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To not own a microwave?

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WheresTheCat Fri 21-Oct-11 21:15:26

My Mum maintains microwaves radiate people's brains. So, I've never owned a microwave, used one a few times in my life and never really understood what they are for (unless you don't have an oven)

SO - should I have one - and if so, why?

<btw - I'm not certain that they do radiate brains y'know>

NinkyNonker Fri 21-Oct-11 21:16:18

We don't, haven't needed it yet.

travellingwilbury Fri 21-Oct-11 21:17:19

I don't have one either , I had one for a wee while 10 years ago , I never used it and I don't quite trust them blush but have no scientific reason why .

It just doesn't seem natural that they can cook a potato that quickly .

PommePoire Fri 21-Oct-11 21:17:32

YANBU - we don't have one. Although, it's not so much to do with brain radiation (not sure about that, either) and more to do with not really seeing the need.

trixymalixy Fri 21-Oct-11 21:20:09

I think they are a must for the working Mum.

It's hard to cook from scratch while a starving toddler just back from nursery screaming at you.

It's much easier to batch cook and freeze and then you can have home cooked food ready in a couple of minutes.

altinkum Fri 21-Oct-11 21:21:32

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SausageGoulsAndFruitSpooks Fri 21-Oct-11 21:22:13

YANBU to not have one.

We've had one sitting unused on the kitchen side for 4years. It's finally going this weekend. I just cannot remember the last time I used it.

ColdSancerre Fri 21-Oct-11 21:22:24

I rarely use mine and resent the work top space it takes up.

NinkyNonker Fri 21-Oct-11 21:22:39

We reheat anything that needs reheating in a pan, grill or oven, it really doesn't take that long.

EllaDee Fri 21-Oct-11 21:23:28

I don't have one and obviously our mums managed without them - I doubt they do you any harm but they take a lot of space and use a lot of power IME.

squeakyfreakytoy Fri 21-Oct-11 21:24:00

Much easier for reheating food. More economical than using the oven.

I prepare and cook veg in advance, I bulk cook mash and freeze it. Both can be heated in a couple of minutes in the microwave.

Soup can be heated in a short time, and plastic pots are usually a lot easier and quicker to clean than pans and oven proof dishes.

AheadlesswomancalledHorse Fri 21-Oct-11 21:25:22

YABU; they do a jacket potato in under 10 minutes!
Only reason I own one, oh and sometimes it's easier to make a hot chocolate than on the hob. Baked beans taste rubbish from the microwave though.

The way I see it; I get exposed to so much pollution living in the city that a few microwaves (which I assume would have to get OUT of the microwave via a crack, as they're confined otherwise) won't do me much harm!

mousyfledermaus Fri 21-Oct-11 21:25:26

they are great for warming up leftovers, taking the chill of milk, cooking frozen veg reheating countless cuppas

BluddyMoFo Fri 21-Oct-11 21:25:29

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trixymalixy Fri 21-Oct-11 21:25:46

Plus ours is a combi, and we use the oven and grill functions much more than the range oven, as it is smaller and much more economical.

Naoko Fri 21-Oct-11 21:26:12

Not unreasonable, but I'd hate to be without mine. I am chronically disorganised and usually forget to take things out of the freezer in time use it for quickly defrosting meat, for steaming vegetables, for softening butter in a hurry, for reheating leftovers/batchcooked stuff, reheating my tea when I forget to drink itblush, heating a heatpad for sore muscles, and a million other things.

squeakyfreakytoy Fri 21-Oct-11 21:26:15

My mum used to balance a glass plate on top of a pan of simmering water to keep dads dinner warm if he got held up coming home from work. The microwave was a brilliant invention as far as she was concerned.

My dad didnt quite understand it though, and was most peeved that it would not cook toast! grin

Oddly enough, my parents never owned a toaster. (The obviously got married a decade too early!)

chopchopbusybusy Fri 21-Oct-11 21:26:26

MIL bought us one about 20 years ago. We used it occasionally for heating up beans/peas/sweetcorn. When DD1 was younger we used it for heating her bedtime milk.
One night it lit up quite spectacularly with some sparks. We chucked it out and I've never felt the need to replace it.

WheresTheCat Fri 21-Oct-11 21:27:10

Reheating cups of tea?
That's just made my stomach turn!

mamalovesmojitos Fri 21-Oct-11 21:28:21


Only have one as it was given to me, went four years without one before that, never missed it.

faverolles Fri 21-Oct-11 21:28:31

How do you make chocolate mug cake? shock

auschopper Fri 21-Oct-11 21:29:00

I have one, and while new technology if you haven't had a need for one, then you probably don't need a new one.

I find that they are very handy, and amazing what you can do in them. I usually cook up a big batch of food and then just reheat when needed.

MumPotNoodle Fri 21-Oct-11 21:29:39

don't have one either.

Naoko Fri 21-Oct-11 21:29:45

I drink my tea very weak and without milk, and reheating seems to make very little difference to the taste. I probably wouldn't if I drank strong milky tea though, that does sound kind of icky.

Pascha Fri 21-Oct-11 21:30:20

We don't have one. Can't remember now what I would use one for.

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