Post # 1
Ok, here’s the deal. I’m making a pot roast in a dutch oven, which requires me to leave it in the oven on low (200) for 4-6 hours. I usually make it in the crock pot and have no qualms about leaving that thing unattended. But this is an oven. But I hate being confined to my apartment all afternoon! I’m too scared to leave it alone but am wondering if I’m being overly cautious. What do you all normally do?
Post # 3
The only thing I’ve ever left on for cooking while I’m not home is the crock pot. I’m too paranoid to run anything, even the dishwasher, when I’m not home. I’ll be interested to see what everyone else says, though.
Post # 4
If it’s to run to the corner store I might, but if I’m gone for longer than a few minutes then probably not. I get too scared about those types of things.
Post # 5
I am paranoid and would be too scared to do this!! My mother does it sometimes (not sure if it’s for that long), and everything has been fine (though her food is generally dried out and over cooked, but that’s just her recipe probably!)
Post # 7
Not on purpose! Although I did totally leave the oven on and the kitchen window open the other afternoon when it was 105 degrees out. For a few hours. Whoops!
Post # 8
- Wedding: August 2011 - St. Joseph's Parish, Seattle Tennis Club
Um, no, I generally don’t. Although if I need to leave the apartment to go pick up a package at the front desk, or run across the street to the dry cleaner’s, I will. But the entire time I am out, I am panicked that our apartment is burning down, so I run back as fast as possible 🙂
Post # 9
Not for 4 hours but I do leave stuff in the oven and run to the grocers to pick up bananas or oranges at the corner store. I keep hoping that no accident befalls me when I’m out though but like you, if I need to do something, I wouldn’t confine myself for 4-6hours in the house. Mine are small errands granted. Pot roast, yum!
Post # 10
I don’t leave when the oven is on, but I do leave the dryer running, crock pot on, or dishwasher running pretty regularly. I realize they all produce heat, and it makes NO sense whatsoever to leave the dryer running but not want to leave the oven on. I guess, at least with my overwhelming lack of cooking ability, that I’m more likely to set fire to the oven than to the dryer.
Post # 11
No. I don’t even leave the crock pot on when we’re not home!
Post # 12
@Mrs. Candy Apple:
Ha! didn’t even think of that. I’m surprised it hadn’t come up before now.
Post # 13
No! Don’t take any chances.
Post # 15
I would. Maybe not for the entire 4 hours, but I’d probably run out to the store for a half hour or so. Are you afraid of the pot roast catching fire and burning your house down? I can’t imagine you’d have to worry about that, especially at 200 degrees.
Anything’s possible I guess. I just never considered it.
Post # 16
Oh heck no! but this is coming from someone who won’t even leave a crock pot on while shes gone 😉 I also always freak out, did I unplug the straightener? …I don’t think I did…maybe I did…I hope I did…