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AIBU to ask if you don't have an oven what do you use?

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EZA15 Mon 27-Mar-17 13:49:03

Our oven has broken. Again. We maintain and clean them properly so it's not that. This one has lasted just over a year and it's really annoying as it was working fine yesterday. So I know it's not a real AIBU but can I ask if you don't have a traditional oven, what do you have? There are 2 adults and a toddler if that makes a difference.

woohooyeehoo Mon 27-Mar-17 13:53:55

I do have an oven but we rarely use it. Most things are done on the hob.

Unless you have one of those hob/oven combo things.

Scribblegirl Mon 27-Mar-17 13:55:10

One of my friends who has a tiny studio has one of those microwave/oven combis, is that an option OP?

Scribblegirl Mon 27-Mar-17 13:57:34

www.which.co.uk/reviews/microwaves/article/combination-microwaves-how-to-buy-the-best

IJustWantABrew Mon 27-Mar-17 13:58:14

Try a slow cooker. You can cook practically anything in them. I'm currently making pulled pork in mine. 👍.
I use mine all the time, prep everything once the little one is in bed and then put it in the fridge and then turn it on the next morning and it's ready for when I want tea.
You can get a decent one for around £30-£50

NannyR Mon 27-Mar-17 14:00:27

How has it broken? If the element has blown, you can get a new one for about £30 and it's a pretty simple job to change it yourself.

previously1474etc Mon 27-Mar-17 14:04:40

My oven hasn't worked for ages, the clock/timer thing needs fixing there is a small one at the top though which does work, however I have a mini oven and grill which I use instead, bought as a spare when the last oven didn't work either.

I also use a slow cooker and the microwave, or the hob, I used to have an electric frying pan which was useful for times when there was a kitchen being replaced or when the oven broke.

Katedotness1963 Mon 27-Mar-17 14:16:05

We had a landlord who wouldn't repair the oven for us, so we were without for over six weeks (over Christmas, the bastards). Just had to get by using the rings and the microwave.

Piffyonarockbun Mon 27-Mar-17 14:19:49

We had no oven for over a year. We had one of those combi microwave things, a slow cooker and a tefal actifry. Really didnt notice the lack of an oven and only really bought a new one because the combi bit of the microwave broke grin.

BrieAndChilli Mon 27-Mar-17 14:27:18

I'm shock at the people who never use an oven!! Ours broke just before xmas and I was going crazy at the thought of xmas without one!! Luckily we got a new one within a few days and that was bad enough

How do you all cook
Roast dinner
Shepherds pie
Lasagne
Garlic bread
Cakes
Biscuits
Toad in the hole/Yorkshire puddings
Crumble
Cauliflower cheese
Pizza
Chips (we use oven chips so I guess you fry on the job in a pan of oil??)

Scribblegirl Mon 27-Mar-17 14:34:08

My mum's oven broke on Christmas Day 1999 Brie.... it's the only time I've ever had roast potatoes cooked under a grill grin

EZA15 Mon 27-Mar-17 14:37:48

I don't have a microwave, I'm one of those weirdos who feel it compromises the taste of the food 😂😂.

ijustwantabrew I have a slow cooker and I use it for me, but somehow dh can always tell when I've cooked food in it as he thinks they're crap and ruin the taste of the food.

nannyR we're going to try and replace the heating element first and see if that works, if not it's definitely a new oven or an alternative.

Thank you everyone for your replies. I really want one of those counter halogen oven things but DH has flat out refused and since he's the one who will be buying, if it is unable to be fixed then looks like it'll be a normal oven. - Any recommendations?

macaronip1e Mon 27-Mar-17 14:38:24

We spent a month without an oven and hon when we moved house. It was ok - just needed to plan things out more using microwave (which has a grill), pressure cooker (which doubles as slow cooker) and BBQ (gas, so not too much hassle to use day in day out - plus has one ring as a hob)

LiviaDrusillaAugusta Mon 27-Mar-17 14:38:51

I genuinely don't remember the last time I used my oven - probably a few years ago!

macaronip1e Mon 27-Mar-17 14:38:57

...and hob....

FrogFairy Mon 27-Mar-17 14:41:05

What about one of those mini ovens that sit on the worktop?

www.argos.co.uk/search/mini-oven/

QueenOfTheCatBastards Mon 27-Mar-17 14:42:38

I did under a year without an oven, and I must admit I didn't like it. I was relived when I could afford a replacement. The fact that the replacement's door exploded the second time I used it was a bit of a kick to the guts.

LunaMay Mon 27-Mar-17 14:44:22

I mainly use an electric frying pan and air fryer. Very rare I use the oven these days.

Twistmeandturnme Mon 27-Mar-17 14:44:49

It is possible to live without an oven; millions of Chinese people manage it.
It just requires a shift in cooking: less roast more stir fry. Less pizza more toastie, less cottage pie more mash n mince etc.

Iprefersainsburies Mon 27-Mar-17 14:58:56

I have a build in oven but never use it. I have a microwave oven thing and use the oven part of that.

FretYeNotAllIsShiny Mon 27-Mar-17 15:09:48

Those halogen ovens are really good, and I believe use less electric than a traditional electric oven. My oven has been broken for about 6 months and I've managed with that, the slow cooker and hob/grill. I do miss my oven though, it's not as easy cooking meals for five or six adults without one.

EZA15 Mon 27-Mar-17 15:14:44

Frogfairy that's the kind of thing I want. Will be showing other half when he gets home.

Queenofthecatbastards oh no! What did you do?

EZA15 Mon 27-Mar-17 15:15:21

I mean regarding the door - did the company replace it?

PhaedrusRising Mon 27-Mar-17 15:27:30

We've got a delonghi counter top mini-oven grill at the moment (kitchen is being redone in July, oven broke at Xmas and not buying a new oven for Just 6 months).

Really, really like it. But I think it would struggle to feed more than a couple of adults and couple of pre-teen kids due to the size.

WashBasketsAreUs Mon 27-Mar-17 15:47:37

We were without a cooker whilst we were doing the kitchen. For about 4 months we used the microwave, halogen cooker and a cheap hot plate from b and m. We were fine x

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