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Old 01-27-2011, 09:10 PM   #43
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I have a portable ice maker at home, but Mr says we can't take it. I think it would be a great addition. Any thoughts?
We have two different AS friends who have portable ice makers that they bring along...we have learned to park next to one of them....or in between them...even better. Makes happy hour ever-so much better.
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When we have electricity or feel like cranking up the genny for breakfast (or more often for us, brunch) we have a waffle iron...waffles are great things on a camping trip...we make a batch and then freeze the ones we don't eat...easy to reheat in a toaster... mmmm.
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Old 01-27-2011, 09:28 PM   #45
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We have two different AS friends who have portable ice makers that they bring along...we have learned to park next to one of them....or in between them...even better. Makes happy hour ever-so much better.
Love it, maybe I can get Mr RustyRivet to go for that!!!!!!! As happy hour is a very important part of camping. Don't you agree???????
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A quick tally...

#1 Coffee maker (half say French Press)
Does anyone use a stainless steel, stove top, espresso maker? It would be small and doesn’t plug in.

#2 Pressure cooker (small one, or bring two)
Quick, less gas.

#3 Electric toaster
Considering the strong, no electricity sentiment, this must be very important.

#4 Pan set (small group, stackable)

#5 Wine glass (plastic or SS)

Everything else was mentioned 2 (or less) times.

I own 4 waffle irons, and I would like to bring one, but it also requires two bowls (one glass or SS) and a whisk.
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A quick tally...

#1 Coffee maker (half say French Press)
Does anyone use a stainless steel, stove top, espresso maker? It would be small and doesn’t plug in.

#2 Pressure cooker (small one, or bring two)
Quick, less gas.

#3 Electric toaster
Considering the strong, no electricity sentiment, this must be very important.

#4 Pan set (small group, stackable)

#5 Wine glass (plastic or SS)

Everything else was mentioned 2 (or less) times.

I own 4 waffle irons, and I would like to bring one, but it also requires two bowls (one glass or SS) and a whisk.
We have a stove top espresso maker and it is awesome. I actually think this espresso maker makes a better espresso then our $500 electric pump one.
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Old 01-29-2011, 10:23 AM   #48
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We have had a stove-top percolator since our tent-camping days, and saw no reason to change with the AS. The only thing we did was to add a small coffee grinder.

It takes a little longer, but you might be surprised how much fresher coffee is when it's freshly-ground.

Another hint (if you perc your coffee): add half an eggshell (shell only!) and a dash of salt. My Danish grandma taught me that a l-o-n-g time ago...

MmmmMmmMMMmmmmm....!
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We have had a stove-top percolator since our tent-camping days, and saw no reason to change with the AS. The only thing we did was to add a small coffee grinder.

It takes a little longer, but you might be surprised how much fresher coffee is when it's freshly-ground.

Another hint (if you perc your coffee): add half an eggshell (shell only!) and a dash of salt. My Danish grandma taught me that a l-o-n-g time ago...

MmmmMmmMMMmmmmm....!
Half an eggshell? What does that do?
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Half an eggshell? What does that do?
Adds a richness to the flavour, I'd say. Grandma said it "took out the bitter".

YMMV, but we like it... I lightly rinse the eggshell though; she didn't.

NOTE: I forgot to say that it's broken up a bit, otherwise it could interfere with the water getting through.
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Adds a richness to the flavour, I'd say. Grandma said it "took out the bitter".

YMMV, but we like it... I lightly rinse the eggshell though; she didn't.

NOTE: I forgot to say that it's broken up a bit, otherwise it could interfere with the water getting through.
Wow can't wait to try! I LOVE these tricks especially when it comes from Grandma. Thanks so much!
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When I am traveling solo -- not planning to Caravan or Rally -- I am not without the following:
  • White Mountain Hand-Crank 4-quart Ice Cream Freezer. Fresh home-made ice cream or fruit Sorbets/smoothie. It is a wonderful way to become acquainted with your camping neighbors.
  • Revere Ware Stove-Top Drip Coffee Maker. An excellent brew using the Airstream's standard cooktop. I am not a coffee drinker, but try to be sure to have the ingredients so that I can make coffee for my guests.
  • Four and Eight Quart Dutch Ovens and aluminum foild liners.

  • Napoleon Stainless Steel Portable LP Gas Grill with Infra-Red attachment. I have had this grill for two seasons now, and have found it to be one of the best standard additions to my regular assortment of accessories.
  • Rival Cook and Carry Crock Pot. After years of battling insecure lids on crock pots, I finally ran across the Cook and Carry -- it is absolutely wonderful for the impromptu potlucks.
  • Cuisinart Elite 4-cup food processor. My busy schedule often keeps me from cooking as I would like during my work year, but I have the opportunity to cook during the summer when I am traveling in my Airstream.
  • Cuisinart Power Advantage Plus hand mixer. A small yet very powerful hand mixer that works well for my RV cooking needs.
  • Cuisinart Deluxe Stainless Steel electric can opener. After years of struggling with seemingly every variety of manual can opener, I finally splurged on a high quality electric can opener.
  • Cuisinart Compact Blending and Chopping System. This device is a luxury as the food processor will peform most of its functions, but I do like to have this device available for crushed ice and making home-made malted milks.
  • Cuisinart Convection Bread Maker. This is my most recent addition. I like to have home-made bread with every meal when I am on vacation, and this device makes having home-made bread unbelievably easy.
  • Cuisinart Grind Central coffee grinder. This device serves double-duty for me. It works beautifully as a coffee grinder, but can also be adjusted to grind fresh spices and herbs.
  • Ten-Piece Premium Grilling Untensil Kit. Prior to purchasing my Airstream, I never did any grilling; but today, I grill out at least lonce during a camping trip so I find this utensil kit to be a real treasure.
  • Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender. I often utilize this when making quick lunch stops where it isn't convenient to pull out any of my other mixing tools. It runs without objuect on my solar panel fed electric converter.
  • Classic Metal Two-Slice Toaster. I started carrying this device after I had the solar electric system installed on my Overlander. It greatly simplified the process of having wonderful toast with breakfast each day.
  • Clean Water two-gallon countertop water filtration system. While I generally trust campground water supplies, and keep my onboard tank well sanitized; I do like keeping a water filtration system for my drinking water and this device has performed well for me.
  • Over the years, I have purchased several sets of the original Revere Ware Copper-Clad cookware. I now carry a full set in both my Airstream and Argosy. They are so easy to keep clean, and I don't have the worries about the dangers of non-stick coatings that do not react well to the vagaries of travel.
  • For Caravanning and Rallying, I add a number of additional accessories for the added socializing that typically goes along with these activities.
    • 100-Cup Farberware Percolator. I have been co-host for a number of rallys, and a large percolator is often a near necessity.
    • Automatic Electric Donut Maker. This little device yields tons of fun for Rally participants particularly when combined with home-made French Vanilla ice cream. It is something of a chore to clean, but when rally participant faces are seen, the inconvenience is a small price to pay.
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Quote: I own 4 waffle irons, and I would like to bring one, but it also requires two bowls (one glass or SS) and a whisk.

I have a waffle iron and you can put your mix in a ziplock bag, add liquid in camp, then squeeze and stir with a spoon, then pour right out of the bag. No clean up.

Quote: Half an eggshell? What does that do?

I learned this trick from an old miner who made me Cowboy Coffee where the eggshells and ground coffee go on top of a pot of cold water, bring almost to a boil, simmer 5-10 minutes. Take off heat and quickly pour in a half cup cold water. Grounds and shell will go right to the bottom, then pour a cup of great coffee. The eggshells clarify the coffee.

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We have two different AS friends who have portable ice makers that they bring along...we have learned to park next to one of them....or in between them...even better. Makes happy hour ever-so much better.
We have one now too ( ice maker), And we are very good sharers Jon & Deb
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Murray likes to travel with a full contingent of AllClad pots and pans and it is a constant battle convincing him not to pack the #12 cast iron skillet.

I'm on Murray's side! I can't be without my good pots and cast iron skillet!
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#5 Wine glass (plastic or SS)
There are several forum members who carry stemware made of actual glass. There really is no substitute, and as long as it is properly packed there is little risk of breakage. The key is to pack the glassware in individual padded boxes or cells so it doesn't collide with anything hard and isn't subject to pressure from shifting objects in the event of rough roads or emergency maneuvers. That's easier than it sounds. You can do it on the cheap with cardboard, as I have, or make a fancy velvet-covered wooden affair built into the cabinetry.

Even the best polycarbonate wine glasses have the wrong feel and scratch easily.

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I own 4 waffle irons, and I would like to bring one, but it also requires two bowls (one glass or SS) and a whisk.
Well, I carry a whisk, which doesn't weigh much or use much space. It's not like we're backpacking. For bowels I either repurpose the Corelle or use a saucepan.

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We have a stove top espresso maker and it is awesome. I actually think this espresso maker makes a better espresso then our $500 electric pump one.
They're fine if you like expresso. I have one which I rarely use. I prefer the aluminum ones to the stainless steel.

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Half an eggshell? What does that do?
The egg shell is part of the traditional northern European way of making boiled coffee. It causes flocculation and settling of the fine particles of coffee which would otherwise lead to a cloudy brew. A little bit of egg white is what's really needed but when the breakfast includes eggs it's convenient to just toss in an egg shell because there's about the right amount of residual egg white. It doesn't take much.

Despite that being a part of my family tradition I use a drip funnel and a paper filter, mainly because of the easier cleanup. With boiled coffee you end up with wet grounds that are neither suitable for the garbage or the drain.

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