"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > General Cooking Information > Cookware and Accessories > Appliances
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 05-01-2005, 11:32 AM   #11
Executive Chef
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Scotland
Posts: 2,977
I have restyled my kitchen twice in the past 10 years or so - and each time had a microwave fitted.

I only use it for cooking frozen peas (the only frozen veg I ever use - don't like the texture of frozen veggies!) and for jacket potatoes, should I not have enough time to put them in the oven to cook from scratch. I never use it to thaw frozen meat, simply because I very seldom buy anything frozen.

My husband calls them the 'expensive kitchen paperweight'! I am certainly not going to bother when I change the kitchen again
__________________

__________________
Ishbel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-01-2005, 12:19 PM   #12
 
HanArt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Louisiana
Posts: 272
Quote:
Originally Posted by luvs_food
stouffers makes lean cuisine. are you sure it was microwave only?)
I couldn't believe it myself. Read that whole box and the only instruction was for microwaves. It was easy enough to pop the frozen dinner out of the plastic container and put it on the toaster oven broiler pan. http://www.leancuisine.com/Products/...ds=spa+cuisine
__________________

__________________
HanArt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-01-2005, 12:23 PM   #13
 
HanArt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Louisiana
Posts: 272
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ishbel
I only use it for cooking frozen peas (the only frozen veg I ever use - don't like the texture of frozen veggies!)
I pretty much agree except I like frozen whole kernel corn too.

Too funny about your microwaves!
__________________
HanArt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-01-2005, 12:38 PM   #14
Head Chef
 
RPCookin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Logan County, Colorado
Posts: 2,044
I can no longer imagine a kitchen without a microwave. Ours is a micro-hood over the range with fan and filters built in. I don't actually cook much in it, but I do use it for reheating almost everything. And usually for cooking frozen veggies, (fresh veggies I steam, grill, saute, etc).



BTW, it's excellent for cooking bacon without the greasy mess normally associated with that.
__________________
RPCookin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-01-2005, 12:44 PM   #15
 
HanArt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Louisiana
Posts: 272
Quote:
Originally Posted by RPCookin

BTW, it's excellent for cooking bacon without the greasy mess normally associated with that.
So is the oven. 400 for 10-15 minutes ... perfect!
__________________
HanArt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-01-2005, 02:10 PM   #16
Master Chef
 
SierraCook's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Sierra Valley, Northern California, USA
Posts: 5,580
I use the microwave mostly for defrosting foods and cooking popcorn. I never have been a fan of cooking with the microwave. Every once in awhile to save time I will steam some veggies, but that is about the most I use a microwave. I probably use the toaster oven more than the microwave.
__________________
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.

Theodore Roosevelt
26th president of US (1858 - 1919)
SierraCook is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-01-2005, 03:13 PM   #17
Certified Pretend Chef
 
Andy M.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 41,341
HanArt:

You seem to take pride in living the simple life. That's great.

I have to agree you can get along without a microwave. Also, that you can do all the things mentioned using other means. It's just a modern convenience, not a necessity. I put food processors in the same category.
__________________
"If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." -Carl Sagan
Andy M. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-01-2005, 06:19 PM   #18
Executive Chef
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Scotland
Posts: 2,977
I agree with you, Andy. Some 'advances' are just better than others - and suit different types of cooks! Although I don't use the microwave very much (ooooh, nearly forgot, I DO cook one thing in it - scrambled eggs, I think the microwave makes them better than on the cooker-top), I couldn't live without my food processor....
__________________
Ishbel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-01-2005, 07:47 PM   #19
Sous Chef
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: USA,Minnesota
Posts: 973
Like other appliances, microwaves do some tasks better, faster and use less energy. I use mine several times daily.
__________________
...and that's the way it is in northern Minnesota.
Otter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2005, 02:43 AM   #20
Master Chef
 
Michael in FtW's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Fort Worth, TX
Posts: 6,592
Yeah, Otter ... I agree. I know some people couldn't live without a toaster-oven, and I've never owned one. Dad used to use one all the time when I was a kid ... Mom hardly ever used it.

My step-dad "thinks" a microwave makes anything heated up in one taste like ... uh ... something you don't want to eat. While he was going on about this last Christmas I noticed Mom choking back a smile. Seems that for years she has been heating his dinner in the nuker and then sticking it in the oven ... and he never knew!

Like anything else - a microwave oven has it's advantages and it's limitations. I use mine for defrosting some things, reheating leftovers, and a nuked potato in 7-minutes sure beats an hour or more to bake one .... especially when you've been working 16-hours.

The first thing I ever ate cooked in a microwave was a hotdog, October 1953, State Fair of Texas, Hall of Science exhibit ... one of the old refridgerator sized Radar Ranges. I was 5 years old ... and I'll never forget it. To this day, a nuked dog is still comfort food.
__________________

__________________
"It ain't what you don't know that gets you in trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so." - Mark Twain
Michael in FtW is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Discuss Cooking on Facebook

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:54 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.