ok you wake up and find your stove/oven is gone.
what do you have in your kitchen that you can use to make your family meals for the next month?
plug in grill
coffee pot for hot water for hot chocolate/tea
2 waffle makers
a mini cupcake maker
a toaster oven
now what meals would you find away to make in one of these items
i use my coffee pot for tea and hot chocolate
my grill to make eggs for breakfast barritoes
the mini cupcake maker to make brownies and blueberry muffins
Well, . . . a long time ago when we first moved to the little town from the city, we didn't have a stove for the whole summer.
It was a time when people didn't go out and just charge what they wanted -- you saved up for it!
So stoveless -- I had a electric skillet, a grill and a popcorn popper and a coffee maker.
We were able to survive stoveless for the entire summer and I even made an apple pie and cooked it on the grill! Not many meals were eaten out either -- dinners were mostly at home! But it was summer and there is nothing better than meat on the grill!
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What's in my kitchen? A little stash of emergency cash I'd use to go out to eat!
Well, let's see...
electric pie maker for sweet pies and savory pot pies
trivection oven that serves as a regular oven (only faster) AND microwave
hot air popper for popcorn snacks
electric hard/soft boiled egg maker
We just went through not have a range/oven for several months... it was disconnected from moving, and there was a bit of electrical work that needed to be done (the location was moved slightly) before it was plugged back in.
Been there, done that. Just the past couple of months has it been hooked up again.
We didn't starve!
But, I'm a gadget lady. I think if a person doesn't have many gadgets, it would be much harder.
I couldn't do any canning at all. I missed the whole canning season. THAT was painful.
Yep. DH keeps his credit card handy as it for eating out.
Plenty of SANDWICH FIXIN's!
countertop toaster oven
waffle iron (grids reverse to griddle)
regular size coffee maker
Outside we have a large New Braunsfel smoker and a Weber grill.
We would survive!
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Electric frying pan
Covered electric roaster(hold up to a 20# bird)
small waffle maker
Guess I don't have as many accessories as some of you.This message has been edited. Last edited by: mamaspoon,
During the summertime in Texas, I rarely use my oven, so I depend on:
Foreman indoor electric grill
Foreman outdoor electric grill
Now, if the electricity or gas to my home goes out, I've got plenty of restaurant menus and a non-electric can opener.
I actually did have this experience a couple of years ago in the winter. We have:
a wood burning stove in the basement that one can cook on.
a toaster oven
elec coffee maker
elec frying pan
Foreman grill for outside (but we wouldn't use that in a Maine winter.)
pannina (sp?) grill
a elec tea kettle (could cook soup in it!)
I would be in real trouble because I only have a toaster oven, rice pot and a hot water pot. I guess we would be eating a lot of soup, sandwiches, rice, quinoa and beans. I have a gas outlet so I could buy an outdoor grill which would allow me to grill meats and vegetables the same way I do now on my stove top. I rarely use the oven so I don't think I would miss it much.
Fun question, sierramistplz!
Electric grill with reverse side griddle
Large propane outside grill
I don't have a lot here now as I deliberately down-sized when we moved and don't miss anything BUT, if I counted items left at our old farmhouse which we still own, I would have an old-fashioned electric frying pan, two more crockpots, a Foreman inside grill, several waffle irons and an outside Coleman camp stove.
I don't think our menu's would change much except that there would be no baking. That I can live with; but doubt that I could live long without electricity and/or propane!
My word, I guess we'd starve!! We have a crock pot, a microwwave, a toaster, and a coffee maker.
and the coffee maker is on its last legs!!
Life is GOOD!!
Remember Sterno? Back in the 50s and 60s on suburban Long Island when I was growing up, we routinely lost our electricity a day or two at a time during hurricane season or a 14" snow and ice storm. (Our home did not have gas.)
Dad would get out the big flashlights and Sterno fuel, and we'd do a cook-out in the garage with the windows cracked open or on the back covered patio. Like camping out, without leaving home.
It's great fun to read this thread.
We had a new kitchen installed over the course of a Summer. We relied on the refer, coffee maker and the grill. It's just 2 of us here, so meals were easy:
Breakfast - coffee, cereal, fruit, muffins
Lunch - sandwiches or salads
Dinner - grilled fish or poultry, green salads
It was only a bit of a bother, but we eally ate healthy.
Oh, this topic brought to mind our early days. We were down to one burner on the electric stove (the smallest one, of course,) and our microwave had died. Luckily, the oven still worked. It was a logistical nightmare getting meals done with that one burner, but did it for over a year---don't wish to go back to those days!
Well, since you did ask what meals you could make using those items: grilled meat on the grill; steamed veggies in the microwave and salads give you a lot of latitude. The quesadilla maker would also work for meats, as well as sandwiches, not just quesadillas.
Depending on the size of the toaster oven you could bake whatever you want in there. Roast meats, veggies or bake a pie.
Life isn't about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain.
When SIL moved into current house (maybe 10 years ago), first thing they did was go about totally gutting the kitchen. Probably took 2-3 months... only reason it too that SMALL amount of tiime was they had lots of friends in the "trades" doing the work.
NEW fridge, ended up parked in diningroom oon an extension cord. In her laundry/utility area, she had a few big collapsible tables. Had microwave, coffee maker, crockpot(s), elecric skillet, toaster, and a few other things. Had gas grill outside. Used utility sink (from washer) to do dishes. They survived and she has a fabulous kitchen.
Severall years ago, my oven died?? Stove top still worked fine, had no real ** to replace oven right away. Oven was of an age that repair was kinda silly... it was OLD. Since I still had 4 gas burners that worked just fine, used gas grill on deck as my "oven". Though timing and temp might not be super accurate, you can even bake a bundt cake on grill (indirect cooking) and it will NOT taste like a BBQ!
We actually loose power many times each winter, so I am pretty good at getting meals without my usual electric stuff. I fire up the gas BBQ outside and use it like a stove or oven to cook many things, I make a big fire in the fireplace and throw in potatoes to bake or we cook hot dogs on skewers, or heat a pot of something. I can pretty much do anything on those two heat sources. Then if I had power, just not a stove, I would use my microwave, or crock pot. I have a pretty simple kitchen so I don't keep many small electric appliances, but I get by just fine.
I think I'm prepared:
Outside we have a gas and charcoal grill with a side burner and a charcoal smoker.
Inside I have 2 crockpots, 1 large roaster with inserts, 1 electric griddle, a toaster, a toaster oven, a microwave, several coffee makers, a small deep fryer, 1 waffle maker, 1 George Foreman, and (getting ready to clean up for a yard sale) a countertop rotisserie. And to keep it all warm -- a couple of chafing dishes with sternos.
Wow, I keep hitting post now and then I remember one more thing I have.This message has been edited. Last edited by: Charming,
Hah, Charming! Lots of gadgets BUT nearly all of them require electricity - if it goes out, what then? Not picking on you, really; I'm in the same position as you!
Okay, to prove I read your post - the outside grills and the sternos would work - but nothing else would....This message has been edited. Last edited by: Idaho Resident,
Oh, I missed the part about electricity. I thought just my range goes bye bye.
In that case - the duel fuel grill with side burner and smoker.
This is a fun thread! I'd manage somehow with
Pannini grill with reversable griddle
Foreman hamburger grill
Belgian waffle maker
But I'm anxiously awaiting the arrival of my new range, been without a reliable oven since June.
Otherwise been eating burned muffins and cookies, hard edged brownies and dry cakes. Nothing seems to work in adjusting temp and time.This message has been edited. Last edited by: Lurah,
Oops another one I missed- I think I still have my fondue set that uses sterno or a candle.
No, Charming, you didn't missed anything! The original thread just said oven and stove top are missing ~ I added the bit about no electricity by saying my other options would only work as long as electricity was available! Amazing how dependent we have become on it!
maybe i should of did this thread on no electric lol
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