Inasmuch as one can have affection for a household appliance, I am in love with my new oven. It’s perfect, really. It is everything I currently want in a freestanding range: new, black, 30 inches wide, 4 burners, working ignition, readable display, converted to liquid propane, very clean, and heats up incredibly fast. Really fast: 67º to 350º in exactly 6.5 minutes.
My old oven came with the house. It was a Kenmore gas range circa 1985. The previous owners of our house were also restaurant owners so that oven had baked its fair share of rhubarb pies for the business. The floor of the interior had holes from where it had rusted out from too many spill-overs. The display could no longer be read so I was the only person who knew how to reach any temperature other than 350. The glow bar ignition had been replaced numerous times. Its most recent demise was the straw that broke the camel’s back; it was time to call it quits.
I won’t bore you with the details of my research except to say that it was extensive. Interviews, advertising literature, technical specifications, Consumer Reports, show rooms, price comparisons, customer reviews and testimonials all played a part. In the end, we decided on the GE JGB300 in black, a satisfying blend of updated features and financial value. Buying it on the Saturday after Thanksgiving helped, too.
I had a batch of Kari’s chocolate chip cookie dough ready to go and baked them immediately after the cheerful installer left. It is like being a complete person again; I can utilize all those baking/roasting/broiling recipes I’ve been passing over these last 6 weeks. Amazingly, 40 days without an oven did not cause any of us here to inadvertently loose weight. Funny, I kind of thought it would, what with the myriad soups we’ve been consuming and all. Regardless, I’ll be hauling out the cookbooks later this week to work up a list of items to make for the neighborhood Christmas goody plates. It’s great to be baking again!