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Original Message What is this fascination with nuking stuff?

I don't get it.
Honestly... I don't.

I don't own a microwave. I never will. I have, but I never will again. Back in college I had a fascination with heating up anything that came within a plastic wrapper. Hot Pockets, Ramen, frozen pizza, you name it and I nuked it for 3 minutes.

But in the last few years, I've strayed away from it.

Lately, the conversation has come up a few times and everytime I tell people that I don't own a microwave, they look at you as if you had just told them that you don't know what Facebook is.

Granted, I've never used Twitter either, but that's a whole different conversation...

These people will look at me and honestly ask: Well, how do you cook your food?

Apparently, some people have never heard of skillets, grills, cast iron cookware, dutch ovens, conventional ovens and stoves. You'd swear that millions across America have never cooked a home cooked meal based on the sample size I've gathered across the states in the last few years. It just seems that now anything that takes effort cooking is a lost tradition within American culture. There was a conversation about chicken and there was some leftovers and someone said: Just put that in the microwave for 2 minutes and it tastes amazing.

I should have known better than to tell that person that I was going to just launch that thing in my cast iron skillet and do it there along with other stuff I could add to it.

"No microwave?"
"Nope, I don't own one."
"Why the hell not? It's so much easier! Wow. Never met anyone without a microwave."

Now, I'm sure a LOT of people here can come up with reasons why it's good to NOT own a microwave... like radiation or what not... but to be honest, I just like to make my own food traditionally. I make my own pizza from scratch. Put that sucker in the oven and make that crust crispy and nice and golden. Frozen pizza into a microwave ends up mushy, tasteless, full of preservatives and crap.

I get the convinience, but it almost seems like there are people out there that use a microwave for EVERYTHING. Other thing I've noticed... I seem to eat better since I don't use a microwave. I have a tendency to buy fresher food and support local produce and poultry farmers to get the freshest products and cook it myself. Are we really at a point where we need convinience for everything over better quality and healthier choices... or am I truly one of a kind by not having microwave... or Twitter?
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