Microwaves…Can You Live Without Them?

The convenience of a microwave is undeniable. With the fast-forward and rushed lifestyle of today’s generation, throwing a quick dinner or reheating leftovers in a microwave is the easiest option for a no-fuss meal. Therefore, a microwave is an absolute kitchen necessity for many people. But, is it possible to live without one? The simple answer to the question is… yes. As with other lifestyle changes, it will take some adjustments, but in the long run you will find that life without a microwave can be surprisingly beneficial.

Although you will be losing the effortless convenience of a microwave, there are perks you will gain, such as:

  • More counter space or storage space! Depending on where you keep your microwave, removing that giant gadget will reduce your counter clutter or free up some much-needed storage space. It can also reduce the time you spend cleaning. Your kitchen will look sleek and you will have more space to prepare your meals or store your other gadgets.

  • Better food choices. With no microwave access, you are forced to stay away from processed foods, which will have positive effects on your health. Your body will thank you!

  • You will save money. With one less appliance you have to purchase, going microwave-less is actually a money saver!

  • Reheated food will taste better. Nine times out of ten, food that is reheated in the microwave loses flavor and texture.

  • Avoiding health dangers. While many health-related issues surrounding microwaves haven’t been scientifically proven, and some have been noted as myths, there are a few risks still involved. If you heat your food in the microwave using the wrong type of container, you can release harmful toxins into your food and kitchen. Often, food can also heat unevenly in the microwave, potentially leaving harmful bacteria still in your food. No microwave = less worry.

In order to make the shift to microwave-free living, there are some questions you must consider, like how will you reheat your food? How will you thaw meats? And mostly, how will you make the leap? To address these issues and transition into a microwave-free lifestyle, here are a few helpful tips.

  • Plan ahead! Initially, living microwave-free is going to take a great deal of planning and organizing. Be prepared for extra cooking time and don’t forget about the time it takes to heat the oven. You might have to set frozen foods out early to start the defrost process and map out your meals for the week ahead. Eventually, you will adapt and planning will be a no-brainer.

  • Smart storage for leftovers. Pyrex is a lifesaver when it comes to storage options. By placing your leftovers in Pyrex kitchenware, it is easily transferable from the fridge to the oven.

  • Refrigerator or water thawing? Losing your microwave makes thawing food a bit more of a chore, but some thinking ahead can help. Thawing in a refrigerator is lengthy (can take at least 24 hours for every 5 pounds of meat) and requires some serious planning ahead. If you forget to thaw your meat ahead of time, however, leave your meat in its packaging and slip it into a pot of cold water. You may need to replace the water every 30 minutes or so to keep the water cold, but this method is way faster than the fridge method and will do the trick!

  • Know your options. The microwave isn’t your only option. You can also use the oven, a pot or pan on the stovetop, a toaster oven, a slow cooker, a steamer, or a kettle to heat things. The options are limitless, really.

If you desire the sleek design and clutter-free look of a kitchen with no microwave, consider the tips and benefits above. You CAN live without a microwave and Kitchen Elements can help you design the microwave-free kitchen of your dreams.

Contact us today to start planning your space!