microwave oven

Most of us have been hearing for years how bad microwaves are, right?  They do crazy things like change the cellular structure of the food we eat and add things to our bloodstream that should not be there.  Here is a link that will give you details on what microwaving is doing to our food and most important, to our bodies.

I’m going to tell you how I, very easily, got rid of my microwave oven a year or two ago.  I used it alot.  But, believe me, getting rid of it was a surprisingly painless process.

Move It

I couldn’t bring myself to throw it out before I knew if I could live without it or not.  So I just moved it to the basement for a trial run.


Then, I bought these two pans.  Cast iron and small pan

My husband had been wanting a cast iron pan for quite a while.  I never understood why they were so great.  They just looked heavy to me.  I got it for him for Christmas.  And then I learned to love it.  It never moves from the top of our stove now.  We have lots of leftovers that need to be re-heated which is one big reason I used my microwave.  Now I reheat them in this pan. Here is some leftover pasta that I had for lunch.

Leftover pasta

I might put a little oil or water in the pan depending on what the food is, stir it around for a couple of minutes and it’s done.  Here is some leftover rice.

Leftover rice

Cleaning the cast iron is the best part. Just use hot water, no soap. Cleans VERY easily. If I have a larger amount of food to reheat, I put it in a ceramic dish with a lid and throw it in the over for a while.  Really no big deal.

Melting Butter

This was another reason I used the microwave often.  So I bought two of these small pans for melting butter (and other things.) butter

I got them at Ross for $7 each.  I use them all the time.  Again, they are very easy to clean.

Toaster Oven

For a long time I had a toaster oven on my counter and that really helped me mentally when I got rid of the microwave.  I do recommend it if you feel it would help you, but finally I got sick of the clutter and thought, I’ve got this other oven here.   I just need to be using it for everything.  So….out went the toaster oven.  It was a simplify issue.  Now, I use a regular toaster, when I need one, that lives in a cabinet under the counter.

Easy For Children

(But train them and watch them!)  Here is Meg using the cast iron skillet.  She was 7 (now 8) when this picture was taken.

Meg cooking

I Promise, I Never Miss The Microwave

After taking that microwave to the basement, I never had a second thought, which really did surprise me.  There was, maybe, a very short adjustment period (a few days to a week max.)  I think about a month or two later, I tossed it out.  I didn’t want to be responsible for someone else getting sick because they bought my microwave oven at the thrift shop : )

The Worst Thing That Can Happen

Try it ladies.  The worst thing that can happen is you won’t like this plan and you can put it back in your kitchen after a trial period.

Below is part of the article from the link above to give you a little taste of what it says.

Ten Reasons to Throw out your Microwave Oven

From the conclusions of the Swiss, Russian and German scientific clinical studies, we can no longer ignore the microwave oven sitting in our kitchens. Based on this research, we will conclude this article with the following:

1). Continually eating food processed from a microwave oven causes long term – permanent – brain damage by “shorting out” electrical impulses in the brain [de-polarizing or de-magnetizing the brain tissue].

2). The human body cannot metabolize [break down] the unknown by-products created in microwaved food.

3). Male and female hormone production is shut down and/or altered by continually eating microwaved foods.

4). The effects of microwaved food by-products are residual [long term, permanent] within the human body.

5). Minerals, vitamins, and nutrients of all microwaved food is reduced or altered so that the human body gets little or no benefit, or the human body absorbs altered compounds that cannot be broken down.

6). The minerals in vegetables are altered into cancerous free radicals when cooked in microwave ovens.

7). Microwaved foods cause stomach and intestinal cancerous growths [tumors]. This may explain the rapidly increased rate of colon cancer in America.

8). The prolonged eating of microwaved foods causes cancerous cells to increase in human blood.

9). Continual ingestion of microwaved food causes immune system deficiencies through lymph gland and blood serum alterations.

10). Eating microwaved food causes loss of memory, concentration, emotional instability, and a decrease of intelligence.

God Bless You And Your Healthy Kitchens!