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toridori Mar 6, 2008 07:49 AM

Hi, new to the board, what a great resource...

I'm wondering if there is a "cleaner" alternative to a microwave that doesn't cook with radiation. The only thing I've found so far are mini convection ovens, or micro/convection combos. Are these a good alternative?

From what I've read, microwaving kills the nutrients in foods. Also, I'm trying to get rid of anything in my life that might cause sickness down the road... there's something I don't trust about having radiation cooking in my kitchen.

Any insight would be appreciated!

  1. Miss Needle Mar 6, 2008 08:09 AM

    You're probably going to get a few responses from people who will probably say you're buying into the hype, that there's no evidence, blah, blah. But I'm not a fan of the microwave either. Food just doesn't taste right coming from it.

    In my lifetime, there was a time where almost every home didn't have a microwave. In fact, we didn't grow up with a microwave for the first 14 years of my life. We just heated up things the "old-fashioned" way -- stove and oven. And when I pack our lunches, I just heat stuff on a stove and put it in a Mr. and Mrs. Bento.

    http://www.flickr.com/groups/mrbento/

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      toridori Mar 6, 2008 08:52 AM

      Thanks Miss Needle... I'm sure I will get those responses. But I lost a grandma recently to a VERY aggressive cancer when we had no family history. Every day there is more evidence that the things we thought were safe are in fact risk factors for disease (vaccines and autism is the most recent-- heck, even smoking was once thought to be safe). I'll err on the side of caution and take the heat for it. :-)

      I've thought about getting rid of the microwave altogether, but my fiance likes the convenience of it. I was thinking that the microwaves with convection alternative might be a good compromise, but I wonder if you can use the convection option without the microwave part?

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        Miss Needle Mar 6, 2008 09:09 AM

        Sorry to hear about your grandmother. I really don't know how those micro/convection things work, but there was one at my old apartment. I never used it but my roommate did. I remember it wasn't the easiest thing to use. When she wanted to use the convection part, she had to insert another contraption in the machine before she was able to use it as a convection oven. I wasn't too crazy with the results that machine produced. But as we didn't have an oven, I think the microwave/convection was our only alternative.

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          Joe Blowe Mar 6, 2008 09:12 AM

          If you believe that vaccines are somehow linked to autism, then there will be no way to convince you of the safety of microwave cooking. I won't even bother posting links to informative websites...

          The only alternative for you would be a non-microwave convection oven (like a Cadco OV-250), and a gas or electric stovetop. Each stovetop type have their pros and cons, but most will agree that gas is superior. Unless you bring up induction, but then you'll have to deal with that nasty RF exposure. ;-)

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        Rick Mar 6, 2008 07:28 PM

        The only thing that I can think of that cooks faster than a traditional oven is a pressure cooker. We have a mico/convection combo above our stove and it acts independently as either an oven or a microwave, but never both at the same time. It seems to take longer to heat up than the regular oven but I do like the extra oven space when entertaining.

        A toaster oven is a great way to heat up many things and I do agree that most things taste better heated up on the stove top, in the oven/toaster oven than in the microwave. I still use my microwave often however, especially for defrosting.

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          toridori Mar 6, 2008 07:47 PM

          What make/model is the micro/convection? I used my toaster oven frequently, till it died a few months ago...

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            Diane in Bexley Mar 7, 2008 10:04 AM

            In Jan 2007 we bought an Oster convection toaster oven. While it takes a while to make toast in it, it is very large, can accommodate a 13X9 pan, and very fast for an oven. It has a broiler too, but I use the grill, can't comment on broiler results. We like it a lot, paid about $50-60 at Costco.

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              toridori Mar 9, 2008 09:04 PM

              Thanks for all the help!

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