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Old 08-13-2010, 04:30 PM   #1
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Making My Kitchen List

Hi,
I am not sure if this is the correct forum for this but since kitchen was in the title....

We have an entire kitchen to outfit, which I know in A/S means not taking much. We have two kids and one of the reasons for getting the A/S was so we could avoid all the eating out. I am looking for suggestions on plates, cups, cutlery, pots/pans for our A/S. Also things you wouldn't want to leave home without.. ie, your favorite gadgets.

For the plates I am thinking of using this:

Coleman 12-piece Enamelware Plus Cutlery Set

Any ideas/suggestions/advice would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks!
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I have a set of Corelle Simple Lines dishes. They are in stock at my local WalMart (despite the website saying "Not Sold in Stores", they have them). They have open stock there as well. Several of us have the Corelle square dishes in this and other patterns.

The Corelle 16 piece set is less expensive than the Coleman 12 piece set, but no cutlery set.
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Hi, we bought a set of Corelle [Camellia] dishes [set for four] and I keep four pieces of each utensil, but there is only two of us. We only have a few pots & pans and usually only use the 8" frying pan for eggs. We precook most everything at home and reheat in the microwave oven. We also use paper plates. As for appliances, I have a coffee maker, and a toaster that we use almost daily. I have an electric hot plate that we haven't used yet and a small portable single burner stove that uses throw away cans. [used for cooking stinky stuff out side of our trailer] I use bottled water for coffee and cooking. My idea is to only have barely enough stuff in the kitchen to get by with.
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Old 08-13-2010, 04:51 PM   #4
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I have a set of Corelle Simple Lines dishes. They are in stock at my local WalMart (despite the website saying "Not Sold in Stores", they have them). They have open stock there as well. Several of us have the Corelle square dishes in this and other patterns.

The Corelle 16 piece set is less expensive than the Coleman 12 piece set, but no cutlery set.
Is square better than round space wise? how do they travel? do you have to use protective measures, like towels or bubble wrap? I am a total novice at this. Our first TT ever!!
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I have:

two aluminum pans (short and wide) with lids
a cast iron fry pan, medium, well seasoned
disposable aluminum trays, small and medium - if I'm dry or conserving water, I'll use these to cook in over gas, so there's no washing up.
the usual utensils and silverware
paper plates and bowls, plastic knives/forks
a light lexan mixing bowl
nonstick sheet pan
A camping handle, for heating/moving foods in the can - just remember to peel the label off first before putting the can on the gas! (got from Bass Pro Shops)

I like the corelle unbreakablewear, but I do have a couple of plastic plates I really like - hard, microwave safe, and they have the neat characteristic that they don't suck all the heat away from the food and keep it warm for a longer time (I guess they have a very low specific heat capacity)...
Wire wool scrubbies - they don't start to smell, and when they're used up they make an awesome party trick!
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see post #14 below, and then FOLLOW ALL da'links.

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I've found I can eat anything worthwhile out of a medium sized dog dish with a large tablespoon sharpened on the left edge. A boot knife works for a kitchen knife and a tin coffee cup works as a side bowl. I pack two skillets and one small sauce pan. Everything else can be done with disposable items.

One of the reasons I travel is so I can eat out. I love independents and regional mom & pop restaurants. I look for dirty pickup trucks in the parking lots. I love the south. The women are pretty and the food is good. Or is it the food is pretty and the women are good?
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Here are a few of Our Favorite Things!

A few of our favorite kitchen things:

Magnetic-base Spice Tins (see pic #1)...stick them to the side of the range hood and move to the stove top when traveling... Bed Bath & Beyond, World Market ~$1.50 ea

Fagor 15-piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set (see pic #2)...It's all we need. They nest, they are a good weight, there are 2 detachable handles, the frying pan is nonstick, the lids are also strainers, they each have plastic lids for storing food... Amazon.com, Camping World ~$75

Snapware (see pic #3)... Stack well to utilizes space in frig and cabinets very well, good seals, microwave safe ~$25 for a set of 32 pieces...Costco, order on line...

Farberware Stainless Coffee Percolator (see pic #4)... Makes great coffee... ~$20 Here's 1 source: FarberWare Farberware Classic Yosemite Stainless Steel Percolator - Reviews & Prices @ Yahoo! Shopping

We also carry a toaster, a 1-up electric waffle iron, a teapot (all stainless steel)...

We also have Corelle Simple Lines, and we have a couple of sets of plastic dishes as well...(we one set at a time...it depends on our décor for the trip)...but frankly, when we are dry camping or boon docking we use paper to cut down on dish washing and to conserve water...

Have fun with it!
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I've found I can eat anything worthwhile out of a medium sized dog dish with a large tablespoon sharpened on the left edge. A boot knife works for a kitchen knife and a tin coffee cup works as a side bowl. I pack two skillets and one small sauce pan. Everything else can be done with disposable items.

One of the reasons I travel is so I can eat out. I love independents and regional mom & pop restaurants. I look for dirty pickup trucks in the parking lots. I love the south. The women are pretty and the food is good. Or is it the food is pretty and the women are good?
A son with severe food allergies such as eggs, tree nuts, peanuts... with a slight milk allergy. Eating out for us is like the Spanish Inquisition for the waitress... thus we typically eat at places we already know.. sonic, slotzsky's, taco bueno... thus we get really tired of eating out!
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A few of our favorite kitchen things:

Magnetic-base Spice Tins (see pic #1)...stick them to the side of the range hood and move to the stove top when traveling... Bed Bath & Beyond, World Market ~$1.50 ea

Fagor 15-piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set (see pic #2)...It's all we need. They nest, they are a good weight, there are 2 detachable handles, the frying pan is nonstick, the lids are also strainers, they each have plastic lids for storing food... Amazon.com, Camping World ~$75

Snapware (see pic #3)... Stack well to utilizes space in frig and cabinets very well, good seals, microwave safe ~$25 for a set of 32 pieces...Costco, order on line...

Farberware Stainless Coffee Percolator (see pic #4)... Makes great coffee... ~$20 Here's 1 source: FarberWare Farberware Classic Yosemite Stainless Steel Percolator - Reviews & Prices @ Yahoo! Shopping

We also carry a toaster, a 1-up electric waffle iron, a teapot (all stainless steel)...

We also have Corelle Simple Lines, and we have a couple of sets of plastic dishes as well...(we one set at a time...it depends on our décor for the trip)...but frankly, when we are dry camping or boon docking we use paper to cut down on dish washing and to conserve water...

Have fun with it!
Love the spice tins, hubby will love the pots, will have to checkout the snapwells and the corelle (it seems to be a popular choice).

Only one problem with the Percolator - I'm a cafe' mocha addict. Coffee just isn't the same without chocolate but I understand there is a stove top version for me.

Toaster's a good idea, especially since our waffles are the frozen toaster kind.

The teapot I would have forgotten about.. but is a really good idea!
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You can go to Goodwill type stores and find the good old American made kitchen supply's. The new china stuff is absolutly junk, they can't even make a can opener that works right. You have to be paitent and make several trips shopping until you find all that you need. You can also find period correct stuff for older campers.
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Hi, we bought a set of Corelle [Camellia] dishes [set for four] and I keep four pieces of each utensil, but there is only two of us. We only have a few pots & pans and usually only use the 8" frying pan for eggs. We precook most everything at home and reheat in the microwave oven. We also use paper plates. As for appliances, I have a coffee maker, and a toaster that we use almost daily. I have an electric hot plate that we haven't used yet and a small portable single burner stove that uses throw away cans. [used for cooking stinky stuff out side of our trailer] I use bottled water for coffee and cooking. My idea is to only have barely enough stuff in the kitchen to get by with.
We don't have a microwave in it yet.... but our 1971 Magic Oven still works! I am not sure if we will have enough room for one. The two kids' and two dogs' stuff take up a bit of extra space. I like your idea of barely enough stuff. I guess I'll have to figure out what our important stuff is. The bottle water is a must considering some of the things I have heard about campsite water.
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You can go to Goodwill type stores and find the good old American made kitchen supply's. The new china stuff is absolutly junk, they can't even make a can opener that works right. You have to be paitent and make several trips shopping until you find all that you need. You can also find period correct stuff for older campers.
Thrift store shopping is a great idea.. and cheap. Our trailer is vintage... but honestly... I am not sure exactly how vintage I'd want to go. It doesn't hurt to take a look though, I just might find the perfect things. As long as it's not Shag Carpet, although I remember I had fun raking it as a kid.... wonder if my kids would too...
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