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December 2010
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Mama Deb [userpic]

Okay. I have my new microwave taking up a considerable amount of countertop real estate. So far, I've used it to melt cheese on wasa bread.

I know I'll use it to make vegetables, both fresh and frozen, and to reheat leftovers and defrost frozen things, and probably to make some convenience foods. My mom makes iced tea with hers, and that strikes me as useful as well.

I have a microwave cookbook (okay, I have two, but they're the same one - the one my mother-in-law gave me when I was first married, and the one she just gave me in honor of the new toy because in twelve years she forgot she already gave it to me. The only difference is that the new one is paperback.), but it's from 1987. Anyway, I'm not really a cookbook user.

Does any one do any sort of real cooking with them?


I use mine for reheats, veggies, melting butter or cheese, convenience foods (popcorn etc), and defrosting. I too have heard the tales of doing Real Cooking with microwaves, but I've never been sufficiently motivated to investigate. I mean, I have a perfectly good oven and stove, and cooking times with the microwave aren't that much faster for things like rice, meat, etc.

But it can be real handy for "hands-free" cooking while you're busy with other things. And I can often use more dishwasher-friendly containers in the microwave, as opposed to the pots or skillets I would use on the stove.