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5/7/13 4:14 P

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I have a Hamilton Beach electric tea kettle from Costco for boiling water. I never liked using the microwave to boil water because it either gets too hot or not hot enough. The electric tea kettle is just as fast, or maybe faster, and the water is the perfect temperature. On occasion I buy the McDougall soup cups. I boil water in my tea kettle and use it to make the soup. It takes about 5-8 minutes to become soup. It's a nice fall-back if I am out of homemade soups.

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5/5/13 4:46 P

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I'll bet your husband is like me and realizing that food taste better that comes from a toaster oven rather than from a microwave. I think in this modern age I was forgetting how much better food "used" to taste when made the old fashioned way. "Instant food" just is not as tasty.

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5/4/13 9:25 P

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It's been a cool experiment. It doesn't really take all that much longer to heat with the toaster oven or stove. My husband is even considering not replacing it.

Kelly

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5/4/13 8:04 P

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Kelly, I've been secretly following your lead since you posted. I have just a regular old Stanley thermos, but it works great for my work lunches. We also have a toaster oven at work, so that helps for other types of meals.

And for anyone who wants to heat water for tea without a microwave, I'd recommend the Hot Shot -- It's $20 & heats enough for a big mug in about a minute. Easy-peasy!

Edited by: ASPIRINGVEGAN at: 5/4/2013 (20:05)
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4/19/13 7:03 P

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I have one of those mini crock pot warmers, by the way. It's a clever little appliance with a handle---and it doesn't really cook things like a regular crockpot; you just take it to work and plug it in and it's hot by lunchtime. I really like it!

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4/19/13 1:24 P

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Your secret is safe with me Terry.

Kelly

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4/19/13 1:11 P

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"It will mean more dishes but I find doing them kind of like a meditation. Yes, I'm weird."

Oh, if only you lived closer to me, Kelly!!! I'd call you up and say, "Hey Kel? Want to come over to my kitchen sink and "meditate" on my ton of dirty dishes for me???!!!" LOL!!!

I'm just picking on ya! emoticon I actually "sometimes" experience that meditative feeling when doing them, too (but unfortunately, it's rare! Ha!)


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4/19/13 9:20 A

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Cool gizmo Terry! I'll have to check that out.

I got rid of all my pots and pans a while ago except for the non-teflon ones. So this weekend I'm on the hunt for small sauce pans. It will mean more dishes but I find doing them kind of like a meditation. Yes, I'm weird.

Kelly

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4/19/13 12:21 A

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all these interesting cooking things I've never known about before!

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4/19/13 12:04 A

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Forgot to add, Kelly, that I keep thinking of buying one of those "bowl ovens". In my way of thinking, it would be easier to use to warm stuff up than a toaster oven is. (Kinda like a microwave, but more old school.)

But I've never bought one yet because my toaster oven seems to be like the energizer bunny and keeps going and going, no matter how much I use it! Ha! And also I don't have a single bit of clear counter space left for one! LOL!!! Guess I'll have to wait till the toaster oven finally dies...if it ever will! Ha!

Here's a pic of what I'm talking about, in case anyone doesn't know: www.amazon.com/Big-Boss-Infrared-Con
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4/18/13 11:54 P

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Kelly, I'm not much help with advice on keeping foods warm (but Pattk had some great tips with those containers). But I have been microwave free for about two years now! Never dreamed I could do it...and now I rarely ever miss having one! In fact, a few months ago a family member realized I didn't have a microwave and was horrified by the idea and actually offered to buy me one!....I politely told them the truth--I didn't want one!

Like Kerri said, you have to relearn "old school". If I want to warm up my plate of food, instead of it being instantly microwaved, it takes 10 minutes in my toaster oven (and there's a positive side: it taste more like resterant food that way, all nice and heated evenly, and it stays warmer longer than microwaved food will). I also love how I can fix a wrap and put it in the toaster oven for a few minutes and get a resterant style crispiness to it--something I coudln't get from a microwave.

On the down side: it does mean more pots to dirty and clean. (For instance: if I want to warm up a cup of soup...it means putting it in a small saucepan and warming it on the stove. With a microwave i would just have a dirty cup to clean, but done the old school way I have a dirty cup AND saucepan to clean!) This might not be an issue if one has a dishwasher--which I don't! So it's meant more dishes for me to wash. But has the food tasted better than microwaved food? It sure has! In fact, I think I'm kinda spoiled now with that old school taste!

But that being said, after two years without a microwave, I have had a few instances where I wish I had had one. Like for Thanksgiving, I needed to quickly warm up a dish to bring to the family gathering....and I realized I had no way to do it! But that's been a rare occurance. For the most part I've never missed it once I got used to "old school" ways again!

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4/18/13 2:49 P

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Pattk - thanks for the links. I was looking at the Thermos containers but love the Bento idea.

Willy - I have a problem digesting cold foods so that's why I prefer warm foods. I have much less digestive cramping when I don't eat raw or cold foods.

The hotplate isn't a bad idea either. It no more weird than the Magic Bullet I bought when I was drinking smoothies.

Kelly

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4/18/13 2:44 P

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Thank you so much, PattiK. I love the look of that bento box. So pleased to find that -- with your help.

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4/18/13 2:39 P

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Hello Kelly,
I haven't used my microwave once in the last month. I was in the same boat as you about using the microwave. It was a little hard at first to learn how to heat things "old school" again.
I also bring my lunch to work, but normally I just throw a salad together and I quit drinking herbal tea at work. My sister said why don't you get a hot plate for your office. I said no I just learned to eat several things cold. So would a hot plate be a possibility for you? I guess you could you place your lunch in a bpa free container and sit in the window on a sunny day or the heat register on cool days? If I think of something else I will let you know.
Sorry I didn't see the other posts..they have several good ideas.
Kerri

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4/18/13 2:36 P

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I have found that eating hot foods is just addictive, habitual. Most of us do so just because that's what we're accustomed to. I've lately been eating foods cold that traditionally are eaten hot. Even soups. The thermos idea is a good one, but I recommend trying to eat foods cold. I've learned to enjoy foods that way.

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4/18/13 2:36 P

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I saw this lunch crock pot advertised awhile ago:
http://www.amazon.com/Crock-Pot-SCCPLC20
0-PK-20-Ounce-Lunch-Warmer/dp/B006H5V7ZY
The problem is if you work in a cubicle others might be bothered by the smell. I have used Thermos food containers but I'm not sure it would keep things hot for 6 hours. I just eat sandwiches and raw veggies for lunch :-)

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4/18/13 2:31 P

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I have a couple of sizes (10 and 16 oz) of stainless steel food jars that I use for soups and stews. They keep food warm for hours. Actually I've kept soup warm for 8 hours. It wasn't as piping hot as when I first filled the jar, but it was still very, very warm. www.amazon.com/Thermos-Stainl
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I also highly recommend the Zojirushi Mr Bento Stainless Steel Jar for meals www.thekitchn.com/good-produc
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There is a Mrs Bento that is smaller, but I find the larger Mr Bento much more useful. It's easy to put less in something but impossible to add more once a container if full. Despite what a couple of reviewers say, the plastic is NOT Tupperware.

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4/18/13 2:21 P

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I'm getting ready to go microwave free. I've always been concerned about what that thing does to my food so I've decided to see if I can go without it. This raises one question in particular. How do I keep my foods warm when I bring my lunch every day. I don't eat a lot of cold foods and need a way to bring soups, rice & veggies etc. to work for lunch.

I didn't think I used the nuke box much until I finally started paying attention. I heat up my water and milk, reheat leftovers, defrost things quickly, make popcorn, melt coconut oil, etc. So I was actually using it a couple times a day. Thankfully I have a toaster oven at home so I haven't used the microwave in 2 days. It's time to see what I can do about my lunches.

Anyone have any recommendations for food containers that actually keep foods like casseroles, soups, rice & veggies etc. hot/warm for about 6 hours?

Kelly

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