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Microwave Cooking [Feb. 11th, 2018|11:00 am]
Tony Grist
 Can we live without a microwave? 

Well of course we can. I got through childhood without one and our ancestors got through their entire lives.

I read an article a month or two back which was saying that microwaves zap a lot of the goodness out of food. I forget the details but the broad assertion is all one needs to know. Ever since then I've used the microwave sparingly- mainly as a way of reheating my mother's cups of tea and coffee when she's let them get cold (not much goodness in them to begin with) and never as a mode of primary cooking.

And now we've got rid of it altogether (banished it to the garage- halfway to the tip)- and its old position (space is limited in our badly designed kitchen) is occupied by a food processor.
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[User Picture]From: heleninwales
2018-02-11 03:44 pm (UTC)
I don't see that microwaves will destroy more goodness that traditional cooking. I have occasionally used it to cook vegetables and they cook more quickly than if you boil them.

Having said that, I only use ours to cook porridge, custard, white sauces, and to reheat portions of cooked food that I've had in the freezer. It's particularly good at those tasks.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-02-11 04:21 pm (UTC)
The article I read was fairly alarmist, but I can't find it again. :(
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[User Picture]From: resonant
2018-02-14 02:29 am (UTC)
The effects on nutrition are minimal, according to most sources. What you put in your mouth is more important than how you heat it up.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7047080
https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/microwave-cooking-and-nutrition
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/17/health/17real.html

There are some sources that claim the microwaves will make your food toxic. They also are against vaccines, say that aircraft condensation trails are mind-altering nerve agents, and claims that Microsoft deliberately destroyed an essay they were writing.

https://www.activistpost.com/2018/01/frankenstein-science-alive-well-using-vaccines-chemtrails-microwaves.html
https://www.vaccinationinformationnetwork.com/ten-reasons-to-throw-out-your-microwave-oven/
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-02-14 09:07 am (UTC)
Thanks.

WE're having a debate now about whether to reinstate the microwave. I'm pretty much convinced that there isn't really a health issue- so it comes down to whether we need to clutter up the kitchen with a large piece of kit that we barely use- but which comes in handy every now and then.
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[User Picture]From: matrixmann
2018-02-11 04:36 pm (UTC)
Ah, yeah, for heating water for drinks or drinks that have gone cold (for such short stuff), it works fine. Also for meals that had been properly cooked before. Or for helping defrosting stuff a little.
But, other than that, nothing gets close to the effect of a real oven or a stove. Simply, it just takes way too much water out of the thing you're trying to heat up. Quickly turns everything into shoe soles. Or doesn't really get through to the core with that kind of heat it produces.
With normal means to cook - no problem.
I think, the stuff you heated up in it also tends to get cold again too quickly, at least for meals and food. Don't have that effect with stuff prepared on a stove at least.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-02-11 05:51 pm (UTC)
It's been a long time since we did any serious cooking in the microwave. And now we won't be doing any.

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