The short answer is yes, of course you can live without a microwave. Lots of people in the Western world do, though they do seem to be in the minority. The long answer is a bit more complicated.
One of our goals this year was to make healthier choices in the food we put into our bodies. Because I work at home, I’ve relied a lot in the past on frozen entrees. A Lean Cuisine might be a low-calorie meal, but it doesn’t fulfill our goal of eating healthier foods. The more we thought about it, the more we realized the microwave was allowing us to eat a lot of processed food – even the stuff that was “good” for us.
It was also allowing us to prepare food quickly, which is not always the healthiest option. I find when the food is prepared fast, it is usually consumed fast.
Two weeks ago we unplugged the microwave and sent it to live in the garage. I wasn’t sure how we would do without it, so I wasn’t quite ready to give it up yet. But after this short period I can say the only thing I really miss is heating water for tea (I do not have a tea pot and it makes no sense to buy one when we’re getting rid of everything).
There are still quite a few frozen meals in my freezer that I’ll have to donate, but otherwise I think this experiment is going well. Who knows? We may even put the microwave on Craiglist this weekend.
Would you give up your microwave?