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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