Do you use your stovetop as extra counter space?
Posted 21 August 2006 - 06:32 AM
It's a really stupid idea, huh?
When was the last time you set fire to a shopping bag that way?
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Posted 21 August 2006 - 06:42 AM
Posted 21 August 2006 - 06:45 AM
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Posted 21 August 2006 - 06:54 AM
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Posted 21 August 2006 - 08:20 AM
In allowing this habit to continue, I am ignoring the fact that the controls for the burners are on the front of the stove, and although I wouldn't tend to put something like a plastic bowl on a burner when it's on, it's always possible that someone could bump one of the controls and turn it on, and ignite whatever I had sitting on the stovetop.
My mother had a habit of storing pies and cakes in her oven. Everything went fine during my childhood, because it was a habit for everyone in the family to open the oven door and check before turning the oven on. When I went to college, my roommates and I didn't keep stuff in the oven, so I got out of the habit of checking. And sure enough, we had an incident involving a Tupperware pie keeper melted all over the bottom of the oven.
Posted 21 August 2006 - 09:07 AM
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Posted 21 August 2006 - 09:12 AM
The main disadvantage is that it can't be used when the burners are hot.
Posted 21 August 2006 - 09:34 AM
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Posted 21 August 2006 - 09:53 AM
Posted 21 August 2006 - 09:54 AM
works for me. BUT...no one else in the family has ever turned a knob on my cooktop except me (lazy) so I'm really in no danger of them 'browning' the bottom of my cooling cakes by accident!
Posted 21 August 2006 - 10:25 AM
I use those old fashion round electric covers on each burner. They supply a bit of work room but are really great for keeping the burners clean (drip pans stay spotless). I usually work on a cutting board for my stove working area. I usually restrict myself to two burners at a time. When I need more I extend out to the dining room. I do not cook for more than 6 except on occaison. It all takes alot of planning and stopping to clean everything between projects.
Posted 21 August 2006 - 10:29 AM
It's a perfectly useful horizontal surface and being in San Francisco those can be hard to come by.
Posted 21 August 2006 - 10:34 AM
Posted 21 August 2006 - 12:45 PM
There are just too many pitfalls and traps in a kitchen, for me to allow this potential to exist -- if I'm just putting down groceries, and I absolutely, utterly, positively KNOW the stove hasn't been touched all day, I have a huge aversion to putting things on the stove. If I do so, it's purely the absolutely last resort, and I never put anything onto the burners themselves -- also, I move things off asap.
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Posted 21 August 2006 - 01:10 PM
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Posted 21 August 2006 - 05:47 PM
This is why I don't have plastic bowls anymore.
There are only two of us in the house, and I do pretty much all the cooking, so I have a pretty good idea of if the stove is hot and when it's been used.
Posted 21 August 2006 - 05:53 PM
We have two stovetops, both glasstop Jenn-Air. One we rarely use as a stovetop. Much to my chagrin this is frequently used as a counter-top. The other less so. My son actually burned and ruined a silicone spatula by leaving it on the stovetop recently. We were lucky that it was the silicone side that was on the stovetop and not the wooden handle.
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Posted 21 August 2006 - 05:58 PM
Sometimes I confuse which knob controls which burner (front or back) -- since they're all lined up horizontally and each has two circles: a solid white circle and a hollow white circle (guess which means which!) -- and turn on the wrong burner. Two of the burners are coils so it's easy to tell immediately which just got turned on (by putting my hand over it), but the other two are discs which take many minutes to heat up and cool down -- this usually just results in me going "WTF? Why isn't the water boiling by now?", but one time I stacked the burner covers over the disc I wasn't planning on using; a little while later smoke was pouring out of them...
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Posted 21 August 2006 - 07:35 PM
So far I've never had a problem with this, but I've also only had gas stoves.
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Posted 21 August 2006 - 10:41 PM
Now, this is not counting the perennially-dwelling-on-stovetop items such as the teakettle on one of the back burners, and the spoon rest on the metal strip between the burners. Those I feel are fairly bullet-proof WRT any random accidental heating (and I did mention about my being OCD about triple-checking the burner knobs, right? )