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Old 06-24-2011, 07:59 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by sempi2 View Post
Brian, what do you use the microwave for? I find that even at home we only use ours to warm up leftovers, make popcorn and warm water for my cup-o-soup. Also steam veggies, but for the most part it is not used very much.
At home we use our microwaves (we have two) for everything. We steam vegetables, heat just about everything, cook microwave diners, make pasta, etc. We rarely use the stove burners, and as far as our life goes, they are about useless. Our cook top has a gas grill that we use pretty often.

Our home cooking lifestyle is just about the same as the way we live in Lucy.


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Old 06-24-2011, 08:05 AM   #16
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We have used ours mainly for warming up the frozen leftovers brought from home... so far spaghetti, lasagna and enchiladas. works great. Breakfast eggs are scrambled on the cooktop. Oven is for pan storage at this point.

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Old 06-24-2011, 08:07 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by moosetags View Post
We use Lucy' microwave all the time. We even built a cabinet for it. If we could dump the stove top and oven, we could get Lucy a second microwave.


We seldom use ours---then only to melt butter, reheat leftovers or steam vegetables.

We have gotten better and better at simple, one-dish meals when we are traveling, supplemented by salad or fresh veggies/fruit, so as to minimize preparation and leave no leftovers.

We have occasionally nuked potatoes in there and made popcorn when we are plugged in to electricity.

Our primary use for the microwave is storage for moisture-sensitive items like open packages of crackers.

If we could get rid of one item in the RV, it would be the microwave.

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Old 06-24-2011, 10:23 AM   #18
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They're great for baked potatos. And you can make a heck of a meal out of a baked potato, with all the fixings, shredded cheese, butter, canned chili..

Another great veggie dish in a microwave is acorn squash, Cut one in two, scoop the seeds out of the middle with a spoon, put half in a bowl with the opening up. Sprinkle brown sugar or honey on the top and put a few pats of butter on it. Nuke that for about 8 minutes, until you can easily slide a fork into it. don't break the skin or the melted butter will run out. eat it with the spoon, scooping out the squash and dipping it in the pool of butter.

It's as good as dessert. No kidding. Cheap. Clean, healthy, easy clean up.
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Old 06-24-2011, 10:28 AM   #19
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if only i could find and easier way to make lasagna in the trailer. *sigh*[/QUOTE]

That one was easy for me. I batch cook the spagetti sauce then make several smaller pans of lasagna and freeze. I also make my garlic bread and freeze. Before a trip just load into the freezer or cooler. Since I freeze the lasagna in aluminum pans (easy clean up) I use the oven to heat through.
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Old 06-24-2011, 10:30 AM   #20
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I tend to stock the trailer with a selection of frozen ingredients since our meal plans are so often subject to change. The microwave is then useful for thawing meat, juice concentrate, and the like. We also use it to make instant oatmeal and to bring butter that has been in the fridge to room temperature, and to heat milk for hot chocolate.
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Old 06-24-2011, 10:32 AM   #21
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Sempi2, what size and brand of microwave did you buy and which cabinet did you put it in. Our AS has the oven and cook top but no microwave and we want to add one. I've been looking at the .6 cu. ft Contour microwaves but am wondering what the best location might be for a permanent install. Thanks.
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Old 06-24-2011, 01:19 PM   #22
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We have the microwave/convection oven. We have used it for everything. Popcorn, pizza
from scratch, pork chops, steaming vegetables. Anything we have done at home we are able to do in the MW.
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Old 06-24-2011, 01:48 PM   #23
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We just picked up the .6 cu. ft. Contour yesterday. It works great! I tested a mug of water in it, and it heats up nearly as fast as our built-in microwave at home. Our 2008 27' International came with the microwave in the sliding cabinet (in addition to oven/stovetop — a real oven is a must for me!). The original microwave is a Tappan that has since been discontinued. The Contour is about 3/4" taller than the Tappan, but the smallest—at least shortest, on available anywhere. It is *just* too tall to fit in the cabinet — the latch for the button that keeps the closet closed makes it unable to fit. We're in the process of replacing the base shelve that the microwave sites in, which is 1" thick, with a 1/2" thick board so that we can stuff the microwave in there.

All so my husband can re-heat his coffee (microwaving coffee is a travesty in and of itself!). I'd much rather do away with the microwave entirely. More storage. And there's a bunch of wasted/empty storage space, in terms of depth, when that drawer is used for a microwave.
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Old 06-24-2011, 03:26 PM   #24
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We use the microwave a lot both at home and in the Airstream. Fast and does not make a lot of extra heat. What we do not use is the gas oven. Makes a good place to store bread and stuff to keep it away from the Dog.
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We use the microwave a lot both at home and in the Airstream. Fast and does not make a lot of extra heat. What we do not use is the gas oven. Makes a good place to store bread and stuff to keep it away from the Dog.
That's probably the most common use... and Fado duz know where his treats are.
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I had it removed and a Gas oven/cooktop installed. I had a factory Microwave in stalled which meant only a cooktop.
Hello, wondering what gas oven cooktop you installed as I HATE the convection microwave are 34' came with. Impossible to use.
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Old 06-26-2011, 08:22 PM   #27
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Hello, wondering what gas oven cooktop you installed as I HATE the convection microwave are 34' came with. Impossible to use.
I will go out in my trailer and look tomorrow morning.
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Old 06-26-2011, 11:09 PM   #28
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I'm not savvy about the electrical workings of the AS... Would it be possible to bring a home microwave along on our next trip? Or are we looking at a blown fuse?

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