Let me take you back to my high school days when my teacher told us that she did not use microwave one day during class discussion. We all were shocked because how can one not have a microwave. It has made cooking more convenient. It was shocking even to think that, but a few years back, when I started I started my journey towards real food, I was convinced to say goodbye to my oh so convenient microwave.

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You must be curious to know what made me dislike microwaves and find other ways to preheat leftovers without it. Microwaves are undoubtedly convenient, but that convenience comes with a price. It helps in preparing food fast. However, many among you agree with me that the food taste is not similar to the food cooked in a conventional oven or stove. Another or the main reason for my disliking is that its radiation changes the molecular structure of the food. Some things turn sticky or have strange textures. Uneven heat also results in some hot spots and some cold spots. Another thing is the coated paper or plastic containers used in microwaves contain BPA and other chemicals, and when heated, they leach into the food, making it harmful to our bodies.

All these things made me reheat leftovers without a microwave. Today I do not miss my microwave because I have switched to more healthy ways. Now I use my stovetop, oven, and hot water to reheat anything I need. I conveniently put my pot of soup, sauces, or oatmeals in my oven, turn it on, and comfortably perform my other duties like washing dishes or putting my kid for a nap. Meanwhile, my food is perfectly hot without any strange texture or taste. The microwave could have done it quickly, but taste, texture, and health were not guaranteed. Honestly, I prefer to have my cup of hot soap ready in 10 minutes than two. Because while the soup is getting ready, I can, do some other work.

Here are a few tips for going microwave free!

  • One rule of thumb is to cook vegetables, sauces, curries, or stew again on the stove over low to medium heat. It will take 5 minutes to get warm enough for your taste.
  • Steaming is an excellent way to reheat frozen foods and meat. Boiling is the best and fastest way to preheat already boiled food (like boiled broccoli, beans).
  • Giving your oatmeal or scrambled eggs a water bath might take the longest, but it is undeniably the gentlest method to reheat a small quantity of food or delicate food.
  • Pan-frying is an ideal dry heat technique for fried foods (nuggets), oily foods (pizza, fruit pie, burrito), or the foods that get soggy by boiling or steaming (rice, quinoa, pasta). You can also use a toaster or oven for large food volumes.

Once you start thinking about adopting healthy eating in your life, you will automatically find more easy peasy reheating techniques than running after your oh so easy microwaves.

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