Do you have a microwave? Here’s why some foodies say to ditch it

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Is a microwave a kitchen essential? Many foodies are making the case that it’s time to let the appliance go.


Browse any kitchen appliance aisle and you’ll find more than one brand of microwave oven offered up for sale. The appliance, which relies on electromagnetic radiation to heat or cook food, is thought by some to be a kitchen staple. After all, how else can you heat up frozen dinners or make sure your reheated leftovers are perfect the next day?

But do you need a microwave in your kitchen?

Do you need a microwave in the kitchen?

Serena Poon, a celebrity chef and founder of wellness site Culinary Academy doesn’t think microwaves are a must-have household appliance. “Microwaves aren’t necessary at all,” Poon tells Yahoo Life. “They were created to be a convenient and fast way to cook food and can be used as such, but you could absolutely cook everything you need with just a stovetop and oven.”

“Microwaves are really a tool of convenience,” she adds, “they can help you cook food quickly, but often at the risk of a loss of flavor, texture and in some cases nutrients.”

What can I use instead of a microwave?

Poon says if you have the means, it’s better off to use an air fryer, convection oven or instant pot. Although the cooking time will be a bit longer with these devices than with a microwave, it’s likely a worthwhile trade in terms of flavor and consistency.

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This content is strictly the opinion of Chef Serena Poon and is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of medical advice or treatment from a personal physician. All readers/viewers of this content are advised to consult their doctors or qualified health professionals regarding specific health questions. Neither Serena nor the publisher of this content takes responsibility for possible health consequences of any person or persons reading or following the information in this educational content. All viewers of this content, especially those taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, should consult their physicians before beginning any nutrition, supplement or lifestyle program.

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