Honestly, I'm kind of glad it finally died. For the last several months I'd been feeling like a microwave wasn't the best thing to cook my family's food in, but since it still worked I would always go back to using it. But for the last few weeks we've been forced to re-heat foods in other ways and it's actually really easy and tastes much better!
This might not be big news for you, maybe you have lived without a microwave for a while, but for me it is mind-blowing. I did a little research and found a few helpful articles about microwave-free living such as this one.
Here are a few things I've discovered that work for me in warming things without the microwave.
- Adding a little bit of water to the pan while warming things like casseroles and pasta helps immensely.
- Warming soup and other liquid-y foods works best in small batches.
- Warming breads and pancakes works best in the toaster oven.
- Defrosting frozen meats works well in a plastic bag in a sink of lukewarm water. I've been surprised at how well this works, for all kinds of meats, including deli meat.
- I usually keep a tea kettle on the stove full of water to heat as needed and use for warming Wesley's food.
Probably the biggest difference since not using a microwave is the way reheated coffee tastes. It's so much better! Microwaved coffee use to make me sick to my stomach (whereas fresh never did), but stove-heated is nearly as good as fresh.
I'm convinced that not using a microwave is better for my family and I hope it can stay that way!