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What fairly innocuous/everyday items have disappeared from your life?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 26, 2012 at 3:35 PM

My mate and I are settling into a new place, and have been working to make our home even more paleo (no lie, pretty pumped). This means things like plastic tupperware have finally disappeared, no more microwave, etc.

Just to get some ideas and discussion, what seemingly innocuous or everyday items are no longer in your life because of paleo?

43873f3cea4f22f91653b0f5ec7ab9d9

(401)

on August 26, 2012
at 07:38 PM

I use my microwave every day. I use it to heat up frozen vegetables, and reheat leftovers.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on August 26, 2012
at 06:38 PM

We have an attachment to my leatherman that I can use for opening the few cans I use now

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on August 26, 2012
at 05:42 PM

I don't do really any cooking my microwave, it's simply a reheating appliance. I cook enough for 4 meals, so I need an efficient way to reheat for 3 meals. Microwaves have been around for some 50+ years and yet folks still are wary. Funny.

6b365c14c646462210f3ef6b6fecace1

(1784)

on August 26, 2012
at 05:12 PM

LOL. I now use my microwave as a large timer for anything cooking in the oven.

23a240b30b8622fed011ccbd4054fac2

(489)

on August 26, 2012
at 05:01 PM

Because I like to cook meals big enough to last a few days, I recently invested in a microwave to reheat my dinners up more quickly. So much quicker and less of a pain in the bum than reheating in an oven or over the stove like I used to do!

45ace03a0eff1219943d746cfb1c4197

(3661)

on August 26, 2012
at 04:59 PM

We use an old, cool, hand-crank can-opener that's mounted on my chopping block. You're so right about electrical stuff, though I still use a few items like a food-processor for mayo (I'm apparently too lazy to whisk it by hand) and a crock pot for bone broth and slow-cooked meats.

45ace03a0eff1219943d746cfb1c4197

(3661)

on August 26, 2012
at 04:55 PM

I don't use a microwave for about the same reason. It's a bit of overkill in my kitchen. I wouldn't use a blow torch to melt coconut oil. I also love to play with food as I cook it.

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on August 26, 2012
at 04:54 PM

BPAs in the cans leach into the food. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/22/AR2010022204830.html

45ace03a0eff1219943d746cfb1c4197

(3661)

on August 26, 2012
at 04:52 PM

The nightshade issue is part of it right now. The other and possibly more important part in the long-run is that we use very few processed foods. I toss fresh, ripe, whole, unpeeled tomatoes into freezer containers in the summer and pull them out as I need them for cooking.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on August 26, 2012
at 04:42 PM

@ MAtt&RR- I have no real aversion to microwaves. I just do not find boiling water to be a hassle, and I don't buy frozen dinners and such, so it really makes no difference to me, that's all.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on August 26, 2012
at 04:41 PM

@ Matt- I honestly have zero aversion to microwaving foods, I just also don't find boiling water a hassle, that's all. More counter space my my booze, knife set, and iPod doc :)

Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on August 26, 2012
at 04:40 PM

why no organic canned tomatoes? no nightshades?

2b3edde3c7b9393fe36a2dd9c8acf473

(284)

on August 26, 2012
at 04:36 PM

Radiation in your food? Have you considered taking a basic high school physics or chemistry course? And your cell phone emits far more EM radiation in the same frequency band than a highly shielded microwave does.

Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on August 26, 2012
at 04:35 PM

hmm. we use a hand-crank one, but it is mainly for coconut milk. But it is interesting how few electric kitchen things paleo needs.

Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on August 26, 2012
at 04:28 PM

some of us have concerns about exposure to EMFs or the radiation in our food. For some, it is also about more minimalism (fewer appliances, etc).

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on August 26, 2012
at 04:16 PM

Surprised how many folks forgo a microwave... why? what's the source of the microwave-phobia?

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45ace03a0eff1219943d746cfb1c4197

(3661)

on August 26, 2012
at 04:30 PM

The biggest change in our house is in the pantry. There's almost nothing with a label. We have a few cans of coconut milk and salmon. Gone are all the organic canned tomatoes, soup, beans, veggies, and fruit. Gone are the packages of gluten-free pasta, rice, noodles, you name it. Boy! Do I have tons of space now.

45ace03a0eff1219943d746cfb1c4197

(3661)

on August 26, 2012
at 04:52 PM

The nightshade issue is part of it right now. The other and possibly more important part in the long-run is that we use very few processed foods. I toss fresh, ripe, whole, unpeeled tomatoes into freezer containers in the summer and pull them out as I need them for cooking.

Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on August 26, 2012
at 04:40 PM

why no organic canned tomatoes? no nightshades?

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on August 26, 2012
at 04:54 PM

BPAs in the cans leach into the food. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/22/AR2010022204830.html

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E17fe88b98575c183241fba50ae42b93

(398)

on August 26, 2012
at 03:57 PM

Toaster, still working on the tupperware, conventional hygiene products for hair, skin, mouth (it's all diy now).

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Bebc8909d95205d0f266c839304c7d3c

on August 26, 2012
at 03:45 PM

Toaster, teflon-coated pans, vegetable oil, sugar, iodized salt.

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Ef9f83cb4e1826261a44c173f733789e

on August 26, 2012
at 03:44 PM

I still have a microwave, but it's been demoted to "large clock." I think I've used it probably 6 times in the past 2 years.

My plastic storage ware has been replaced with glass.

6b365c14c646462210f3ef6b6fecace1

(1784)

on August 26, 2012
at 05:12 PM

LOL. I now use my microwave as a large timer for anything cooking in the oven.

1
1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

on August 26, 2012
at 03:39 PM

It was recently pointed out to me that I do not have a microwave. I had never thought anything of it.

43873f3cea4f22f91653b0f5ec7ab9d9

(401)

on August 26, 2012
at 07:38 PM

I use my microwave every day. I use it to heat up frozen vegetables, and reheat leftovers.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on August 26, 2012
at 04:16 PM

Surprised how many folks forgo a microwave... why? what's the source of the microwave-phobia?

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on August 26, 2012
at 04:41 PM

@ Matt- I honestly have zero aversion to microwaving foods, I just also don't find boiling water a hassle, that's all. More counter space my my booze, knife set, and iPod doc :)

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on August 26, 2012
at 04:42 PM

@ MAtt&RR- I have no real aversion to microwaves. I just do not find boiling water to be a hassle, and I don't buy frozen dinners and such, so it really makes no difference to me, that's all.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on August 26, 2012
at 05:42 PM

I don't do really any cooking my microwave, it's simply a reheating appliance. I cook enough for 4 meals, so I need an efficient way to reheat for 3 meals. Microwaves have been around for some 50+ years and yet folks still are wary. Funny.

2b3edde3c7b9393fe36a2dd9c8acf473

(284)

on August 26, 2012
at 04:36 PM

Radiation in your food? Have you considered taking a basic high school physics or chemistry course? And your cell phone emits far more EM radiation in the same frequency band than a highly shielded microwave does.

Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on August 26, 2012
at 04:28 PM

some of us have concerns about exposure to EMFs or the radiation in our food. For some, it is also about more minimalism (fewer appliances, etc).

45ace03a0eff1219943d746cfb1c4197

(3661)

on August 26, 2012
at 04:55 PM

I don't use a microwave for about the same reason. It's a bit of overkill in my kitchen. I wouldn't use a blow torch to melt coconut oil. I also love to play with food as I cook it.

23a240b30b8622fed011ccbd4054fac2

(489)

on August 26, 2012
at 05:01 PM

Because I like to cook meals big enough to last a few days, I recently invested in a microwave to reheat my dinners up more quickly. So much quicker and less of a pain in the bum than reheating in an oven or over the stove like I used to do!

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3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on August 26, 2012
at 04:34 PM

paper towels, can opener (my electric one broke right around the same time I switched)

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on August 26, 2012
at 06:38 PM

We have an attachment to my leatherman that I can use for opening the few cans I use now

45ace03a0eff1219943d746cfb1c4197

(3661)

on August 26, 2012
at 04:59 PM

We use an old, cool, hand-crank can-opener that's mounted on my chopping block. You're so right about electrical stuff, though I still use a few items like a food-processor for mayo (I'm apparently too lazy to whisk it by hand) and a crock pot for bone broth and slow-cooked meats.

Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on August 26, 2012
at 04:35 PM

hmm. we use a hand-crank one, but it is mainly for coconut milk. But it is interesting how few electric kitchen things paleo needs.

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