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Leaving the oven on when you're out. IIU?

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WelshMaenad Sun 21-Oct-12 17:35:25

Fucksticks, crapbuckets and wankbadgers. My fucking slow cooker has died halfway through cooking tonight's dinner. (Slow roast lean pork shoulder with leeks, roast potatoes, stuffing and 907760 types of veg, all welcome, bring wine, I fucking need it). Got home from the park to find it riggweltered and pork half raw. Fuck.

My problem - DD has Taekwondo from 6 till 7 in next village. DH works till 5 in city, trains home, drives from train station to meet me there at 6.20, he stays till end, toddler and I go home, finish cooking dinner, DH and DD get home at 7.15, we eat.

I now have the pork shoulder on a lowish heat in the oven but if I turn it off when we leave, it won't be cooked. I have this idea that leaving the oven on when you're out is the height of irresponsibility, but IS IT, or am I just weird? I'm really afraid of house fires and my mate's house burned down six weeks ago so I might be irrational. What do you do?

Am aware this is incredibly minorin the scheme of things, but wibble.

DozyDuck Sun 21-Oct-12 17:36:39

I wouldn't...but I'm very anxious about this stuff

Viperidae Sun 21-Oct-12 17:37:38

I don't have a problem with it. My oven can even be set automatically to switch itself on when you are out to cook for when you are back so I suppose they wouldn't put that facility on if it wasn't safe

MrsTerryPratchett Sun 21-Oct-12 17:37:43

My DH won't let me do this he is paranoid. I also spend a lot of time with firefighters (lucky me) and they would tell you that you are mad. I have seen some scary pictures.

MissAnnersley Sun 21-Oct-12 17:37:53

I leave the oven on when we go to church every Sunday otherwise we wouldn't have lunch until mid afternoon.
It's on a lowish heat and I've never had a mishap.
I don't know though, if you're not comfortable doing it maybe best not.

harrietlichman Sun 21-Oct-12 17:38:00

I would, leave it on low to carry on slow cooking. I don't have a slow cooker so use my oven this way all the time.

Naghoul Sun 21-Oct-12 17:38:09

I would do it.

But I am reckless and put the tumble drier on as I leave for work.

Life. On. The. Edge.

BadgersGhostlyRetreatWoo Sun 21-Oct-12 17:40:23

I can tell mine to turn itself off after a certain time so I use that if we go out and leave it on

That way if we get held up for any reason I don't have to worry.

If it did not have this I don't think I would do it, sorry

MissAnnersley Sun 21-Oct-12 17:41:02

grin @ Naghoul

KatyPeril Sun 21-Oct-12 17:43:07

My friend left her oven on all day by accident once and it was fine. I'd be too scred too though!

sooperdooper Sun 21-Oct-12 18:03:15

I would, I've done it before, if it's on a low heat I don't see the problem

Meglet Sun 21-Oct-12 18:09:24

I wouldn't. I used to work for the fire service so have had the fear of God put into me about these things.

WelshMaenad Sun 21-Oct-12 18:09:50

So, I did what I always do when I'm flapping, I rang mumsy. She said do it. (she also laughed at me). So we are at TKD and the oven is on bites nails.

I'll let you know if we all make it out the other side intact.

lovebunny Sun 21-Oct-12 18:11:23

i was shocked when a friend (it was a while ago. i had friends in those days) left her gas fire on low when she went out. she laughed at me. she said 'it's a gas fire. it doesn't know if i'm in, or out!' which i thought was a fairly good point.

BehindLockNumberNine Sun 21-Oct-12 18:12:39

We don't have a slow cooker and regularly (ie most Sundays when we have a roast) put the oven on a low heat, bung in the roast, go and walk the dog / collect ds from underwater hockey training and come home to a lovely smelling dinner. We have always done it, don't think much of it tbh

<waits for hunky fireman to tell her she is being dangerous>

Raspberrysorbet Sun 21-Oct-12 18:14:08

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MrsMiniversCharlady Sun 21-Oct-12 18:14:24

It will be fine. We do it regularly so we can eat as soon as kids get in. And if it does catch fire, surely better that you're out? hmm

Raspberrysorbet Sun 21-Oct-12 18:14:52

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ninah Sun 21-Oct-12 18:14:56

my oven switches itself off if it's left on for ages

Felicitywascold Sun 21-Oct-12 18:17:50

I (and my family/friends I'm likely to eat Sunday dinner with), do this/ have always done this. I don't see the issue tbh, unless you can't be sure when you will be home, or have a particularly old/dodgy oven. I have never in my life had to 'intervene' with an oven when it is on for a normal amount of time, so the chances of needing to do so in the small amount of time I'm out and it's on is minuscule.

CelineMcBean Sun 21-Oct-12 18:21:55

confused Are we supposed to be worrying about this as well? Lordy. I leave everything on when I'm out except the iron.

If the house is going to burn down better it does when I'm out.

Oh. I also leave the oven drying things overnight and run the tumble dryer and the dish washer. I'm going to kill us all aren't I? Oh well.

squeakytoy Sun 21-Oct-12 18:24:21

would you have turned the slow cooker off before you went out????

having the oven on low is absolutely no different to having a slow cooker on you know! grin

my gran was slow cooking things long before "slow cookers" were on the market, its called putting it in a very low oven in a morning and going out for the day!

WelshMaenad Sun 21-Oct-12 18:27:17

Celine, I feel pathetically grateful that you haven't parped at me!

vodkaanddietirnbru Sun 21-Oct-12 18:28:07

I leave the oven on to slow cook ribs, pork joints, etc but it is an electric one so i dont feel so bad about it. It has a timer to set it to come on and off when you want it to. I also go out with the washing machine and dishwasher on which you probably arent supposed to do either

Pooka Sun 21-Oct-12 18:31:14

I also need to know what on earth underwater hockey is?

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