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Stove In For Repair? How To Get By In The Meantime

If your stove is out of commission for repairs, you may be in despair, wondering how you'll cook in the meantime, 'cause you LOVE food. Real food. If you have a vintage or specialty model, it could be a few weeks for parts to come in. Here's how to get by without going to the drive-up window every day.

Appliances That Will Come in Handy

If you have a bunch of other cooking appliances in your house, you can use those to substitute for your range and oven. A grill is okay, but it can take a lot of time to heat up, and if you live in a snowy area, it may not even be an option in the winter.

And who wants to cook breakfast on their grill? If you wanted that, you'd live in a bunkhouse and drive cattle all day.

Some better options include (hint: invest in a couple of these if you know you're going to be without your stove for a bit)

  • electric tea kettle
  • hot plate
  • panini press (or one of those grilling devices you can use to make hot sandwiches)
  • bar-style pizza oven
  • electric skillet or fry pan
  • rice cooker
  • slow cooker

The latter two are much more versatile than you might expect. Did you know you can make spaghetti in your rice cooker? And your slow cooker is a wonderful way to make bread pudding, rice pudding, and soup without your stove. You can even make veggie lasagna in your slow cooker.

The Appliance That Isn't as Wonderful as Everyone Thinks It Is

You know what's not so great if you're kind of a foodie? Your microwave. Sure, it can boil water and cook frozen dinners, but when you really want anything crispy, other than popcorn, your microwave is NOT the way to get it. Anyone who's ever had microwave pizza knows that.

Your Go-to Appliance in a Pinch

The best appliance for that golden, crunchiness is a toaster oven. You can roast a small chicken in your toaster oven and make mashed potatoes on the side. Simply bake the potatoes, scoop out the insides, and mash them with butter, salt, and a dash of cream. You can also bake cakes, bathe custards, and even make popcorn.

To make popcorn in your toaster oven, fashion a double layered pouch out of aluminium foil and place vegetable oil and popcorn in the center (about the same ratio of each you'd use to make popcorn the old-fashioned way on the stovetop). Poke a few holes in the top for the steam to escape and put the pouch on the lowest shelf setting at 450 degrees for about 20 minutes. When the popping stops, open up your pouch, and voila! Fresh, hot popcorn with non of the chemicals you find in the microwave variety.

Of course, you can make toast in your toaster oven, but you can make eggs and bacon too. Wrap the bacon in foil and lay it in a flat pan on the highest heat setting for about 20 minutes. Drain it, and if it still needs a little crisping, throw it back in without the foil for a few minutes.

To make eggs, try a frittata in your toaster oven. Beat your eggs, then pour them in a single serving pyrex baking dish or ramekin. Bake until they are just cooked through. You can add roasted veggies, grated cheese, and fresh herbs for extra zing.

Your toaster oven is one handy little piece of equipment. You may love using it so much that when your regular stove is back in action, it has to sit it out for a few days before you can end your love affair with the perfect mini appliance. Talk to experts like Infinity Appliance & Refrigeration Inc. for more information.