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Old 11-22-2013, 07:52 AM   #71
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I literally have nothing in my new AS for cooking right now...totally bare..

It will be paper/plastic, a few basic pots from the house...

I have gleaned some good ideas though from this thread.

My wife and I are pretty inexperienced cooks...we do ok, make pretty basic stuff...we both work full time and with 2 kids we have not really tackled various cooking learning curves as much as we would like...we kind of plan on making our camping experience one with a small focus on cooking and such as well...should be fun.
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Old 11-22-2013, 09:23 AM   #72
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NuWave

I use my NuWave Induction cooktop every day except when boondocking. (The Volcano Cooker is my "go to" for boondocking.)

It serves two purposes:
  1. heat water for coffee
  2. alarm clock
Yep, The thing can run on a timer! I set it on medium high with an 8 hour delay, put the teapot on it and go to sleep. The screech of the teapot wakes me up. All I have to do is pour the water into the French press and have my morning coffee.

Shipping & Handling is a bit of a ripoff especially on all of the add-on skillets, etc. I spent $130 for two burners the first time I bought them. I gave one to my sister - who re-gifted it to my niece. The one I kept survived the wreck I had last June, but some little plastic piece or screw was loose inside. I continued to use it almost daily but noticed that the fan was getting noisier and sounded out of balance so I ordered two new ones just in time. The fan died just before the new ones arrived.

The reason I think the NuWave is so good? It's as fast as the propane stovetop and never irritates me because it's hard to light. The temperature control IS as accurate as the commercial says it is, so I don't need to worry about burning stuff - or not having the flame high enough to STAY on when I'm simmering or keeping food warm. It took me a while to read the directions - but once I started using the timer feature I became a true believer. We all worry about moisture formation inside our RV's and cooking odors (or more accurately burning odors!) Timer/temperature control... NO HASSLE, I can even set the thing to cook for 3 minutes, then just stay warm for 20. Great for re-heating soup, spaghetti sauce, whatever. Being single I make 5 servings, freeze four, and reheat them. Reheating over the induction burner just preserves the texture and taste better - and I don't have cold spots and burned spots in the food you get with a microwave.

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Old 11-26-2013, 01:31 PM   #73
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A waffle maker....and I never make waffles!

I use it to grill protein, veggies, and bread (and it comes out with cute little squares on it).

The bread is Dukan bread (lo carb). Whisk together 2 T. Greek yogurt, 2 1/2 T. oat bran, 1/4 cup egg white, and some spice to jazz it up (ground pepper, salt, onion or garlic powder, dill, etc.) Pour into Pan-sprayed waffle maker, close cover, and you will have fresh, healthy, waist-friendly, gluten-free "bread" in about three minutes.

On-the-road tuna sandwich with Dukan cheese/dill "bread."

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Old 11-26-2013, 02:39 PM   #74
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thats brilliant...I have a combo waffle or quesadilla maker...that is going in my camper....kids love quesadillas too and easy to make.
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Old 11-26-2013, 03:05 PM   #75
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Just about anything you cook at home you can cook in the AS or on an open fire. Before you buy kitchen stuff take what you use at home on your next trip. I have my favorite pots and pans an usually take one or two with me. I also take items I have extra of and just leave it on the AS like knives. mixing bowls etc. Be careful you don't buy to much for instance I have three coffee makers on board, one lespresso machine, one electic and one percolator.
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Old 11-26-2013, 04:07 PM   #76
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Just about anything you cook at home you can cook in the AS or on an open fire. Before you buy kitchen stuff take what you use at home on your next trip. I have my favorite pots and pans an usually take one or two with me. I also take items I have extra of and just leave it on the AS like knives. mixing bowls etc. Be careful you don't buy to much for instance I have three coffee makers on board, one lespresso machine, one electic and one percolator.
I completely fail to see how having only 3 coffee-making devices in your Airstream qualifies as "too much."
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Old 11-26-2013, 07:20 PM   #77
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We use the Weber (120 I believe) and absolutely love it. Purchased the griddle top and some other type of device for cooking fish. So with the one item, we can cook steaks, hamburgers, pancakes, bacon, fish, etc. Easy to clean, light weight and we have been extremely happy with it! I also agree that wine GLASSES are important as are the Tervis Tumblers! Cast iron skillet and Tassimo Coffee Pot - we are good to go!!
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Old 11-26-2013, 08:09 PM   #78
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Lurking now for a portable grill - noted Weber 120 - cyber monday I how delivers a deal for me
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Old 12-02-2013, 09:07 AM   #79
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We make pizza on our bbq on a pizza stone, and I'm thinking of dragging one along camping, to use on a camp fire. I did this for a bff's 50th and we made pizzas in the oven- made the crust at home and pre baked it.
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I too have a NuWave Induction cooktop and it is my favorite item in both my Airstream and home kitchens. I also bought a set of Magma stacking cookware which works well with the induction burner and saves on space - plus can be used to store items in fridge too. I have a long extension cord and I can use the NuWave right at the picnic table. I also have a 12 inch ceramic tile in the oven on the tray above the heating element to disperse the heat in the oven - works great! I use a small Silpat with small perforated tray for baking and easy clean-up. I've even roasted veggies on the silpat with great results. A good pair of kitchen scissors are invaluable! I love someone's idea of putting rice in the spices to keep from clumping. I have a stacking bowl set that has a colander as well as measuring cups and spoons that is another great space saving idea. I have a crock pot in the Airstream and I keep a box of crock pot liners in the camper for easy clean-up. We just got back from a trip to Texas visiting my daughter and I made the Thanksgiving dinner in the Airstream and all I had to bring from home was an electric roaster, electric knife and lots of aluminum small baking pans that I could switch in and out of oven. It all works great! Happy cooking and Happy camping.
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Ck bought on these, and I thought yeah, right.

But it turns out it works well and is handy to make all kinds of things easier.

No digging out a cutting board and finding space for it.
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Electric pizza oven!! Our new gadget we use at home and can't wait to take in on the road in our trailer is the Breville Pizza Oven from William-Sonoma. The best $150 we have spent for our kitchen in years. We have been making gourmet pizzas at home inside and on our grill but this trumps both. Crispy and fun. Only at William-Sonoma. Even bought one for both our son and daughter. Had my eye on this all summer but waited until a demo at the store and it was Awesome. We have even found that buying dough already made at Trader Joes is almost as good as homemade. We will plug it in outdoors of our the trailer to keep the heat outside. Works best is you bake it on parchment paper in the oven which looks like a waffle iron on steroids. Takes five minutes to bake total and we slide parchment paper out after first two minutes. Yumm!
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I see a pizza-focused Airstream rally. I have an idea for a steel pizza oven box thing for a fire pit. BTW, I make my own gluten free pizza dough.
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Old 12-06-2013, 06:27 PM   #84
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I see a pizza-focused Airstream rally. I have an idea for a steel pizza oven box thing for a fire pit. BTW, I make my own gluten free pizza dough.
I like that idea. I wonder if a temporary, wood-burning brick oven could be built just for making pizzas? That might get even hotter than my BBQ!
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