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View Poll Results: do you have a microwave?
i dont have a microwave 13 25.00%
i have a microwave but i never use it 8 15.38%
yes i have a microwave and i use it all the time 31 59.62%
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Old 10-25-2005, 09:56 PM   #31
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...and if I find enough proof that this research is valid...
That's a great attitude! Make sure the information is factual and substantiated before making any judgements. Too often, people read a hint of possible problems and over react.

BTW, I have never seen any substantiated information about negative effects from microwaves on food.
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Old 10-25-2005, 11:05 PM   #32
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I feel that the micowave is a great timesaving tool when used in the right way. I have rarely "cooked" in the microwave, but I defrost and reheat pretty much daily. We usually do frozen veggies in it, and with care you can defrost almost anything without cooking it. I often do baked potatoes in it, although the texture is not quite as good as in the oven. I'm not that picky when I'm just doing it for myself and my wife, and 5 minutes in the micro beats the heck out of 1 hour in the oven for us when we both work 8 to 10 hour days, 5 days a week.

When I'm actually cooking something however, I do also know how to use the range too... ... at least, I rarely get complaints
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Old 10-25-2005, 11:12 PM   #33
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Rick:

When I want a baked potato in a hurry, I nuke it for 3-4 minutes (maybe 6-7 minutes for two) then bake it for 30. That seems like a compromise I can live with.
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Old 10-25-2005, 11:20 PM   #34
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That's a great attitude! Make sure the information is factual and substantiated before making any judgements. Too often, people read a hint of possible problems and over react.

BTW, I have never seen any substantiated information about negative effects from microwaves on food.
Thank you

So far, I have not found any proof that microwaves are detrimental to your health. The research and cases that are quoted to make that argument are all old...from the 70's and such. Microwave technology has changed a LOT since then. Those same cases are quoted over and over again too - there's nothing new and nothing to substantiate it.

But there's no definite proof otherwise as well. It seems that there are no real, definite, current research on this topic. 90% of American households have a microwave (estimated) - so I guess there is a big reason to not prove that this thing is dangerous.

Bottom line - I can find no definite proof for or against the argument that microwaves are dangerous. Just to be on the safe side though, I wouldn't do any cooking in the microwave. Quick reheats and defrosting will be all I'll be using it for...and only when I can't/don't have the time to do it on the range or other options.
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Old 10-26-2005, 03:30 AM   #35
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I don't think I posted this before. I use my microwave to get casseroles started, i.e. lasagna, I cook it in the mw until the oven is preheated. It takes a few minutes less to cook and you can't tell the difference.
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Old 10-26-2005, 10:20 AM   #36
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I read a tip somewhere (or saw it on TV). Preheat your stuffing in the microwave prior to stuffing the turkey to speed up the cooking process and keep the turkey from drying out.

If you do this, you must stuff the turkey and immediately cook it. You cannot stuff the hot stuffing into the turkey and let it hang around for a while before roasting.
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Old 10-26-2005, 11:35 AM   #37
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Microwave Tips:
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Old 10-26-2005, 12:09 PM   #38
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I guess I'm the microwave queen! We have 10 microwaves in our kitchen. (of course it's a restaurant)...and we use all of them constantly.
They are wonderful so many things that I don't have the time to "stand over the stove for".
However, that being said...there's many things I would never cook in a microwave also.
But here's how we use ours.
20 Different candies.
All our cream pie fillings.
Precooking all our fruit pie fillings before putting into crust.
Many sauces...sweet and sour...cherry sauce...white sauce.
Bakers that we precook...for many things like potato salad...au gratin potatoes...potato plates.
We precook our pastas on the stove...refrigerate...then at serving put them on a plate....warm the sauces in the microwave...put over the pastas...and heat.
Many vegetables....casseroles....
I have cooked hamburger in the microwave....(works great if you stir it enough). We cook all our meatloafs...stuffed peppers...cabbage rolls...in it.
And of course for reheating...all the chili's...spaghetti sauces etc...that are preportioned.
I bake all our bread...immediately freeze...then re-warm each day.
So though I wouldn't exactly say we "cook" in it. We use them all daily for a number of purposes....and I'd be lost without them!
I think for many who do not use them much...maybe it's just that you're not quite sure how to? Or maybe you aren't aware that they are so easy to use for things that you normally have to stand over a stove and stir. Just takes a little practice...and "want to" usually.
There's not a darn thing wrong with the "stove" method if you prefer it though!
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Old 10-26-2005, 12:20 PM   #39
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KAYLINDA brings up an interesting point, that restaurants use microwaves. I have no way of knowing how often this happens or which restaurants use them and which do not, but this got me thinking. For those of you who said that you can taste a difference in food that has been nuked, have you ever noticed it in a restaurant?
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This is good info.
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