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Stove Top or Microwave?

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Just wondering?... :ponder: how do you cook your vegetables (canned or frozen or fresh) ? On the stove in a saucepan, or in the microwave? I never thought about it until someone said they never use their stove top anymore, they microwave everything. I use microwave to re-heat things, and to cook some side dishes, but thats it. But veggies are always cooked (simmered) on the stove as far as I'm concerned. (or grilled, but its hard to keep peas from falling thru the grates:rofl: )

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Fresh veggies are nearly always steamed stovetop or grilled outside. Frozen or canned are usually nuked.
 

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Veggies like fresh broccoli, carrots, get the 'tender-crisp' cover w/plastic and a couple T. of water in the micro. Fresh corn goes on the grill. Squash, spuds, beets get a longer cooking microwave treatment (until fully tender). Baked potatoes go in the oven (I'm an Idaho purist on these).

Canned/frozen veggies get nuked.

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fresh is steamed or grilled. never nuke a baked potato unless it is a hurry-up Step 1 where they finish in the oven.

Canned, frozen, it depends. On how much of my stove/nuke is already in use, how much time I have, etc.
 

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I use a microwave for reheating food. AND ALMOST NOTHING ELSE.

I will occasionally use Chef Mike to speed a baked potato along. But that's about it. Microwaves are uneven and inconsistent. There is always a better way of cooking than "nuking it."


As for how do I cook fresh veg? Sous vide and steaming, mostly.
 

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fresh veggies

Usually in the microwave, with a bit of water, for maybe 2-3 minutes tops. Drained, a bit of butter, maybe some salt, and that's it.

Sometimes roasted, when I feel like taking the time to use the oven. In that case I'll usually toss first with some olive oil, thyme, garlic....

Sometimes sautéed or stir fried with a bit of olive oil.

Spinach, in a pot with just the water that clings to the leaves after rinsing, some olive oil, some Cavender's Greek Seasoning (WalMart or Amazon), and steam till done.

Only rarely do I used canned or frozen, and then generally just corn, which is microwaved.
 

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We only eat fresh vegetables. Once we went to a restaurant and had the best broccoli we had ever tasted. The waitress told us that the chef steamed all vegetables in a plastic bag. We now steam broccoli, asparagus, and corn on the cob in large ziplock bags for a few minutes in the microwave. The bags are pierced a couple of times with a small knife. We don't add any water.

We also roast vegetables in the oven and stir-fry or steam them on the stove.
 

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My favourite ways to cook veggies are roasting and grilling. I just love the sweet flavour they get that way as their sugars caramelize.

A few years ago my microwave actually "blew up" in my kitchen, and I vowed not to replace it, as it took up too much counter space. I caved in and bought a new one. I use it for melting butter and chocolate and reheating my morning coffee. At least they are getting smaller.
 

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We went without a microwave for over 4 years in one house . . . it didn't have one and we really didn't have the counter space or open area for mounted one. Funny that now with a microwave, we really don't use it much at all.

As for the question, stovetop or on the grill . . . but also often raw!
 

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Always fresh vegetables either grilled or steamed
 

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I drink my vegetables. My Vita-Mix and I whip up a Smoothie each day at lunch, and I throw all kinds of green stuff in there, followed by strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, oranges, etc., to mask the taste. Only way I can get them down.

I do like grilled asparagus, but I'm just not a great veggie eater otherwise.
 

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Pressure cooker for about 1 min. for almost everything,

My mom used a pressure cooker. I didn't know anybody still used them. I miss my mom's cooking, especially the vegetables.
 
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