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Microwave Ovens

When cruising, how often do you use one and what do you nuke with it? A time and less mess issue?

I don't have a good place to mount even a mini, but thinking about taking one along. They can be very convenient.

Yeah, it can do small storage duty, too....
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In my opinion, microwaves are from the Devil......I have learned to use the propane stove and oven for anything and everything that needs to be cooked, and eat way more fresh fruit than fresh-nuked snacks.......and I believe I am eating and feeling better for it. YMMV, of course!
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Had a microwave locker put in when we specd the boat. It’s just above the stove. Never used it. Do use the plug for it. The microwave is gone and locker filled with coffee and breakfast stuff. Also got one of those new fangled pressure cookers. Fellow cruisers rave about them. Sits under the sink now and is rarely used. Oh well......
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I do use mine. More for heating up, rather than cooking. I often heat up a cup of coffee, perhaps some soup or even a bowl of beans. While underway it is easy and quick. It uses a lot of amps, so I mostlly use it when the engine is on.
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We'd be lost w/o ours. Steaming veges, heating water, making rice, baking potatoes and a thousand other things take much less time in the microwave, and it runs on the inverter, so no need to start the generator to make a bowl of ramin or heat something quick to eat.
As a charterboat cook, my wife says the microwave is a godsend. Even if we weren't chartering, we wouldn't be without one, but we do have special cooking tools like a microwave pressure cooker, a steamer and a potato baker. One other thing, quite often you cook in the same bowl or plate you eat off, so way less clean up.

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How do they work with an inverter. Had one years ago that blew up when powered by an inverter. Luckily got it from Sears and they gave me a refund after the third one died. Assume that one with out digital display/counter would be a better choice for less difficulties.
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How do they work with an inverter. Had one years ago that blew up when powered by an inverter. Luckily got it from Sears and they gave me a refund after the third one died. Assume that one with out digital display/counter would be a better choice for less difficulties.
It takes a bit more time on the square wave inverter, but other than that we've had no problems.

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We use ours, 24/7....... as a bread basket.

Funny enough, it really is an excellent place to store bread aboard. Keeps the moisture/air exchange down and bread or bagels last substantially longer. I've also read that some use it as a faraday cage to prevent handheld electronics from lightening hits, although, I'm not sure that works.

We do use ours on occasion to cook microwave bacon, which I would never traditionally cook aboard in the oven or on the stoptop, or to warm pre-made meals.

When out on a cruise, we always have a couple pre-made dinners, from a local grocer, in the back of the fridge. They aren't gourmet, but they are pretty good. They're fresh, not frozen and come in a microwaveable container. When it's blowing stink and the boat is pitching and rolling, it's nice to just stick something in the secure microwave, rather than watching the stove gimbal all over. As a kid, those conditions simply meant a cold sandwich for dinner. I find a warm meal to be a huge moral booster, in prolonged crappy conditions.
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Re: Microwave Ovens

Ours is used almost exclusively as a storage cupboard. Maybe once a year it gets used for a bag of microwave popcorn. I think we've used it 8 times in the 10yrs we have been cruising the boat. I can't figure out why it is still on the boat.

I think the answer is if you used one often at home, you will use it on the boat. Vice versa.

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Re: Microwave Ovens

I use my built-in microwave to keep my coffee pods. The only thing it gets fired up for is to pre-heat potatoes so that they only need a couple of minutes on the BBQ rather than the 30-60 minutes it would otherwise take. I have used it on passage when the weather was too rough to make for comfortable cooking and heated up instant-ramen type noodles.


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