Your mission, if you choose to accept, is to cut down on your microwave use.
Our family took on this mission about two years ago, and I’m nearly ready to relegate the microwave to the basement to make room for a big old Berkey water filter system. My husband is not quite ready to get rid of the microwave completely, but I think he can handle reheating his oatmeal in the laundry room once a week.
I never used to be wary of the microwave at all. In fact, when I was expecting my first child and still teaching full time, I remember my principal tsk-tsking me because I was squatting down and watching my leftovers get nuked. He didn’t think my pregnant belly should be hanging out by the microwave. I brushed it off completely.
With my second, I think I would back away a bit when I turned the microwave on, but I certainly gave it hardly a second thought, and definitely not a third one. (How different life with my third will be!)
When I started getting into the traditional foods movement and writing this blog about two years ago, I discovered all sorts of reasons not to use my microwave. I got a bit testy at one author who thought the microwave should be nothing more than “a plant stand” and, I thought, made anyone who dared to turn one on in their home feel like they were going to kill their families. That made me mad. It’s the opposite of the balanced approach so important to me and which is the cornerstone of Kitchen Stewardship.
I’m not into scare tactics, but I am into baby steps. I felt at the time that ceasing to use the microwave would be next to impossible, but I decided I could take a baby step and simply become more aware of how I used it. Whenever I was about to turn the microwave on, I asked myself, “Do I know of another way I could accomplish this task?” If it was convenient enough, I’d do it.
Thus began the nugget of thought that became “Mind the Microwave in May,” my first big blog series of challenges.
Most of you were not yet around then (2009), so it’s time to revisit the subject as the final “Back to Basics” Monday Mission.
Read more about the origins of Mind the Microwave here (includes more on “my story” of how we got started).
Mind the Microwave Posts:
- Practical Tips for Success
- Learn to Steam Veggies on the Stovetop
- Research Notes, part one: Nutrient Destruction
- 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
For me, baby steps without any pressure on myself was all it took to gently slide from a standard, microwave-reliant household to one in which my 2-year-old daughter has no idea what the thing does. It’s become a large and expensive kitchen timer, for all intents and purposes (if you don’t ask my husband).
If you buy into the fact that the microwave is no good for you, or if you figure that IF something MIGHT cause harm is enough reason to at least cut down on using it, then take it from me: it’s a lot easier than you think to mind the microwave.
The comments are hopping! A good reminder: a toaster oven makes this process infinitely easier. I couldn’t live without mine!
Disclosure: Berkey/LPC Survival sponsored my recent trip to Blissdom, and I’m more than happy to recommend them in this post. I really do want to make space for one!