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Old 07-15-2013, 12:54 PM   #1
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Temporary cooking situation - appliance?

I maybe temporarily working for a company that I will need to stay at a hotel.
I am alright with that fact... but it may not have a cooking oven/refrigerator/cooking appliances in my room where I am going to have to stay. ( am not alright with this unless I have a means to get portable equivalents)

I am considering in this case to buy a small mini refrigerator , microwave for the hotel temporarily. This is normally not a big expense on my end and they are all pretty much portable i.e. plug into an electrical outlet. But when it comes to cooking my meals is there any portable ovens that I can uses to sauté vegetables , cook meats , boil water for rice/pasta , bake potato's...etc that are reasonable inexpensive. I know I can get a microwave for less then a hundred and the mini refrigerators where pretty cheap as well. I have my own utensils/plates/pots/pans....etc I can bring. So the only troubling concern is a equivalent for an oven. Is there any portable ovens that are decent in efficiency in cooking/boiling things in a reasonable amount of time?

Basically I won't eat out all the time I need to cook my meals. Since I am very picky about what I eat long term. Since I am very big on nutritional health and like to cook my own cooked meals 90% of the time.

Any suggestions I don't think the hotel will allow me to buy an electric oven and install it in there hotel but I will ask this. But I don't think they would mind a small electrical counter top / mini toaster oven being move into the hotel temporarily. Any help and suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

The situation is the job is to close/duration to short to relocate yet to far to be a burden on the drive everyday. So the other option is cooking all the meals at my home for the next work week then come home on weekends and repeating for the next weeks meals.
Though I would like the option to have the ability to cook where every I am located as well as buy good food to cook where every I am located.

Thanks for any help on this one

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Old 07-15-2013, 12:59 PM   #2
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How about an electric skillet? It's small, portable and you can make one dish meals.
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Old 07-15-2013, 01:07 PM   #3
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how will I boil water , and bake. As for sauté and cooking burgers that may work. Though I eat a lot so it would have to also be able to cook a lot of food reasonable fast. Chicken I usually cook in the oven , and I like to eat a lot of pasta , rice , and sauté vegetables

The 2 things I am very pick about is my food and a good place to exercise with a lot of heavy weights / all the equipment to do all your body parts.
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Old 07-15-2013, 01:07 PM   #4
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Many hotels have kitchenette options. Have you looked into that? I would think the hotel's insurance would not allow personal appliances in the rooms unless they were specifically designed for that. Could be a fire hazard.
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In general this shouldn't be a problem but you might think about it from management's point of view in terms of fire safety. Somewhat like colleges and universities view dorm room cooking.

However, the electric skillet could be a great tool. You could saute in it, boil foods, bake, make sandwiches, toast breads, etc. It's quite versatile and requires, for the most part, that you are always near it to tend to it, which would lower the risk of accidental fire issues.

Another way to look at the situation is to work below the radar and not say anything to anyone. Make sure your cooking appliance/tool is safely out of view when the hotel staff is in your space cleaning, etc.

Sometimes it's better to do something without asking first and answer questions later. Much like, act now and ask for forgiveness after the act is discovered.
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I have a Nesco multipurpose roaster/crockpot/steamer/oven. It's the size of a large crockpot, and will do everything but wash your windows. http://www.nesco.com/products/Roaste...-Roaster-Oven/. They sell them at places like Walmart, Target, and Amazon.

Many hotels have mini fridges and microwaves already in the room, you may want to check.
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Many hotels have kitchenette options. Have you looked into that? I would think the hotel's insurance would not allow personal appliances in the rooms unless they were specifically designed for that.
What is kitchenette?


As for weather they would let me bring in kitchen appliances because of safety issues... I don't think a electric skillet or any other appliance if unplugged after usage is going to be much of a hazard. But I will have to ask because they will pretty much see me rolling in a mini refrigerator so before I buy one I want to know for sure I can bring it or then this will be a mess.
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What is kitchenette?


As for weather they would let me bring in kitchen appliances because of safety issues... I don't think a electric skillet or any other appliance if unplugged after usage is going to be much of a hazard. But I will have to ask because they will pretty much see me rolling in a mini refrigerator so before I buy one I want to know for sure I can bring it or then this will be a mess.
A kitchenette is like a mini kitchen. Usually a very small refrigerator and an equally small stove, a sink. A bit of counter space. Check to see if the place you are staying has those accommodations.
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Mini fridges and microwaves are pretty standard in Country Inns, La Quinta, Holiday Inn Express, etc.
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Sometimes the appliances in a kitchenette are full-size. We stayed in a hotel in Germany once with a full-size stove/oven, sink and refrigerator, including pots, pans, utensils and dishes. It was in a sort of closet so you could close it up when it wasn't in use.

re: fire safety, the deciding factor will be the hotel's insurance policy. They can't know how responsible you are, so they can't allow it if their insurance wouldn't cover an accident.
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