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May. 1st, 2007 | 11:37 am

Turns out that microwaves are not all that common in Russia.

The entire "metal thing" that we grow up with?

It might just not be known.

Pretty blue flames from what I am told :)

I wonder if I can expense this...

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$tony2001

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from: tony2001
date: May. 1st, 2007 08:08 pm (UTC)
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>Turns out that microwaves are not all that common in Russia.
w00t?
that's not true, they're old enough to become "common things".

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Brian "Krow" Aker

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from: krow
date: May. 1st, 2007 10:16 pm (UTC)
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Are they? Where do you live?

I've gotten a number of IM's now about how they aren't that common in many places in the world.

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Антон Марчуков

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from: antonm
date: May. 1st, 2007 09:07 pm (UTC)
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Hmm, that is true. Most of Russians just is not used to it yet. Now it's only 2005 and 14 years ago here was USSR where families had no microwave and that habit of preparing food by stove remains still. However, the use of microwaves are increasing and most of modern families have it escpecially since it's not exspensive anymore.

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Brian "Krow" Aker

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from: krow
date: May. 1st, 2007 10:15 pm (UTC)
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It was a bizarre thing to not think of them as being common place. My family was late in getting one, and we still had one by the time I was 12 or so.

I had wondered if it was cultural. In the US we use dishwashers but there are plenty of places in the world where they are not used. I only got a microwave three years ago when I decided I didn't want to wait on my tea to warm on the stove.

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krong

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from: krong
date: May. 2nd, 2007 01:27 am (UTC)
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instead of using a microwave to heat water for tea i use a 'hot shot' appliance that makes a cup of hot water in a couple minutes. i've found that it's hard to get water to the proper temperature in the microwave. it was only about $15.

my brother's house doen't have a microwave, and whenever my niece and nephew are over all they want to do is watch me use mine to make popcorn.

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Brian "Krow" Aker

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from: krow
date: May. 2nd, 2007 03:30 am (UTC)
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I have an electric tea kettle for hot water, but when I heat up tea with milk, I use the microwave.

Tea kettle is much faster :)

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Антон Марчуков

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from: antonm
date: May. 2nd, 2007 04:30 am (UTC)
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Yup, basically it may be called cultural, here food is always being prepared by stoves and I can also say that microwaves was not even widely known in Russia not so long ago.

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candice

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from: candice
date: May. 2nd, 2007 05:07 am (UTC)
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I find I don't need a microwave at all if I have a gas stove. Everything is hot fast.

Though at the moment, I have neither gas stove, microwave, or dishwasher...

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Поисковик-затейник

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from: itman
date: May. 2nd, 2007 06:00 am (UTC)
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Dear Brian, this is not cultural. In terms of amenities, cars, computers and electronics USSR was a very undeveloped country. So undeveloped, one could hardly believe. Take for example TV. A couple of weeks ago I was in Ford museum. There is a model of 1950s TV there. I made a picture of it:



Man, it is a color TV with a rather big screen. In that, some of the Russian TVs in the beginning of 1980s were still black and white :-(

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Brian "Krow" Aker

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from: krow
date: May. 2nd, 2007 06:48 am (UTC)
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We had something like that while growing up :)

My parents still had a black and white TV in the kitchen up until 1996.

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Basil Sviridoff

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from: vsviridov
date: May. 2nd, 2007 06:26 pm (UTC)
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I think it's because microwave considered to be only suitable for reheating stuff, and not cooking... Which is mostly true. Majority of Russian dishes are impossible to cook with a microwave, where as Americans love their "TV Dinners" and other pre-cooked and frozen junk. IMHO, reheating frozen stuff is not really cooking.

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Brian "Krow" Aker

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from: krow
date: May. 2nd, 2007 07:38 pm (UTC)
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I've never had a TV Dinner :)

My Microwave mainly gets used for reheating food and chai.

Most Americans eat out, few eat at home :)

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Basil Sviridoff

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from: vsviridov
date: May. 2nd, 2007 07:42 pm (UTC)
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I was mostly making that judgment based on the size of frozen foods section over here (canada) and over there. And I couldn't get used to reheating liquids because the heated volume is not uniform... In a kettle there's lots of time for convection to equally distribute temperature, but not in microwave. And freshly brewed tea is way better than reheated one :)

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Brian "Krow" Aker

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from: krow
date: May. 2nd, 2007 08:24 pm (UTC)
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I do soy milk in my tea, so microwaves...

Though summer is coming, and I will just drink sun tea for a few months :)

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