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THINMAMAWARD's Photo THINMAMAWARD Posts: 1,949
11/23/09 8:01 P

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I think hubby and daughter would die first cause they depend on it when it is fend for yourself night. ha ha.

In a prebariatric program hoping to get approval for weight loss surgery.

Be Blessed!

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ANARIE's Photo ANARIE Posts: 13,223
11/17/09 3:48 P

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I don't use mine absolutely every day, but when I want it, I *really* want it. And since veggies are one of the main things I use it for, not having one would make it harder to eat healthy. Even as strained as my budget is, I think if mine broke down, I'd have to scrounge up the money to replace it. (And since mine is at least 20 years old, I probably ought to be prepared for that possibility.) But they're easy enough to find at yard sales and Craig's List, especially in a city like this with LOTS of apartment dwellers. It's really common for someone to move into an apartment with a built-in and decide to sell off their old one for $5.

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NGM1692's Photo NGM1692 Posts: 178
11/16/09 6:43 P

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i can't stand microwave popped popcorn. i buy the big bags of unpopped kernels. when i want some popcorn, i put a tiny bit of oil in a 3qt pot and shake it on up. takes about the same amount of time, and i control what's on it (usually just wave the salt shaker next to it).

we do have an air popper that looks like the old fashioned popcorn machines, but it doesn't pop as well as a pot on the stove does.

nora


"...if i lost my keys, i'd want to find them. i haven't lost 63 pounds, i've *removed* them" (BFL)


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TWISTOLOMEW Posts: 2,021
11/16/09 5:06 P

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I could do without if I had to, but why? I use mine not only to reheat, but to defrost frozen ingredients, melt things (like butter when baking), and of course, heat up water for things like making bread.

It basically would require more planning on my part.

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11/16/09 4:17 P

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Do they still make Jiffy Pop popcorn ? that's how we made it back in the Dark Ages ! Do you remember those single serving pans ? LOL !! It was either that or heat some oil in the pot and then toss in the popcorn kernels.

Of course, you could buy an airpop popcorn maker. I have relatives who love their airpopped pop corn !

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11/16/09 3:24 P

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My microwave just went out too. I don't know, I think I would pretty much be lost without it. I use it every single day.

I mean, without my microwave, how can I have my microwave popcorn?!

"It is our choices... that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities." (JKR/Dumbledore)


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NGM1692's Photo NGM1692 Posts: 178
11/16/09 2:53 P

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when i moved into my condo (years ago now), i decided to do without a microwave. i heated stuff on the stove, mostly. it was gas, so didn't take very long to heat anything. i now have a toaster oven that i use when i want to reheat pizza (even though i do have a microwave), i have several foreman grills (yes, really, i just love presents), and a keurig coffee maker. i could easily go without the microwave (and have a lot more space on my counter top).

yes, it might take some getting used to, but i think i could handle it. just no reason to.

nora


"...if i lost my keys, i'd want to find them. i haven't lost 63 pounds, i've *removed* them" (BFL)


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MAYNESS's Photo MAYNESS Posts: 35
11/16/09 12:04 P

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Mine died a few months back... we had a warranty on it, so we had it repaired, which was nice because it was free but it meant being microwaveless for a whole month.

I heated up a lot of leftovers and whatnot on the stove or in the oven. Turning the oven on to heat up 3-4 pieces of pizza was a huge waste of electricity, but I knew it was only for a month so I didn't worry about it much. If it were an ongoing thing, I'd have to re-evaluate.

The most annoying part, for me, was having to heat water on the stove for my morning cup of tea. I'm used to having hot water in under 2 minutes!

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LUCKYDUCK2's Photo LUCKYDUCK2 Posts: 7,201
11/16/09 2:28 A

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I only use mine to heat up leftovers so I guess I would have to dig out a kettle and use the stove again. :)

I don't use mine very often so I don't think I would miss it too bad.

Vicki



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11/15/09 2:53 P

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a couple years ago I would have said "starve" but lately I have been using the microwave less and less. I still heat soup and liquids in it but left overs now go in the oven to reheat.

But, I am not sure I remember how to actually boil water anymore. LOL



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ARCHIMEDESII's Photo ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (207,234)
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11/15/09 2:43 P

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Here's an interesting question for you folks. What would you do if you didn't have a microwave ? I ask that because my microwave died (surprize ! on Friday the 13th). I didn't realize how much I relied on my microwave for a reheating food quickly. I got home and tried to reheat a piece of pizza. NOPE... had to eat it cold. *sigh*

Cooking is not my problem. I have my oven. I have a toaster oven. I even have a George Forman Grill ! However, it was really easy to nuke leftovers in the microwave when I got home from work. It was also easy to pop in leftovers in the morning for breakfast.

For the time being, I find myself having to COOK something if I want a hot meal. My new microwave will be here at the end of the week. Sure, I could have gone to my local Best Buy to buy something immediately. but you know, I thought it would be an interesting challenge to see what I could make quickly that didn't require a microwave.

And I do know people who refuse to use any type of microwave. I knew one fellow who believed that nuking damaged the nutrients in the food. My cousin, doesn't use one. She's convinced herself she'll get radiation poisoning if she does. I've stopped trying to be rational on this subject with her. long story.

So, what would you do without a microwave ?

-- karen



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