questionsanyone else out there living without a microwave?

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::Faint:: No microwave for 3 weeks?? Nooooooooo Have had either a counter-top or built-in for 30+ years. I use it every single day. Important to me. May not be to you. Never had a toaster oven, so I can't comment on that vs a microwave. ...Still shuddering over the thought of living w/o my dear microwave.

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Buy a new Microwave and avoid refurbished. I like Panasonic and GE but almost any brand name will do as long as it has decent reviews. Toaster ovens are optional.

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I have limited counter space so I have only a toaster oven. If it is only to make warm, a toaster oven is small enough that everything is hot fast enough. I am way more fond of a nice crispy top on my casseroles. I use the big oven for pantry storage.

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I haven't had a microwave for the last four years. Before that, the house I lived in for two years, i barely used it. Before that, the apartment i rented had a microwave I didn't find out was broken until about a year in when I tried to use it. So, really, it's not something I use very often. I just warm things up in/on the oven. things don't get as rubbery, etc. as they do in the microwave, imho.

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No microwave for me either. The only thing I did use microwaves for was pop corn but I've since learned how to make amazing popcorn on the stove, no special equipment necessary:

http://lifehacker.com/5917274/make-perfectly-popped-popcorn-on-the-stove

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@mybestuser1: Agree - I have had great service from both Panasonic and GE. Can't live without one. Toaster oven is handy, especially for crisping leftovers like pizza. But in my kitchen I can't run both the micro and the toaster oven at the same time or I blow a breaker.

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I was a pretty big microwaver for all of my life until moving into my relatively tiny apartment three years ago. I adjusted without too much effort. Warming things up in the oven takes a little too much time, but I can reheat any individual meal on the stove top easily, and I cook several nights a week anyway. Cook real food, that is, with pots and pans.

I could rearrange my kitchen space to allow a microwave one way or another, but real estate is too precious for me to want to bother. I probably will get one when or if I ever move to a place with a bigger kitchen, and revert back to using it, but it's not really a necessary appliance, just a convenient one. I once thought I could never live without a dishwasher again, too, but whatever.

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I have a microwave but no dishwasher.

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I do too much real cooking not to have a microwave. Since it's just my wife and I, any time we cook there is leftover food. And while the toaster oven is good for reheating crispy things, moist things do better in the microwave without drying out. I've decided that reheating leftover soup in the microwave does not work as well as the stovetop. But anything moist that can't be stirred so easily is a better job for the microwave.

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Wait and see if you really miss having one before you go out and buy one?

I have friends living without microwaves and they don't seem terribly inconvenienced.

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I lived without a microwave for 3 years when I first moved to New York. I didn't even miss it. Didn't have a toaster oven, either. It cut down on "quick" fix meals and snacking. If our house hadn't had one built it, I'm not sure I would have bothered buying one.

Try living without it for a few months, if you really miss it, you can find something then.