It is my humble desire with this blog post to encourage you to use your microwave less. There ARE other options.
First, let us talk about WHY we shouldn’t cook our food in a microwave.
“Unfortunately, the microwave achieved instant popularity without much prior research to study the effects of eating microwaved food. In consequence, one large experiment involving an unwitting populace is now in progress. The small amount of research done on the effects of eating microwaved food has shown that the microwave may have unfavorable effects on fats and proteins, making them more difficult to assimilate. More recent studies carried out in Switzerland revealed that the microwave caused changes in vitamin content and availability. Eating microwaved food results in abnormal blood profiles, similar to those that occur in the early stages of cancer.”
Nourishing Traditions, Sally Fallon
On the homestead my family didn’t have anything electrical in the kitchen, and getting the oven up to temperature took more effort, so we did a lot on the stove top. A big cast iron fry pan is a cooks best friend! I use mine daily, and it works really well for reheating leftover casserole. Just melt a little butter, olive oil, or bacon grease in the pan (yum! remember, natural fats are important in the diet – don’t try to avoid them!) and throw in that leftover chicken divan with rice, or lasagna, or mac and cheese, and stir every now and then while your setting the table. Yes, the presentation isn’t quite the same, but you have retained the original chemical make up of the proteins and fats, and that is much more important than how it looks.
Heating and Melting
One of the most frequent things you see getting zapped is a stick of butter. Now, butter being the important aspect of my diet that it is, I would be cautious about messing with it. If fat molecules get reshaped when microwaved, making them harder to digest, butter is one thing I want to keep far away from the microwave! Do you need butter soft for your toast? Think ahead and set it out 20 min. before your meal. Or get a little french butter dish so you always have fresh butter at room temp. Melting butter for a recipe? You can do that just as easily on the stove top in a saucepan. This can even save you dishes, ’cause you can add other ingredients right into the saucepan once you’ve turned off the heat (I do this all the time – having your ‘mixing bowl’ warm helps incorporate the honey I use in lots of recipes).
To be continued!
(For more information about healthy cooking methods and why we need fat in our diet, go check out the Weston Price Foundation – great stuff!)