While there isn’t an over-the-counter solution tucked away in your pantry, there are practical approaches for surviving the dog days of kitchen remodeling. The trick, like always, is planning ahead and making the most of limited resources. Here are eight ways to keep your sanity intact and make it out unscathed after your kitchen remodel is complete.
You also won’t be able to host any guests with a torn up kitchen, which can significantly alter your holiday plans. It’s almost impossible to house family without a working kitchen. Trust us, it’s less headache to wait until after New Year’s.
Rubbermaid tubs are large enough to hold pots and pans and sturdy enough to where you don’t have to spend a lot of time wrapping your dishes. Label them so you know where everything is located.
Kitchen remodels tend to leave us feeling stagnant, like we’re not able to get work done around the house until the job is finished. Getting rid of items you don’t use is a way to feel productive as well as chip away at your to-do list.
Meal prep is an easy solution to not having a functioning kitchen. If you pre-cook 10-20 meals the week before your remodel starts, all you have to do is put them in the freezer and pop them in the microwave when you’re hungry. You’ll appreciate the break from take out.
Soups and casseroles are primed for a stint in the freezer. Some foods aren’t, like certain kinds of veggies and dairy products. Happy Money Saver has a month’s worth of frozen meal recipes plus a list of what will – and won’t – last on her blog. Use it to find creative meal prep ideas or research your own recipes.
If you’re going to barbeque chicken or grill steak, ditch the prep-heavy sides. Burgers and hot dogs are light on prep work. Condiments and buns are pre-packaged and easy to clean up, too.
It may be a good time to try a friend’s recipe or share some of your best-kept secrets with a friend. Seeing an intact kitchen for the first time in a week may be like walking through a funhouse, but the socialization and normalcy will do you good.
Corpus Christi has several choices for gourmet take out, from personal chef services to pre-packaged meals. Here’s a quick menu of your options:
Bonn A-petit. Self-described as a “gourmet convenience store,” the local offers pre-cooked southern French cuisine, including breakfast, lunch and dinner. 4301 South Alameda & Roberts, 334-2579, bonna-petit.com.
By The Bay Personal Chef Service. Chef Fred prepares quality, healthy meals at bargain prices for families who don’t have the time to cook (or in your case, is remodeling their kitchen). 1001 N. Water St., 2b, 331-1502.
Stay Fit Foods Corpus Christi. Housed inside Drunkn’ Noodlez Asian restaurant, Stay Fit Foods sells clean, lean eats with an Asian flare Monday through Thursday. 4214 S. Alameda, 992-1400.