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2020-11-30 12:48:52 AM  
I have one over the stove but never use it. The exhaust fan on it is anemic so I'm planning on taking it out and putting a real exhaust fan in the space it's occupying.

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2020-11-30 1:50:04 AM  
I bring frozen dinners to work to heat in the microwave here, but the one at home doesn't get that much use from me lately.  Sometimes a can of soup, some hot dogs, or a precooked burger patty.
 
2020-11-30 2:06:38 AM  
I have a toaster with 4x slots and a bunch of Le Creuset cookware. I can make an omelette or crepes like yeah.  Come try some of these crepes,mfer. I'll put your omelette on blast.
 
2020-11-30 3:05:51 AM  
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2020-11-30 6:17:34 AM  

TwowheelinTim: I have one over the stove but never use it. The exhaust fan on it is anemic so I'm planning on taking it out and putting a real exhaust fan in the space it's occupying.

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DILLIGAF


Did that last year. Totally worth it.

I use a toaster oven to reheat food.
 
2020-11-30 6:58:57 AM  
Yeah, my vegan girlfriend is always on about that.
 
2020-11-30 7:01:09 AM  

Alphax: or a precooked burger patty.


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2020-11-30 7:11:13 AM  
i dont have one. i dont have counterspace for it, and i dont like radiation
 
2020-11-30 7:25:25 AM  

TwowheelinTim: I have one over the stove but never use it. The exhaust fan on it is anemic so I'm planning on taking it out and putting a real exhaust fan in the space it's occupying.

DNRTFA
DILLIGAF


This is literally my situation. Replacing it with an exhaust fan that actually works.

Melting butter is the only thing I think I've Eve used it for.
 
2020-11-30 7:25:29 AM  
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2020-11-30 7:33:04 AM  
We only have the little dorm sized that my oldest brought home from college. I use it for oatmeal and to reheat a cup of tea. It's too small and weak for much else.
 
2020-11-30 8:02:26 AM  

some_beer_drinker: i dont have one. i dont have counterspace for it, and i dont like radiation


Do you have a cell phone?   Because you're going to receive far more of the exact same kind of radiation by using that than you would get from using a microwave.
 
2020-11-30 8:14:20 AM  
My wife and i had a tiny apartment and ditched our microwave so we could have enough counter space for a toaster oven and a coffee maker.  Several years later we're still fine without it, and we learned how to actually cook.

Doing dishes is also a great time to have the occasional existential crisis.
 
2020-11-30 8:24:31 AM  

kittyhas1000legs: My wife and i had a tiny apartment and ditched our microwave so we could have enough counter space for a toaster oven and a coffee maker.  Several years later we're still fine without it, and we learned how to actually cook.

Doing dishes is also a great time to have the occasional existential crisis.


How do  you reheat your coffee?
 
2020-11-30 8:27:03 AM  

KarmicDisaster: kittyhas1000legs: My wife and i had a tiny apartment and ditched our microwave so we could have enough counter space for a toaster oven and a coffee maker.  Several years later we're still fine without it, and we learned how to actually cook.

Doing dishes is also a great time to have the occasional existential crisis.

How do  you reheat your coffee?


Why do you have coffee that needs reheating?
 
2020-11-30 8:27:10 AM  
I mostly use mine for a timer and to heat water for tea.

/Why did that British chap just faint?
 
2020-11-30 8:30:11 AM  

turbocucumber: KarmicDisaster: kittyhas1000legs: My wife and i had a tiny apartment and ditched our microwave so we could have enough counter space for a toaster oven and a coffee maker.  Several years later we're still fine without it, and we learned how to actually cook.

Doing dishes is also a great time to have the occasional existential crisis.

How do  you reheat your coffee?

Why do you have coffee that needs reheating?


THIS RIGHT HERE.
 
2020-11-30 8:30:53 AM  

turbocucumber: KarmicDisaster: kittyhas1000legs: My wife and i had a tiny apartment and ditched our microwave so we could have enough counter space for a toaster oven and a coffee maker.  Several years later we're still fine without it, and we learned how to actually cook.

Doing dishes is also a great time to have the occasional existential crisis.

How do  you reheat your coffee?

Why do you have coffee that needs reheating?


I like my coffee hot.
 
2020-11-30 8:35:55 AM  

KarmicDisaster: turbocucumber: KarmicDisaster: kittyhas1000legs: My wife and i had a tiny apartment and ditched our microwave so we could have enough counter space for a toaster oven and a coffee maker.  Several years later we're still fine without it, and we learned how to actually cook.

Doing dishes is also a great time to have the occasional existential crisis.

How do  you reheat your coffee?

Why do you have coffee that needs reheating?

I like my coffee hot.


Why would it need to be reheated in the first place?  It come from the coffee maker pretty darn hot.
 
2020-11-30 8:36:17 AM  
I have the GE Fun Cooker Microwave. Farkin' does everything.

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2020-11-30 8:36:57 AM  
Microwave here gets used almost every morning.  Take bread product from freezer, run through microwave for 20-45 seconds depending on product, then toast in toaster oven or use directly.  Keeps bread products from going moldy, and makes certain things like cheese sticks and bagels delicious on their own
 
2020-11-30 8:41:36 AM  

kittyhas1000legs: KarmicDisaster: turbocucumber: KarmicDisaster: kittyhas1000legs: My wife and i had a tiny apartment and ditched our microwave so we could have enough counter space for a toaster oven and a coffee maker.  Several years later we're still fine without it, and we learned how to actually cook.

Doing dishes is also a great time to have the occasional existential crisis.

How do  you reheat your coffee?

Why do you have coffee that needs reheating?

I like my coffee hot.

Why would it need to be reheated in the first place?  It come from the coffee maker pretty darn hot.


I just reheated it. I put it in my Android mug today which is pretty big. 20 minutes later it is half gone but not longer at piping hot temp, so I reheat it.
 
2020-11-30 8:42:17 AM  

some_beer_drinker: i dont have one. i dont have counterspace for it, and i dont like radiation


Sunshine is radiation.  You must be pasty pale.
 
2020-11-30 8:44:29 AM  
I was never particularly thoughtful about my food when I had a microwave

If getting rid of the microwave is the only way you can motivate yourself to stop eating like shiat then good for you I guess, but maybe we shouldn't be blaming the microwave here.
 
2020-11-30 8:51:40 AM  
I can't imagine handling feeding kids and prepping most leftovers without out it. I'm not putting a pot on the stove to reheat spaghetti.
 
2020-11-30 8:57:14 AM  
It's a handy tool. I don't actually cook anything in it. Mostly I need it to heat up my dinner because my wife can't get the hang of timing the cooking, so the veggies on the plate are usually tepid by the time she serves it. Won't even melt the butter.

/yes, I cook, too. We share the duties.
 
2020-11-30 9:11:58 AM  
How else do you expect me to dry the shiatzu?
 
2020-11-30 9:12:14 AM  

capt.snicklefritz: I can't imagine handling feeding kids and prepping most leftovers without out it. I'm not putting a pot on the stove to reheat spaghetti.


Where did that echo come from?
 
2020-11-30 9:20:42 AM  
Microwaves aren't for cooking food, they are for preparing or reheating food. My sister doesn't have one. When I visit she has to use a pan to heat milk to make hot chocolate for my daughter. Me I just put a mug in the mw for 60 seconds.
 
2020-11-30 9:26:19 AM  

Swiss Colony: Microwaves aren't for cooking food, they are for preparing or reheating food. My sister doesn't have one. When I visit she has to use a pan to heat milk to make hot chocolate for my daughter. Me I just put a mug in the mw for 60 seconds.


That's the one thing I prefer it for, heating milk for beverages.  Also use it for the timer.
 
2020-11-30 9:33:23 AM  
My microwave is getting a workout from all the Thanksgiving leftovers.

I can't cook small. All the things I cook are at least two or more meals. The microwave has been great and ultimately saves me money by allowing me to cook more efficiently and saves time to reheat.
 
2020-11-30 9:33:25 AM  

dittybopper: some_beer_drinker: i dont have one. i dont have counterspace for it, and i dont like radiation

Do you have a cell phone?   Because you're going to receive far more of the exact same kind of radiation by using that than you would get from using a microwave.


yeah, but don't carry it around, and rarely use it.
 
2020-11-30 9:51:38 AM  

Deathbymeteor: Microwave here gets used almost every morning.  Take bread product from freezer, run through microwave for 20-45 seconds depending on product, then toast in toaster oven or use directly.  Keeps bread products from going moldy, and makes certain things like cheese sticks and bagels delicious on their own


I keep bread, cookies, larger scones, bagels, leftover pizza wrapped in foil, slices of meat pies, in the freezer as well.

My little two slot toaster has a bagel setting and a defrost setting for toast and bagels.  The cookies and scones have to go in the oven for five to thirty minutes.  It's a simple and easy portion control, a way to vary my meals, when I cook multiple portions.  They come out perfect.  Takes only a few minutes of advance planning, but if I'm in a hurry, my frozen toast is still ready in the same time that my coffee takes to brew.

30 years without a microwave.  It's just a giant expensive, annoying to clean, space waster for me.  I initially missed it, just for the reheating coffee, but I now drink my morning coffee from a well insulated mug, and I even end up drinking less coffee because I'm not constantly topping it off to keep it warm.

There's no right answer, it depends more on one's lifestyle and what each person values in convenience vs. quality.  It's easy to adapt either way.
 
2020-11-30 9:55:52 AM  
I'm not snobby about it, and we do have a microwave, but I rarely ever use it. I have some weird mental block where I just cannot figure the damn thing out. No matter how well I understand the theory, It still just won't "click" that three 1-minute runs are not the same as 3 minutes

I grew up without a microwave and basically thought they were magic when I saw one somewhere. "A (crappy) hotdog in seconds! WOW!"

When I was in college, I had one, and it was great for my diet of pizza pockets and frozen burritos, but I just did what the wrapper said.

Now that I'm an old who loves cooking, I can't imagine using the thing. Ours pretty much only gets used to warm up a hot pack for sore muscles (1 minute) or microwave popcorn (2-ish minutes, unless it gets quiet sooner) and on the rare occasion where I have to warm something up in it, I always ask my wife first.

I love hot coffee, but I also drink my bowl (its a French thing, I guess) in about 5 minutes, so it doesn't cool - although the bowl is heated before I start

TL;DR: I don't understand the magic nuclear box, but I have plenty of options and I'm ok with that. If the MW broke, I wouldn't even notice until someone told me
 
2020-11-30 9:57:25 AM  
Haven't used a microwave in ~16+ years. Have pots, pans and an oven to cook with.
 
2020-11-30 10:11:57 AM  
microwaves are for sissies I heat everything over an open fire like a man
 
2020-11-30 10:16:53 AM  

BeotchPudding: Haven't used a microwave in ~16+ years. Have pots, pans and an oven to cook with.


Cool.
 
2020-11-30 10:17:52 AM  
Another don't have one, don't miss it. Other things I don't have (that used to annoy guests in the before times): coffee pot, toaster, catsup, kettle, tea/coffee cups, coffee/tea. I just don't enjoy a hot beverage unless it's soup. Also don't eat toast.
 
2020-11-30 10:19:27 AM  

KarmicDisaster: kittyhas1000legs: My wife and i had a tiny apartment and ditched our microwave so we could have enough counter space for a toaster oven and a coffee maker.  Several years later we're still fine without it, and we learned how to actually cook.

Doing dishes is also a great time to have the occasional existential crisis.

How do  you reheat your coffee?


i don't even drink coffee and I can tell you that's horrible.
 
2020-11-30 10:22:27 AM  
Earlier this year, our microwave oven broke.  We kind of procrastinated for a couple weeks but by the end, we were almost desperate to go out and buy one.

I don't know how people get by without one.  If you drink hot stuff, have leftovers, thawing frozen stuff... unless you just enjoy spending easily twice the amount of time or more in the kitchen.  Me and the missus, personally, we have plenty of other chores or things to do than have to waste more time on this task.   And let me say, we don't eat any frozen TV dinner meals or prepare anything primarily by the microwave - it's just a quick heating method.
 
2020-11-30 10:37:17 AM  
i cook over an open fire in my yard
 
2020-11-30 10:40:18 AM  

some_beer_drinker: i cook over an open fire in my yard


Why not join the modern world and cut a hole in your roof, then you can cook over the open pit in your living room?
 
2020-11-30 10:46:47 AM  
Our over-the-stove microwave died in March and I wasn't able to get it replaced until the end of July.We got along fine without it, both my wife and I know how to cook. But I find multiple uses for it and it's nice in the summer to be able to heat up food without turning on the stove. And it's the best method for making oatmeal, bar none.
 
2020-11-30 11:21:54 AM  

Swiss Colony: Microwaves aren't for cooking food, they are for preparing or reheating food. My sister doesn't have one. When I visit she has to use a pan to heat milk to make hot chocolate for my daughter. Me I just put a mug in the mw for 60 seconds.


My new-trick is poaching an egg. Crack an egg in a coffee mug of cold water and nuke it for about 1 min.

Doing poached eggs on the stove takes way too long and way too much equipment. It's b'fast for crissakes.
 
2020-11-30 11:22:31 AM  

some_beer_drinker: i cook over an open fire in my yard


The gods demand sacrifice
 
2020-11-30 11:38:32 AM  
Didn't miss it when I didn't have one, but it's handy.  Same with the microwave.
 
2020-11-30 11:55:36 AM  
I pretty much just use mine for melting butter, reheating pizza and heating spaghetti sauce.  And occasionally thawing stuff when I forget to take something out of the freezer ahead of time.

Its a handy tool for cooking adjacent activities, but I don't actually cook anything with it.
 
2020-11-30 12:24:32 PM  
EEjits!
It is a cooking appliance like any other. Learn some technique.Apply the skills learned elsewhere to bring out the results you want.
The ways of the restaurant kitchen(where i have spent 13 years) are incredibly wasteful for
the volume of home cooking.
Plus, yah can't beat it for making Hollandaise and the asparagus to put it on.
 
2020-11-30 12:38:49 PM  

LydiaPreziosa: EEjits!
It is a cooking appliance like any other. Learn some technique.Apply the skills learned elsewhere to bring out the results you want.
The ways of the restaurant kitchen(where i have spent 13 years) are incredibly wasteful for
the volume of home cooking.
Plus, yah can't beat it for making Hollandaise and the asparagus to put it on.
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Just curious, but how do you make Hollandaise sauce in a microwave/
 
2020-11-30 12:55:44 PM  
This article and thread have made me realize that I can't remember the last time I "cooked" something in the microwave. For years, it's just been for re-hearing leftovers, and literally nothing else.
 
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