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Old 03-15-2006, 01:46 PM   #1
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Paper or Plastic?

I saw the thread on wine glasses so I thought I'd throw this one out there:

What do you use for the kitchen plates, paper or plastic or something else? How about glassware? Plastic, glass or other? We need to set up the kitchen and were just curious what people preferred.
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Old 03-15-2006, 01:57 PM   #2
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here is a thread with some info you may find useful.....

http://www.airforums.com/forum...chen-5410.html

how are ya liking that safari?.....it is a good looking trailer.

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Old 03-15-2006, 02:06 PM   #3
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plastic or paper

Paper plates are fine for sandwiches, but real plates are preferable for breakfast and dinner. And, of course, you have to have the pokers for roasted marshmallows!

I use the anti-slide weaved stuff that you put in cabinets between the plates to keep them from breaking during travel. It has worked well so far.
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Old 03-15-2006, 02:14 PM   #4
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Smile Paper is good, corelle is good, and when boondocking...

We like to get back to nature--5 second rule, who needs a 5 second rule?
Seriously, whatever works for the person washing the dishes.
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They make reusable plates?
I have a thrifty aunt who wipes her paper plates clean then nukes them in the microwave. A penny saved......
Personally I toss all used goblets in the fireplace as might be expected from we millionaire Airstreamers.
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I'm a bit of a green freak & don't like wasting paper, so I use plastic. I have a nice collection of "Teletubby" dishes I've collected here and there and used to use in my old Volkswagen Westfalia. I think they'll do quite nicely in my Airstream and will look really nice with my pink flamingo ornaments.

What I'd like to do is be able to use ceramic dishes and the ones that would be ideal, in my mind, would be Fiestware!
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Old 03-15-2006, 03:48 PM   #7
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They make reusable plates?
I have a thrifty aunt who wipes her paper plates clean then nukes them in the microwave. A penny saved......
Grandma used to wash the saran cling wrap and dry it out for reuse--talk about the original recyclers--these folks who lived through the Depression really know/knew how to stretch a penny. Good for your aunt! Makes me miss grandma hearing that story.
Like grandma, I'll bet she has squirreled away a lot of $ that way. You know some people think its nuts to be thrifty, our motto is nuts are food but then we're really down to earth you know
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We take along both paper and plastic plates, and plastic and Aluminum tumblers. Some things are okay for the throw away while some are better to use a good solid plate and tumbler.
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Grandma used to wash the saran cling wrap and dry it out for reuse--talk about the original recyclers--these folks who lived through the Depression really know/knew how to stretch a penny. Good for your aunt! Makes me miss grandma hearing that story.
Like grandma, I'll bet she has squirreled away a lot of $ that way. You know some people think its nuts to be thrifty, our motto is nuts are food but then we're really down to earth you know
I'm a baby boomer and my friends and I used to swap "mom grew up during the depression" stories. They'd start like this: "My mom's cheaper than your mom because...
  1. she reuses aluminum foil, saran wrap, wax paper, grocery bags, margarine tubs
  2. mine is too cheap to buy margarine in tubs, she get's the five lb. bulk stuff that you have to put food coloring in yourself.
  3. mine has put a black ring around the tub in crayon. You can't fill the tub higher than the ring (and it's two inches from the bottom) I have to stand on my head to wash my hair.
  4. my mother collects rubber bands. I don't have a baseball, but I have a "band ball"
  5. my mother collects string. I can't bring a kite in the house or it never flies again... She has a ball of string as big as a beach ball and I don't know what she ever intends to do with it.
  6. Well (comes the award winning response) My mother crochets the string into dishcloths while watching TV at night!
And my personal favorite, "My mother can squeeze a nickel until the buffalo sh**s in her hand."

The first time I heard that expression I immediately made two long distance calls to share it with my siblings. We had a "Depends Moment" together over that one.

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We use some paper, but mostly use these blue enamal plates.
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Old 03-15-2006, 05:26 PM   #11
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how are ya liking that safari?.....it is a good looking trailer.

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Thanks, we kinda like the Safari package. Actually, haven't used it yet, but we'll be towing her home next week!

First trip will be the GA Spring Fling Rally in April. Looking forward to it!

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Old 03-15-2006, 05:27 PM   #12
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When we bought our 1971 Safari we found some old Melmac dishes, cups, glasses and serving dishes. They were gaudy orange and green colors that were fashionable at the time. We use them all the time, they never break and are a breeze to wash up. Maybe you could find some old Melmac at some local flea markets. Don't drink wine so we never found any Melmac wine glasses.

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Old 03-15-2006, 06:31 PM   #13
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We use paper when water is limited or we want to minimize clean-up. Otherwise we use stonewear. I's heavy but we don't need to carry a lot of dishes. Stoneware has the advantage of going directly into the oven for plate warming and really keeps a meal hot. we have never broken or chipped a dish yet. We used Corelle when the kids were young and in the pop-ups.
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Steph and Paula,
Your stories really brought back some great memories. I was raised by my grandparents who lived through the depression. My grandmother would use wax paper to wrap my grandfather's lunch every day. He would bring it home and use it the next day by putting it in his boots to make them slide on easier. (I knew this because it was my job to remove those boots every night, and place them by his chair. He paid me a nickle a day.) I would then give the wax paper to my grandmother who would use it to light the kindling in the wood cook stove every day at 5:00 AM.


In answer to the question, we use mostly paper, unless it's a formal camping affair, when my wife breaks out the plastic flamingo dinnerware.
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