Can I roast a turkey by sticking my curling iron in it? And other no-kitchen survival techniques.
October 3, 2010 4:08 PM Subscribe
Need advice for living through a kitchen renovation. (Or, how to camp out in your own house?)
posted by jeanmari to home & garden (33 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
We're embarking on our last--and largest--home renovation project. We've lived with gutted bathrooms, boarded up living rooms, bedrooms without ceilings, holes in the exterior walls. It's been a long, slow 7 years.
Now, we're doing the kitchen.
We did a partial basement renovation (it is a lovely space), while being aware that we will have to use the laundry room as a kitchen for a few months as well. It will be a tight fit, but I've been living without a working large oven (we use a large toaster oven), gas burners (we have an old, half-working electric stove), and a dishwasher (the one from the 1970's finally died) for quite awhile now.
We're old renovation geeks, so the kitchen project itself--while complex--is not as stressful as thinking about how we will be feeding ourselves and a picky 4 year old, washing dishes, etc. WHILE trying to be as quick and efficient as possible since we will also both be working as this is going on. We're not used to going to the grocery store more than once a week, so that in itself is going to be a huge change in how we spend our time.
I'll have a (very) small sink. Shelves. Counterspace. Lots of drawer space. A large toaster oven (large enough for a 10" pizza or a small roast chicken). A small microwave. A toaster. A waffle iron (which could be used for some waffle-imprinted panini, I suppose.) We'll have a semi-small dorm fridge. We have a grill, but it will be winter before we know it.
What else will make this few months w/o our kitchen more convenient and less stressful. A crockpot (is there one where I could brown the meat before cooking it)? A super nice rice cooker/vegetable steamer? A two-burner hot plate? I'm not opposed to spending a little cash in order to make this experience less painful, keep healthy food on the table, and make cooking efficient. But if I buy kitchen appliances, I'd like them to be nice enough to use in my new kitchen! (I'm sure one of my grad students will take the hot plate off of our hands).
Of course, other kitchen renovation survival advice is appreciated.