We have been (for the most part) living without a microwave for the last few weeks. We have talked about not having a microwave in our kitchen before, but it was always so convenient to have one that the discussion stayed pretty short. Here at the farm, however, they don’t have a microwave in the main house, so we have been able to experience what life would be like without a microwave.
We have learned that some things are more easily reheated on a stove than others. Rice does not reheat well on the stove. I burn it every time, even if I add some extra water. Soup is better the second day, after flavors have been allowed to blend. We do have a small microwave in the trailer, which we use more often than we should. It is very convenient to make quick single servings of hot cereal in the morning for the boys as they get ready for school. It is very convenient to warm up a bowl of pasta or cup of milk in the microwave. Could we do those things on the stove? We could. For right now, though, I feel that the convenience and time-saving benefits of using our microwave outweighs the energy usage of using it.
Speaking of which, does anyone have thoughts on which is more energy-draining? Does using a microwave for 3 minutes for warming up a bowl of soup use more energy, or does using a propane or electric stove for 7-8 minutes?
After our experiment in going partly microwave-free, I think I could handle not having one in our house, but it would take some advance planning. It would take getting up a few minutes earlier to start a pot of oatmeal or hot cereal on the stove. It would take planning meals so that the leftovers could be more easily reheated on the stove. But, I think those things would be worth it in the long run.