Leaving a Burner On

Every Wednesday I bring dinner to church for John David and me (he doesn’t have time to come home and get back on time for Wednesday service and the $4 per person Wednesday meal would kill our grocery budget!). I typically cook dinner, portion it into Pyrex containers and pack it in my market basket! Every week before I leave the house I make sure the burners or stove is turned off!

This Wednesday I somehow forgot to double check and make sure the burner was off! When I arrived home and opened our basement door I smelled smoke and then saw that the burner was still on! I rushed over to the stove and turned the burner off and then stupidly took the lid off of the skillet! It was burned and smelled horrible so then I proceeded to bring the skillet outside on the deck and then called my husband to see what I should do to get rid of the smell and if breathing in burned and smoky smelling air was harmful to our baby! (Thankfully there was no smoke!)

The remains of dinner! When you leave a skillet half full of chicken spaghetti on low for 3 hours you come home to a blackened and smelly mess!

Isn’t this lovely!

The lid…

Wednesday night even though it was cool outside we had several windows open and fans going to try to get rid of the horrible smell! The smell is mostly gone thank goodness!

We are so thankful that nothing caught on fire and the only thing we had to deal with was a horrible smell in our home! We truly are blessed!

I didn’t even ruin the skillet! There are definite benefits of using high quality stainless steel cookware…you can char things in it and after scrubbing and a little Bar Keepers Friend (the best cleaner for stainless steel) it looks as good as new!

So that’s my fail for the week…potentially burning our home down and wasting half of our dinner!

Have you ever done anything like this? If so, what happened?


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11 Replies to “Leaving a Burner On”

  1. Oh my word! I’m so glad nothing caught on fire! I have left the burner on, but never when I left the house. Where do you buy bar keeper’s friend? I’ve heard of it but didn’t know where to get it.

  2. Hi Rachel! I’ve been listening to your podcasts recently after I bought I used iPod on Craigslist shortly after Christmas. The kid is napping, so I thought I’d take a look at your blog – and oh do I have stories.

    I’m perpetually forgetful about burners, so there are many. One time I turned on the wrong burner and the glass kettle with plastic lid was sitting on that one. It turns out if the kettle is empty, the glass heats the plastic lid to melting and then the kettle pops & shatters. Fortunately, I was able to get it outside before the shatter.

    And also, if you put your plastic colander over the pot you cooked the spaghetti in and set it back on the stove, make sure the burner is off. This also melts the plastic and causes a noxious smell. It also ruins both the pot & the colander.

    Congratulations on the baby!

  3. Yes, unfortunately, this has happened to me several times. I’ve never left the house though, just fallen asleep while there’s something on the stove.
    Thank God you and the baby are ok, 🙂

  4. I did this so many times that eventually my aunt bought me an expensive set of saucepans for my birthday! No matter how badly you burn them they can be restored with a little bit of scrubbing.

  5. I stumbled across your blog a few weeks ago and have been really enjoying it! Don’t feel bad about your spaghetti! I left hard boiled eggs on the stove and then got distracted in our home office. I was sitting at my computer and thought I heard someone breaking into our home and it turned out to be the eggs bouncing around the kitchen after the water had evaporated. The smell was outstanding.

  6. I’m glad everything turned out ok! That is one of my fears because I do things like that a lot. I’m really impressed with your cookware! I think I’m convinced about quality cookware!

  7. Oh dear, Rachel!!!! That’s so scary! Ernie makes French press coffee every day, so he boils his water on the stove top. I’ve found a burner left on several times and it’s scary!

    I’m so glad that nothing caught on fire! God is so good.

  8. I’m a new reader! I was just surfing through your posts and saw this one. Yikes! I love my stainless steel pots (a gift from my mother-in-law). A great cleaner for S.S. is baking soda! It’s nontoxic and super cheap. Sprinkle some on your pan and scrub with a washcloth, sponge, or scrubbie. You can’t hurt the S.S. My brother is forever burning grease on my S.S. pans and this baking soda trick works awesomely. Plus, I don’t have to worry about fumes, staining, or getting it on my hands. Best of luck with your new baby on the way!

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