Getting Rid of Your Microwave Oven

Huh? Why on earth would anyone want to do that? I know, only those seriously extra crispy totally off the deep end crunchy people would do it for “health” reasons, right?

Wrong. Or, at least it should be.

And, before you stop reading because you don’t want to get rid of your microwave oven because you won’t have a way to make popcorn, don’t worry. There are MUCH better and tastier ways to make popcorn. I’ll tell you at the end.

Several years ago, my friend Andrea told me that she’d heard that microwaved water (cooled, of course), given to a plant, would make it die. Hmm. I stuck that in the back of my head where it collected with other hints that microwaving food might not be a very good idea if I care at all about the nutrition in what I eat. Here’s more about the microwaved water killing plants; if you try it yourself, I’d love to know about your results.

Basically, the microwave oven destroys the nutrients in your food because the electromagnetic impulses change the molecular makeup of it. So, although it might look the same, it’s not. Of course, any amount of cooking denatures enzymes. But it seems like this is different.

Here are some articles explaining why a microwave oven is bad for your health:

http://www.naturalnews.com/022015.html

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/05/18/microwave-hazards.aspx

http://www.health-science.com/microwave_hazards.html

I’ve been using my dehydrator to make some killer raw granola (recipe soon) each week. But it takes up a lot of counter space. And it stays out for days at a time, and it’s been driving me a little batty. So, I’ve been wishing I had a place where it could stay out and not be in the way.

Then we started this detox. And ate completely raw for the first week, and are still eating mostly raw now, for the duration.  And, the microwave oven is DEFINITELY not going to get any use during these few weeks. So, wouldn’t it make sense for the dehydrator to take its place?

I don’t cook in my microwave. I just use it for reheating, and it is so convenient! I guess I’m going to have to learn to plan ahead a little more and leave enough time to use the stove. Or oven. I’ve been knowing I need to do this for a long time; just didn’t wanna. But, the time has come to say goodbye.  To go from this:

To this:

I guess it’s time to make some more granola.

And about that popcorn…..the chemicals in the microwave bagged stuff are nasty anyway. Seriously. Try a hot air popper; they’re great. Or, do it the old fashioned way: on the stove. In a pot. With a little oil. I do it all the time here. It’s really not hard!

Just for fun….

Hmm. Kinda makes me want some. Nothing like popcorn. But I’ll take the real (GMO, unfortunately) kind.

3 Replies to “Getting Rid of Your Microwave Oven”

  1. Really interesting, Hope. Thanks for sharing. I don’t know what to believe about the quality of the food after microwaving it. But, I do feel in my gut that we would be better off without the oven. At the very least, it does emit a LOT of EMF’s that we’d be better off without. (I write that as I sit here with my wireless internet pulsing around me. I know it’s not good; it’s just what I have). If anything, I’m glad to have a better spot for the dehydrator and I bet we’ll use it a lot more even after the detox if we have a good place for it.

  2. I have been struggling myself about the use of our microwave but it is so convenient. I have a counter-top convection oven that I have been trying to figure out if it would be a good substitue to the microwave. I realize I can’t boil water or heat other liquids(did I mention how convenient microwaves are) but other than that I just warm food and that can be done in my little oven without having to use the energy to use my regular full-size oven. I hope I can work it all out so I can ditch the microwave.

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