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Old 07-10-2013, 11:27 AM   #29
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More ideas at: http://airstreamlife.com/historysafariexpress/
1. Stove-top Pressure Cooker uses:
With water heated on the stove-top, used as a dish washing pan
As a steamer with a trivet or metal perforated colander (doubles as a spaetzel maker, and with the lid loose to cook, reheat, steam dough recipes/dim sum
As a stock pot, Dutch oven (used like a wok)
Tiered pressure cooking Pressure Cooker Recipes
2. Volcano portable collapsible grill (available at Camping World) for outdoor cooking to reduce clean-up and limit heat inside the trailer
30K BTU adjustable propane burner (adjustable heat for frying, cooking with a wok, grill, cooking pizza in a cast iron skillet
Use as an above ground fire pit
Charcoal grilling
Wok lid as a smoking dome
3. Cast iron skillet or Dutch oven with lid
Baking iron skillet pizza on the Volcano
Frying, braising, making paninis, heating tortillas
Baking no knead bread recipes
4. Frying is done outside to avoid oil vapor from depositing inside the trailer. With hook-ups, an electric skillet is used.
5. Plastic box to store spices/herbs/spice mixes in small medicine bottles, filed in alphabetical order or to keep bottles from shifting around while in transit
6. Remote digital refrigerator thermometer. Ambient temperature affects the refrigerator’s performance requiring setting adjustments.
7. Microwave safe plastic storage containers, table settings that nest into each other for compact storage
8. Paper goods
Sandwich trays (Smart & Final) are great for serving small servings/snacks
Paper plates
9. Rocks glasses that stack and do not easily tip over. Used for serving:
Cocktails, wine
Desserts, soups, snacks
As a vase for flowers
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Old 07-10-2013, 12:00 PM   #30
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I define a galley "must have" as in "If I don't have one and can't get one, I'll go buy fast food instead." That helps focus me away from the nice-to-haves that I've grown accustomed to.

In no particular order:
1 - skillet, smallest I can get away with (I have a 7" stainless)
2 - cutting board, no way am I cutting food directly on a Corian countertop
3 - cookpot, again, smallest I can get away with (2-qt. stainless with lid)
4 - can opener, during hurricane season my Airstream is stocked with canned goods that will keep until needed for a storm
5 - kitchen knife, because some things won't fit my skillet or cookpot without being cut into smaller pieces first

If I add in nice-to-haves, the list gets WAY longer.
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Old 07-10-2013, 12:11 PM   #31
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Coffee pots, electric and stove-top
Good heavy skillet (mine is Calphalon from TJMaxx) with lid....for one-dish meals and stove-top baking...the most versatile and often-used item we carry
Good knives/sharpener
Silicone-tipped tongs
Heavy Wearever saucepans, with strain/drain glass lids


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Old 07-10-2013, 12:40 PM   #32
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Cooking with non-stick requires less water for cleanup.

Two things I love:

1) Magma nesting stainless steel non-stick cookware
Amazon.com: Magma Nestable Non-Stick Stainless Steel Cookware (Set of 10): Sports & Outdoors

2) Non-stick crockpot that goes on the stove too.
Amazon.com: Hamilton Beach Premiere Cookware 5-1/2-Quart Slow Cooker: Kitchen & Dining

We are coffee snobs but I still don't feel like I have the space for a grinder (there are 5 of us.) When we are in the trailer, I have our coffee ground when I purchase it. We buy smaller quantities at a time. We use both a french press and a moka pot.

I have a hand-held mixer for the trailer but have found I don't use it nearly as much as I use a wisk. (Finding a somewhat collapsible one that didn't take up so much space was more challenging than I expected.)

One other thing to keep in mind...I'm not sure I have an business commenting on this thread! More often than not we go out to eat when we travel.
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Old 07-10-2013, 01:24 PM   #33
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Another useful thing for baking is an oven thermometer. I have a small stainless steel one that stays in the oven. The temps on the dial aren't always accurate.
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Old 07-10-2013, 04:12 PM   #34
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Wow - my list of galley "must have's" seems to be growing, not shrinking after staring this thread - thanks guys ;-)

I measured the space on our stove-top and it just doesn't seem like my Dutch Oven will fit properly over ANY of the burners - can't wait to try it "real world" when our baby is picked up on Monday!

I also realized that our beloved Tervis Tumblers take up sooo much room because they are so thick-walled...we're rethinking that idea too.

Then there is the glassware vs. plasticware issue. Since we're full-timing, I really don't want to use paper all the time.

Good grief - I know it will come together all in good time. I also know we'll make "mistakes" and redo and retry as we start living in our yet-to-be-named home. One thing is for sure - this forum, and all of you, are really helpful and at the same time confusing the hell out of me!!

Thanks ;-)

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Old 07-10-2013, 04:27 PM   #35
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You're down here in the hot/humid parts... Keep the Tervis tumblers. It's worth the space, and they're light and tough. The first time you go to an Airstream really you'll realize LOTS of people have them! I love mine esp. in the warmer months.
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Old 07-10-2013, 04:46 PM   #36
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I just read this this morning and thought it had some good stuff that applies to Airstreaming

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/10/di...tion.html?_r=0

must haves? Everything does multiple duty. Like Cameron said, good knives, baking sheets. A heavy Dutch oven can be used on a fire, stove or in the oven, but it needs to be small enough to fit on the oven. A good skillet, colander... bring stuff you enjoy looking at and using, not things you'd get rid of if you didn't have a trailer to use them in.

I brought a lot of stuff the first couple of trips because we had a lot of cool stuff. I then omitted what wasn't necessary or what didn't work well, and it's surprising how much you can do with basics.
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I measured the space on our stove-top and it just doesn't seem like my Dutch Oven will fit properly over ANY of the burners - can't wait to try it "real world" when our baby is picked up on Monday!
8 quart is pretty big. I use a 5 1/2 quart and it works fine for me. Maybe downsize the pot?
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Old 07-10-2013, 05:01 PM   #38
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"As a professionally trained chef," one of my first questions is how frequently you'd make use of the oven. The uniformity of heat distribution is vastly different than what you are probably accustomed to in the kitchen: hot spots, temperature maintenance, etc.

The 'pizza stone' suggestions are more about improving cooking than making pizzas. A 12" stone tile (Home Depot or Lowe's @ $1-2) in the lower portion of the baking chamber does a great job improving temperature stabilization and uniformity so your baked goods don't end up overcooked on the bottom.

I'd suggest you practice with your oven early on to determine just how useful this appliance will or will not be on the road.
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SeeMore - HA! Some of the ovens I've cooked in are SOOOO uncalibrated, I've become used to it! I mostly use the stove top when preparing meals, but do some baking and quite a bit of roasting. I like the pizza stone suggestion for stabilization of temperature. It will be interesting to find out how much I use what is provided and what I bring along, as has been brought to my attention. I imagine I will do a whole lot more grilling on our BBQ - at least I know what to expect with that.

I will definitely downsize the dutch oven - I found a great oval shaped one with a top that doubles as a roaster that I think might work perfectly.
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Karis

I am not a full timer however when on the road I love to cook. Most of my baking is done before hand and frozen, like pie crusts, cookie dough and even scones. Then I cook them in our convection oven. So anyway here is my list for cooking.

It is tough to limit the list to five. I have now learned to get buy with the following:
A good saute pan. It can be used on the stove and also on a propane stove.
Mixing bowls (at least two) and of course a good whisk.
Plastic containers that fit inside each other.
A cutting board.
Two knives (1 chef and 1 paring)
Hand held mixer for baking
Dutch oven
Welders gloves for the hot pans etc

Like you I love my coffee. so depending on the length of the trip I will use either small drip machine or bring one of my espresso machines. No grinder as I have it ground before hand and yes two ceramic mugs. One for Claire and one for me.
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AirKar, we met a couple with a new AS with the Atwood range, and they said the issue they had was with uneven baking. I'm curious to see if the pizza stone idea helps. My home oven (Dacor) is terribly uneven and I rotate the items I'm baking.
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Still outfitting the FaN - plan to purchase a toaster oven. Found this set of toaster-oven sized bakeware.


Also love the mini pie, springform, loaf pans.... Wilton 3 Piece Mini Springform Pan Set - Black : Target

I also have a one-quart electric kettle (with large flip-open lid). I figure it could double as a pasta/boil-in-a-bag cooker or vegetable steamer. (I try to buy things that are multi-functional).

Also purchased a set of three stainless-steel mixing bowls with lids - can be used for mixing, serving, and storing.


Don't forget your favourite cookbooks....



Airstreamin' is kinda funky; a lot of my kitchen/serving ware reflects that.....

Titanic and berg ice-cube tray....


Martini glasses, for food or drink.....









Bamboo and disposable chopsticks - great for the road....










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