I'm trying to get a sense of how people use the microwave.
I personally reheat food about 2-3 times a day in it but rarely cook food with it. I usually cook using the stovetop, oven, pressure cooker, toaster oven (not for toast anymore LOL), and rice cooker.
Just curious. I eat clean Primal/PHD at home, which is about 90% of the time, so wondering if cooking potatoes, broccoli, sweet potatoes, and the like would be all that bad in it.
I know I prefer the taste of cooked food that is NOT microwaved but honestly when reheating it I don't notice a difference between microwave and stovetop except for certain textures like chicken.
Several times a day. I do the bulk cook-and-freeze-then-reheat method. Microwaving food has both positives and negatives, just like conventional cooking vs. eating things raw. I haven't found any convincing evidence that microwaving is better or worse overall compared to other forms of heating and cooking.
Wikipedia lists some good studies that show both positive and negative effects of microwaving. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microwave_oven#Effects_on_food_and_nutrients
Never microwave anything in plastic. Including wrappers. In fact, if your food comes in "wrappers," stop that. (I'm referring to seriously "packaged" food, not literally everything wrapped.)
"Re-heat" is an odd term. In general you don't want to be cooking and re-cooking your food. Cook once, consume. If you're large quantities and reheating portions sequentially, I'll just say that's not my approach.
Oh, and for what it's worth. I don't recommend standing next to an active microwave. Something like common sense, it would seem.
Don't use a microwave at all, don't miss it in the kitchen. Our kitchen is too small for one anyway. Most meals are cooked fresh and leftovers are reheated on the stovetop or baked in the oven.
I probably use my microwave three times a week - twice to reheat food (usually not for me) and once to thaw some meat for the dog or I in a hurry.
I keep thinking I'll get rid of it, but I have such a crummy stove/oven - it's horribly inefficient to reheat food that way. One of these days I'll get a countertop convection oven...
I make big batches of meals and reheat them in the microwave; I'm in college so that works best with my schedule. Usually I use it 1-2 times a day. I also cook sweet potatoes in the microwave and steam broccoli in a glass container. I never microwave in plastic containers, only glass and ceramic.