Microwave food is so commonplace nowadays that it is considered strange not to eat it. However, I am such a person and as I do not like this method of ‘cooking’ for myself, I cannot truthfully recommend it to you.
I know that many people might disagree with my views on this subject. And some of us have such difficult lives, that we feel we might not be able to manage without microwave food. But I have promised to tell you the truth about food, as I see it, and that I shall do!
I had a well-established home-cooking habit before this method of convenience-cooking became widespread. I was lucky to have learned how to cook the traditional way, which a lot of people today don’t. Although I recognise this type of cooking might offer some convenience, particularly when used in conjunction with my freezer, I have chosen not to have one in my kitchen for three reasons:
Firstly, these ovens emit a small amount of low-level radiation, which I prefer not to have in my home. We get so much radiation in the environment from other things, that I don’t want to add to it.
Secondly, I just don’t like them and their sanitised way of cooking! When I cook, I want all the sensual experience of real cooking. I also want to feel I am in a home, not a space shuttle! Besides, microwave food cooks so fast that flavours don’t have time to develop properly and meld together and the food they produce doesn’t taste as good as convection-cooked food.
I find that while using a traditional oven takes a little longer, it is almost as convenient, especially if you use a fan oven, which heats up quickly.
To a large extent, convenience is merely a question of habit. What you are most accustomed to, is usually what is most convenient for you. If you get into the habit of using a proper oven, it really isn’t any more difficult.
The third reason I dislike microwaves is that the real ‘convenience’ of using them, is more in what can be cooked, than in the ovens themselves. They are an integral part of the convenience food industry. In fact, their invention is the logical conclusion of the ready-meal philosophy that dominates what people eat today. Quite simply, microwave food is rubbish food.
The existence of these ovens in homes creates the false impression that young children coming in from school, can prepare their own ‘meals’, by putting a plastic tub in a machine and pressing a switch. These children are not being nourished properly and it is a terrible way of life that they are being inculcated into. Nor are they likely ever to learn to cook properly, if there is no proper cooking going on in their homes.
It used to be the case that many urban children did not know that dairy products came from cows. Today, many urban children do not even know what whole vegetables look like, because they only food they ever eat is processed rubbish out of little plastic tubs.
Young children cannot fend for themselves with a ready-meal box from the freezer. To expect them to, is neglect and deprivation. In my view, introducing a microwave to your home will not solve problems, but cause them.
feeling about these little ovens with the glass screens, that look
rather like televisions, is that they are like televisions! With both
these modern appliances, it’s all or nothing—-once you have them, they
are very difficult not to use, no matter how good your intentions are
initially—microwave ovens make people buy microwave food!