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Old 10-24-2012, 10:19 PM   #1
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Advice from the cooks out there1

My husband and I just ordered our new 19' trailer - we are sooooo excited! But now for all the decisions.
I LOVE to cook - and am looking forward to having a dry - clean - warm - non windy place to cook. My questions are:
Do you use/need your oven if you have one? Is the 5 cu ft fridge enough space to store all your food. I know we will carry an ice chest with bulky drinks in our TV - but it is hard for me to judge space in the fridge itself.

Another thought we have had is does anyone have a convection oven/microwave that fits in the microwave space? That way we could cook small casseroles in the convection oven.

Anyway - looking forward to meeting other Escapees next summer - we are registered for the Oregon gathering - and also hope to be able to make the Escape get away in June!

Thanks for the comments.....
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Old 10-24-2012, 10:41 PM   #2
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Re: Advice from the cooks out there1

Welcome, and congrats on your new trailer.

We love cooking and good eating too, but we have adapted our cooking to a Coleman 2 burner stove, and a Dickinson BBQ, or have used the stove inside if weather is really bad, and we eat great meals. We do not miss an oven of any kind at all. There is so many great things to cook and eat with just these appliances. At home we often have leftovers to be heated, but when in the trailer, we pretty much cook what we need as we go. Much healthier, and less prone to overeating this way too (gotta watch the diet as I age ).

At first we thought the 5 cf fridge would not be big enough, as our dog is raw feed and has a few pounds of meat in there for himself, but it has proven to be plenty big. We can easily bring up to a weeks food with us, but when travelling like to find fresh stuff every couple days wherever we are.

The space the microwave would take up is what we use as a pantry, which stores almost all of our dry and canned goods.

Anyway, you will definitely be getting a bunch of other opinions from others. What you will find is that there is really no one right way to do things, and you have to decide what is most important for the way you will want to travel and live in your trailer.

I won't be making it to the Oregon rally, but will be at Osoyoos, and hope to see you guys there.
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Old 10-24-2012, 11:23 PM   #3
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Re: Advice from the cooks out there1

We don't miss our oven either, and cook essentially every night on a Napoleon BBQ, for up to a month at a time. The food we cook is simple, but wonderful, especially when on the coast! We love oysters on the grill, but have yet to convince the kids that they taste better than they look! We also feed our dog a raw meat diet, and his food is stored in a cooler. We don't feel the need for a microwave either, but really appreciate having that space for food storage. My wife and I agree that some of best times on road trips is preparing and enjoying our meals!
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Old 10-24-2012, 11:48 PM   #4
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Re: Advice from the cooks out there1

Me too.

No oven, no microwave. Got the three burner stove in the trailer and mostly use it to heat water for coffee in the morning.

Everything is done on the Weber Q and one ( or two ) butane, one burner stoves, outside.

I do have the folding Coleman oven, but only used it once to warm pulled pork.

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Old 10-24-2012, 11:50 PM   #5
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Exactly, we are camping, so cook outside, not inside the camper like at home, enjoy the surroundings, use a tiny stove and improvise!!!!!
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Old 10-25-2012, 12:08 AM   #6
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Re: Advice from the cooks out there1

The 5 cubic refrigerator is plenty for us. We use a small cooler with ice packs when travelling to the destination.

We had an interest in an oven but were not going to get it because of the weight and the fact that we probably would not use it that much. I am glad that we do not have one since I like that storage space.

We bake some food in the home oven to take with us. Then we use the microwave in the trailer. We also have a two-burner Coleman that folds like two pancakes together. That can be used outside as well as a metal "oven" that quite a few people use to make impressive creations.

It depends on what you normally do and whether you think you want to live differently with the trailer. Some never use a microwave at home and don't want one for the trailer either. Some use their oven so much that they cannot be without it. I can say that there is no problem having all kinds of food without an oven. If we were full-timing, we would want one but we are not.
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Old 10-25-2012, 12:17 AM   #7
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Re: Advice from the cooks out there1

As for casseroles, make those at home and freeze them. You could probably get six small ones in the freezer ( and because they are frozen they'll help keep the fridge cold ).
These can be re-heated on the BBQ ( on low ), sitting on an overturned cast-iron fry-pan, or whatever else you have handy ( rocks? ) to raise the dish a bit off the grill.

Get Steven Raichlen's "How to Grill" or Barbeque Bible and you'll never run out of good food ideas. ( Workman Publishing, ISBN 0-7611-2014-9 paper or ISBN 0-7611-2482-9 ). Weber also puts out a How to Grill BBQ book.

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Old 10-25-2012, 07:28 AM   #8
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Hi: greenbeen...Try a one pot supper. Start the boil with enough small redskin potatoes for two. When they're half done add a handful of baby carrots or greenbeans, and a couple Johnsonville Brats on top. When the taters are cooked so is everything else. We don't use the Micro much any more and the BBQ in good weather... often. Alf
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Old 10-25-2012, 10:22 AM   #9
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Re: Advice from the cooks out there1

Hi and contragulations. Aparantly we are in the minority but we love having the oven in our trailer, We don't have a microwaveand don't miss it. we have the I believe it is 6.2 or 6.7 fridge and it is huge. We just keep a cooler in the truck for drinks. I personaly think it all depends on what kind of camping you are doing and what kind of cooking/eating you like.
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Old 10-25-2012, 11:01 AM   #10
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Re: Advice from the cooks out there1

Thanks for all the quick responses! I'm leaning towards no oven - but my husband thinks he would miss chocolate chip cookies.... We could always warm them up in the microwave! I'm intrigued by all the BBQ responses. We rarely BBQ - think I'll check out the book recommended. Thanks again...
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