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#151 Edited by Budwyzer (579 posts) -

I can understand not using one very often, but I'm having a hard time imagining a kitchen, these days, that doesn't have one over the stove and built-in to the cabinetry with an exhaust fan built in. That just seems standard at this point.

While I do have one, I only use it for 2 things. Cooking Lipton Ice Tea bags in a cup of water to make tea, and cooking Ramen Noodles. Yes I am married, and we cook, but I crave sodium at times and a cup o' ramen is an entire days worth of sodium. Plus, ya know, Ramen.

Also, for anyone afraid of a microwave for whatever reason, watch this:

http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/myth-busting-bill-nye-pt-1

Who doesn't trust Bill Nye?

#152 Edited by MikkaQ (10290 posts) -

@greggd said:

But popcorn, guys.

Air popped popcorn is the only real popcorn. But yeah I just have this old-ass device from the 90s that makes popcorn at the flick of a switch. Best of all, the popcorn just gets dumped right into the bowl.

#153 Posted by Rhombus_Of_Terror (2102 posts) -

Halogen Cooker > Microwave.

#154 Edited by EXTomar (4736 posts) -

Side topic: We need to promote more Vinco ideas even if they break the laws of physics!

#155 Edited by triple07 (1196 posts) -

I'm more surprised his place didn't just come with a microwave. Maybe its a california thing but I don't think Ive ever seen an apartment without a microwave in it.

I don't use my microwave very much but I still find the connivence nice when I need something fast. Also I've never heard any reason to not have a microwave besides the old wives tales about them emitting radiation.

#156 Edited by fetchfox (1268 posts) -

I'm not surprised at all. We don't own one and we've never missed it. How to reheat food? On the oven, or inside. Microwave TV dinners? No, I eat real food and enjoy cooking.

@humanity: Well, to each their own! Though… heated cereal is just crazy. What brand do you usually go for?

#157 Posted by Vuud (1996 posts) -

I couldn't live without mini pizza bagels. I just couldn't...

#158 Posted by HatKing (5952 posts) -

I have denied multiple offers from friends to give me their old microwaves. I'm anti-microwave. The only time I've ever missed it was when I once had leftover Chinese food. And that's not even that big of a deal.

#159 Posted by dobschutz (55 posts) -

@humanity said:

@iamjohn said:
@humanity said:

I just use mine to heat up cereal in the morning.

You cannot just drop this without explaining it.

Well I mean obviously I put milk in the bowl, then put cereal in and then heat it all up in the microwave. I don't like cold cereal, and it's basically the only thing I use my microwave for.

what the flying fuck....... u freak

#160 Posted by Atlas (2446 posts) -

People eat cereal with warm/hot milk? Weird. I've literally never thought of doing that, nor heard of anyone else trying it.

I wouldn't say it's shocking that someone doesn't have a microwave, but at this point they're ubiquitous enough that I kinda just assume that most people do have one. They're pretty useful.

#161 Edited by NoelVeiga (1099 posts) -

@humanity said:

@iamjohn said:
@humanity said:

I just use mine to heat up cereal in the morning.

You cannot just drop this without explaining it.

Well I mean obviously I put milk in the bowl, then put cereal in and then heat it all up in the microwave. I don't like cold cereal, and it's basically the only thing I use my microwave for.

what the flying fuck....... u freak

I know people who heat up their milk, then put cereal on it, but heating the milk with the cereal already there is madness. It'll all get mushed up and you'll end up eating a concrete-like concoction.

Incidentally, that's my primary use for a microwave: heating up water without breaking out a pot. Becasue water heaters are a crazy thing. Microwave popcorn is also pretty cool, and I eat enough leftovers that I need one, but you can make do without. Obviously. Or human race wouldn't have survived.

#162 Posted by Sogeman (871 posts) -

I cook and freeze like half of it. I'm living alone so of course I have a microwave to heat up the rest. I'm not gonna dirty another pot to heat shit on the oven.

#163 Edited by Sogeman (871 posts) -

Top tip for hot dogs: Waterheater. try it

@humanity said:

I just use mine to heat up cereal in the morning.

You're a monster, a monster I say. soggy and warm, bäääh :(

#164 Posted by WickedFather (1733 posts) -

Day before yesterday I poached chicken thighs in milk, made a roux with the milk and grated in parmesan, cooled the chicken and stripped it and added that, mushrooms, chorizo and ham to the roux. Rolled out some puff pastry and put that all in the middle, folded it over, crimped it, glazed it and grated some parmesan on top. Baked that bitch up for 25 minutes and had it with baby carrots, green beans, mange tout and new potatoes for the woman as I hate potatoes that aren't roast.

Next day that bitch pie went in the microwave. I'm not standing about like some prostitute when that gash in my face needs healing, STAT.

Microwaves keep more nutrients in vegetables than boiling or steaming. Google up some Harvard medical business.

Now to the dark arts for the Brits out there. Pot Noodle. Once you've added the water give it a stir and put it in the microwave for a bit. It goes really thick if you like that sort of thing, and I do.

Take a couple of slice of corn beef and put them on a plate. Corn beef in Britain is not like that lovely stuff you see in Katz's Deli on Man v Food. Oh no. It's a stiffened beef sludge in a metal isosceles trapezoid with a key to open it that injures around ten thousand people a year costing the UK tax payer over five million pounds in national health costs. So, anyway, put some cheese on top of that - cheddar of course, or Asda's own singles if you live in a council house. Put that in the microwave and let her blossom. The meat will turn into a darkened, crumbly canvas onto which its own meat oils and those from the cheese will combine to paint a masterpiece made for your mouth. Put it in a sandwich and add a flourish of brown sauce and wait for the guilt to roll in. I have patented the asymmetric slice. Don't cut straight across the middle, angle the knife a bit and you'll always have a thick end to hold and a thinner bit to shove in your yowler. Your guests will think you've been to fancy school if you give them a sandwich with that kind of slash on it. Brown sauce is HP sauce which I've heard is close to steak sauce in the western territories. It's close, but not close enough.

#165 Posted by notdavid (839 posts) -

It blew my mind until I started looking through this thread.

Guys. Microwaves are cool. Trust me. They take cold food and make it hot super fucking fast.

#166 Posted by NekuSakuraba (7241 posts) -

I always use my microwave, no way I could make those delicious 2 minute noodles without them, or heat up leftovers.

Also, popcorn.

#167 Posted by KirkyX (124 posts) -

I use mine to cook salmon and peas.

#168 Posted by MildMolasses (3221 posts) -

Yo, I cook my Hungry Man dinners in the oven like a MAN!

#169 Posted by Intro (1207 posts) -

The fuck? I didn't know so many people didn't own microwaves. This is haunting to think about lol.

#170 Posted by BaconGames (3423 posts) -

I think it's crazy town not to own a microwave but I agree that toaster ovens are where it's at. In fact, I would have that instead of a microwave if dorm rooms didn't have these damn "fire codes." Also I think it sounds like a goddamn nightmare to cook and live with only a microwave so I guess I like options.

I grew up with a microwave and use that to reheat leftovers and the essentials, like Hot Pockets. That and it's useful to defrost while you're doing other stuff, boiling small amounts of water, and various shit like that. I can't believe I'm sitting here typing out uses for a microwave as some sort of defense against this anti-microwave tidal wave. I'm going to do something else.

While I also think putting milk and cereal in the microwave is fucking insane, my first generation immigrant parents did that kind of shit so I just chalk it up to that. It's weird, as popular as cereal is in some parts of Europe, family members of mine living there think it's weird that people eat cereal cold.

#171 Posted by StriderNo9 (1092 posts) -

I have one but I never use it. I have a wife instead.

#172 Posted by I_Stay_Puft (3393 posts) -

I have one but I never use it. I have a wife instead.

So you're saying your wife uses the microwave.

#173 Posted by Lydian_Sel (2486 posts) -

It's not that shocking. We try to use ours as little as possible, it's almost exclusively for warming leftover food.

#174 Posted by I_Stay_Puft (3393 posts) -

It's not that shocking. We try to use ours as little as possible, it's almost exclusively for warming leftover food.

I don't know man, there's this cool thing where you stick a raw egg in it and watch it explode.

#175 Edited by Aetheldod (3584 posts) -

Dudes Im gonna blow your mind out ... there are countries outhere without microwaves I know right? How can they manage???

joking aside i do have microwave and we use it from time to time to reheat some stuff , but also there´s been time that we had no microwave and we managed quie nicely.

#176 Posted by SSully (4187 posts) -

I haven't had a microwave in almost 4 years now. It sucks when you want to heat up certain left overs, but for the most part I don't miss it at all.

#177 Edited by JZ (2125 posts) -

Microwaves actually irradiate your food that's bad for you.

#178 Posted by GooieGreen (454 posts) -

I'd love to make the jump to "no microwave" but that assumes a lot of other lifestyle changes are made along with it. If I cooked more often I wouldn't have to use the thing (and when I do now it is sparingly at best).

#179 Posted by Oldirtybearon (4811 posts) -

Fucking hipsters.

#180 Posted by JJWeatherman (14558 posts) -

I'm much more shocked that this thread has somehow gone on for four pages, so I figured I'd contribute.

#181 Edited by TruthTellah (9100 posts) -

I'm much more shocked that this thread has somehow gone on for four pages, so I figured I'd contribute.

Hey, this is Giant Bomb dot com. I imagine the Microwave vs No Microwave battle will continue on for quite some time.

I mean, how are we supposed to trust a vicious anti-microwave hater with our videogame commentary?

Come on. Let's get real here.

#182 Posted by HerbieBug (4212 posts) -

Dudes Im gonna blow your mind out ... there are countries outhere without microwaves I know right? How can they manage???

Ah! But here you see this is something quite different entire. This is the point of fact of a person living in a civilized country with easy access to a microwave oven for an hour's pay and saying, no, i will not have one of those.

My older brother is one such. He can most assuredly afford a microwave as he earns about six times the amount of yearly that I do. When I have visited him I have personally seen him fussing about with his toaster oven and standing around at the counter as he ever so slowly reheats a slice of pizza from the day before. I think that if I were to insert a microwave, on the sly, into his kitchen, he would be mad but I expect he would be using it before the day was out. D:

#183 Posted by JJWeatherman (14558 posts) -

@jjweatherman said:

I'm much more shocked that this thread has somehow gone on for four pages, so I figured I'd contribute.

Hey, this is Giant Bomb dot com. I imagine the Microwave vs No Microwave battle will continue on for quite some time.

I mean, how are we supposed to trust a vicious anti-microwave hater with our videogame commentary?

Come on. Let's get real here.

You're right. I actually thought just after posting that that I really wasn't too shocked, which I then spun in my head into being my intentional way of displaying just how unshocked I truly was at Vinny not owning a microwave. See? Totally valid and sensible post. Unlike this one.

#184 Edited by YummyTreeSap (309 posts) -

I have one that I use for reheating some stuff and making that goddamn ten-grain hot cereal from Bob the oatmeal guy (the best ever), but if I didn't have one I wouldn't care. When I was living with a person she didn't have one and I didn't feel like I was missing out on life essentials or anything.

#185 Posted by TruthTellah (9100 posts) -

@truthtellah said:

@jjweatherman said:

I'm much more shocked that this thread has somehow gone on for four pages, so I figured I'd contribute.

Hey, this is Giant Bomb dot com. I imagine the Microwave vs No Microwave battle will continue on for quite some time.

I mean, how are we supposed to trust a vicious anti-microwave hater with our videogame commentary?

Come on. Let's get real here.

You're right. I actually thought just after posting that that I really wasn't too shocked, which I then spun in my head into being my intentional way of displaying just how unshocked I truly was at Vinny not owning a microwave. See? Totally valid and sensible post. Unlike this one.

It's alright, JJ. None of us are perfect.

#186 Posted by TheHumanDove (2523 posts) -

so many microwave racists in this thread

#187 Posted by HerbieBug (4212 posts) -

@chop said:

I care more about speed than quality; 90% of the food I consume is all microwaved up.

Funny to see people acting pretentious about not using microwaves though. This is some "I don't own a TV!" shit and it's pretty great.

my family gets all uppity with me about the fact that I don't have a cable subscription. All of my entertainment is fed through internet. Because internet is invariably better than anything on television... even when it's television shows downloaded from internet. Internet content tastes better.

#188 Edited by I_Stay_Puft (3393 posts) -

I think in the latest installment of the Giant Bombcast Vinny just proved that not owning a microwave doesn't correlate to healthy living. I guess we can throw that theory out the window.

#189 Posted by Buneroid (428 posts) -

@chop said:

I care more about speed than quality; 90% of the food I consume is all microwaved up.

Funny to see people acting pretentious about not using microwaves though. This is some "I don't own a TV!" shit and it's pretty great.

my family gets all uppity with me about the fact that I don't have a cable subscription. All of my entertainment is fed through internet. Because internet is invariably better than anything on television... even when it's television shows downloaded from internet. Internet content tastes better.

Also it's crazy how much you get used to not having 10 minutes worth of gross ads interjected into every show with the glorious internet.

But I don't know how some people can live without a microwave. It would take me 15 minutes to heat up a god damn bowl of soup and have to wash double the dishes. And it wouldn't even be healthier(?).

#190 Edited by tsutohiro (364 posts) -

Last-nights pizza, canned soup, ramen, tea, yesterdays coffee first thing in the morning when I can't wait for new coffee to brew, etc. I'm pretty sure I'd die without a microwave.

#191 Posted by PandaBear (1373 posts) -

Last-nights pizza, canned soup, ramen, tea, yesterdays coffee first thing in the morning when I can't wait for new coffee to brew, etc. I'm pretty sure I'll die because of a microwave.

Fixed.

#192 Posted by tsutohiro (364 posts) -

@pandabear:

@tsutohiro said:

Last-nights pizza, canned soup, ramen, tea, yesterdays coffee first thing in the morning when I can't wait for new coffee to brew, etc. I'm pretty sure I'll die because of a microwave.

Fixed.

I'm not a brain scientist, technically speaking, but I'm pretty sure all the electromagnetic radiation I get staring at my nuking food will save me.

#193 Edited by BlatantNinja23 (930 posts) -

I did find it a little weird. I don't eat anything that would have "microwave directions" on it, but I use mine a lot for certain leftovers. If I had a family though I could see not ever having leftovers.

#194 Posted by Hunter5024 (5686 posts) -

I made dinner in a minute and 30 seconds tonight. It was terrible and amazing.

#195 Posted by CynicalBuzzard (240 posts) -

It is insane that Vinny does not own a microwave.