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Old 01-29-2011, 03:16 PM   #57
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For bowels I either repurpose the Corelle or use a saucepan.
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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.
Thanks for enlightening me on Grandma Johansen's trick. She always said that it was common in Denmark, and couldn't understand why it wasn't more popular in Canada.

As for disposing of the grinds, they go in the recycling here at home and at the camp where Henri the Sov usually lives. To my knowledge, they can be composted.
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Kevin, I just read your list of kitchen "musts" for Airstream travel. Uncle! I give up! As soon as the weather warms, I'm going to empty our AS and Argosy of ALL kitchen stuff and follow your trail, camp next to you, and enjoy gourmet dining...please, please! (In all seriousness, Kevin, you have an incredible collection of cooking equipment--enviable!) ~Georgia
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The one electric appliance I wouldn't be without is my NESCO® American Harvest - Buy Online! roaster oven. You can slow cook in it like a crock pot or crank it up and bake in it like an oven. I also have bought a good set of silicone bake ware that I'm happy with. (Saves weight and space for my Dutch Ovens)
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The one electric appliance I wouldn't be without is my NESCO® American Harvest - Buy Online! roaster oven. You can slow cook in it like a crock pot or crank it up and bake in it like an oven. I also have bought a good set of silicone bake ware that I'm happy with. (Saves weight and space for my Dutch Ovens)
This pot looks interesting... Sort of a slow cooker with more settings.
What size did you select? 6qt?
It has a "bake"setting... do you think it would bake bread?
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When I am traveling solo -- not planning to Caravan or Rally -- I am not without the following:>snip< Kevin
My goodness, Kevin...where do you put the people?
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My goodness, Kevin...where do you put the people?
That is one of the things tht I love about my '64 Overlander - - it has more storage than any coach that I have owned. Most of my appliances are stored in the lower half of the kitchen pantry or in the large cabinet under the kitchen sink. I also have a large upholstered box that provides additional storage space (the box once housed a tank-type vacuum of the mid-1940s. The drop leaf dining table that came with the coach in 1964 provides ample dining area for 4 persons - - for more than 4, we usually eat under the awning.

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Ok soon-to-be-rookie . . . the real reason a bunch of us like having a 1T pickup is that we never leave anything at home that might be useful. The truck bed is charged with tools, supplies, and bulky/unwieldy things I'd rather not keep in the trailer (dirty clothes & shoes for example). BBQ and campfire cooking stuff. One learns what will be used, over time. Otherwise, in the trailer: heavy=low, light = high.

A little more seriously: for the weekend/5-day traveler it depends on the trip.

For the full-timer it depends on the people. I would no more forego my wife's baking abilities if/when the mood hits than . . . well, suffice it to say that an old back injury does not prevent me from loading cast iron in several crates.

Long term camping (months) means I'm more likely to read recipes, do the shopping, and am willing to purchase a new gadget for the kitchen. I spend time learning how to pack the trailer kitchen, and have changed containers (type) more than once. Prep is great before a trip, but on long trips it is the time at full-service campgrounds as well. There are those for whom a portable freezer is mandatory for this reason.

A summer in Texas will make an ice-maker mandatory. Living where we do the summers won't find cool weather except nearly 1,000-miles north & a bit west. So the midday can be spent hiding indoors in the A/C. Mornings and very late evenings are it for being outdoors in comfort (when without other plans).

I, too, like Revere Ware a great deal.

I'm willing to try cooking indoors and out -- sometimes on the same meal -- as my time is not constrained as a homeowner shackled to maintenance. My wife is the primary cook, so I want things to be to her satisfaction. Yet "camping" means we both spend more time thinking on it and doing it (as feasible). We obviously have to shop more often.

As a twist to your thread I have learned that I would rather do meal prep outdoors (if at all possible) to keep the messes out of the trailer. So, table covers, ground covers, etc, are part of "cooking".

A satisfying day of camping is generally some maintenance on one thing or another and plenty of time to prep for meals. Adventures, sight-seeing are planned in advance. But they're not always the best part of the trip.

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Kevin, I just read your list of kitchen "musts" for Airstream travel. Uncle! I give up! As soon as the weather warms, I'm going to empty our AS and Argosy of ALL kitchen stuff and follow your trail, camp next to you, and enjoy gourmet dining...please, please! (In all seriousness, Kevin, you have an incredible collection of cooking equipment--enviable!) ~Georgia
You and Max would be more than welcome to follow my trail this summer. In fact, unless there is an unforeseen health setback, I will be leading a Vintage Airstream Caravan from Kieler, Wisconsin to the Wally Byam Caravan Club International Rally in DuQuoin, Illinois.

I will be carrying the mentioned cooking implements plus more that will be added as plans are finalized. Friends who have previewed my proposal have nicknamed the caravan "Grazing Across the Prairie State" as I have identified special regional dishes that are popular near where we will be camping.

Kevin

P.S.: Some of the regional dishes that are mentioned in my proposal include Cornish Pasty, MaidRite Sandwich Shops, Horse-Shoe-Sandwiches, Hickory Smoked BBQ pork shoulder with horse raddish sauce, and I am anticipating that more regional recommendations will be forthcoming as I have posed the question to campground hosts at each stop asking about "regional foods" that visitors should try while visiting the area.
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There are only 3 electrical appliances I would not want to be without:

1) 4 qt Nesco Roaster Oven - The Nesco slow cooks, roasts, bakes and steams. I use it as a second oven either inside or outside on a table top, as a slowcooker ( lighter weight than a traditional slowcooker) and as a cooker/server at get togethers. Multifunctional, lightweight and break resistant since the cooker and inner cookwell is metal.This size can be obtained on Ebay, thrift stores or yard sales. Currently the smallest size Nesco offers is the 5 qt. I have purchased the 6 qt as gifts for family members and done a full review for this size on Amazon for those wishing further info.

2) Bamix Immersion Blender - Don't let the name fool you. This has an extremely powerful motor which allows it to perform as an immersion blender, hand mixer, grinder,etc. The unit and its attachments take up very little space. Further info can be had at www.bamix.com by anyone interested.

3) Toaster

All three can be operated on my solar setup when boondocking. The only other electrical kitchen appliances I carry and use when I have FHUs are a dual burner hotplate and blender.

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The US website for Bamix is:

www.bamix-usa.com

Sorry for the mixup.

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This is a great thread, and like the forum in general, has lots of good info. Lots of great ideas for me since we are just getting started in trailer camping, quite a bit different from wilderness canoe camping that we're used to. So far I've just been staring out the window at snow piling on the Airstream and wishing for spring.

I saw pressure cookers being used in France and have been wanting to try one myself. Any suggestions on brand?
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This is a great thread, and like the forum in general, has lots of good info. Lots of great ideas for me since we are just getting started in trailer camping, quite a bit different from wilderness canoe camping that we're used to. So far I've just been staring out the window at snow piling on the Airstream and wishing for spring.

I saw pressure cookers being used in France and have been wanting to try one myself. Any suggestions on brand?
I have a Presto 6-Quart Stainless Steel model that I bought locally at a WalMart. It's the same diameter as the 4-Quart ones, just a little taller. The extra size adds quite a bit of versatility, some recipes mention that they are only for the 6-Quart models, see post 6 in the One pot wonders - what's for dinner? thread (another good one that's related to this one). The turkey breast recipe is only for use in a 6-Quart.

I have gotten all the accessories from Presto, too. Mine came with the colander lid, and I bought the cookbook, the steamer, and the glass lid too. I have used them all, the cookbook especially.

Another useful link is Presto®: Pressure Cooking Recipes. They will work no matter what kind of pressure cooker you have.

I will be cooking a pot roast in mine this evening for supper and several days of sandwiches/leftovers.
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This pot looks interesting... Sort of a slow cooker with more settings.
What size did you select? 6qt?
It has a "bake"setting... do you think it would bake bread?

aname4me,

I did not answer this question right away because I did not feel like I had used my Nesco Roast-Air 6 qt enough to give an accurate evaluation.

I use the Nesco 4 qt in the AS. As I stated it is the right size for the two of us. It will not brown as much as a regular oven though.

This is where the Nesco 6 qt Roast Air really does the job of a regular oven. It has a detachable fan/motor that circulates the air and enable it to bake as well as a standard oven. I was unaware that Nesco made one until I saw them on ebay. Currently Nesco only makes the 12 qt in the Roast Air model.

I bought it to use on the road while working (we are long haul drivers). I felt that the 50% criteria when slow cooking would not be a problem due to the "slosh factor" in a moving vehicle. I have slowcooked,baked,roasted, and broiled in my Nesco 6qt. Roast-Air. It does all of these functions exceptionally well.

To answer your question:

- the current models that neso offers will not bake breads like a conventional oven. (the 12 qt. Roast-Air being the exception)

- the Nesco 6 qt. Roast-Air (currently available on ebay, resale shops, yard sales and the like) will bake breads or anything else a conventional oven will.

I wish I had found this much,much sooner. It roasts chicken,pork, roasts,etc beautifully. I usually get an extra large roast so that I will have leftover on the meat. The next day I add the leftover meet to along with one of the Frontier Homemade in Minutes Soup mixes for our meals the next day to the Nesco on the slowcooker setting. These soups are great since they have all of the spices,etc I need to make them with. I only add the meat. Space is a really big issue in a truck. I Have just purchased the Mc Cormick Meal inspirations to try.These contain just enough spices for the meal being made.

Yes, I have baked bread ( in a loaf pan), brownies,etc in the Nesco when we are sitting still for an extended time and the results are identical to an oven.

The Nesco is a great multipurpose appliance. The Nesco nonstick finish makes clean up easy. I wish I had one years ago.

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We are still new to camping and most of our adventures are at full hook up sites so far. However, the supplies I try to keep on hand or purchase can be used for either purpose with the exception of a few pieces. It helps that we are set up with 2 solar panels.

We keep a full set of full size good quality stainless pans that can be used on stove, in the oven or outdoors. We have cast iron at home but I havent moved any of it out yet.
A toaster, its convenient for the kids.

Our 79 came with a microwave, also great for the kids.

We generally cook ALL our meat on the small webber charcoal grill that we take everywhere. When we have stopped it sits under the camper, and since we have an awning, we can cook easily outdoors in the rain (as long as the wind isnt blowing smoke into the camper).

I didn't grow up with a pressure cooker, so I am still learning to use one well at home (drywall is cheaper to replace than the roof to the Airstream if I blow the top off...lol).

We don't drink coffee, but boiling water in a pot does great for hot chocolate.

We generally use the fridge for food, and take a cooler to keep drinks in.

I have considered a crock pot being added to the mix after our 2 week adventure last year. Will use the crock pot liners to save a little water on cleanup, they usually help with the really sticky stuff.

Locations? We are still trying to figure all of that out. I keep moving stuff around.

Hot pads, I got silicone for the camper (aside from the one oven mit) so they are trivets and hot pads and wipe off easily if they get dirty.

I love my paper towel holder. Got it from Meijer and it doesn't unroll going down the road. Pfaltzgraff | Kamenstein Chrome Perfect Tear Paper Towel Holder Similar to this one. We put it on the wall next to the fridge where there were already some holes.

I already have a handmixer with a base that holds the different beaters and cord. Prolly won't use it much, but its not terribly heavy, and there if we do need it.

Considering adding a fold out table for using outdoors when there isnt a picnic table near. Mainstays 6' Center-Fold Table - Walmart.com To be stored behind gaucho.

Walmart.com: Wheat 8 Shelf Accessory Bag: Storage & Organization I use a sweater organizer like this one to keep towels, wash rags, and dishrags in, as well as a few other small items.

Laundry, at home I like Tide, but for light traveling on the road I use the Purex 3-in-1 sheets and a mesh drawstring bag that we keep in our shower (we have an 11 month old and a 2 year old, we are always doing laundry).

Will also add a small fan to help with air movement, maybe two.

Thanks to all for the great ideas included on this thread....lots to think about.
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