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Old 02-16-2007, 05:47 AM   #1
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Microwaves

Just recently someone sent me an email about microwave ovens. It had an illustration of 2 plants, one of which had been watered by microwaved water and the other by tap water. Their illustration indicated that the tap water one survived and not the other and finished up with the warning to " toss out your microwave"

I deleted the message and have no intention of tossing out the microwave which we have been using, in addition to our nornal cooker, for over 30 years.
I personally do not believe that nutrients etc are destroyed and think it a 'load of rubbish'.
What does anyone else think? I find mine very useful for loads of things.
Not least, in this weather, heating our microwaveable hot water bottles

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Old 02-16-2007, 06:05 AM   #2
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it does little to the water than perhaps de-oxygenate it a little, the same can be done in a kettle though.
in fact it`s good practice to MW your compost before use on seedlings, it kills many of the pathogens that can be present.

MWd water will kill plants without fail (just don`t let it cool before watering it)
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Old 02-16-2007, 06:42 AM   #3
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I think it's rubbish.
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Old 02-16-2007, 06:48 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by Andy M.
I think it's rubbish.

So glad someone else does too

What 'got up my nose' apart from the instruction to 'toss out our microwave' was the added instruction that it was imperative I forward the email to at least 5 others! My pet hate is chain letters they are so STUPID!!

There are as many opinions which say vegetables lose none of their nutrients through microwave cooking as there are the doom and gloom ones who say you're destroying everything good. Not being a scientist I have no idea but then 'ignorance is bliss!'
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as a Scientist I can tell you quite catagoricaly, it`s exactly as Andy.M said,
Utter Nonsense!
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Old 02-16-2007, 06:55 AM   #6
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There are lot s of folks on the internet that know they can cause problems by making such a statement. If such an email gets a lot of reads through the mass forwarding, it gains in credibility.

Internet users must keep their common sense active and apply it to all the read on the internet. Especially wild claims such as this one.
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I think the problem rests in the word "Radiation" and all the bad press it gets and the misconceptions folk have about it.
most tend to think of Ionising radiation, and totaly overlook the fact that MW radiation is Not Ionising!
your electric toaster emits radiation too, Infrared radiation and no one worries about that :)


it`s sad that these trolls exploit such misconceptions :(
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Old 02-16-2007, 07:23 AM   #8
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Well, firstly I hate chain letters, I really do, and I never ever forward them. They are enough to get my back up before reading the content. As to the microwave, I don't have one anymore, when we do have one in UK it is used mainly for the microwave popcorn we have maybe three times a year, and very occasionally melting butter. I don't like them much, I have no scientific reasoning for this, I just don't like 'em. There is little joy or poetry in cooking using one for me, and I there are a dozen things I personally would but first. But its an entirely personal decision, and not one I would force anyone (let alone 5 other people) to read in a chain letter!
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Old 02-16-2007, 07:41 AM   #9
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Of all the tools in the kitchen, the microwave seems to generate the most negative feelings.

It's just a tool, as a can opener, or chef's knife is a tool.
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I dunno, the Chefs Knife is pretty Up there too, ever seen Psycho
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