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Old 01-31-2017, 08:27 AM   #1
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Cooking Inside or Outside?

We are new to the airstream world and getting ready to go on our first extended trip for several months. I'm curious about how much cooking is done inside or outside, provided the decision is not predetermined by weather or other factors.
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Old 01-31-2017, 08:36 AM   #2
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I've seen a lot of people do both, but it depends on weather and what you feel like doing.

Some folks grill outside, use a crockpot, etc.

I have found that cooking anything aromatic inside requires the vent fan on, to prevent everything inside from smelling like what you are cooking.

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Cooking in the galley is pretty much a one-person operation. Once you have your routine, the presence of another person only complicates things so we try to hybridize the operation. Maybe meat on the grill, side dishes from the galley or Crock Pot meal (indoors or out).

Mid-summer, it is nice to avoid using the oven...
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It's important to consider a few things when cooking indoors:

Cooking produces moisture/humidity. Not only from the evaporation of moisture in foods...but also as the result of burning LP gas. (The byproduct of combustion is carbon-dioxide, carbon-monoxide, and water-vapor.) Moisture will contribute to formation of condensation ON and IN walls and cabinets and will promote the growth of dangerous and unsightly MOLD.

IF you cook indoors, ...in order to reduce that humidity problem you will want to run your exhaust fans (Overhead Fantastic Fan Vent and/or Range-Exhaust.)

IF you run those fans... you will want to open a window... to allow air to enter the Airstream.... OR you will suck air down the black-tank-ventilation and fill your Airstream with STINK. Opening that window will let outside air and outside temperature to come inside ...and will carry any smells, humidity, etc. along with it.

Cooking indoors will probably add greasy residue to the atmosphere inside the Airstream and increase your housekeeping chores.

My wife and I will warm things in the microwave, and we brew coffee on the range.... but we run the Fantastic Fan Vent with a bathroom window open when we cook and when we bathe....to remove humidity. In winter, we run a small electric heater on top of the lavatory/vanity to add heat to the incoming window air, which vastly improves the situation.

Hope that helps.
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I have used my crockpot outside many times, too....just set it up on the picnic table, and let it go.

Avoids the indoor food odors.


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Old 01-31-2017, 10:37 AM   #6
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Cooking outside just means more time...outside! We cook in the camper sometimes but with the fire pit, propane grill, Dutch oven, instant pot and induction stovetop we can do pretty much most cooking outside - under the awning with much of that if it's raining too. Cooking camping breakfast in a fire pit is pretty darn awesome too....as are the many Dutch oven recipes DW masterfully handles....when the heck does camping season start?!?!?!
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If I am hooked up and have a 30a shore power for the convection micro-wave, I have no issue in baking and/or reheating inside the trailer. If I am not on shore power and need to do some baking, I'll generally do it on the egg outdoors.

When hooked up however, pizzas, meats, etc., are usually always done on the egg, outdoors. I'll cook rice or steam veggies inside on the stovetop still; or cook my oatmeal in the morning therein.
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Both.
Cook inside with Crock Pot or convection microwave.
Cook outside with state park grill, campfire, electric griddle.
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I do both. Weather permitting, I cook in the fire pit most of the time and prep the rest inside.
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INSIDE cooking is limited to: Rice, Pasta, Boiling Eggs, etc, notice, those are non aromatic ingredients.

OUTSIDE cooking is for bacon, sausages, steaks, seafood, etc notice those are aromatic ingredients.

Baking is another consideration. When baking, cookies, cakes, deserts, those smell great, so no problem INSIDE.

Baking stuff that smells: seafood for example, find an alternate solution.

If you have the space, bring a portable oven.

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If I am hooked up and have a 30a shore power for the convection micro-wave, I have no issue in baking and/or reheating inside the trailer. If I am not on shore power and need to do some baking, I'll generally do it on the egg outdoors.

When hooked up however, pizzas, meats, etc., are usually always done on the egg, outdoors. I'll cook rice or steam veggies inside on the stovetop still; or cook my oatmeal in the morning therein.

Do you have a special way to transport your egg, pretty heavy to move around? What size?
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Our answer is similar to the others. Coffee inside almost always. With shore power we use a small drip coffee maker, with no power, a small stainless steel percolator.

We carry a small propane grill, a dutch oven, and a butane one burner like the omelet guy uses at the breakfast buffet (small, light, and inexpensive). I prefer to cook outside, but don't hesitate to use the galley. On rare occasion we'll do both, for the extra burner space.

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Old 01-31-2017, 11:21 AM   #13
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I set up an outdoor kitchen with a Coleman stove and a Smoky Joe grill. That leaves baking to be done inside. New trailers have pull out canopies, ours does not. So we set up a canopy and spend most of our time outdoors under the canopy for shade. I like cooking outdoors for all the reasons listed above. We wash dishes in the trailer after each meal - but we tend to use paper plates at lunch. On the road we use a french press for coffee which requires me to get out early and get the stove going to boil water but I'm a morning person anyway. In rain / cold weather we move everything inside and deal with it -
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I do a lot of cooking indoors, but I am careful about greasy and smelly foods. I use an electric frypan outdoors for those. We haven't found a grill that works for us. When we do, we'll use it a lot more! I don't particularly like going inside and out all the time during food preparation.

Boxite makes indoor cooking seem disastrous : it's not really. Venting is important, though.

What is an egg?
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It's important to consider a few things when cooking indoors:

Cooking produces moisture/humidity. Not only from the evaporation of moisture in foods...but also as the result of burning LP gas. (The byproduct of combustion is carbon-dioxide, carbon-monoxide, and water-vapor.) Moisture will contribute to formation of condensation ON and IN walls and cabinets and will promote the growth of dangerous and unsightly MOLD.

IF you cook indoors, ...in order to reduce that humidity problem you will want to run your exhaust fans (Overhead Fantastic Fan Vent and/or Range-Exhaust.)

IF you run those fans... you will want to open a window... to allow air to enter the Airstream.... OR you will suck air down the black-tank-ventilation and fill your Airstream with STINK. Opening that window will let outside air and outside temperature to come inside ...and will carry any smells, humidity, etc. along with it.

Cooking indoors will probably add greasy residue to the atmosphere inside the Airstream and increase your housekeeping chores.

My wife and I will warm things in the microwave, and we brew coffee on the range.... but we run the Fantastic Fan Vent with a bathroom window open when we cook and when we bathe....to remove humidity. In winter, we run a small electric heater on top of the lavatory/vanity to add heat to the incoming window air, which vastly improves the situation.

Hope that helps.
Never thought of all that. Thank you for the insight and explanation. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!
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For a long trip, go prepared to do a little of both. Nothing tastes quite as good as food cooked outside over a campfire or in a Dutch oven, but sometimes that doesn't work. Your campsite may be under a burn ban. Your favorite dish might be something that's best cooked inside. You may have had a long day's travel and be too tired for anything but the microwave. You might actually find a fantastic restaurant you want to try.

In other words, we use a variety of cooking techniques at home, so why not do that on the road?
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An "egg" I believe is referring to a Big Green Egg ceramic grill. Great versatility in cooking but VERY heavy. I have one at home but it is much too large to travel with. Curious to know what size one would take on the road?
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Search for BruceB in these forums and their use of the traveling green egg
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The Big Green Egg:http://biggreenegg.com/how-do-you-like-your-eggs/

One of the best cooking options in our arsenal. Comes in many sizes. We thought we had the smallest one but recently saw an even smaller one for sale. I believe ours is the minimax/ 13" or so. Works well for 2-4 travelers. Great for anything from steaks, taters to fresh local seafood. Also makes amazing homemade grilled pizzas! We use small pizza stone or a salt plate too. Pretty amazing especially if you enjoy home cooked meals on the road.

Bon appetit'
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I prefer to cook outdoors, however, I always make our coffee inside as I preheat my water 207 degrees before adding it to my french press. I also make our steal oats indoors and will bake occasionally in the convection oven. Whenever I turn the stove on I make sure the vent is open even though for the most part what I cook inside does not make an odor. On occasion I have made pancakes and even bacon inside however if you do expect the smoke alarm to go off.

I often prep my food inside but will finish it outside either on my infrared grill or on my induction top. If need be I also carry a Coleman propane stove that I often use for making breakfast outside.

I like the idea of the mini green egg. I use a large BGE at home and if the mini was available awhile back I might have bought it. If you do remember it is ceramic and must be packed safely.
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