A Life In Progress

(Micro)Waving Goodbye February 20, 2008

Filed under: Around the House,Healthy Eating — jdalsin @ 3:41 pm

We’ve said goodbye to our microwave.  Almost.

We’ve never been big microwavers.  I’m guessing it got used maybe two or three times a week for things like melting butter and that’s about it.  We use our oven for reheating all leftovers from lasagna to pizza to whatever, making nachos and the like.  We use our cooktop for making quesadillas, reheating soups and making popcorn. So really, getting rid of the microwave won’t/hasn’t been too hard for us.

For now we’ve moved it to basement and have used it maybe once or twice when we’ve needed something heated in a hurry.  When I suggested to Jordan that we get rid of the microwave, his only concern was how we’d melt butter for our popcorn.  🙂  The other night when he whipped some popcorn up for us in a big pot on the stove, he even melted the butter in a little saucepan.  By the end of the month, I’d like the microwave gone all together.  Slowly, we are phasing it out of our lives.

Why? Because it’s white and clashes with our new black appliances.  Kidding.  Although there is truth to that.

But really, it’s because microwaving food zaps most of food’s nutrients.  A 2004 study done on the health benefits of broccoli found that, when microwaved, broccoli lost between 57% and 97% of it’s nutrients. That’s crazy! Why bother eating it when all that’s left is 3% of what’s good about it?  True, all cooking methods deplete the nutrition in food but steaming, for example, only destroy 10% or less of nutrients.  Raw is best, of course.

In our (too) crazy (too) busy world everything is about speedy and convenience.  You can go to the fresh produce aisle and get a bunch of fresh, nutrient packed broccoli for $2.00 or you can go the frozen food section and get a plastic bag full of broccoli that you are supposed to cook in the microwave for double the cost.  It’s too bad that when the going gets busy, the first thing to go is our health, our nutrition, the way we prepare food when really, the food we eat is what fuels everything else we do in our entire day.  Makes little sense to me.

Plus, what the heck is microwaving? Here’s one definition from an online dictionary:

“A microwave oven, or microwave, is a kitchen appliance that can come in many different sizes and styles employing microwave radiation primarily to cook or heat food.”

um… microwave radiation?  Check this link out if you want to know more about the electromagnetic waves that “cook” your food: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microwave. Spooky.

So that’s it.  We are thisclose to being done with the microwave.  Something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time.  Done.

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3 Responses to “(Micro)Waving Goodbye”

  1. Mom Says:

    Bravo!!

  2. Kaili Says:

    Good one! Bye bye microwave!
    We’ve never had one, they freak me out. RADIATION is in the name! Hello people!
    Great post.

  3. Robyn Says:

    My air popper for popcorn has a dish on the top where you can put butter and it melts it as the popcorn pops.


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