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Monday, October 20, 2014

How to Reheat Foods without a Microwave

"How do you reheat foods?"  "I'd die without my microwave."

I hear this regularly when I share that we don't have a microwave in our home.  And it's not by accident.  We intentionally sold it about 5 years ago.  Why?  Two reasons: First, I figured we were really only using it 1 or 2 times each day; and second, it took up too much counter space.

But selling it happened in steps.  Once I had decided it was time for the microwave to go, I had to get K on board.  He would use it to reheat his coffee from the pot he had brewed first thing in the morning.  That had to be addressed.  We bought a keurig with the reusable capsule.

Well, he still wasn't convinced so I said ok.  How about if we just try it for a month? Let's just move the microwave out of the kitchen for a month and see how it goes. Well, that was all it took.  It was moved out and never came back in.

But how do I reheat foods?  It used to be with either a small sauce pan or cast iron skillet.  And with mixed results.  Honestly, most of the time, I end up with food scorched to the bottom of the pan.  You see, I tend to mostly cook on medium high.  I just don't have the patience for low heat to get the  job done.

I wasn't unhappy enough to bring a microwave back into the house, but I wasn't totally happy either.

Last week, I discovered reheating foods in the double boiler!  Hallelujiah!!  Happy day!!

I put some water in the bottom, the food to be heated in the top, slap on the lid, and turn the burner up to high!  No scorching.  No burning.  And it only takes about 5 minutes or so.  That's not bad.

Finally, I have a really good answer to the inevitable question, "How do you reheat food without a microwave?"

I use the double boiler.

1 comment:

  1. Tonight I'm actually keeping supper warm in the slow cooker. I cooked chicken in there and boiled potatoes on the stove. To keep the potatoes warm, I dumped them into a corning dish and set it on top of the chicken. My husband will enjoy a warm supper when he gets home.