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Given the documented results of microwave use (see previous blog “Wave Good-Bye to the Microwave” July 30, 2012),  it’s time to look for alternatives.


The best way to re-heat food is usually the same way you cooked it – for example, if cooked on the stove, it should be re-heated on the stove. But you can still employ some short cuts.

TOASTER OVEN or better yet a CONVECTION / TOASTER OVEN                                                                                        

According to those in the know, convection/ toaster ovens can warm your food in a third the time of conventional ovens. Use an oven safe Pyrex dish for your leftovers to then reheat your foot.


Place a little water in a saucepan, add the food and cover with lid. Place over low heat on the stove. This works with most frozen foods. It serves to steam the food.

If someone is coming home late, and you want to give them warm food when they arrive, put a saucepan lid over the food while it is on a (Corelle type) plate. Put the plate of food on a simmering saucepan of water. It will stay warm without drying up (tip from Acres Magazine 1994).


Flash cooking is used by cooks in restaurants. It’s a simple method of cooking or heating your foods in the oven between 425-475 degrees Fahrenheit anywhere between 2-10 minutes. This will allow you to heat foods quickly without overcooking them.    Not all foods can be “flash cooked”. Go to Cooking in a Flash: How to Reheat Food without Overcooking It, for more information.


Start with water which is filtered with a high quality filter. Then, instead of the microwave to warm your water for tea, instant cereal, etc., consider the following:

> Use an electric or stovetop kettle to heat water.
> Install a steaming hot water tap in your kitchen.                                                                                                                                         > Purchase a water cooler with a hot tap.

These alternatives can still warm your food and water in a timely way and are much healthier for your body.


August 8, 2012 at 9:35 pm Leave a comment