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Old 11-08-2014, 06:03 AM   #337
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Maggie,
We still do not have a microwave at home!
We do have one on the sail boat and I keep thinking the space would be better served as a cabinet, as we only use it once every three years or so...
Dutch ovens rule when we are out in our Bambi.
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Old 11-08-2014, 06:29 AM   #338
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Hi Bruce!

You're back on the Forums, so sailing season must be over.

I have a small microwave at home, and like having it for reheating, have never been one to cook in it.

The microwave in the Interstate is something we could do without, and have always felt that way. It is used primarily for storage.


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Old 11-08-2014, 06:37 AM   #339
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Hi Maggie!
Yes, the boat is all put away, winterized and happy.
I am in the middle of shutting down our business and getting ready to lease the property (the real valueable asset) so it is a very different end of season for us.
Then we hope to do a little more Airstream living in our favorite small space!
Can't wait.
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Old 11-08-2014, 06:40 AM   #340
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Wow! Good for you!

It's a beautiful country out there.


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Old 11-08-2014, 06:48 AM   #341
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I bought two books about a year ago, that I am still perusing and pondering how to best utilize their recipes:

Meals in a Jar, by Julie Languille

The Prepper's Cookbook, by Tess Pennington


I will never be a survivalist or "prepper"......at least, not by design ..but like the idea of having some things put together and sealed up, to cook later with something fresh.

I had tried a few things, before this last winter trip, and gave some things to the grown kids to try.....like cookie mixes.

Plan to try more, now need to downsize recipes a bit, and can be less concerned about meat.

They are interesting, lots of great ideas.


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Old 11-08-2014, 08:19 AM   #342
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We use our AI science oven (microwave) to make oatmeal in the mornings. Plus the occasional microwave popcorn or heating up of cold coffee. Have never used it in convection mode. We cook our meals on the stove top.
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Old 11-08-2014, 08:32 AM   #343
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My wife makes me steel cut oatmeal most days.
She soaks the oats overnight and then "cooks" them for 20 to 30 minutes in the morning. After this I am sure I could never eat microwaved oatmeal again!!!
Alton Brown (Good Eats) did a show on cooking oatmeal where he first toasted the oats in butter first (how do you negate the health benefits of oatmeal?). Amazingly good…
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Old 11-08-2014, 08:37 AM   #344
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I read this article about microwave popcorn being one of the top ten cancer-causing foods, which swore me off the pre-bagged stuff.

I have started putting 1/4 cup of kernels in a brown paper lunch bag, and doing that. Toss with just a bit of butter and salt, and it is yummy. Less fat and calories than doing it stove-top, which I would never do in the Interstate, anyway.

Soaking steel cut oats and then cooking helps some with the digestive issues these can cause. My son cooks them in the crockpot overnight.


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I do believe there is something carcinogenic about microwave popcorn, which is why I NEVER eat microwave popcorn at home. And on our 4 month trip, we made it 2-3 times. I'm OK with those odds.

I make regular oatmeal, but I do make it in the science oven, even at home.
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There is just something so handy and tasty about the pre-bagged stuff.

Unpopped kernels in a paper lunch sack is only slightly less convenient, I have found. When popped, I pour it into a bowl and toss it with a slicone spoon that has a dab of real butter on it. The heat of the popcorn melts the butter and adheres it to the popcorn.......a bit of popcorn salt, and voila!


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For those of you who insist on instant oatmeal I found this from Alton Brown...
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I have to say......that looks disgusting.

Thanks for sharing.


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great travels sized meds, condiments, etc

I just received my resupply shipment today for the Airstream. We get most of our stuff from Minimus.biz - for all your travel size needs. Great single packs/travel sizes of meds, condiments, etc. Most of it is very reasonably priced. I spend a lot time on planes, so I found this site post 9-11 for travel needs. With limited space in the Interstate, I find lots of great items for there too. Here's a shot of some of the stuff that came today.
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Hmmmm, those would be handy.

Especially like the tiny condiments. Packaging is such a luxury.

I put things like yellow mustard, which I seldom use, into tiny salad dressing bottles, those made for packing in a lunch.

Will have to check that website out.


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