Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Heating Food without a Microwave

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Our microwave broke last week. My kids have returned to college from their holiday visit, and there are plenty of leftovers in our fridge. I have had to find different ways to heat them. Here are my favorites:

Pressure Cooker

I use my pressure cooker to heat rice, beans, macaroni, and chili. By using two straight-side pans and an extra steamer tray, I can heat the rice or macaroni in one pan and the beans or chili in another. If you just have a little, you can heat rice and beans in the pan. The advantage of this method is that the food stays warm in the cooker.

  1. Put water in the bottom of cooker until it covers first steamer tray. Then put in the first pan with food.
  2. Next add another steamer tray and the second pan.
  3. Heat the pressure cooker on high until pressure is reached and weight rattles. Reduce heat slightly and cook for 5 minutes under pressure with weight slightly rattling.
  4. Food is ready to eat when pressure drops and pan can be opened.
Toaster Oven

I use a toaster oven to heat pizza slices and bowls of rice and beans. Pizza tastes crunchy and baked and not soggy and chewy like microwaved pizza.

Put pizza slices on a tray, and cover lightly with aluminum foil. Make sure the aluminum does not touch the pizza sauce since tomatoes can corrode aluminum. Heat at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes depending on size of the slice.

To heat rice and beans, place rice and beans in a stoneware bowl and add a bit of water. Cover with foil, and bake about 10 minutes at 350 degrees.


I use a skillet to heat rice and beans together. You can add extra onions and other vegetables to stretch the dish. The same method can be used for chili or pasta sauce and macaroni. Last week I prepared chili mac with sweet potatoes.

  1. Saute onions, garlic, and other vegetables in oil in skillet. If needed, cover and cook until vegetables are tender.
  2. Add rice and lightly cook until grains are separate.
  3. Add beans, seasonings and extra water. Stir to mix. Cover and heat until food is ready.

I usually make a pot of coffee in the morning, and heat up cups during the day. Without a microwave, I use a thermos to keep coffee warm all day. For best results, preheat the thermos with hot water before adding the coffee.

1 comment:

  1. Nice to read your article! I am looking forward to sharing your adventures and experiences.