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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 rarely cook vegetables in anything else these days. It's very quick, uses very little water, and doesn't take up a burner.

Kafka's "Microwave Cooking" book is my standby. I know people who *swear* by her recipes for microwave risotto and polenta, but I don't really care for them in general so the question is moot. Her recipe for artichokes a la grecque is *fantastic*, and ideal for Passover.(fleisch, or parve if you use veg broth)

I reheat a great deal of coffee and defrost or reheat all kinds of things (I have a deep freeze). I use it for vegetable soup, because things don't burn. I don't care for bacon or potatoes from the microwave, because the former is less luciously greasy & salty, the latter not the right texture for me.

I guess I use it for about 3/4 the dinners I make, either for veg, to defrost, or to reheat e.g. spagetti sauce. If I were you, the microwave would be fleischig -- unless you have a lot of milk dinners.

Given that I now have *two* copies of the Kafka, that's a good thing, then. :)

One of the neat things about microwaves is, since you cook everything covered, and it's vented and the sides don't actually get very hot, it doesn't get "gendered" - it can be used for both meat and dairy. And it's also very easily kashered (eg, for Passover or in case of explosion)- one boils out a cup of water and wipes down the sides and top. I'd probably also cover the turntable with saran wrap for the duration of Passover.

Can I say how amused I am over having the bacon discussion here?

Most rabbis that I've spoken to on the issue of microwaves and Pesach suggest that you should get a separate turntable for Pesach. Covering it in saran wrap may or may not help...saran wrap left too long in the microwave sometimes gets pretty pliable, which is to say, it starts to melt.