One word on cooking during a kitchen remodel: How?

Written By: Kathy Price-Robinson - May• 09•07

Lvm042637re0203remo9Before the demolition crew arrives to tear out your old kitchen in favor a new one, consider this: How are you going to eat with no kitchen?

Val and Bernie Van De Yacht (left) collected a stack of restaurant menus before their North Hollywood project started, and Val said it seemed like a vacation. Two weeks later she declared take-out food “gross” and the couple hauled their new microwave oven out of its box in hopes of cooking some fresh vegetables.

The foodies at Chowhound have some tips on getting through a remodeling ordeal. Families with children have even bigger challenges during a kitchen remodel, and the experts (parents) over at Parent Hacks have listed several strategies on cooking for a family during a kitchen remodel.

Here are some ideas:

— Set up a temporary kitchen in a laundry room or second bathroom.
— Move the refrigerator to an attached garage, covered patio or even the dining room.
— Make use of a steamer, rice maker, toaster oven, microwave and crockpot.
— Use a breadmaker to fill the home with comfort-food aromas.
— Cook and freeze meals in advance, then reheat during the remodel.
— Barbecue!

(Photo: Myung J. Chun, Los Angeles Times)

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  1. laurie says:

    Our Crockpot was a real life saver during our kitchen remodel.

  2. Kathy Price-Robinson says:

    Laurie, what sorts of things did you cook in your crockpot during your remodel? I’m not sure I’ve ever mastered the art of crockpot cooking.

  3. Mitch says:

    Whole Foods was a lifesaver during our remodel. We converted the laundry room, which has a sink, into a makeshift kitchen with a small fridge, microwave. Unfortunately we had to trek through the construction to get to the laundry room.

  4. LAURIE says:

    I put frozen chicken breasts & thighs, small potatoes, onions, carrots, mushrooms, in with a can of mushroom soup and a splash of white wine- I assemble the night before& keep it in the fridge then take it out & put it in the pot on low till I get home from work. There are infinite variations on this- pork roasts are great, cheap beef cuts cook up well, chicken curry is great made with a can of coconut milk, curry powder and don’t forget some raisins. Use whatever veggies you like. It’s basically meat, veggies, some sort of liquid, and cook on low for 8-10 hours. I like to serve w/ Trader Joe’s frozen brown rice, cooks in the microwave.

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