How we live without a microwave

How we live without a microwave… 

When we moved into our current home about a year ago, we realized (about an hour into unpacking boxes) that there was no microwave. Soon after, Josiah’s parents offered us an extra microwave that they had. We decided “eh. let’s see how long we can live without one…” (it also didn’t have a washer or dryer but we didn’t last long without those!)

So we just took it one day at a time. Living life microwave-free. I don’t even really have anything against microwaves, but we really enjoy not having one. It’s less clutter of a huge bulky item that we just don’t need!

But Lauren, what about ___________…. yes, I’ve got answers.


But Lauren, what about tea?

It’s called a kettle and I love it. We have a lovely blue Le Creuset one. You can have water ready for tea in 4 minutes.

But Lauren, what about popcorn? You gotta have microwave popcorn!

Nope, I’ve got a Whirley-Pop and it’s incredible! The Whirley Pop cooks popcorn on the stove and it tastes SO much better than microwave popcorn. Also, it’s fresh. Also, it’s CHEAPER… popcorn kernels are soooo cheap! Also, you get to decide what you want on top (not NEARLY as much butter as that microwave stuff comes with!) Also, it’s done in about 3 minutes. Also, your house will smell so good, like the fair! Also, go get one. You won’t regret it.

 But Lauren, what about leftovers? Aren’t they so easy to re-heat in the microwave?

Yes, and they never taste that good from the microwave! Get out a skillet. Grease it and turn it on medium high heat. Then reheat some chicken and rice or pasta. IT WILL TASTE SO MUCH BETTER THAN IN THE MICROWAVE! Microwaves boil out all the water, hence your dry chicken and rice. We actually enjoy eating leftovers now… they taste the same as the first day we cooked them! (sometimes even better! the flavors get to mingle overnight) Besides, how do you think they heated up “leftovers” before they had microwaves? (way to sound like an 80 year old Lauren, and not the 23 year old you are...)


When it’s a bummer about no microwave:

Cans of soup.
Needing to melt butter for a recipe.
No “defrost” button on my oven.
If you have children who need their food instantly. (I don’t know this one from personal experience. But I can imagine with kids it’s trickier.)

How to fix those bummers: Cans of soup – cook in a pot on the stove. Melted butter – use a little skillet or pot.  Defrost – plan ahead? :)


Not having a microwave does take a little extra time… But we’ve just learned to get over it. And we love it!

Well, there ya have it. We love not having a microwave. I know, we’re weird. But maybe just try this week to not use yours as much… and see if you could live without one too!



  1. Francesca March 6, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    We have lived without one for 2 years now. I do not miss it at all. We are vegetarians so we never have any meats to defrost. I also have a 2 year old and I made all her baby food using the Beaba Babycook. It has a defrost feature on it. It uses steam to defrost the frozen baby food. She no longer eats baby food and I’ve never had any issues with her having to wait for her meals.

  2. Jocelyn June 4, 2013 at 9:22 am

    I can go without usin the microwave at home. My only issue is warming up my lunch while at work. It seems like I would have to start eating salads for lunch everyday to be around this curve. Bough I did say I want to have a salad everyday. Guess it would just have to be for lunch. Think I answered my own question. What do the rest of you do for lunch at work?

  3. trish July 13, 2013 at 6:51 am

    I haven’t had a microwave for over 3 years. I do not miss it at all. To melt butter or coconut oil for recipes, I use a small metal bowl over my open teapot. Added bonus…I get to enjoy a cup of hot tea while the muffins bake.

  4. Kaelen May 31, 2014 at 10:07 am

    I moved into a tiny bachelor pad for school this year, which means I have no space for a microwave. Honestly it was not a hard transition for me, personally. Making popcorn on the stove is so much more fun anyway! Especially since I have a pot with a clear lid so I get to watch it pop – so cool :) As for heating leftovers making more dishes – I’m a super lazy bachelorette so I usually just eat right out of the pot I reheated it in, ha ha.
    I also don’t have a TV since I don’t really watch & due to space restrictions – people think I’m a bit of a weirdo when they come to visit.

  5. kat February 5, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    I recently started not using our microwave after I learned about a patient death after receiving microwaved blood. Further research did not quiesce my concern. Actually, I’ve had concerns about MWs since childhood. I’m a vegan and eat a lot of raw anyway, including juicing. Also have an air popper if there is no time for cook-top in coconut oil. My hubby is not totally on board and plugged the MW back in. Today at school someone was MWing in the canteen and it surprised me how I wanted to run away from it. Guess I view it much differently now. A friend who works in RF technology did not exactly ease my fears, either. I’m still searching for answers — hence, my visit to this forum. I have an open mind, but would prefer to err on the side of caution.

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