Cooking Without a Stove

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COOKING…WITHOUT A STOVE

Have you ever not had a stove to cook on? I have…a couple of times. We lived in unfurnished rental houses for awhile, and there were no appliances. We did have our own furniture, and a refrigerator…just no stove.

I had to get a bit creative, to say the least. As a family of four, there comes a time, like daily, that you need to cook something. I did have a microwave…a giant one, compared to today’s models. I’d cook most things in there, and the meals came out pretty good.

A really surprising cooking method I used, was on a “Stir-Crazy” popcorn popper. You remember those, don’t you? It was the electric popcorn popper with the large, yellow dome. I figured that since the surface got really hot, I could use it to cook on…like an electric skillet. There was no temperature setting, though. It worked great for fried eggs, and also, pancakes came out good cooked on there.

Another time, another house, we had the same situation. I still used the microwave and the popcorn popper, but had also acquired a “Snackmaster Sandwich Maker”. We were in the big leagues, now. We got really creative using it. We could make corn dogs, pizza pockets, and even the pancakes came out fun – like puff-cakes!

Quite a while later, we did manage to get a stove, which made things easier to cook, although it is fun to remember how we ‘made do’ with what we had.

Next up, we needed a washing machine, because using that old-fashioned rub board in the sink was getting pretty tiresome.

Well, another story…another day…

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~first posted on Blogger – April 3, 2014

~photo found on Pixabay

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16 responses »

  1. I haven’t been without a stove except for when we lived on base and the fancy pants digital panel went out. We were six of us then. That was a long three days!

  2. Nice creativity fur sure. 😁 I would’ve been beside myself with frustration.. I went almost 2 weeks without a microwave recently and that was awful. Gosh we’re (or at least I am) spoiled and dependent on too many “things”.

    • Thanks, Kelly!
      I’m the same here, so used to the conveniences we have these days. I’m glad we have them, but when they quit working, it’s not fun to try and work around not having them, even for a few days. 😉

  3. No stove?? Seriously?

    Even unfurnished houses all have a stove with oven and grill and hotplates, at least, here – i think it may be a law or something? 🙂

    Great improvisation but of course these days ‘slow cookers’ are all the rage. 😉 Then there are steamers and toaster ovens, 19 different types of grill, etc, etc. How far we have come! 🙂

    Being an Aussie, i must not forget the BBQ – these days they make ones you could bake a wedding cake in – in an emergency of course! 🙂

    • I’m not sure if there is a law or requirement for unfurnished places have to have appliances. Back then, for us, it wasn’t. Would have been better if it was, though. At the time we didn’t have a griddle or crock pot or an outdoor grill to cook in. I guess we never even thought of going out and buying one. Strange, now I think of it…why didn’t we? hmmm
      A BBQ you can make a cake in sounds pretty nice! 🙂

  4. I have to have a burner, but I’ve managed to live without my oven since 2011. I used to occasionally bake cookies and brownies and make those turkey loaf pans, but when the oven went and I didn’t want to have it fixed, I just gave all that up and have survived. The stove was the one thing that my home came with when I bought it!

    • Makes sense that if you never much used an oven for anything, to not need to get it fixed. We do use ours all the time, so it would be a necessary thing for us now. Definitely need the burners, or electric hot plates, though. 🙂

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