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Cooking in a Fixer-Upper Investment Property


Real Estate Investors: When you’re in a fixer-upper investment property and staying at the home, it can be difficult to get a good, tasty meal prepared there – amongst all the mess and dealing with issues like the electricity waiting to be upgraded.

This can often feel like cooking when you’re camping.

So, if you don’t want to eat out at a restaurant or order fast food for every single meal and gain extra pounds while you’re at it, take heed and learn how to cook healthy meals in a bare bones kitchen.

When you go to the grocery store, you can’t buy fresh food in bulk. You are going to have to buy small portions of vegetables, fruit, dairy and meat, unless you have a refrigerator you can plug in or feel like maintaining a cooler with ice in it.

You will have to use all of the items completely that would otherwise need to be refrigerated.

So, only buy just enough for the meal, especially if you’re in a very hot climate, like Dallas in the summer.

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Buy a small carton of milk for your tea or coffee in the morning, and also use it for your cereal, oatmeal, cream of wheat or in your scrambled eggs made on a single burner with a stainless steel frying pan.

We find that buying packs of 6 eggs is best for us. The two of us can polish off this many eggs for a breakfast before starting your rigorous work day fixing up that house!

For lunch, you’ll want to buy a loaf of bread – easy to store even without refrigeration.

We eat a loaf of bread rather quickly as we use it for breaking up and mixing in hamburger patties, meat balls or salmon cakes too.

So, we buy whole wheat bread. However, whole wheat bread will spoil quicker than white bread, since white bread often has more preservatives to keep it from molding, etc.

Canned veggies are handy in a pinch, if you’re too tired, or too dirty from painting, caulking, sanding or cleaning that fixer upper!

Pasta can be cooked in an electric skillet with water, while you’re cooking up the meat and sauce in the frying pan on the single burner. It really works well.

Want toast? Simply put the frying pan on the burner and turn on medium-high. Place bread in the dry skillet and flip when desired brownness.

So, there are a few easy tips to cooking while living in a fixer upper investment property!

Now, stay tuned for some more involved recipes when cooking like you’re camping.


I hope you enjoyed this Food Fun post on Cooking With Kimberly! Until next time…

Eat Deliciously,

Kimberly Edwards 🙂

P.S. In our kitchen, a stainless steel frying pan is completely essential! Get your own:

Paderno World Cuisine 11014-24 Frying Pan, Stainless Steel Paderno World Cuisine 11014-24 Frying Pan, Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel Frying Pan with Triple Bottom and Welded Handle Frying Pan The stainless steel frying pan with its welded, stainless steel handle, is used most commonly for searing and flambTing any dish. It is induction compatible. Dia 9 1/2” x H 2”

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Author: Kimberly Turner

Kimberly Turner is the web-chef behind CookingWithKimberly.com. Food writer, food consultant and general lover of the delicious treats on our planet, Kimberly brings you hearty content, delicious offerings, fun antics, and some down-home cooked love with her mom making cameos. Internet entrepreneur and marketer, International model, and Editor-in-Chief of a number of online publications. Be a Champion in Your Kitchen & Eat Deliciously!

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