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Wednesday Jun 20th, 2006 04:37 AM

a bus tub is a plastic container with no lid, like a bus boy would carry to put dishes in when he clears a table.

mclaurie Jun 20th, 2006 04:39 AM

Thanks Wednesday. :)>-

schmerl Jun 20th, 2006 04:46 AM

Years ago my mother was softening brown sugar in the oven at a low temp. She forgot about it and it caught fire. There was no melted plastic mess, but the fire ruined the insulation in the oven and we had to get a new one.
GET A WHOLE NEW OVEN. Don't mess around with it.

cfntmpn Jun 20th, 2006 05:09 AM

Yes, a plastic bustub is what you use in a restaurant to bus a table.

My husband and I own a restaurant - it is located approximately 100 feet from our house. Often we "grocery shop" at the restaurant - (bring food from the restaurant to our house to cook - in this case it was 2 nice, juicy 22oz bone-in ribeyes and 2 salads).

Hubby had spinal cord surgery last August. The surgery was rather extensive and involved operating on the nerves that surround the spinal cord. Well, the nerves do not like to be operated on and we were advised prior to the surgery that due to this fact there might be some loss of movement/strength is hubby's left arm/hand.

Sure enough, the strength in hubby's left hand/arm is slowly returning, so it takes a little more effort to carry things. Thus - the bustub.

He carried 2 steaks and 2 prepared salads in a bustub to the house.

Have you ever had a bustub in your kitchen? It is rather large! Of course my first thought when I put it in the oven was "I have to remember to return this to the restaurant tomorrow so I don't start it on fire the next time I turn on the oven."

So there you go....I have to wait till 10am to call Sears....

kswl Jun 20th, 2006 05:19 AM

CTNTMPN, please do not consider using your oven! Unless you are able to get every last tiny bit of plastic off the oven, you will be risking your health.

Burning plastic releases all kinds of toxins into the air, including dioxin, which can be deadly. I wouldn't take the chance that the stove could be completely cleaned of the plastic and would not sell the stove secondhand or as junk without some written assurance that it would not be sold as a working stove.

Wednesday Jun 20th, 2006 05:40 AM

you are welcome mclaurie !

I forgot to mention my own baking mishap like this...when I was a kid, I loved to bake cakes and whatnot and once took a hot cake pan out of the oven and put it on top of a plastic cake cover, whoopsie, melted right to it...

mms Jun 20th, 2006 06:08 AM

So glad that at least it was limited to the oven! Fires can spread so fast.

LoveItaly--LOL...I have a similar story. Was getting ready to go to a luncheon, had rolls in the oven and butter melting on the stove. Forgot about the butter and went to the back of the house to get dressed. I heard the smoke detector go off, but thought it was for the rolls, so didnt race out. Well, our son was about 3 and he came running into my bedroom, where I was in the middle of getting dressed. I had my nylons only about halfway up when he said "get out of the house! there is a fire!". So I run (sort of...nylons halfway up!) out and find black smoke billowing out of the kitchen and flames from the stove up to all the cabinets/ceiling. I was able to grab the handle of the pot and take the flaming butter outside to the patio (it was dumping rain). Thankfully everything was only charred, but did not catch fire. By that time a neighbor came over (also going to the luncheon with me) I was in a skirt, nylons halfway down and soaking wet. Not a pretty sight. I did manage to get myself pulled together, and got the rolls, and went to the luncheon looking pretty good but with frazzled nerves. We were in base housing, and everyone joked that it was the best thing to happen to one of those kitchens.

Suerich68 Jun 20th, 2006 06:19 AM

Call an appliance repair service.

mclaurie Jun 20th, 2006 07:18 AM

mms :-d So glad it wasn't more tragic though.

There was the time I was in college, home on vacation. Had a college friend coming for a visit. Went to the train station to pick him up, got back to the house to find 3 fire trucks in front of the house and a burnt pot on the driveway. No sign of my Mother. She was making veal cutlets and had a grease fire in the kitchen. (She was inside opening windows.) She threw the pot out the front door. #-O

LoveItaly Jun 20th, 2006 09:07 AM

MMS and Mclaurie, LOL. The things we remember thanks to a Fodorite's question. There is probably not a cook that hasn't caused a fire, or an almost fire!!

About those nylons around your legs MMS, not your most elegant presentation, eh?

LeDoutre Jun 20th, 2006 09:34 AM

Don't feel bad; it could have been so much worse.
A surgeone friend of ours got called out on an emergency and while she was away, her teen-age daughter decided to make some deep fried spring rolls, meaning a pan full of hot oil. Mid way, her best friend called and she wandered out of the kitchen for one of those long teen-age chats...until she smelled smoke, ran back and saw the entire kitchen going up in flames. Her friend called 911 for her and the daughter managed to get all the pets out, but the kitchen was a total loss. On the bright side, after a lot of stress, they got the kitchen they'd always wanted.

I suggest you bring in the pros and take their advice, even if it means getting a new oven.

FainaAgain Jun 20th, 2006 10:26 AM

Oh, you really mean the oven...
the baking oven!

When there is a fire in your oven... NO, I don't want to get banned ;)

mms Jun 20th, 2006 11:39 AM

LoveItaly--LOL! Definitely not one of my finer moments:D

rb_travelerxATyahoo Jun 20th, 2006 11:46 AM

What a GREAT short story! Maybe there's a writer's forum you could post this too.

I don't want to disappoint those who would call me a hall monitor, so here's my take.

I too am <b>traveling</b> tomorrow and have done MANY things today too. Does anyone really want to read about them? And I started my day with <b>Columbian</b> coffee and a <b>Danish</b>, but I'm sure no one really wants me to continue. Heck, even I don't.

FainaAgain Jun 20th, 2006 11:51 AM

RB, so you don't feel left out, there is a &quot;useless information&quot; thread. I'll top it for you.

JAGIRL Jun 20th, 2006 06:00 PM

O.K. so...let's make rb happy, shall we, Faina? cfntmpn is gone to NJ so let's &quot;threadsit&quot; till her return, shall we? :-)
Travel related question:
<font color="blue">When there is a fire in your oven, the best thing to do is to go on a 4 day mini break and leave DH to clean up the mess. Where is the best place to go on such a mini break?

LoveItaly Jun 20th, 2006 06:09 PM

A lovely beachfront resort would be my choice after the trauma of having the oven catch on fire JAGIRL.

Which, btw, did anyone read about the dear little pup that burned down the kitchen. True story. The owners had left a box of donuts on top of the range. The owners left the house. The dear doggy decided he needed to eat some donuts. He jumped up to get a donut and in doing so accidently turned on the burner to the range. The box of donuts were sitting on the burner.

The result was $75,000.00 fire damage to the kitchen. Little pup managed to escape without injuries.

Guess the lady of the house will have a new beautiful kitchen, lol. A true story!!

And a lesson..never leave anything sitting on top of your stove range. Bad idea!!!

kodi Jun 20th, 2006 07:07 PM

Ok, I'll be the first to admit there must be something wrong with me... and I have a morbid sense of humour.
I've been reading this post and can hardly read it, because of the tears running down my face......from laughing so hard.

My story won't qualify because it didn't cause a fire... but it does make me laugh now. I was cooking a turkey, and when it was done, I opened the oven door, slid the rack out and prepared to remove the turkey from the pan right there. I got the turkey about a foot above the pan, dropped it, and it went crashing down, hit the edge of the pan, the pan flipped up in the air, the turkey went flying and the grease from the flying turkey and the flying pan, splattered grease ALL over my kitchen in every direction. The open door of the oven was also filled with grease.
Oh what a mess... but I did get all the grease cleaned up.
But it did mean replacing the carpet out in the hallway... Yes the grease flew that far.

I'm glad I now know what a plastic bus tub is.

LoveItaly Jun 20th, 2006 07:23 PM

LOL Kodi, I had an aunt who was a fantastic cook. She pulled the turkey out of the the oven and left the turkey in the roasting pan on the opened door of the oven.

She went into her pantry (old fashion house in Oakland CA that had a pantry) to tend to something. She walked back into the kitchen to find their dog chewing away on the turkey.

Fortunatly it was not a Thanksgiving dinner but it was a birthday dinner for my uncle. He was not one happy birthday boy, lol!

Betsy Jun 20th, 2006 09:52 PM

OK, I have a story. I'm originally from VA, where Smithfield ham is a cherished and delicious tradition. After a trip to VA, we toted a ham back to home to CA with us and although I had prepared a Smithfield ham before, I decided to use a new recipe that I saw in one of the major culinary magazines. A bottle of white wine was poured over the ham, which was then baked in the oven a covered roaster. About an hour after it had been placed in the oven, I heard a loud explosion and dashed into the kitchen to find that the oven door had blown open, the ham, roaster and wine were on the floor and the (electric) oven was in flames.

Although no lasting harm was done to anyone in the family, the oven or the ham (I washed it off and continued cooking it the traditional way), I was understandably terrified at the time. I wrote the magazine and an editor phoned me to suggest that there may have been a spark in the oven which ignited the wine. A spark in an electric oven? I suspect she was more concerned about liability issues than my safety! All's well that ends well.

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