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Old 07-05-2013, 03:11 PM   #1
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Your Top 5 Galley "must-haves"

Hi! My husband, Ron, and I have just purchased our first AS. In outfitting it for full-timing for at least a year, I'm wondering what the Top 5 Galley must have's are for you folks. Being a professionally trained chef - I have gadgets out the gazoo and I know I'm going to have to pare them down considerably! Our AS is a 2011 27FB International with a 3-burner cooktop and oven and garden variety microwave (not convection). I've never worked with a propane appliance either...so - what is YOUR list and tips for this chef to take on the road?

Thank you for your invaluable input!

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Old 07-05-2013, 03:21 PM   #2
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Your going to have to retrain yourself to use individual tools for as many tasks as possible. The one thing we learned is that dirt and crud comes from all directions when traveling down the road. We try to keep utensials at least covered with a cloth or better yet in a container when traveling.
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Old 07-05-2013, 03:31 PM   #3
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I agree. We took more than we should our first year and have retrained ourselves to make-do with less. We bag kitchen tools to keep them clean and use paper plates, spoons & forks, etc.
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Old 07-05-2013, 03:43 PM   #4
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Hi Kari's,

I am not much of a cook, but nevertheless, these are my top five galley items: percolator (or other coffee maker- we have both electric and stovetop models), cast iron skillet (we cook lots over a campfire, and everything seems to taste better from the skillet), various-sized nesting stainless pots and small baking sheet that will fit in our small oven, favorite spices (we use rice to keep them clump-free in our humid environment), and a variety of utensils(knives, can opener, corkscrew, etc.). As you can, our needs are simple!
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Old 07-05-2013, 05:40 PM   #5
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A good espresso machine is at the top of my list but I stopped taking a grinder. We cook outside unless it is raining and use a camp stove and an electric skillet. We have a 4-burner cooktop and convection microwave but seldom use them. It keeps cooking smells out of the AS And feels more like camping. I also meet more of my neighbors while cooking.
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Coffe grinder - manual. Match it with a stove top percolator. Anytime you Earn a good cup, it tastes great.
Small Dutch oven for the stove top.
Cast iron skillet and a matching round griddle. Makes great stove top biscuits.
Meat thermometer
An explorer sense of trying to cook a good meal with just the basics.
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Your Top 5 Galley "must have's"

Greetings Karis!

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Hi! My husband, Ron, and I have just purchased our first AS. In outfitting it for full-timing for at least a year, I'm wondering what the Top 5 Galley must have's are for you folks. Being a professionally trained chef - I have gadgets out the gazoo and I know I'm going to have to pare them down considerably! Our AS is a 2011 27FB International with a 3-burner cooktop and oven and garden variety microwave (not convection). I've never worked with a propane appliance either...so - what is YOUR list and tips for this chef to take on the road?

Thank you for your invaluable input!

Chef Karis, new AS mom
I think that the answer to your question involves a couple of issues. First, what type of traveling your plan. Second, whether the bulk of your cooking will involve the facilities in the trailer or exterior facilities such as campfire or grill. I tend to rally and caravan on a regular basis so I am often preparing something for potlucks or evening social hours. The following are my 5 must haves:
  1. 8-Quart Cast Iron (or very heavy cast aluminum) Dutch Oven. I have several recipes that have been staples of my pot-luck contributions since the days of rallys with 3-amp electric when cooking in the trailer wasn't practical. My caution would be to be sure that you understand the necessary "seasoning" of the cast iron pot and its care once properly seasoned. I keep on in each of my Airstreams and find that I use it at least once on every trip.
  2. 8-Quart Stainless Steel Stock Pot. While this is a very cumbersome item to pack, it is something that I utilize on nearly every trip. It comes in handy to make soups, stews, and pasta . . . and at least once each season, I use it to prepare the custard for my home-made French Vanilla Ice Cream (I carry a hand crank ice cream freezers on those select trips).
  3. Manual Kitchen helpers. I like to have a heavy-duty hand-cranked can opener, hand-cranked egg beater, large and medium whisks, and citrus fruit juicer.
  4. Stove-top Coffee Maker. While there aren't any coffee drinkers in my coach, I like to have the beverage to offer to visitors so I carry a stove-top Revere Ware Percolator in my Minuet and a Stove-top Revere Ware Drip Coffee Maker in the Overlander.
  5. Six Quart Crock Pot. I enjoy cooking in a crock pot so I carry one in each of my Airstreams. The one in the Overlander is particularly handy as it can be used while underway with the Solar Panel supported inverter providing power.
Good luck with your outfitting project!

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1. Coffee grinder (burr)
2. Bodum French press
3. my good knives and a steel
4. my cast iron pans and dutch oven (also my le Creuset pots and casseroles).
5. my baking sheets

As long as I have coffee, good pots and knives I can cover most situations.
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Real glass wine glasses...life's too short to drink wine from plastic! We pack them in the original six-pack container they came in and haven't broken one yet.

Good knives and a sharpening steel.

Collapsible bowls for mixing and storage
Instant read thermometer
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Old 07-05-2013, 08:43 PM   #11
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These are great ideas with some issues I hadn't thought of (like dust, etc. creeping in to the interior) - oh do I have MUCH to learn.

First on my list is definitely a coffee maker of some type - I loved my stovetop Bialetti when I lived in Italy and think it will be my first purchase. With it will come my coffee grinder - along with a second spice grinder (I make all of my own salt-free blends).

I have a Le Creuset (8 qt) Dutch Oven that I love - I was concerned that it would be too big and heavy; however, it will make a good storage space for smaller items when it's not in use.

I love to roast veggies, but I'm concerned about the propane usage - so might have to switch to more grilling outside and adjust accordingly - but will plan on a small cookie sheet for that and, well, cookies!

I'll leave the Professional KitchenAid in storage and probably opt for beaters and my stick blender.

I'm not sure whether I can part with my brand new masticating juicer.

I'll leave my professional food processor in storage and take my small 25-year old $5.00 garage sale Oster!

Skillets for the stovetop or electric skillet? My mom, who has a showcase gourmet kitchen in her home, still swears by (and uses regularly) her 20-year old electric skillet!

Any suggestions for a portable grill? We'll have to stow it in our tow vehicle, no doubt. My SIL suggested the table-top Weber. Any thoughts?

I'm learning already that FLEX is going to have to be my middle name - on MANY levels in this new lifestyle change.

Please keep your ideas coming - I'm making notes as I go!

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I recommend you spend some time getting to know the propane stove and oven. The propane lasts a long time when you aren't using the furnace. When I lived in my trailer the two thirty pound tanks lasted several weeks with daily use of the stove and oven. By all means bring the le Creuset, it'll be handy for roasting, stews, even baking bread.
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Old 07-05-2013, 09:03 PM   #13
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Good news about the propane Cameront. Not a big chance of using the furnace until we start heading north!
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#1. 2 8" cast iron skillets
#2. Percolator
#3. Ceramic kitchen and paring knives
#4. Wash basin (I have a single sink)
#5. Small crock pot.
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