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Jul 6, 2014 01:57 PM

Advice for operating without Kitchen (during remodel)

We are renovating our kitchen and we're going to be three weeks sans stove/oven/main sink. We're moving the refrigerator to the back room and have a trusty grill, but I'm waking up in a cold sweat wondering about daily operation. Obviously I'll keep cooking to a minimum and we have a bevy of plasticware & paper plates, but we'll still need water (hose = no good? bathrooms = less water pressure; also where to wash dishes?) and just general tips on operating without a kitchen. We also have an eight-month old infant, so there's that.

Any advice would be appreciated.

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    1. The first project SIL/BIL got into after moving into current house was a total gut of a dated kitchen. She was lucky that she had a nice sided laundry/utility room with a utility sink. She set up 2 long folding tables & put her temporary kitchen together... toaster oven, microwave, blender, food processor, crock pot(s), etc. She bought 1-2 individual electric burners and (I think) an electric skillet. They used the outdoor grill as much as possible. They moved fridge/freezer down stairs. Pretty sure she was sans kitchen for MORE than 3 weeks. Her biggest complaint was the height of the tables... not normal counter height so often had aching back after getting dinner together.

      Think with a few long STURDY tables, you'd have a good start. The water issue is probably gonna be the biggest problem?!?

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      1. re: kseiverd

        We have some folding tables we got at Costco that are height adjustable to counter top height and low for kids too. They are wonderful.

      2. For some reason, when this discussion got moved from General to Cookware, my response to the thread was deleted, so I will repeat the gist of it here.

        As suggested by Kseiverd, if you have a laundry room with a utility sink, this is the best place for dishwashing.

        Also, you may want to read this post, from earlier this Spring, which is chock full of suggestions on managing without a kitchen during a remodel,

        1. I made dishes ahead and froze them and just reheated them in the microwave. I also made lots of fresh salads and had grilled meats for lots of dinners.
          Washing pans and dishes that I did use, was done in my tub as bathroom sink is too small.
          I don't want to make you even more nervous, but I'd add a week to the time they say you will be up and running again.

          Good luck, it takes a bit of getting used to.

          1. Hi, MG:

            If you'll be getting your water from a hose, buy one that's rated for potable water, e.g., a blue one from an RV accessory supplier.

            It's also a good time to splurge on a large 'beverage' tub or cooler in which to do the dishes.