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One Word on Cooking During a Kitchen Remodel: How?


Before 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.

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)

4 Comments on One Word on Cooking During a Kitchen Remodel: How?

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Kathy Price-Robinson // May 11, 2007 at 1:17 am // Reply

    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.

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

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