How To Cook Without A Stove
You are now a tenant. Finally you have gathered first and last month’s rent and you have the keys to your new home. You are excited, and you move your belongings in. Next thing you need to do is buy groceries.
Hold on! Where is the stove? How are you going to cook?
Okay, breathe, and don’t panic. There are many other ways that you can cook a wide range of meals, even without a stove. Frankly, if you are paying for your own hydro usage with your apartment, these suggestions will save you money too!
For the cost of less than having to buy a stove you can get a few small kitchen appliances to use instead. And they all use less electricity too! So, you can look at this as being a hardship, or you can look at this as being an adventure in creativity.
There are many items that people experiencing financial struggles learn to do without. Sometimes it is a bed, although everyone deserves to sleep in a bed. But another common item that people have to learn to do without is a stove.
Yes, at Free Stuff 4 Daily Needs another common item that we receive requests for annually are standard 30 inch kitchen stoves.
Appliances Not Included
Many apartments no longer come equipped with refrigerators and stoves. Those would include even the geared to income housing units as well. There are a few exceptions to that such as:
- in the handicapped accessible units
- and some of the geared to seniors units.
Especially with the geared to seniors units which are built to only house 24 inch stoves. As that size is becoming more and more of a special order item, the local Community Services Housing Authority is providing those.
But when it comes to other apartments, whether operated by the Community Services Housing Authority or other landlords, fewer and fewer are supplying appliances in the rental units. There are many reasons for this from a landlord’s perspective.
3 Basic Reasons Why
Having a single rental unit ourselves, we have seen previous tenants leave a stove in an absolutely filthy state when they leave. I have seen it take me 2 days in order to properly bring a stove and it’s oven back to a clean state. A state of cleanliness I expect of my own stove.
Do you wipe off the top of your stove everytime you spill or have a pot boil over? Just doing that simple action everytime will keep the chore of cleaning your stove much easier to do.
Another additional reason why landlords are not supplying kitchen appliances is that these are no longer made to last a great length of time. In our “throw away” society, a typical stove and refrigerator only have a 10 year lifespan. Once the computerized component dies, that is it.
However, even before that, a stove can require several repairs within that 10 years. Even my own personal stove, which is just now 10 years old, has had to have stove top element switches replaced twice. And I don’t even use my stove top as much as a basic family would. That would mean that in order to turn burners on and off, the switches may need to be replaced 5 times or more over the 10 years. Which is expensive for a repair technician to do.
The 3 basic reasons why more and more landlords are not providing stoves within rental units anymore are:
- The time needed to clean and bring a stove back into working order between tenants
- Short lifespan of only 10 years
- Repairs needed to keep them working
What Do You Need?
But you need to be able to cook meals. However, after scrounging up rent, you don’t have the money to buy a stove too!
There are some basic small kitchen appliances that will prove very valuable to you in place of having an actual stove. Here is a list of the most basic items:
- electric frying pan
- crock pot or slow cooker
- electric wok
- coffee maker (not a pod machine)
- electric kettle
- indoor BBQ or griddle
- electric sandwich press
- induction burners
- instant pot
- toaster oven
- electric deep fryer
- microwave oven
Now although this list looks long—don’t worry, you don’t require all of these items. Just mixing and matching a few of these will give you a wide range of cooking options. Depending on the types of meals you enjoy eating and cooking most will depend on which will be the first ones you acquire.
In fact, personally, if I had to trim it down to 3 items for myself, it would be:
- electric frying pan
- crock pot or slow cooker
- electric kettle
These 3 appliances will allow you to cook breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And don’t forget a cup of coffee or tea too!
Where To Buy These Items
Well, like we examined earlier—you are financially struggling. So if you can’t afford a new stove, you can’t afford to buy a bunch of small kitchen appliances brand new either.
However, there are several locations where you can pick up these items for an inexpensive price or maybe even free. Check places such as Facebook Buy, Sell, Free, and even Swap sites. There are also your local Thrift Stores such as:
- Value Village
- Salvation Army Thrift Store
- Habitat for Humanity Restore
Any of these sources will provide opportunities for you to pick up small kitchen appliances for low to reasonable costs.
Additionally there may be sources in your community where you can get them for free. And that would be an even better price. To get you started on your free sources search consider the following:
- Family and friends—who has some of these items just sitting in a cupboard
- Free Stuff 4 Daily Needs
- The Furniture Bank
- Glowing Hearts Community Give & Get Centre
As you can see there are several options available for you to find the few small kitchen appliances you need for inexpensive or free.
You Can Cook Without A Stove
It is possible to cook a full range of meals from breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even desserts without an actual stove in our kitchen. Next thing you will need to do is learn to adapt some of your favorite recipes to these small kitchen appliances. A great place to start if you have acquired a Crock Pot or Slow Cooker is to join our 30 Day Crock Pot Challenge. There you will receive recipes that cover all of those meal concerns.
An electric frying pan or skillet is another multipurpose appliance. You can cook anything from eggs, bacon, pancakes, grilled cheese, spaghetti, burgers, steaks, and more. Even cakes and Metis Bannock Biscuits.
Perhaps you would like to make a pot of chicken noodle soup. Well, if you have a coffee maker, you can. Add the chicken soup mix, or can contents into the coffee pot. Place on the warming plate and pour the required water through the top. Just remember to have removed the old coffee grounds and filter out of the top first 😉 Although it might take a few minutes, in combination with the hot water pouring through and the warming plate on the coffee machine, you can cook soup!
So, get creative, and along with a few simple small kitchen appliances, you can save both on electricity costs and the purchase price of a brand new stove.
Remember to join our 30 Day Crock Pot Challenge and I’ll send you 30 recipes over the next month to get you started on your new cooking adventure.