Q: How often do you use your microwave?

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Registered: 03-20-2001
Q: How often do you use your microwave?
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Sat, 01-19-2013 - 12:30pm

Donna ( our past pioneer woman)  mentioned getting a new microwave installed.  So I'm wondering how often you all use your microwave and what you use it for mainly...  and do you microwave your sponges in it, how often does something really go biserk in your microwave and make a horrendous mess , is it builit in or a counter model?  ETC... meaning whatever else you want to say or ask....  hahahahaha
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As for me: I have a counter top model.  I do not cook meals in it and I do not like to thaw food in it either.  I use it to heat up leftovers, melt chocolate and butter, to reheat tea or coffee gone cold, and that's about it. My mom would cook meat and everything in it.. she loved it.  I use it a few times a day, would not like to be without it as I think it's nice to heat my tea in it and saves energy.    My microwave " goes biserk" when dh is using it.  I was watching a TV program the other night and he wanted to surprise me and bring down some hot soup that I had made for us (creamy veggie soup).   When I popped upstairs on the commercial, he was up to his neck in towels, paper towels, sponges and milky crap literally all over the place, it was hard to find the microwave.  No soup left that night.  I did help him clean uup the mess as when he does, I usually end up with 2 days of laundry...  LOL    Oh and I do disenfect my kitchen sponges in it,, also put them in the dishwasher at night.   

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Sat, 01-19-2013 - 12:48pm

My microwave is mounted over my stove. I love it there. I probably use it 2 or 3 times a day, mostly to heat leftovers, coffee or tea, or soup. I also bake potatoes in it because it has a button for that that cooks them perfectly. I do vegetables for our dinners in it, too, also because it has a button for fresh or frozen vegetables and somehow just knows how long to cook them.  I sterilize my sponges in there now and then. Often when I heat up a sponge, I wipe down the inside of the microwave while I'm at it (then I have to rinse and sterilize the sponge again, lol).  Sometimes I thaw meat in it, if I'm in a hurry, but I'm seldom in that much of a hurry.  Sometimes I do popcorn in it, but since Tom loves to make popcorn on the stove, we don't usually have microwave popcorn.

Nothing has ever really gone berserk, but I've had a few things blow up and spatter a little if I don't have a cover on them, and once I had a tupperware cover on a bowl and it sealed itself and then melted. And I discovered that if I put my Christmas dishes with the gold edge in there, it makes pretty fireworks, LOL!


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Sat, 01-19-2013 - 4:14pm

I thought I'd heard someone mention my name! Interesting question. Wink

As you've probably heard..wink..we have a built in microwave above the stove. I like the way it looks rather than a counter top model on a counter and I like the convenience of it being up off of a counter, but it was a royal pain to replace when it broke recently!! I wish instead that we just had a cubby shelf up there where we could sit a counter top model into. That would be more practical for replacing.

So far today, it's 3:15pm now, we've used our microwave to heat water for my tea, dh has used it to cook his breakfast mix that he makes in a large mug and he has reheated two cups of coffee. I also used it to reheat my broccoli for lunch. We'll be using it again throughout the day and evening mostly to heat water for my tea, dh's coffee and he often drinks plain hot water. I'll use it again to cook shrimp for dinner and to heat up canned green beans later. 

We also use it to make popcorn, but we very seldom have popcorn, quickly warm breads, warm cookies to freshen, reheat a number of foods, melt butter & chocolate, but it's an extremely rare day when I have need to do that, once in a blue moon dh will heat a frozen dinner on nights that I'm away at meetings, we use it for various canned foods,

I don't cook meats in the microwave. I use my toaster oven or the big oven or broiler for that, or some on the stove top.

Oh, yes, some foods have exploded over the many years of microwave ownership. Mostly it's soups with chunks of potatoes or legumes that seem to explode easily. We've learned to use a lower power and to take out and stir in the middle of heating them now and we've not had another explosion in a long time. Of course if "someone" (dh) "forgets" (selective thinking) to cover something that he's reheating, there is often a splattering mess too. He gets to clean that up all by himself and he has learned how to do it well. ;)

I've never put our sponges in the microwave except to clean the microwave. I used to put sponges in the dishwasher, but really don't see the point anymore because we use them every night to clean sinks and counter tops with Comet, which contains bleach, and rinse them well.

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Registered: 11-12-2012
Sat, 01-19-2013 - 5:14pm

I use it every day for food, tea, etc.

I've had a few microwaves that haven't liked me that much, though. The one I have right now seems to be doing well, so far. Heats my food perfectly. Smile

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Registered: 09-25-2010
Sat, 01-19-2013 - 7:13pm

Love my microwave, LOL
It is over the oven & I love that!
I use it a few times a day to warm up certain foods.
never cook meat or anything else really .. more to warm :)




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Registered: 03-20-2001
Sun, 01-20-2013 - 6:26am

Ann, I stupidly bought a new set of dishes with a silver edging on them... and yes they spark so can't use them in there..... UGH.   I'm haven't discarded my old dishes because of that problem but need to switch over to the new ones soon.  

And yes, I bake potatoes in the microwave too, thanks to your hint about a year back... taste good too!

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Sun, 01-20-2013 - 6:27am
me too Hugs,, mainly warming and that's fine . Hugs, is your cooktop not over the oven?
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Sun, 01-20-2013 - 6:28am
Hi Megan, glad you like the current microwave. I've only ever had the one I have now and I like it but it has so many programs ( a whole booklet full of them) , hardly ever use them. I like that it has 1000w and on down settings... for different things.
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Registered: 03-20-2001
Sun, 01-20-2013 - 6:32am

Hi D,

my dh also will not take the time to put the cover over the plate when heating.....  next time I will let him clean up the mess all by himself.....  LOL

Glad you like your new microwave... what color is it?

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Registered: 09-25-2010
Sun, 01-20-2013 - 10:34am

Hi Suzan,
My stove top is not over my oven,
We are one of the few that have it like that
Our microwave is over/above our oven.
I love our set up as it is
So I hope we can replace our stove top very soon without too much of a problem :)




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Sun, 01-20-2013 - 4:49pm

twig04 wrote:
<p>Hi D,</p><p>my dh also will not take the time to put the cover over the plate when heating.....  next time I will let him clean up the mess all by himself.....  LOL</p><p>Glad you like your new microwave... what color is it? </p>

My husband always cleans the inside of the microwave no matter who or what makes the mess. I'll have to say he does a good job of it too! Nice that he does that for us. My microwave, fridge, stove and sinks are all bisque color.

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