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How to Survive Without a Microwave

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Making Popcorn

For me at least, the best part about having a microwave was microwave popcorn. But no worries here — making popcorn on the stovetop is actually quite easy! What you need to do: add about 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil to a large pot with a tight lid and heat to medium. Put in 2 or 3 kernels and wait for them to pop. Then, add about 1/3 cup of popcorn kernels, put the lid on and gently move the pot around so the kernels get coated in oil. Take off heat when the popping slows down, move it to a bowl, and add desired toppings.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.

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8:23AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Have a microwave but most of the time I cook from scratch and generally have little need to use it. Have no idea whether or not these actually cause cancer as some say or whether or not it is true that these little boxes leech all the nutrients out of food. Use an electric kettle to heat my tea water to just before the boiling point and rarely make coffee at home.

Presently the microwave occupies a good portion of my tiny kitchen counter with various cups and dried flowers in a dish resting on the top. Its door is barricaded by a homemade clay cat head and various things in front. In order to use it a path must be cleared to open the castle door.

It ends up being more trouble than it is worth and I use conventional methods to cook my food. Butter is left out for awhile so that I can scoop out a bit of the unsalted contents into a small ramekin, mixing it with dill, parsley and dried chives. It is always hot in the apartment despite an air conditioner and only a bit less than a half a cup is out for the day.

Prefer to make my popcorn on the stove top where I can then add butter along with dill, parsley, paprika, chives, grated cheddar cheese and any other herb or spice that strikes my mood.

Have to admit that the cloth microwave potato bag with the cats on the fabric has not been used for many months but the potatoes turn out just like baked when using it and the MW is also great for heating up the barley shoulder cover that keeps my neck warm if it is aching

8:23AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Adding a bit more to end my previous comment, so long winded...would love a twitter like letter counter to warn me when coming to the end, then I could edit more easily!

The MW is also great for heating up the barley shoulder cover that keeps my neck warm if it is aching or just finding it chilly on a blustery -40C wintery day.

9:29AM PDT on Jul 8, 2012

I'll never give up my microwave. It uses far less power than either an oven or a stove top, I prefer my vegetables cooked in it, and it's a perfect way to reheat my coffee in less than a minute. I don't have a TV so I figure that makes us even ;)

3:19PM PDT on Jun 28, 2012

with a 2 yr old the microwave is my savior some days. thanks for the tips though

4:18AM PDT on Jun 21, 2012

Fortunately, I never had a microwave.

6:57PM PDT on Jun 17, 2012

Usually my toaster oven is my bestfriend. However, right now is a different story. When I move the toaster oven will resume its rightful place

5:34PM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

The microwave is my friend,I find it so difficult to walk a way from it,I'll try harder.(O_O)

2:25PM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

Useful tips.

12:45PM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

Thank-you for the article. While you offer some alternatives, none of them really apply to me. I'm not really fond of cooking, thus I use my microwave for heating/re-heating. The comments Alison A. stated in her post are valid points & are reasons I continue using my microwave. I also don't think my not using my microwave would be very cost effective for me.

12:45PM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

Thank-you for the article. While you offer some alternatives, none of them really apply to me. I'm not really fond of cooking, thus I use my microwave for heating/re-heating. The comments Alison A. stated in her post are valid points & are reasons I continue using my microwave. I also don't think my not using my microwave would be very cost effective for me.

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