You won't believe this but my first wife and I got our first in October 1979...a Panasonic . . and it's STILL working today - 30 years later !! NOT joking! the magnetron had to be replaced in 1984, but it's run ever since. The display has gotten a little funky though !
I use mine to heat water for tea, heat up soup, make popcorn and bacon, re-heat left overs.
They do have some cooking advantages. Take your corn on the cob, cut off the tassels, run a little water in the husk, and nuke an ear for around 1:30 for a 1000 watt unit. Let sit for a couple of minutes. The cob doesn't get soggy and the corn has a better flavor from not having the taste boiled out of it, a much more robust corny flavor, besides not wasting water or electricity for the environmentally conscious.
All this stuff about how microwaves just heat up food and it doesn't taste good harkens me back to Phophor/Spark Collector's self-rising recipe thread. People talking about their Mom's this and that, and oh yum yum. My mother was well-meaning, but worked a lot, and just wanted to settle down with a good book when she got home. The microwave was a Godsend. If it is not frozen, it is delicious, and it you are careful enough, virtually any consumable substance can be microwaved.
_________________________ We are what we repeatedly do - Aristotle
If it is not frozen, it is delicious, and it you are careful enough, virtually any consumable substance can be microwaved.
Except for most meat products cooked form raw.
I do like to take the steaks off the grill a bit early so when slowly nuked at a later date, not at full power, they are still excellent. Full power make them tough. Chicken breasts done right from the start on the grill, not over done, re-heat great too and I don't have to fire the grill up for one serving.
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