CommunityBrowse groupsBlogEtiquetteInvite Your friendsSuccess Stories


if you had to choose one: deep freezer or microwave?

If you had to choose one: deep freezer or microwave, which would you choose, and why?

which do you think would be more beneficial for a family that cooks from scratch at home? we do leftovers. both would be nice, but is one more of a necessitity over the other?


Mon. Aug 12, 11:07pm

Add comment  
Such a tough one!!! For those who cook a lot - it's great to keep frozen ingredients on hand and to make big batches and freeze extras. Then again, when I cook a lot and freeze extra portions the microwave is very handy in thawing and reheating. On the other hand, I do like to minimize my microwave use...Can we compromise? Small freezer and small microwave?!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 2:08 PM

Add comment
hahaa! thanks pp

I haven't had a microwave in over 3 years now, and I really miss it
My freezer isn't big enough and I have been looking at deep freezers lately

yeah, I think a compromise is in order! ;)

Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 11:06 PM

Add comment
Now that's a dilemma....
But if organised, I'd go for the freezer... as I would be able to cook and then freeze any extras, be able to keep ice cream and ice pops, as well as veg and fruits I've grown..
I do use my microwave quite a lot but if it had to be one choice, freezer would win. As I would use my hob and oven instead of the microwave.

but if you can have both... well...

Hope it helps. x

Wednesday, August 14, 2013, 1:31 PM

Add comment
freezer.. i could prep my meals at the beginning of the week and freeze for later use,

besides nuking your food kills most of the nutrients.. listed below is a article explaining..

also i havent used a microwave but 1 time in the last 3 months since I started school and been learning things like in the article,, now my freezer i use every day . ice, frozen berries for my green smoothies.. green popsicles, homemade raw cheesecakes, veg. soups,

I will let you in on a secret i found.. everything taste better second time around when cooked on a stove.. i can take brownrice rice saute some in a little veg broth peppers onions black beans in it the next day and it springs right back to life.and it taste so good compared to if i would just nuke it.

just my opinion. and thoughts..

as long as i have a stove.. i dont need a microwave.



Thursday, August 15, 2013, 10:21 AM

Add comment
OP here

thanks lynneta6, I have read similar research too, that's why I haven't had a microwave in the past 3 years... well, that and I've moved twice since then. I just hate packing up and shipping everything everytime I move, so I've pared down to the essentials. but I'd be lying if I said I don't miss the microwave. perhaps if used in moderation... but then if only used occasionally it's not exactly a necessity, huh.

thanks for linking to the article, I needed the reminder.

I'll definitely get a ginormous deep freezer. I cook enough to justify this as a necessity.

Thursday, August 15, 2013, 2:48 PM

Add comment
we have one.. FAMILY loves it LOL.. but I personally have used it once in 3 months since I started my nutrition school. I find my food taste so much better reheated in a skillet.. and bake sweet potatoes from the oven and microwave.. there is no comparison. wow 3 years you rock.. no its not a necessity. people lived years ago without all the modern conveniences .. and that's what a microwave is.. its convenience. they didn't even have freezer.. now that i would miss!!! love my ice , my greens, my frozen fruits and veg in a I am spoiled I cook alot so my freezer would be a necessity lol


Friday, August 16, 2013, 5:00 PM

Add comment
deep freezer!

The more foods you buy on sale or local produce you prep and store...a big savings!
Meals can be prepared and frozen for use later in a week or a month.
Sauce, gravy, fruits etc at harvest time are great keepers.
I don't think microwaving is healthy. I do have one but only use it in dire straits! Like when I have company and not enough burners or oven space, or if hubby wants ONE baked potato (I do not eat potatoes) so not to heat oven/kitchen in summer.

Saturday, August 24, 2013, 11:24 AM

Add comment
heat quickly with steam

Using a steamer on the stovetop is an easy and quick way to cook or heat many foods that otherwise might be done in a microwave. In my experience, a freezer is far more useful than a microwave.

Friday, September 06, 2013, 11:25 AM

Add comment
OP here

thank you for all your comments. both sides! :)

I am curious why some prenatal books tell pregnant mothers to turn away and not face microwaves because of the electromagnetic waves.

I am also curious about televisions, cell phones, computer modems, etc. and why many in holistic community recommend not placing them in bedrooms, specifically in close proximity to head.

I'm sure you can find arguments for both sides. I'm just curious. But still... I removed the electronic devices from the bedrooms... but my place is still wifi, and we use lots of devices

Friday, September 06, 2013, 1:04 PM

Add comment

according to this article which comes from a Electrical Engineer alot has to do with the power in which we cook food in the microwave.. which most of us just use high. plus what we cook the food in the type of plastic and such plays a role as well.

actually all cooking methods destroy some level of nutrients thats why raw food is so popular.. green smoothies, salads.. the raw movement is the most healthiest for your body because food is in its most natural state, but if your going to warm food.. i say the stove or oven gives a better taste than a microwave..

now stop debating with me and go enjoy your trip lol

to previous poster everything is going to cause issues in some way. cell phones wii fi.. everything according to someone is dangerous to our health. i guess we have to pick our battles.. i cant live without my cell phone... but i can live without a microwave.. .

i found this article

the thing is one person will say one thing.. another will believe another.. do what feels right to you.


lynneta 6

Friday, September 06, 2013, 2:37 PM

Add comment
that's easy! The freezer ... I NEVER use a microwave as I don't believe they are healthy. I have one for hubby to make his popcorn, but been trying to talk him into getting rid of it for years!! I air pop mine.

Friday, September 06, 2013, 5:18 PM

Add comment

Related Content:

How To Lose Weight- The Basics
Weight Watchers Points System
The Fat Smash Diet
The Eat To Live Diet
The Beck Diet Solution
How To Get The Motivation To Lose Weight


How To Be Successful Using PEERtrainer

How To Burn Fat
Online Weight Loss Support- How It Works
Does Green Tea Help You Lose Weight?
Tips On Using PEERtrainer
Visit The PEERtrainer Community
Diet and Fitness Resources


Weight Watchers Meetings
Learning To Inspire Others: You Already Are
Writing Down Your Daily Workouts
Spending Money On A Personal Trainer?
How I Became A Marathon Runner


Preventive Health

How To Prevent Injuries During Your Workout
Flu Season: Should You Take The Flu Shot?
Are You Really Ready To Start PEERtrainer?
Super Foods That Can Boost Your Energy
Reversing Disease Through Nutrition

New Diet and Fitness Articles:

Weight Watchers Points Plus
How To Adjust Your Body To Exercise
New: Weight Watchers Momentum Program
New: PEERtrainer Blog Archive
Review Of The New Weight Watchers Momentum Program

Weight Loss Motivation by Joshua Wayne:

Why Simple Goal Setting Is Not Enough
How To Delay Short Term Gratification
How To Stay Motivated
How To Exercise With A Busy Schedule

Real World Nutrition and Fitness Questions

Can Weight Lifting Help You Lose Weight?
Are Protein Drinks Safe?
Nutrition As Medicine?

Everyday Weight Loss Tips

How To Eat Healthy At A Party
How To Eat Out And Still Lose Weight
The Three Bite Rule
Tips On How To Stop A Binge