Tuesday, February 20, 2007

new microwave

You know you're getting over the hill when a word like "microwave" sends you down memory lane.

Cliff has been telling me in recent months that our old microwave oven was slowing down. For instance, when he'd make a bag of popcorn, some of it would burn before it all got done. Once he brought it to my attention, I realized that yes, my Healthy Choice meals were taking almost twice as much cooking time as recommended on the box.

I remember my first microwave oven. I was one of the last people in our circle to get one, it seems. I was working at Whitaker Cable then, and heard my co-workers singing the praises of this new, modern convenience. I figured that, although I couldn't afford one outright, I could manage a monthly payment at Sears. As I recall, we paid just under $400 for our Amana Microwave. A lot of money, back then, for sure.

We had two teenagers at home, and we managed to keep that microwave busy.

It was still working just fine when grandchildren began to appear on the scene, but the door became faulty, which I had heard might not be the best thing for our health.

So when my mom remarried and ended up with two of the things, she offered us one.

That's the one we've been using for the past few years.

My daughter recently bought a new microwave at Walmart; she was talking about prices of various ones, and good grief... they're dirt cheap now, most models less than $100!

So I got myself a new one last Saturday. The one in the picture.

When I make popcorn in my ancient plastic microwave popcorn popper now, it only takes two minutes instead of five. This oven even has the spin-around carrousel in the bottom; we've never had that before.

Life is good.


BarnGoddess said...

I depend on my microwave in so many ways, Id be LOST without it! it makes my life much easier.

I have never seen a popcorn popper like that. How does it work?

Donna said...

There is a depressed area in the bottom of the popcorn popper. You put the popcorn in there, just put the thing in the microwave, and cook until popping slows down. SO much cheaper than the microwave popcorn in bags! No oil is used. I usually add 2 tablespoons of melted butter and some Molly McButter. Used to salt it, but we've almost sworn off salt here. I looked on Ebay for this kind of popper and found none; found some that appear to work the same way, though.

Astaryth said...

Once you have one of those turntables you will never want to go back! The place we rented in Tampa didn't have a turntable in the built in microwave, and I threatened to haul -mine- out of storage and put it on the counter, but G found me one of those 'wind up' ones you can put in and I settled for that while we lived there ;p

BarnGoddess said...

I am a popcorn addict. I can eat it every day, any kind of poopcorn.

this popper I am interested in, especially if is healthier!

I'll have to look into getting one of these.

Carmi said...

I think we're on our fifth microwave oven in 14 years, and I don't hold out much hope for the one we currently have.

I know we're hard on them - between popcorn, snacks, tea reheats and breakfast, we're always nuking something - but they seem to give us a few year of service before dying. Given my inherent fear of radiation, repair isn't an option.

Still, it's like a drug: once you've had microwave, you can't live without microwave.

Speaking of which, my tea is getting tepid...