No Stove, No Oven … What’s a Girl to Do?

Our electric range died this week.  Well, it didn’t exactly die, it just decided it wasn’t going to work any more.  The appliance repair guy came out and determined we needed a $37 control board, which would ultimately cost $200 to install.  Well, he came by with the control board today and decided it was the wrong board.  Now we need a control board for $400 which might fix the problem.  It doesn’t look like we’ll be repairing this appliance.  Time for a new one.  The bad news is the owner of the used appliance shop I met a few months ago has gone out of business.  So until we come up with the $$$ for a new stove or find another used appliance shop, we’re resorting to the microwave, crockpot, electric griddle, outside grill and George Foreman grill to prepare our meals.

My quandry is this:  Aside from eating out, we need to come up with meals which can be made without the use of the range for the immediate future.  So far, we’ve grilled steaks, hot dogs and sausage.  We’ve nuked potatoes.  We’ve had crockpot chicken with microwaved instant rice.  We’re using the hot water from our water dispenser to make sweet tea.  As long as the weather cooperates (and we have propane), hubby can grill an infinite number of main dishes.

Help us out here … any suggestions for stoveless/ovenless meals would be greatly appreciated.  I refuse to eat out more often in the interim.

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  1. jill n says

    Check out Home Depot and Lowe’s for scratch and dent items (plus other retailers) and check out Sears Outlet if there is one near you. I’ve seen large appliances in 2nd hand stores also. Check out in your area. You can advertise for a used oven/stove and often people are redoing kichens and have 1 to give away.
    BTW you can make pretty much anything in a crock pot, you can even make cakes in them. I use my toaster oven more than my big oven to cook.

  2. says

    Pampered chef makes a microwave pot (plastic) that you can use to make pasta & rice. I had one in college… Worked like a charm. I’m sure other companies make them as well. You can also make quiche in the microwave as well. Hope that helps!

  3. stacey says

    well we have been in a similar situation, we only have 2 burners that work on ours and the oven cooks hotter than the temp you set it at so we get frustrated and just use our grill. There really isn’t much you can’t cook on it from ham, turkey, vegetables, pizza. We have a side burner so you can boil noodles etc…we have even baked cookies while camping. You can do dump cakes in the crock pot, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Things will just take a little longer to cook. You could always use a camp stove or buy a toaster oven somewhere if you get really desperate.

  4. kate tetreault says

    anything can more or less be grilled even ur veggies weither its on the outside grill or not just make a pouch with tinfoil and place ur veggies and butter / olive oil in cook for 10-15 mins and ur good to go i bearly ever use my oven unless im bakin u just gotta get more creative with ur cooking , and if all else fails if u have cast iron pots n pans or even oven ware only turn on 1 half ot eh grill and use it as a makeshift oven u just gotta think of it as camping ….ive done an entire easter dinner on a camp fire , a frozen lasagna on a grill

    • madamedeals says

      I love the veggies in foil idea and Hubby’s been itching for a cast iron pan. Maybe now’s the time to get one.

      • Heather P says

        Be sure to check out the local building supply store – they had cast iron skillets and sometimes run coupons (your favorite thing!) I love mine and use it quite often. I also have a grill with a side burner, so that would work. Are you also aware the local marina refills propane tanks? Seems to be less expensive than even switching out your tank. Just a couple of thoughts on how to solve the problem and stay local.

  5. Ashley says

    Our oven doesn’t work and only 3 burners on the stove work. We invested in a good toaster oven for the time being and it is serving us very well. Ours is big enough to cook a 12″ pizza. It’s a Black & Decker Even if you’re going to purchase another range, the toaster oven will come in very handy.

  6. Nanas Deals says

    Ours was broke for a year – Huggs but this is what I did

    Fry Daddy – use it to boil water for pastas and rices , make soups etc
    Crock Pot
    Electric Skillet

    I was like in Heaven when I finally got a new stove – watch the papers, put and add on yoru local radiostation classifieds etc. But the Frydaddy to boil things saved me !!!

  7. Lisa Brown says

    The small counter-top grills will work nicely on cooking many items for you. And the crock pot is always a good appliance to use. We have these in case there are issues with our stove and they produce less heat on those warmer days. I hope you are getting closer to getting your stove 🙂

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