. Hope you find one in your price range soon. Have you tried something like Tuesday Morning or Big Lots? I find a lot of useful small appliances at good prices in both those stores. Good luck.

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CJJANISS 3/23/2013 11:46AM

    We were without a microwave for a few days this past week...only a few hubby got one from his best friend who had a spare. I found out very quickly that I cannot live without a's more than a convenience's like needing electricity and running water...can't live without I know how you feel and what you're going through without one...hope you get one soon! :)

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NELLJONES 3/23/2013 11:45AM

    We just had to replace our microwave a couple of weeks ago. We use it for so many small jobs I have to have one. Hard to believe that it's only been 30 years or so since they became available. Remember when they were HUGE, and manufacturers thought we'd use it for everything? I just went to Sears and bought one that was being discontinued. Better than listening to hubby gripe until a better deal came along.

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