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Old 10-25-2012, 11:50 AM   #11
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Re: Advice from the cooks out there1

So far my favorite has been fresh hot apple crisp with ice cream on top. My wife definatly knows the way to my heart!! We have had home made pizza's, nachos, and some other things I am sure I am forgeting.
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Old 10-25-2012, 11:59 AM   #12
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Re: Advice from the cooks out there1

You don't say where you live (maybe you could add that to your profile), but most days we have used our trailer, I would not want the heat from a built-in oven going. We had one in our previous trailer for 12 years, and used it twice.

I have baked stuff like cake, pies and squares in the BBQ. I usually put a griddle underneath to deflect some of the direct heat.

Remember with a microwave, you will be bound to using 120V AC power, and would not be able to use it off grid without a generator.

There are lots of good solutions out there to fit all the different needs of individual campers. If someone I camped with offered me fresh out of the oven apple crisp a la mode, I would never turn it down. ;
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Old 10-25-2012, 12:14 PM   #13
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Re: Advice from the cooks out there1

When I didn't see my wife for a little bit and I looked in the trailer to see her preparing apple crisp I have to admit I thought I had died and gone to heaven. I must admit that I think having a ovengoing in the trailer would be a poor idea when it is realy hot out. But then again I do like to eat and if the chef wishes to use the oven to cook for me then so be it.
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Old 10-25-2012, 12:36 PM   #14
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Re: Advice from the cooks out there1

For us weather isn't usually a concern. We do a lot of camping in mild temperatures, so the heat in the trailer wouldn't be a concern. For us, the big tradeoff is in storage space.

We almost never camp with power, so the microwave is a non-contender. That frees up some space, either for a larger fridge or for more food storage. The oven has the advantage that it's propane-powered, so doesn't require power. So the options we are considering are oven vs no oven, and regular fridge vs large fridge. Those two choices give us four different options that trade off different flexibilities for storage space.

Not sure where we're going to land, yet. I like the idea of occasionally being able to bake a treat like cookies or apple crisp. And we like to eat out occasionally, so being able to warm up left-overs is a good thing (possible but not straight forward on a bbq). But I'm not sure I want to give up fridge space or cupboard space for these few uses.

Like everything else, you have tradeoffs. We'll all use the different options for different things, and value them differently, so there's no one right solution.
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Old 10-25-2012, 12:37 PM   #15
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Re: Advice from the cooks out there1

There surely is no real substitute for fresh from the oven "apple crisp with ice cream "..... but one can get by with a simple fry pan for things like rolled up crepes filled with thinly sliced apples topped with vanilla sauce or whipped cream - taste similar to strudel - or filled with blueberries and whipped cream cheese topped with whipped cream .... or filed with whipped cream cheese topped plum or rhubarb compote !
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Old 10-25-2012, 01:00 PM   #16
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Re: Advice from the cooks out there1

I've saved a recipe from Cooks Illustrated for stove top apple crisp. Sounds great - still need to try it out. We live in Bellingham WA, so hot weather will only be a concern when we are travelling south or east. I think another trip up to Escape is in order, to think through storage, food, etc...
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Old 10-25-2012, 02:40 PM   #17
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Re: Advice from the cooks out there1

We have the large fridge and Oven so we don't have storage over the fridge and the oven also takes away storage space, I was initialy concerned with a lack of storage space but with shelves in the wardrobe so its a pantry not a wardrobe now we find we have lots of storage space but then agian everyone seems to have a different amount of stuff with them.
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Old 10-25-2012, 03:57 PM   #18
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Re: Advice from the cooks out there1

We did it all....
My wife is a COOK. She cooks to please herself and her guests. So we went oven and microwave. We ALSO went with a 1500w inverter plus solar and dual 6volts so we could use the micro off the grid. In fact we plan to run the micro full time through the inverter ( remember it is only 700 watts).

Comfort over storage - I think the items we often bring rarely get used. Give me storage and I will fill it with toys..
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Old 10-25-2012, 09:57 PM   #19
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Re: Advice from the cooks out there1

Fresh chocolate chip cookies out of the oven are a wonderful treat after a day of playing in the wilderness. Our kids seem to keep having fundraisers with pre-made cookie dough lumps. They store good in the freezer and then cook up great in the oven.

We purchased some plastic drawer/containers that fit under the sink area that work well for the utensils and other stuff that would normally go in the drawers under the stove. This allowed us to keep the closet for hanging items.

For years we used a utility trailer that the kids could sleep in, but we had to set up the stove and tent whenever we made camp. That makes me greatly appreciate being able to pull into a campground and be fully set up just by disconnecting and putting the jacks down. On cold fall and winter days, the oven heat is nice, and on hot summer days we spend our time outside so who cares if the trailer gets a little hot now and then.
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Old 10-25-2012, 11:21 PM   #20
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We ordered a 19ft in 2010 and wanted a stove and oven. After talking to Reace we said he would do the oven for us. Our trailer was the second one off the line with a oven and the second front box off the line and the first one with extra tail lights on each side of the rear window. My wife cooked corn bread the first night in Canada after taking delivery of the trailer in Nov 2010. She used the oven many times after that. The 5.0 fridge is large enough for all your food. Congrats on your purchase the 19ft is easy to pull and well balanced. Oh and latter in the year at the Escape Rally Tammy said they had 5 trailers on the line with ovens.
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