The Travelin Man
This may be slightly off-topic, but it seems germane to the conversation here. Last week, I left the house with the oven on by accident. My roommate called me and gave me a solid chewing (which I rightfully deserved). It was a mistake….just forgot to turn the oven off. Ever since I was a kid, I remember my mom driving home in a panic from 10+ miles away for fear that she left the oven on — which, of course, was never the case.
Now I am reading that people are putting roasts in the oven until they get home from church, or hoping that something will be done when they get home from work, etc. Is leaving the oven while no one is home safe — or, am I making the incorrect assumption that no one is home? Could I burn the entire house down if I left a roast in the oven at 225 for the eight hours that I was not home, or is that just an old wives tale? I don’t suppose that I have ever known anyone to burn their house down from leaving the oven on.
I would like to make a roast as described, but lack the ability to be home for 8-10 hours at a stretch awake. I have a roommate, but he and I live completely separate lives — he’s just a rent check — so, we don’t rely on one another for cooking chores, either.