You are cordially invited to…
Mind the Microwave in May
An initiative to encourage people to be more conscious about microwave use (and un-use) sponsored by Kitchen Stewardship.
My challenge to you:
When you are about to open the microwave door…
…Can I do this another way?
- Toaster oven
- Pot or pan on stovetop
- George Foreman grill
- What else?
CONSIDER the research:
If you’re going to cook food…some research has shown that cooking food in the microwave oven causes it to lose nutrients. Do you want to do that to your veggies?
If you’re going to reheat leftovers…is it worth the possible nutrient loss?
If you’re just boiling water or coffee…some research suggests that microwaves may emit radiation that could harm our bodies. How about that teapot?
CHOOSE what you’ll do for this microwave opportunity: to use or not to use?
COMMIT to doing your best WITHOUT stressing out over it.
COUNT your minutes saved…
At the end of each day, think about how many microwave minutes you avoided that day. Record it on a piece of paper or in your phone if it would inspire you, and add up the minutes at the end of a week or month!
Rejoice over a challenge accepted and met head on!
My Microwave Story, Part Three
When I first started being mindful of my microwave use last fall, I was lying in bed thinking – because that’s what women do when we’re supposed to be sleeping, right? – and I reflected on the microwave choices I was able to make that day without too much effort.
I used a teapot instead of the microwave to heat water for homemade baby wipes. Four minutes saved.
I used a pot with steamer insert to cook our broccoli for dinner. Four minutes saved. I used the toaster oven to reheat leftovers for lunch. Two minutes saved.
Do the math…TEN MINUTES! This seemed significant to me at 12:30 in the morning. Thus was born Mind the Microwave Month – and now you can tally up your minutes and feel that quantifiable sense of accomplishment with me!
Read more about the origins of Mind the Microwave here.
Other Mind the Microwave Posts:
- Practical Tips for Success
- Research Notes, part one
- 10 Tips for Avoiding the Microwave
- Time Management/Fewer Dishes Tips
- 13 Surprising Benefits of a Microwave Free Life
- Research Notes, part two: Radiation Danger
This week’s challenge: Learn to steam veggies on the stovetop.so you won’t miss a single one.