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if you had to choose one: deep freezer or microwave?

If you had to choose one: deep freezer or microwave, which would you choose, and why?

which do you think would be more beneficial for a family that cooks from scratch at home? we do leftovers. both would be nice, but is one more of a necessitity over the other?


Mon. Aug 12, 11:07pm

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Such a tough one!!! For those who cook a lot - it's great to keep frozen ingredients on hand and to make big batches and freeze extras. Then again, when I cook a lot and freeze extra portions the microwave is very handy in thawing and reheating. On the other hand, I do like to minimize my microwave use...Can we compromise? Small freezer and small microwave?!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 2:08 PM

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hahaa! thanks pp

I haven't had a microwave in over 3 years now, and I really miss it
My freezer isn't big enough and I have been looking at deep freezers lately

yeah, I think a compromise is in order! ;)

Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 11:06 PM

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Now that's a dilemma....
But if organised, I'd go for the freezer... as I would be able to cook and then freeze any extras, be able to keep ice cream and ice pops, as well as veg and fruits I've grown..
I do use my microwave quite a lot but if it had to be one choice, freezer would win. As I would use my hob and oven instead of the microwave.

but if you can have both... well...

Hope it helps. x

Wednesday, August 14, 2013, 1:31 PM

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freezer.. i could prep my meals at the beginning of the week and freeze for later use,

besides nuking your food kills most of the nutrients.. listed below is a article explaining..

also i havent used a microwave but 1 time in the last 3 months since I started school and been learning things like in the article,, now my freezer i use every day . ice, frozen berries for my green smoothies.. green popsicles, homemade raw cheesecakes, veg. soups,

I will let you in on a secret i found.. everything taste better second time around when cooked on a stove.. i can take brownrice rice saute some in a little veg broth peppers onions black beans in it the next day and it springs right back to life.and it taste so good compared to if i would just nuke it.

just my opinion. and thoughts..

as long as i have a stove.. i dont need a microwave.



Thursday, August 15, 2013, 10:21 AM

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OP here

thanks lynneta6, I have read similar research too, that's why I haven't had a microwave in the past 3 years... well, that and I've moved twice since then. I just hate packing up and shipping everything everytime I move, so I've pared down to the essentials. but I'd be lying if I said I don't miss the microwave. perhaps if used in moderation... but then if only used occasionally it's not exactly a necessity, huh.

thanks for linking to the article, I needed the reminder.

I'll definitely get a ginormous deep freezer. I cook enough to justify this as a necessity.

Thursday, August 15, 2013, 2:48 PM

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we have one.. FAMILY loves it LOL.. but I personally have used it once in 3 months since I started my nutrition school. I find my food taste so much better reheated in a skillet.. and bake sweet potatoes from the oven and microwave.. there is no comparison. wow 3 years you rock.. no its not a necessity. people lived years ago without all the modern conveniences .. and that's what a microwave is.. its convenience. they didn't even have freezer.. now that i would miss!!! love my ice , my greens, my frozen fruits and veg in a I am spoiled I cook alot so my freezer would be a necessity lol


Friday, August 16, 2013, 5:00 PM

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deep freezer!

The more foods you buy on sale or local produce you prep and store...a big savings!
Meals can be prepared and frozen for use later in a week or a month.
Sauce, gravy, fruits etc at harvest time are great keepers.
I don't think microwaving is healthy. I do have one but only use it in dire straits! Like when I have company and not enough burners or oven space, or if hubby wants ONE baked potato (I do not eat potatoes) so not to heat oven/kitchen in summer.

Saturday, August 24, 2013, 11:24 AM

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heat quickly with steam

Using a steamer on the stovetop is an easy and quick way to cook or heat many foods that otherwise might be done in a microwave. In my experience, a freezer is far more useful than a microwave.

Friday, September 06, 2013, 11:25 AM

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Opposing view on microwave ovens being bad

From an article I read:

"THE FACTS They are a staple in kitchens everywhere, but for about as long as microwave ovens have been around, people have suspected that the radiation they emit can destroy nutrients in food and vegetables.

According to most studies, however, the reality is quite the opposite. Every cooking method can destroy vitamins and other nutrients in food. The factors that determine the extent are how long the food is cooked, how much liquid is used and the cooking temperature.

Since microwave ovens often use less heat than conventional methods and involve shorter cooking times, they generally have the least destructive effects. The most heat-sensitive nutrients are water-soluble vitamins, like folic acid and vitamins B and C, which are common in vegetables.

In studies at Cornell University, scientists looked at the effects of cooking on water-soluble vitamins in vegetables and found that spinach retained nearly all its folate when cooked in a microwave, but lost about 77 percent when cooked on a stove. They also found that bacon cooked by microwave has significantly lower levels of cancer-causing nitrosamines than conventionally cooked bacon.

When it comes to vegetables, adding water can greatly accelerate the loss of nutrients. One study published in The Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture in 2003 found that broccoli cooked by microwave — and immersed in water — loses about 74 percent to 97 percent of its antioxidants. When steamed or cooked without water, the broccoli retained most of its nutrients."

Another article:
"Microwave ovens operate by means of oscillating electromagnetic waves. Like radio waves but much faster, these waves act mainly by energizing the water molecules present in food. Water molecules energized in this way are able to generate heat at a much more rapid rate than with conventional cooking methods, thereby resulting in shorter cooking times. Cooking times are a major factor in a food's nutritional retention. So, it would seem that microwaving food retains more of its nutrients than conventionally-cooked food, which is a finding supported by a study published by the National Institutes of Health. Read more:"

Of course, I just have to post an opposing view to anything lynetta posts just to be obstinate. lol My opinion: Get both.

Friday, September 06, 2013, 12:33 PM

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OP here

thank you for all your comments. both sides! :)

I am curious why some prenatal books tell pregnant mothers to turn away and not face microwaves because of the electromagnetic waves.

I am also curious about televisions, cell phones, computer modems, etc. and why many in holistic community recommend not placing them in bedrooms, specifically in close proximity to head.

I'm sure you can find arguments for both sides. I'm just curious. But still... I removed the electronic devices from the bedrooms... but my place is still wifi, and we use lots of devices

Friday, September 06, 2013, 1:04 PM

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according to this article which comes from a Electrical Engineer alot has to do with the power in which we cook food in the microwave.. which most of us just use high. plus what we cook the food in the type of plastic and such plays a role as well.

actually all cooking methods destroy some level of nutrients thats why raw food is so popular.. green smoothies, salads.. the raw movement is the most healthiest for your body because food is in its most natural state, but if your going to warm food.. i say the stove or oven gives a better taste than a microwave..

now stop debating with me and go enjoy your trip lol

to previous poster everything is going to cause issues in some way. cell phones wii fi.. everything according to someone is dangerous to our health. i guess we have to pick our battles.. i cant live without my cell phone... but i can live without a microwave.. .

i found this article

the thing is one person will say one thing.. another will believe another.. do what feels right to you.


lynneta 6

Friday, September 06, 2013, 2:37 PM

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that's easy! The freezer ... I NEVER use a microwave as I don't believe they are healthy. I have one for hubby to make his popcorn, but been trying to talk him into getting rid of it for years!! I air pop mine.

Friday, September 06, 2013, 5:18 PM

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