Sunday, May 6, 2012

Blinking oven!

New bread machine's first decent loaf.
The oven in our range has been acting up lately.  The repairman has been over twice replacing the LCD clock thing and the new ones still don't work.  The oven, a twelve-year-old Maytag has an LCD display board that not only controls the oven but tells you what's wrong with it.  The problem is, only one of the five or six codes it is capable of showing ever shows up and that's the code to replace the thing that's already been replaced twice. It worked for a bit after the second time, until it started heating up to 400 degrees Farenheit in under one minute--fat chance for that.  It should be showing another code for needing a new temperature gage, but no, it keeps up with the same "F1" code. Personally, I think the "1" should be replaced with a certain vowel because that's pretty much what this pesky panel is telling me. Thanks a lot, Maytag.

I have yet to get around to having it fixed again because part of me doubts computerized LCD component will ever work properly again. I seriously wish I could find a range that is doesn't have these pesky computerized components. Just knobs to turn that don't beep, flash or burp. What do we need all these flashy gadgets for anyway?

What is with all these LCD's telling time anyhow?  Even the  coffeemaker wants to tell me the time.  I can remember when I absolutely needed a wristwatch and when I had to make sure I wound the living room clock. I no longer even own a wristwatch.  Between all the LCD's declaring the time around my house, we've virtually abandoned using any time piece at all.  Between the LCD clock in the car and my cell phone, I can know what time it is.  Night lights are no longer needed because all the LCD's just light the way.  Worse, it's hard to find an alarm clock that isn't filling the bedroom with lurid green light.

Living without an oven really isn't that hard, especially with summer coming on. On Ravelry's Living Simply group, I discovered quite a few people managing without working ovens, or using oven alternatives for the summer months.  I considered following the suggestion of getting a toaster oven, but the only thing I miss is bread making. Since my bread machine's electronics also went on the fritz so the settings no longer worked (it was also 12 years old) I went ahead and bought a new machine. Bread machines are finicky and getting recipes to work has not been easy--I've had a lot of fallen loaves.  Above, you can see the results of lots of experimentation, a nicely rounded whole wheat loaf.  I look forward to my next bread machine experience. 

I will probably revisit the oven situation in fall when the urge to bake returns and maybe I'll end out needing a new range.  Not very sustainable of me, but neither is pouring money into something that is questionable. But for now, I can live without it.

Flab to Fluff Challenge:  We went out for Cinco de Mayo with friends--and you, dear reader, probably know what that means.  I'm skipping the whole "weigh in" thing for this week.


  1. If you feel the need for baked potatoes, you can do those in a slow cooker. No need to oil the skins and wrap, but some folks recommend that. I just scrub, puncture, place in cooker and set to low for 4-5 hours.

    1. I'm going to try that! Better than heating up the whole house for a few potatoes.