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Just curious here!

Do you own and use a microwave? I'm just barely old enough to remember a time before we had one in my parents house (they were probably pretty slow to buy one - it was the 80s). When I left home, I didn't have one until the Monarch moved in. He was SHOCKED that I could function without it. Yes, it was inconvenient if you got distracted while drinking a cup of tea and it went cold. But somehow I survived!

Now that I have one again, I guess I have a hard time imagining life without it. We eat a lot of leftovers and it's so much easier to "nuke" them. Also with Willa - sometimes she gets hungry and needs to eat NOW and I like that I can heat something up for her so quickly.

On the other hand, I do get weird feelings about it occasionally. As a scientist, I *know* it's not doing anything bizarre to my food - damaging or altering it anymore than conventional cooking - but something about it just still feels wrong to me. Maybe it's just that I feel we rely on convenience far too often...

What about you guys? What's your microwave use like? Firle, are they are ubiquitous in Germany as here - one in every home?
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Yes, there are everywhere. My mom gave us one when we got engaged and moved into our first apartment - I still have it! It survived my entire marriage.

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I once came up with a phrase to describe what microwaves do: "It makes water molecules dance."

There are people here who say it will turn food poisonous ... I think that's just BS, to be honest. The vibration really is only tuned to water molecules, some people don't seem to understand that. Ah, well.

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We are on our second microwave, but our first one was an extremely OLD one that was given to us when we moved in together. We used it till it just couldn't heat well anymore.
I don't use it a great deal. Mostly to heat up small amounts of left overs, or to heat up coffee or tea, a piece of pie and such. It's rare for me to use it to actually cook with. It's nice to have, but I could probably do OK without one. Only thing [sign in to see URL] feed my cat a half a can of food in the mornings, and refrigerate the other half to give him later in the day. I do heat that other half up for him (13 seconds) enough to knock the chill off. Don't think I'd be as apt to do that using one of my pans on the [sign in to see URL]>

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We do have one in the [sign in to see URL] to, not enough space for all the pots and pans to require cooking everything normally.
Just have to be very careful about the 'plastic' you use to reheat foods in your microwave, some can leach harmful chemicals into your food. Best way to tell [sign in to see URL] bottom will SAY Microwave safe and once heated the food will be hotter than the plastic first...

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I use glass or ceramics in the microwave, don't trust plastics.

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I wonder if the plastics thing is what makes me have this odd feeling that microwaves are somehow bad. I HAVE melted a few plastic things in there. I don't use any plastics anymore at all - even the ones that do say 'microwave safe'. In fact, we've moved away from plastics nearly altogether in the kitchen. Our "tupperware" is glass but with a plastic lid - so I just take that off for reheating.
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I don't like using plastic in the microwave because it eventually starts to peel, where the food has scalded the plastic. I may store something in plastic, but if I reheat in the microwave, I use a glass bowl or plate. My DH forgets and uses the plastic and I fuss at [sign in to see URL] and over about it. Maybe one day he'll learn!

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Actually ... I do use one plastic item in the microwave. I have a plastic hood I put over food. But it's not in contact with the food, so it doesn't get overheated. I've been using that particular one for ages, and it never got damaged.

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Firle, yeah, I think those covers would be [sign in to see URL] not plastic bowls! [sign in to see URL] use a plastic bowl for the cat's canned food, that at one time had BBQ in it. It's a microwave [sign in to see URL] don't heat up his morning food (1/2 of a can in the morning), but since I refrigerate the unused half for feeding later in the day, I DO heat [sign in to see URL] just enough to knock the chill off (13 seconds), and I've not noticed any breakdown of it, and I've been using it for over a year now. I had forgotten about using that one.

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I use a LOT of plastic for saving, reheating, etc food in the RV. It saves space, stack-able and it saves [sign in to see URL] are near and dear to our hearts when you have very limited space. emoticon

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