ADVICE | How To Survive With No Kitchen.
Having a new kitchen installed is such an exciting feeling. You may get carried away looking at your new designs & triple checking your samples but before you can enjoy your new space you'll likely be without a working kitchen anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.
Not having a working kitchen can make life seem stressful, unorganised & just plain difficult; especially if there are a few little mouths to feed too. So here are a few things I'll always advise my clients to do before a kitchen refurb to keep life feeling a little sane.
Slow cooker & Air Fryer
My number 1 tip & my favourite options. Especially during the winter months when you still want warm hearty meals. The slow cooker is by far the best & easiest solution to a proper home-cooked meal with minimal prep time, space & equipment required. You can make delicious soups, stews, curries & even ramen.
Let's also not forget the mighty air fryer. They have grown in popularity over the last couple of years & for good reason. A small appliance that takes up minimal space & that can create an endless selection of meals at any time of the day, they are perfect for use during a renovation.
Another way to ensure you still have basic cooking functions is to use a camping stove. This is a popular choice with a lot of my clients & will give you the option to still have a small amount of working kitchen to cook with. If you don’t already have one, friends & family to see if you can borrow one to keep unnecessary spending at bay.
This one involves a bit of prep but you'll be glad you did it when the time comes. Make sure there is room in the freezer & make up a few batches of your favourite sauces & dishes, separate into portions & freeze them. This way when dinner time rolls around all you have to do is pop your home cooking into the microwave & you have a delicious dinner ready in minutes.
Don't forget the microwave
Whether you love them or you hate them, the microwave will be sure to play a big part in your kitchen refurb, so make sure you have a little one handy for your morning bowl of porridge or last night's slow-cooker stew.
The no-cook method
This one is ideal for renovations that run during warming months but you can easily get away without cooking for a week or so if you need to. There is usually always somewhere to keep your fridge connected, whether it be in the living room or even the hallway. So stock up on fresh fruit & veggies & salad your way through your kitchen refurb!
I cam guarantee there will be times that you don't want any more microwave rewarms or you're getting bored of your slow cooker stews so always leave a little money in the budget to eat out or order in a couple of times for ease & also to escape your building site.
So there you have it, simple easy ways to get by that will hopefully make life seem a little less stressful during your kitchen refurb.
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