Microwave-Free Living: An Experiment

Microwave-Free Living: An Experiment | A Girl & Grey

Have you ever considered going microwave-free?

A while back I read an article from the perspective of someone that had gotten rid of their microwave. It’s not something I had ever really thought of before, but this writer said that after ridding herself of a microwave, she realised how little she actually needed one in her kitchen.

I don’t know about you – but I grew up in a house where the microwave was the number one used appliance. From making ‘bread pizza’ a.k.a. white bread covered in cheese and microwaved until the edges resembled cardboard {so gross} to heating up instant porridge in the mornings {hands up if you forgot to add the milk sometimes and almost blew up your house in the process?}; our microwave was always well used {and kind of filthy because of this}.

It wasn’t until I read this post about living sans microwave that I realised how little we actually use our microwave. I set myself the task of taking note of how much we used ours over a 30 day period, and was shocked to learn that we didn’t use it at all. Not even once!

I brought up the concept of a microwave-free kitchen to Harry, and luckily he agreed with me. We decided it would be a good idea to remove the microwave on an experimental basis – just in case we figured out that we can’t live without it – and so we just moved it out to the garage and covered it with an old towel.

It’s been almost four months now, and here are some things I’ve learnt about living without a microwave and whether it’s actually doable.

Microwave-Free Living: An Experiment | A Girl & Grey
Microwave-Free Living: An Experiment | A Girl & Grey

LESSON 1: We had so much more space in our kitchen. Our microwave actually sat inside our already-chockers pantry, which wasn’t brill for the minimalist in me. It was… too much. Too cluttered and too busy and too ugly. Ever since we rid ourselves of a microwave, we’ve had an entire extra shelf to store food on in our pantry, which has resulted in a way more organised system! The various jars of herbs and spices are no longer unreachable behind bags of flour and rice. This is a major plus on it’s own, to be honest. I love a tidy pantry.

LESSON 2: We started to actually cook again. No more relying on frozen dinners and reheating last nights pasta! We’re much better at spending actual time in our kitchen cooking real, fresh food. We also throw away less – as we used to overcook and tell ourselves that we’d eat the leftovers… and never get around to it. I kind of hate leftovers, and I’m guessing that Harry does too, based solely on the amount of stuck-together three-day-old pasta that made its way into the bin.

LESSON 3: We learnt new ways to cook. Aside from cooking more, we’ve actually picked up some fun techniques throughout the process of going microwave free. Stovetop popcorn and flame warmed tortillas are my personal favourites.

LESSON FOUR: There was one thing we needed the microwave for… But it’s not what you’d think. Anyone that deals with tension migraines knows that heat therapy is especially effective, however without a microwave, I had to rely on a hot water bottle to ease my upper back and neck tension. Have you ever tried to balance a hot water bottle on the back of your neck whilst sat at your desk? Spoiler alert: it’s almost impossible. Because of this, I’ve figured out that we won’t be able to toss our microwave as originally planned. However, that doesn’t mean it’s making it’s way back inside – oh, hell no. It’s going to stay in the garage, plugged in and ready to use whenever I need to heat up my neck shaped wheat pack {which is almost every day at this point!}.

Microwave-Free Living: An Experiment | A Girl & Grey

Could you see yourself ever going microwave-free? Let me know in the comments below!


    • Sharni
      October 23, 2018 / 11:34 am

      I’m glad you get some use out of it, Danielle!

    • Sharni
      October 23, 2018 / 11:34 am

      It’s so random how little we use them when compared to things like kettles and toasters! I’m so glad my house has powerpoints in the garage – it’s a life saver. We keep our cordless vacuums in there too and they’re able to be plugged in to charge!

  1. October 10, 2018 / 4:22 pm

    Definitely need to keep my microwave for heat packs! Other than that we only use it for lazy jacket potatos! Would love to get rid of it but it doesn’t take up too much space as we have a little one so it’s staying for now!

    • Sharni
      October 23, 2018 / 11:32 am

      I’ve never made a jacket potato in the microwave, but it sounds like the easiest dinner hack on earth. As long as it’s not bothering you, I don’t see any reason to get rid of it! Microwaves are fantastic if they make your life easier!

  2. October 10, 2018 / 3:45 pm

    Have you tried those heat packs you click to activate the heat that don’t need to be microwaved?

    • Sharni
      October 23, 2018 / 11:31 am

      Wait – no?! How did I not know this was a thing?!

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