My microwave died at the end of May. We decided not to replace it immediately, and now, three months later we’ve decided not to replace it at all. We only miss it on certain occasions, like when my dad sent us a big box full of goodies, including a Costco sized supply of microwave popcorn. Oh well, we’ll just have to invite ourselves over to friends’ houses for movie nights!
So, although we had to relearn some habits, heating, reheating and defrosting food without a microwave has been fairly easy. Here’s how we do it.
Bain Marie (water bath) This is the quickest of all the methods and so it’s what I usually use when heating the baby’s food or defrosting frozen veggies for the meal I’m preparing. It’s ideal for these purposes as it’s best used when you don’t want the food you’re heating to get too hot. Place the food in a container (tupperware, a bowl) and put that container into a larger one. Then pour boiling water in the larger bowl and let it sit for about five minutes. You can add more hot water if necessary.
Ambient heat I discovered this one night when I wanted to heat some frozen mixed vegetables for my daughter’s dinner. I was going to boil them, but then I realized that I could put them into a metal dish and place the dish on top of the oven, in which I was baking some chicken. After about five minutes the veggies were nice and warm. Make sure to stir well before serving, and always test the temperature before serving food to a baby!
Fridge The safest way to defrost meat is in a fridge, overnight, with the meat in a plastic bag and then in a bowl to contain drips. Of course the French completely ignore all food safety preparation tips, but that doesn’t mean you should. You might have to plan ahead a bit more- no more deciding to bake chicken at the last minute.
Do you have a microwave? What do you use it for? Do you think you could do without one?