Normally we don't have Nor'easters in November that dump a foot of heavy, wet snow on us -- though I do remember one way back in the 70's when I was little. We usually we have decent weather -- maybe chilly or a light dusting but not like we had yesterday.
However, it's not so lovely when you have a sink and counter full of dishes from the night before when the power went out -- that can be a little frustrating. Especially on a holiday. With a big meal to prepare. We got through it and I even learned something new.
Yesterday I learned that when melting snow to wash the dishes there's a right way and a WRONG way to do it. Who woulda thought that?
The right way to melt snow is to punch a hole in the snow through to the bottom of the pan and let the steam that is forming at the bottom out or the snow will steam away. The snow on top of the melting snow at the bottom causes a Vapor Barrier to form and in the end you'll cook (melt) the bottom of the pan and have no water. Thankfully my husband knows these things and saved me from a melted pan.