I chucked out the microwave

(43 Posts)

Last week. I dont miss it yet. But will I?

We mainly used it for reheating. But a saucepan does the same job.

Does anyone really use theirs a lot? If so, what for?

Schlock Sat 09-Feb-13 12:09:20

I haven't had a microwave for 16 years. I only ever wish I had one when I forget to take the mince out of the freezer!

HDee Sat 09-Feb-13 12:09:36

The only thing we use ours for is rice. We could easily cope without it and if it blew up I very much doubt we would replace it.

It was a godsend when our children were babies though, for heating bottles and food.

Hmm. Maybe when DD2 starts weaning I will miss it!

MrsHoarder Sat 09-Feb-13 12:24:45

Morning porridge, hot chocolate with milk, using the microwave steriliser, defrosting in a hurry and reheating (straight into the bowl)

Arisbottle Sat 09-Feb-13 12:26:13

We got rid of ours around October November . Do not miss it at all, other than for rice.

Pancakeflipper Sat 09-Feb-13 12:26:21

I only use it to defrost mince. Once ours breaks then I shall just get myself more organised.

Oh.

Can oats so simple be cooked on the hob?

BlueberryHill Sat 09-Feb-13 12:29:05

Starting off baked pots, just gets them going and then into the oven for 30 / 45 mins to crisp off. Cuts down the time and use of the oven.

Plus defrosting / reheating sometimes.

Other than that I hate them, knew someone who used to do pizzas in them, why?

We used to do the chicago town pizzas in them. But then we tried in the oven one time even when we still had the microwave and they were nicer!

Thingymajigs Sat 09-Feb-13 12:39:02

Yes.
Porridge, defrosting our homemade cobs and bread, defrosting potato water for the bread, heating frozen peas, beans, defrosting fish/mince and warming DP's meals if he's home late. We even make scrambled egg in there, the kids prefer it that way. I wouldn't struggle if my microwave broke down but it'd be an inconvenience.

tinygreendragon Sat 09-Feb-13 12:48:24

I thought I would miss mine when I moved house 6 months ago when I had to leave it behind, but I'm yet to find a reason to need it.

Saves space and saves money on the electric too!

Porridge, bottle s, reheat dinners with less mess,rice, baked pot a, scrambled eggs, super noodles(not proud of that) quick softening of butter. I could not last a day without minesmile

MikeLitoris Sat 09-Feb-13 18:40:18

Got rid of ours before christmas too.

The only time I have missed it is when I really fancied ready brek. Normal porridge is fine on the hob but ready brek must be zapped.

I use mine daily. Heating milk for cereals, porridge. Do not have time to stand over saucepans of porridge in the morning oats so simple it is! Hot chocolates, reheating/defrosting home made soups and sauces straight from freezer. Even coffee I haven't finished drinking and it's gone coldblush love mine smile

CharlotteBronteSaurus Sat 09-Feb-13 18:43:11

we use ours 2-3 night a week, to reheat batch cooking on work nights.
when the DC are older and happy to eat at a later, more civilised hour, we'll probably ditch it.

iremembertypewriters Sat 09-Feb-13 18:45:51

I would definitely miss ours. We do rice, pasta, porridge, warm milk, defrost batch meals. Loads! We've got a really rubbish job so the microwave saves loads of time.

dorapeppageorgenoddy Sat 09-Feb-13 18:47:58

We haven't had one for years and we grew up without one - hot chocolate is nicer/easier with one though!

dorapeppageorgenoddy Sat 09-Feb-13 18:49:20

And we really missed it at Christmas when it was our turn to do Christmas this year and we noticed the pudding was x mins in microwave (very quick) or 3hrs being steamed!

ouryve Sat 09-Feb-13 18:56:22

I make my morning porridge in mine. I don't have to pay any attention to it while it's cooking. I just have the one dirty bowl instead of a dirty pan with milk burnt on it, a dirty hob, where the milk boiled over while I was trying to do 3 other things at once plus the same dirty bowl.

I also make hot chocolate (same business re washing up), reheat things, cook some veg... I wouldn't be without it.

MikeLitoris Sat 09-Feb-13 18:56:56

I forgot about warming cold tea actually.

That I do miss.

bigbadbarry Sat 09-Feb-13 18:57:21

I use it for heating milk and warming up the children's bedtime toys. DH uses it to warm his dinner when he is late home. That is all.

MirandaWest Sat 09-Feb-13 18:58:44

I haven't had one for about 5 or 6 years. Don't miss it tbh

determinedma Sat 09-Feb-13 19:09:15

Nope. Got rid of it years ago and haven't missed it at all. Wouldn't bother with another one

doctorhamster Sat 09-Feb-13 19:10:36

Ours blew up a few weeks ago and we haven't replaced it. So far I only miss it for reheating a cold cuppa!

Wolfcub Sat 09-Feb-13 19:15:15

We don't have one. The last time lived in a house with one was over ten years ago. It's not an item that's missed at all

We have never had one, heat meals in a pan or in the oven in a big Pyrex or ceramic dish with a lid (Can fit a families worth in there). I use the Avent bottle warmer with their little pots to heat baby food and bottles or sit in hot water in a bowl/mug.

apricotdelight Sat 09-Feb-13 19:21:52

I recently bought a microwave after years of refusing to buy one; bought it because it really saves on heating/reheating/defrosting / energy bills. Makes so much sense,

AnnIonicIsoTronic Sat 09-Feb-13 19:24:20

I use mine to
A) sterilise bottles
B) no washing up lazy dinners (soup in a box/innocent vegetable pots)
C) safer cooking around dc (eg easy peas etc)
D) reheating yesterdays leftovers for lunch

I'd miss it!

SingingBear Sat 09-Feb-13 19:24:51

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MousyMouse Sat 09-Feb-13 19:32:17

we use it daily.
to warm up milk and cook veg mainly and to heat up leftovers.

Harrysmummysarah1 Sat 09-Feb-13 20:06:57

Use mine daily.

Oats so simple porridge in the morning, don't have time for saucepan with a 7 ,4 and 11 month old.
Hot chocolate
Scrambled eggs (much nicer than the hob)
Reheating left over food from day before
Etc etc.
I could get by without it but I'd rather have one.

I didn't have one until about a month ago. Now I have one that sits looking huge and shiny on the worktop and never gets used. I really don't know what made me buy it confused

I use the microwave quite a bit, but I have no oven. I have a microwave, four gas rings, and a slow cooker (and a Cobb oven) - I think if we had a working oven, I wouldn't use the microwave as much, but it is very convienient.
Even my 6 year old can use it too, for simple snacks and suchlike, it lets him feel all "grown up and self sufficient" and he likes that.

beenhereayear Sat 09-Feb-13 20:10:35

I couldn't be without one!!

Porridge
Scrambled egg
defrosting bread
Re-heating leftovers
cooking beans / spaghetti hoops / peas / veg
Soup / lunch pots
Rice
Baby milk
Hot choc
Microwave meals
Mulled wine
Christmas / steamed pudding

lockets Sat 09-Feb-13 20:11:59

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Wishiwasanheiress Sat 09-Feb-13 20:15:28

I heat up baby milk. I cook fish mostly. I heat up kids dinners as few secs is all needed really. I cook cats fish. Part cook baked spuds.

I'd rather chuck out steamer /mixer/coffee machine!

Theres not one thing here that I need it for! So thats that decision made. No microwave to buy smile

I prefer beans cooked on the hob, I melted choc with a double boiler even when the microwave was there. And use the kettle and a jug for baby bottles.

I might buy a baby food warmer for weaning. They are around £10 on gumtree.

We dont have a freezer either so I suppose that cuts out a huge area of need.

I wouldn't be without mine. I use it for:
-Heating up milk for ds or for my coffee
-making bechamel sauce
-making cheese sauce
-making custard
-making sponge for trifle
-cooking veg (almost never di this on hob any more)
-softening butter for baking
-making porrige
-poaching fish for kedgeree
-heating up anything that needs it eg beans, tortillas, etc
-melting chocolate
-cooking perfect every time rice
-defrosting anything

Probably loads more that I can't think of right now.
I think it is one of the most useful pieces of equipment in my kitchen.
I particularly love that it cuts down on washing up as you can heat and serve in same bowl.

firefly11 Sat 09-Feb-13 21:03:35

I use it all the time to make porridge oats for breakfasts. It does a good job and saves on having to wash pots. Also use it for defrosting meats and reheating food. Once again, saves on having to wash pans and pots (when reheating food). I would miss it if I had to go without it, I'm sure.

MousyMouse Sat 09-Feb-13 21:10:29

I forgot the most important job our microwavw does: heating up the grain/cherry stone animals the dc have for their beds (helps well against leg pains)

Crabbypink Sun 10-Feb-13 17:32:56

We'd have to eat the mince beef (er ... horsemeat?) frozen, but otherwise, I would love to reclaim that counter space to store more useful thing. Like croissants.

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