Creativity in the Kitchen

Sometimes you have to get creative

If you aren’t able to get what you want, you have to make due with what you’ve got

(hey, is that a song?)

ANYWAY…..

This is another of my old blogs from 2012. I’ll be doing an updated version soon as we’ve added a few other small kitchen appliances. We’ve also donated a few of the ones mentioned here.

We DO have a stove now, but don’t use the cook top, only the oven!  It’s out on our back porch (ok, maybe we’re a bit redneck) so it doesn’t get so hot inside. (We do live in Florida you know!)

So, without further ado…the post

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

 

I’ve lived in Ocala now for a little over 3 months. Don has been here a little over 4 months.  We still don’t have a regular cooking stove.  The one that was here when we moved was a gas stove, and we want to have as few bills monthly as possible. We didn’t want a gas bill for just cooking, so we had them come take the tank away. I listed the gas stove on Craigslist and it was gone the same day!

The stove we brought from Iowa is electric, there isn’t an outlet for it, and we can’t afford to hire an electrician right now to put one in for us.  So, we are stuck without a working stove.

Luckily for us, we have always been the king and queen of small kitchen appliances.  At last count, we had 8 “alternative” methods for cooking.  So, as long as we have electricity, we can cook, we may just have to get a bit creative about it.

                                                                                             
For the month that Don was here before me, he subsisted on hot dogs and sausages cooked in the rotisserie and rice cooked in the electric steamer (which I henceforth will refer to as “rice cooker”).  When I came down, he was ready for anything else to eat, so I had to think outside the box (or stove, as it were)

By trial and error, I have learned that you can cook macaroni and cheese in the electric skillet, the electric wok and the crock pot.   Any type of pasta can actually be cooked in either of these appliances, as well as the rice cooker.

As you can see from the photo to the left, we have a Nu Wave oven, a rotisserie, an electric steamer, kettle wok and skillet, and 2 slow cookers, one a larger “family” size and the other a little guy for small meals or dips.

                                                                                      

Not included in the photo are the toaster, microwave, blender and coffee pot. Yes, that is a stove top the appliances are resting on, but as mentioned above, it is an electric stove and we have no 220 outlet, so it’s really just acting as a big awkward pseudo-counter top.

We do well for the most part, but I was stumped by how to boil eggs.  I tried using the electric skillet, but the water wasn’t deep enough.  I tried boiling water in my electric kettle and then putting it in the slow cooker with the eggs on low for about an hour, but the eggs were runny and not done enough.

Finally I turned to the one source of information that is always available in today’s world, the internet.   By Googling “Crock Pot Boiled Eggs,” I came upon my answer.  Where better to find out how to make eggs, well, anything, in the crock pot than a page called “Moms with Crock Pots.com?”   I tried it and viola, they came out almost perfect!   I say “almost” because there were a few that had burnt spots on them, probably from me leaving them on too long.

a crock pot with eggs in itThe second time I tried it, I put just about 1/2 an inch of water in the crock pot with the eggs and then they turned out perfect!  Imagine the ease of throwing gently placing your desired number of eggs in the bottom of the crock pot, turning it on high and adding a bit of water, and walking away for 2 hours.  After the 2 hours, plunge the eggs into cold water and rinse until they are no longer hot to touch, then use as usual.  The little slow cooker worked great for 10 eggs. The larger one would probably hold 18, maybe 20.

I have found my new best way to make boiled eggs, thank you Moms with Crock Pots.   There are also a ton of other very interesting recipes on the site. Since I am somewhat limited in my cooking methods, anything that I can make with a crock pot is a rock star recipe to me!!!!

 

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