How to survive weeks without a kitchen as a family

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OK the title may appear a tad dramatic perhaps, but the time has finally come.

I’ve banged on and on about this frigging kitchen and we’ve just given the go ahead for it to happen in 4-6 weeks.

FOUR TO SIX WEEKS! Or more like three to five weeks now. That is insane.

That’s barely time to sort the out of date tins in the cupboard, let alone find a home for the 5323 tupperware lids and the rest of the kitchen contents.

Horrible kitchen units - bringing light in


We’ve been waiting so long for this day to come that I had almost come to accept the broken cupboards, the permanently dirty floor and the fact that one light would constantly blow so it was always dimly lit and dingy.

Unfortunately it’s a bit more than a rip it out with a crowbar and reinstall job.

Kitchen drawers

One of the few drawers that still opens… I’m not sure you should be able to see your slippers

We need to open up walls and the ceiling is coming down to investigate and re-do the electrics so that the new LED ceiling lights don’t keep blowing in the same way the old ones did.

LED Ceiling lights for the kitchen from

I’m looking forward to the new lighting, more modern and much lighter kitchen units and lighter flooring brightening up the space significantly.

We are also considering moving a door to give us a better run of worktop space.

This does mean that a) It’s going to be expensive and b) The kitchen will be out of action for a while.

With kids in particular, this is a bit of a pain, so I reached out to my Facebook group to see what advice people had to offer for family survival sans kitchen.

Wooden table on kitchen sink window background

Move out

Obviously not possible for everyone, but if you can decamp while your kitchen is being done then that is by far the recommended option!

I moved in to my parents house Karin

We had to move in with the in-laws, but our frequent breakfast was Sainsbury’s cafe. I was as skanky as hell but I lived for the fry up! Cassie

Lucky so and sos.

Even better, go on holiday!

I handed them my keys and went on holiday for 2 weeks. I came back to a beautifully finished kitchen (and some neatly stacked canned goods they found hidden at the back of one of the old cupboards) Kelly

I wish. Moving on…

chinese food delivery or takeout aluminum covered containers and cardboard boxes on bamboo placemat

Live off takeaways, or go out

Precisely what I would have done before kids, but probably not very sensible in terms of finances (these kitchens don’t run cheap) or in fact health.

We didn’t have a a cooker when we moved in so we did about 6 weeks on microwave/pub and takeaway. Helen

Barbecue grill with vegetables

If it’s in the summer, use a barbecue

There is a surprising number of things you can cook on a barbecue. However if it’s not warm enough to dine al fresco, be inventive!

We didn’t have a kitchen for approx 2 months (in October!) so I pretty much cooked everything on the bbq which I moved to face the living room window and hung out the window to cook dinner each night. Shelley

Move the essentials into another room

Find a dedicated space to keep your small kitchen appliances.

A kettle, a microwave and if you have one, and you’re in for the long haul, a camping stove too.

We set up a little kitchen in our living room. Lived on a lot of microwave meals, microwaveable rice, veg that is already in steam bags that can go in the microwave. Jacket potatoes were brilliant for the kids dinners! Katie

We had a mini kitchen set up on the dining table: microwave, toaster, kettle. Two plates, cutlery, cups etc each (and spare cups for workmen). Spare fridge / freezer in the garage for milk etc was a godsend. Mollie-Louise

We set up a kitchenette in our living room. It had a microwave, 2 burner hot plate and kettle so we could cook basic meals that I’d prepped and frozen the week before. Washing up was all done in the bathroom sink. Natasha

Bought an electric two ring hob from Aldi for £20. That and a microwave did us for most of the 4/5 months. Joanne

Meal prep. Close up of home cooked roast chicken dinners in containers ready to be frozen for later use.

I wish I was this organised

Clever meal prepping

This is something I hadn’t even thought about to be honest, so I’m glad I asked.

I’ve never been very good at meal prepping and am used to cooking fresh food but without a large fridge and the space to store food and prepare meals, it could be well worth investing some time beforehand into getting geared up.

If you have access to a freezer, cook all your meals now so they can be microwaved or popped into the slow cooker (and there are loads of diet-friendly slow cooker recipes). This is probably the most sensible, financially viable and realistic option!

I set up a mini kitchen in the dining room with a kettle, toaster, fridge and microwave and batch cooked beforehand so we either had that or microwave meals, and could still prep sandwiches etc. Stef

We had a slow cooker and pre-prepped and frozen meals that I reheated in the microwave. Michelle

So this is what I will be doing when I get our one-week call; cooking up a storm in the kitchen if I remember, or living or fruit and sarnies and pub grub if I don’t.

Wish me luck!

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  1. Helen 2 February 2019

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