We’ve come a long way. Our equipment has become very sophisticated and very powerful. We can now make food very quickly. With all the great inventions and new technology, we’ve managed to make food faster. However, we have not managed to make food better. That’s why it’s no sacrifice to me, to get rid of a microwave. It’s no sacrifice to skip the freezer section of the market where the overly processed microwave “food” is found in all that packaging. It’s no sacrifice to cook great meals and reheat them in a saucepan on the stove, or by heating them in the oven. It’s no sacrifice to make real popcorn, and buying popcorn kernels is much cheaper than microwave popcorn, and doesn’t come with all that extra packagine. It’s no sacrifice to make a fresh cup of coffee rather than reheating an old one. Find out how to brew Tiny House Coffee here.
In a tiny house situation, the power a microwave requires may also be a problem since it may overwhelm the system or cause a breaker to flip. Trust me, that always happens when it’s cold, rainy, and after dark and then one of us has to go out in that weather with a flashlight to get the breaker turned back on! lol! In an off-grid situation, running a microwave may not even be an option because they are such energy hogs. So part of becoming comfortable with tiny house living may include finding other ways to cook food without the use of the microwave.
Finally, there are some very real health concerns in microwaved food. I’ve read the results of various research on the topic and I’m convinced there are valid concerns. However, I’m not interested in debating any of that. I’m not a scientist but I do respect what scientist do. For me it’s much simpler to cook without it to remove the question, and the concern – and even the debate. I really don’t want the debate! In fact, I am willing to be ridiculed on this topic (and have been – at length!) rather than even engage in the battle. I love peace. I love people, even when we disagree. I’m very secure that the choice I’ve made is the right one for me and of course I recognize that some folks won’t agree. And that’s actually fine with me. I choose not to eat microwaved food and I prefer not to eat in restaurants where I know the food will be microwaved. Food artists don’t cook that way anyway, so that’s hardly a sacrifice. No problem. In short, I lose nothing by avoiding a microwave. I skip the health concern and I eat better food. Where’s the sacrifice?
If you have a microwave, take it out and look it over. It’s an automatic toss if it is damaged or malfunctioning. Put it in the garage or other distant room of the house for a while. Clean the spot where the microwave was and consider your kitchen without it. Make a contest of it and see who can go the longest without using it. You have nothing to lose.
What you “need” is based on what you’re used to. Change what you’re used to, and it will change what you need. So the best way to make a real change in your kitchen is to simply dive in and get going. You may not think that you can “go tiny”, but I know you can. And from my years of experience living in 120 square feet, I can honestly tell you that what you gain makes every “sacrifice” worth it. (Otherwise I would not have purchased a short bus where the living space will be 110 square feet!) In time you might even find that none of it was actually a sacrifice, at least that’s how I feel.
I’m Carmen Shenk, the Tiny House Foodie, reminding you that we can #LiveTiny #EmbraceSimplicity and still #EatWell. Thanks for watching, I really appreciate it!