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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 :)
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  • LINDA!
    Yes, we have gotten so used to the convenience of a microwave. But there are still certain foods that I will continue to cook on the stove.

    I can imagine it was difficult to see your daughter leave.
    1521 days ago
    Very interesting blog....I do think a lot about the microwave destroying nutrition...lots of controversy about that. So I try to only use is when necessary or I am in a hurry.
    Glad you had a good time with DD.
    enjoy your week end.
    1521 days ago
    Hi Lis,

    I enjoyed your blog!

    I have noticed since we moved to Spain and there are a lot of things that I can't get here, that I got in Canada. After an initial withdrawal period, I kind of liked the idea and embraced more of a simple lifestyle. Sometimes I pretend that I am a pioneer! LOL! Anyway, it sounds like it was a experience for you.

    Hugs from Maureen
    PS So glad that you had a nice long visit with your daughter.
    1521 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/23/2013 3:09:23 AM
    I'm so glad you were able to spend so much time with your daughter.
    1521 days ago
    Yay! So glad you finally got one!

    1522 days ago
  • SKATER787
    Yes, microwaves destroy your food. LOL. I haven't used mine for years. Get an electric pressure cooker and nothing can stop you.
    1522 days ago
    So many of our so called necessities, are actually luxuries we could live without. Convenient to have though.
    1522 days ago
    We can make do with a lot less than we think we can. Thanks for sharing your story. emoticon emoticon
    1522 days ago
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