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Old 01-21-2011, 06:06 PM   #1
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any suggestions on making bread or rice in an Airstream?

Can you please tell me... the soon to be rookie.

I have a question about starch... My favorite is Bread (breakfast and lunch), my wife’s favorite is Rice (lunch and supper).

For 20 years I mixed, kneaded, and baked my own bread. Then (as I aged and got lazier) I bought a bread machine (eventually 3 of them).

Flour can be messy. Bread machines bulky. Store bought tastes like.... store bought.

About rice... a rice cooker is also bulk (and electrical).

My question is..... any suggestions on making bread or rice in an Airstream?
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I agree its messy. But you can make the bread dough at home and freeze it. With a stone in the oven it would be just like at home, although the loaf would be a little smaller. We have made homemade pizza in the AS in this manner. Sal.
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Old 01-21-2011, 06:15 PM   #3
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I hand knead my bread but will be going to a mixer. Rice I suspect could be pressure cooked.
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Old 01-21-2011, 06:17 PM   #4
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Look up Dutch Oven cooking. Yes, the are bulky but they can be used for making some good breads, rolls and alot of other dishes. Look up Lodgeand Lewis and Clark to name a few. Also there are several threads on the subject. Once U start with DO Cooking, you will be hooked. Not sure about the rice, but you could boil tthe water and go from there. The best part it is alll done over the campfire and everything tastes better .
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Old 01-21-2011, 06:19 PM   #5
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We have been making artisan bread at home using the dutch oven method for the last year or so with fantastic results.

Tried several breadmaking machines years ago and had no luck - got rid of them in garage sales!

I'm not sure if the AS oven would get hot enough or not - needs to be about 450F

Here's a link to one youtube video, there are several.

No Knead Bread by the Sullivan Street Bakery & Mark Bittman, The New York Times - Video - YouTube


I can let you have the recipe we use if you want it although I imagine its pretty similar to what the guy in the video does.


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I carry a mixture of the flour,yeast, salt and sugar in a zip bag fo I have most of the work done.
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Old 01-21-2011, 06:19 PM   #7
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I make my bread from scratch. Never used a bread machine, but I don't see why you couldn't use one in an Airstream. I cook my rice in a sauce pan on the stove top. My SIL cooks hers in a fancy cooker from Korea that requires a special power source...BTW she is Korean.

I have cooked breads in dutch ovens as well as a heavy pressure cooker without the pressure. Look for a book called "Cooking on the Go" by Janet Groen. Lots of great info on cooking in RV's and boats.

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For people cooking on the go, there is "Manifold Destiny," the guide for cooking on your tow vehicle engine!.....
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I cant even see the manifolds on the 7.3 PS. Sal.
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Actually they tested recipes cooking all over the engine, just have to be VERY CAREFUL with the wrapping...
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I have thought of making a new (modified) leaf for the Airstream table... with hooks. The theory being... take it out to a picnic table, and the hooks catch under the 2X6 boards. I would be able to knead the bread outside.

I have owned an Airstream for 4 months and never turned on the oven or slept in it for that matter. It is to far north, 6 months of winter, and is going to -36C tonight.

Please tell me the oven can cook bread.
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Please tell me the oven can cook bread.
The oven can cook bread.
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I know Michail "Artstream" had bread recipe he uses all the time and he is a full-timer. I don't remember how he makes it but if you send him a message he will fill you in.
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I have made bread several times in our trailer oven. A good recipe is the no knead recipe from Splendid Table: November 27, 2010 | Recipes, Listings and Audio | The Splendid Table with Lynne Rossetto Kasper | American Public Media

There is an entire book on no knead bread recipes.

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...My question is..... any suggestions on making bread or rice in an Airstream?
really depends on the year and trailer model/length...

since older trailers were narrower and had less head room.

i suggest filling the trailer to 1/4 height with rice,

then add enough water to reach midway up the windows...

this will leave space for expansion and steam venting on top.

with bread it helps to have a double door model...

then the slices can be taken out at either end.

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I've never used a rice cooker. The simplest way to describe the ratio of rice to water is to touch the bottom of the pan with your finger. Fill the pan with rice up to your first knuckle. Now add enough water to reach your second knuckle. Add salt, if desired, and bring to a rapid boil. Immediately turn the flame to it's lowest setting and cover. Do not stir the rice! Let the concoction sit covered for 20 minutes or so and then check to see that the water is completely gone by exploring with a fork. Because each propane stove may heat a little differently, you may have to adjust your cooking time. Once you're used to it, it's very easy. If the burner is too hot, even at it's lowest setting, raise the pot with a wire cooling rack or wok ring.
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really depends on the year and trailer model/length...

since older trailers were narrower and had less head room.

i suggest filling the trailer to 1/4 height with rice,

then add enough water to reach midway up the windows...

this will leave space for expansion and steam venting on top........

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I've never used a rice cooker. The simplest way to describe the ratio of rice to water is to touch the bottom of the pan with your finger. Fill the pan with rice up to your first knuckle. Now add enough water to reach your second knuckle. Add salt, if desired, and bring to a rapid boil. Immediately turn the flame to it's lowest setting and cover. Do not stir the rice! Let the concoction sit covered for 20 minutes or so and then check to see that the water is completely gone by exploring with a fork. Because each propane stove may heat a little differently, you may have to adjust your cooking time. Once you're used to it, it's very easy. If the burner is too hot, even at it's lowest setting, raise the pot with a wire cooling rack or wok ring.
You know it's odd.... this is how my mother and every mother on the block used to cook rice. Going back to the simpler days - we all have to remember that food has been prepared for millenia without all of the gizmos and gadgets. It's COOKING not rocket science.

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I hung an oven thermometer in my CCD. I found that my oven was very accurate.
It was around $3 at WalMart and was like this one,
Taylor Thermometer, Oven Dial 100F 600F, Each Silver at Cooking.com
Use a stone, tile, cast iron pan or put an air bake pan under a loaf pan to avoid excessive bottom burn.

I cook my rice in a sauce pan. We like the Kroger store brand of Jasmine rice. Nice taste and texture and it cooks in nine minutes. Not all Jasmine has a nine minute cook time so check the directions.
We always use the exhaust fan.

I never baked bread in my oven but I am a big fan of premixing dry ingredients to save space and avoid mess.
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I know Michail "Artstream" had bread recipe he uses all the time and he is a full-timer. I don't remember how he makes it but if you send him a message he will fill you in.
Good Recipe. See post 30 here: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f415...tml#post688046 There is a link to the recipe from there.
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