I figure I'm saving some cash too. I used to pick up a lot of Trader Joe's frozen entrees, but without a microwave oven, reheating leftovers is faster than cooking a frozen dish.
Anyway, how have I been /heatingreheating without the beloved Radar Range? Pretty easily actually.
- There's the good old fashion pot on the stove top. I add a bit of water to leftovers. For frozen entrees that come in containers I just pop them out like out of an ice cube tray directly into the pan, heat on medium low, and stir a bit along the way. Done almost a quickly as the microwave. Honest.
- I eat a lot of cold/room temp foods. Saves time and energy!
- I broil things like open-faced sandwiches, leftover pizza, etc in the broiler.
- I've developed a whole new appreciation for my bamboo steamer.
- I've concocted what I call my "skillet oven" if I want to heat up something like a hand pie from Pacific Pie Company. I put a canning jar ring in the skillet, place the pie, tamale, etc on top of it, add a smidge of water to the pan to start off the process, cover and cook on medium low (for less time than what it would take for the traditional or toaster oven) and flip once or twice. Gets crispy and doesn't stick. Works great! Yeah, I was pretty proud of myself. I'm so easily impressed.
So if you wonder if you can survive without a microwave oven, it's actually quite simple. And if you find yourself in a power failure, a gas stove is going to be a lifesaver!