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Old 01-05-2019, 03:27 PM   #1555
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IB & Alex - Brilliant solution... I was just thinking about this yesterday. I love the "spritzer" controlled and limited spray performance from those little bottles.. they're great !!
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Old 01-05-2019, 03:59 PM   #1556
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INTERBLOG - IMHO there is no such thing as a leakproof spray bottle ....
Call me a sucker for punishment, but I ordered this product to try it out. Do you believe what is written on Amazon? I probably believe that stuff just a bit more than I believe the mainstream news media, but that's not saying much. Only 11 reviews on the product, but all 11 are "verified purchasers" giving 5 stars. When does that happen?

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Old 01-07-2019, 08:05 AM   #1557
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Yet another small-space issue resolution.

I use kebab skewers A LOT while camping, especially in remote areas where only the most basic types of groceries are sold. Sometimes generic cuts of meat and whole raw vegetables are the only fresh foods available (other than apples and oranges).

Bamboo skewers are out of the question - they splinter, and then you might swallow the splinters, which cannot be good for your health. IMO, bamboo is overrated. The only reason it's used in some products is that it is perceived as 'green'. It's good for floors, but I'm not sure what else.

I had been carrying a couple of stainless skewers, but they present a storage hazard - they have the capacity to be lethal weapons. Good ones are too long to fit in our Interstate's galley drawers. I bought some short ones, but they are too thin to grip the food well. Surface area is too small.

I'm delighted with this $18 product, the BearMoo extra-long skewers, which come with their own storage bag. I split the lot of them in half, retaining 5 in our stick-and-brick house for BBQ use here, and 5 for the van.

I plan to attach their canvas holding bag under the galley counter as shown in this photo below - this area represents yet another inconvenient space impingement by a gas line, this one being for the stove, but I can rest the edge of the case on the hardware clamp as shown, and then attach the other end to the side of the cabinet using hook and loop or a clamp or a couple of screws through the side seams. Other long, skinny items can be inserted into this same pouch, as there is extra room in it. The pouch has a hook-and-loop closure on the end that faces outward.



Kebabs using the old short skewers, camp fire pic taken last summer. I enclosed them in the grilling basket on that day because they kept losing pieces from the too-thin skewers.

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Old 01-08-2019, 09:20 AM   #1558
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I am loving this stainless steel, 6 cup teakettle I bought last year.

Perfectly proportional for the Interstate, blends in nicely, and weighs next to nothing.

I wrap it in a dish towel to carry in the lower galley cabinet, where it rides very nicely atop and amongst the other kitchen things in there.

I wanted a proper teakettle out here, for tea or an instant mocha, etc...there is just something about a proper kettle, along with a lovely mug of choice, for hot beverages.

Itís just so civilized.

My mother would have a proper teapot, as well, never a bag with the string dangling down the side , also would use pretty cups & saucers, and serve on an equally pretty tray...whether doing tea for two, or tea for six.

But, this is an Interstate, not my mothers dining room.

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Old 01-08-2019, 09:25 AM   #1559
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Ditto on a small teakettle being so useful. Sad to say that Revereware got bought out I guess, and discontinued their 6-cup model.



What? !!!

After decades of using one . . . small . . . compact . . . great balance and just the right whistle IMO.

Grrrr . . . guess we will have to resurrect the old one with SOS and lots of elbow grease!

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Old 01-08-2019, 09:27 AM   #1560
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This is not Revere Ware, which I would love, but a sturdy stainless with a classic shape I like.

It doesnít whistle, either.

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Old 01-08-2019, 09:56 AM   #1561
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Loving the teapot also and we also always have one on the stove. Ours travels in a dish towel also however it is my hope to sew or knit a nice teapot cozy for travel someday in the future.
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Old 01-08-2019, 10:58 AM   #1562
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Doug’s mother sewed up two sides of a small pile of dish towels for me some years back, which make great little sacks to carry pots and coffee pots and things...keeps them safe, and reduces noise when driving.

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Old 01-08-2019, 12:37 PM   #1563
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On that front, I get a zero for style, but a ten for substance. After three failed teapots (one ill-fitting, one defective, and the other re-purposed in my stick house), I just gave up, and now I boil water in a 25-year-old MSR backpacking pot. And then I brew the tea in a GSR Fair Share mug. No civility whatsoever.

Ah, but my tea is one of the finest gyokuro grades from Kyoto Prefecture. There's hardly a better tea in the world. Eat your heart out, Ray Kurzweil.
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Old 01-08-2019, 10:38 PM   #1564
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I am loving this stainless steel, 6 cup teakettle I bought last year.

Perfectly proportional for the Interstate, blends in nicely, and weighs next to nothing.

I wrap it in a dish towel to carry in the lower galley cabinet, where it rides very nicely atop and amongst the other kitchen things in there.

I wanted a proper teakettle out here, for tea or an instant mocha, etc...there is just something about a proper kettle, along with a lovely mug of choice, for hot beverages.

It’s just so civilized.

My mother would have a proper teapot, as well, never a bag with the string dangling down the side , also would use pretty cups & saucers, and serve on an equally pretty tray...whether doing tea for two, or tea for six.

But, this is an Interstate, not my mothers dining room.

Maggie
MAGGIE - I don't drink the tea anywhere, even at home, except in Chinese restaurants. Don't know why that is, just is But I love these tea-kettle thingys in any shape or & size, and of course the stainless thing just put the icing. Even if I never use it, I like to look at it in our stick house. Stainless does it for me.
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Old 01-09-2019, 03:41 AM   #1565
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Just noticed this Cuisinart 2-Qt model on Amazon for $17.95:

https://www.amazon.com/Cuisinart-CTK...CYZ34VAH7HXRBV

Looks like it might be a good substitute for the discontinued Revere Ware 6-cup? Will never buy a tea kettle without a whistle IMO. Maybe inside an Interstate the absence of a whistle is tolerable, but at home it is too easy to be distracted by other tasks, while water is coming to the boil . . . risk of fire . . . don't ask!



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Thanks for bringing this up, Maggie. I left my 2.5 quart Revere kettle in the van when put in storage and have been boiling water on the stove in a saucepan. Can't go wrong at this price and the handle folds! https://www.target.com/p/primula-ste...l/-/A-53620029
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Old 01-12-2019, 06:46 PM   #1567
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The cabinetry gaps on either side of the T1N Interstate's microwave can accept 14 inch organizer boxes - or, at least one of them can (the other may be shortened a bit by the position of the electrical outlet and the plug sticking out).

You don't want anything placed in those slots to get all Slidey McSlideface on you when the van is underway, so you'd be wise to install little hardware stoppers to keep the boxes from ending up on the floor (stoppers can be added to the existing microwave hold-down brackets). How many times have I handed my husband a cardboard shape and said, "Here, make this for me, please"?

I don't drink coffee but I'm a tea snob, hence all those unbleached roll-your-own un-stuffed teabags in two formats (stringed and un-stringed). The rest of this stuff was previously kicking around in various unorganized galley locations.

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INTERBLOG - why would there be exterior cabinetry gaps in an AI ? I have lots gaps exist inside & behind the cabinetry walls, interior. But I got no gaps between appliances and cabinets. And since I have no gaps between micro & cabinet, I just use the inside of micro as storage.
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