The no-microwave experiment
Friday, November 22, 2013
A few weeks ago my old microwave died - luckily it was in the last second of heating up my soup, the effort to try to beep must have killed it LOL. Instant panic! How am I going to cope without a microwave, after all it gets used every day for heating up leftovers, frozen homemade tv dinners, the frozen blueberries on my breakfast and sometimes even making scrambled eggs. All that and probably much more..
Living in Mexico it is not as easy to find a new one, although the stores do carry them but more expensive for lesser quality than up north. Anyway, we have a Sams Club nearby - don't get excited, it is nothing like a Sams up north - and they had 2 models, neither of which appealed to me for the price they asked (close to $200 for a small one, you pick up a similar in Walmart for about $60) So I decided to try to live without one, knowing we'd be making a trip north to take DD to the airport soon. DH said I wouldn't last 5 minutes - ha! That was a challenge!!
Long story short, I did manage with a little planning. Frozen soup heats up nicely in a saucepan, I had to remember to take frozen veggies, rice etc out of the freezer a few hours before meal times to heat up in a skillet and the hardest of all was to remember to get a small cup of frozen blueberries out the night before, so I could have them on my breakfast. I missed my warm blueberries on my flax granola but cold was ok.
This Monday we went to Tucson to take DD to the airport. Her flight was Tuesday morning. It was sad to see her go, we enjoyed having her stay with us since Sept 1. So what do you do when you're sad ... retail therapy!! Ok, not normally but this time it fit the program. I had my list for Sams, Target and Trader Joes ready!
We ended up getting a microwave at Best Buy - slightly larger than I wanted but DH aid that a small one wouldn't do the trick - he has one on his boat and said it takes much longer etc. Ok - he was buying, so he got to choose.
We have been back since Wednesday afternoon and I have used the new microwave, wait for it... once! to heat my blueberries for breakfast :)
Not having a microwave was an inconvenience but not a problem. It has opened my eyes to doing things the way I used to, before we moved to the US. There are theories out there that microwave cooing destroys nutrients and that it is not a healthy way to cook or re-heat your food. I won't go into that, that is for each person to decide but I do know that I will use my new microwave less than I have been using one in the past. It a convenience to have one - one that does take up a bit of space on my counter but it's worth it :)