There can be a lot of unpleasant surprises when you show up at a vacation rental that you've only seen in photos on the internet. Some of them are little issues (the bedrooms aren't quite as big as advertised, and the neighbor's house is just a little closer than anticipated), but others can be harder to get over. For example, you arrive to a kitchen filled only with nonstick pans. Granted it's not the end of the world, but it might change your vacation menu planning just a bit. Here are some tips to help you keep your vacation from getting stuck.
1. Use the grill.
If there's a grill, we're going to bet you already have big plans to use it for many of your meals. It's just about the easiest way to ensure that you won't have to deal with those nonstick pans at all. Even better, make extra and you can eat the leftovers the next day for lunch in a variety of ways.
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2. Skip metal utensils.
If you are going to cook in the nonstick pans (and let's be honest — you'll probably have to), make sure you take good care of them so the next renters aren't faced with scratched-up pans. That means avoiding metal utensils that could scratch the pans, and also not using high heat or cooking spray.
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3. Make meals designed for the pans.
Believe it or not, there are plenty of recipes where a nonstick pan is not only simply passable, but also the preferred choice. When cooking eggs — everything from sunny-side up to French omelettes — nonstick will make your life quite a bit easier. Just avoid any recipes that require searing.
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4. Bring your own pans.
Depending on the length of your summer rental, it might be a good idea to add in a favorite, go-to pan from your home kitchen. Not only will you be sure that you can make your signature dish, but you'll also be a bit more at ease in the unfamiliar cooking space having a few supplies of your own.
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Have you showed up at a vacation rental kitchen only to find there were only nonstick cooking pans? What did you do?