Our microwave has decided to work part time. This has added some spontaneity and stress to our lives, as we are quite reliant on the microwave, SH more than I, as until I met him (and when I was not at my mom and dad's house), I led a microwave-free life.
Before, if we wanted to heat something, we popped it into the microwave and voila! it was hot!
But now, it might get hot. Or it might not. One never knows. One might have to send the item back to the microwave.
SH is speculating that it might be a something issues, as in, the "on" button doesn't always connect. I mean, it sounds like the microwave is working, but perhaps there is some connection that isn't being made - the connection that actually leads to imparting heat (or, to be technical, activating the waves that agitate the item).
That might be the case. I don't know. I just want something that works. However, there are a lot of workarounds. Ie, from the school that is old, ie, our stove.
Yes, a stove works just fine for heating things, as does a toaster oven.
But SH - he wants more.
We have recently entered a new chapter in our coffee lives. I make my coffee with a cafetera, on the stove, and SH heats water in the microwave and pours it through a filter into a container just like the one David Lebovitz has here.
We started this new coffee approach because the coffee machine died.
What has happened to American industry that we can no longer make a machine that lasts longer than a few years?
We found a workaround. SH uses a pyrex container and my meat thermometer to heat the water. He has finally figured out that it takes the water nine minutes to heat to 200 degrees.
But yesterday, he heated the water and after nine minutes, it was not hot. It was not even lukewarm.
I had noticed the same thing the night before - I had heated some soup only it didn't get hot. I had to try it again.
The second time, the water got hot.
Now, on Day 2, the microwave still isn't working.
SH: I need to get one of those little water heater things.
SH: You know - the kind that plugs in. An electric kettle.
Me: But we have kettles. We have pots.
SH: I mean the electric kind.
Me: Why can't we just heat water in a pot on the stove?
SH: Because I have to control the pot!
Me: You can control the pots we have.
SH: But they don't have a spout! That would just be dumping!