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Old 04-01-2012, 09:17 PM   #31
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I do a blend. I freeze some foods in case the weather is bad and I plan foods for grilling if it's nice. I prep the chickens by trimming the fat and marinating them.
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Old 04-01-2012, 10:02 PM   #32
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We like to do everything once we get to where we are going.

Love to do all the cooking when set up....including putting fresh stuff in the crock pot.

Yes we do use a crock pot but really like grilling over a campfire but unfortunately not all CG's that we go to now, because of the size of our new rig, have fire rings.
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Old 04-03-2012, 06:58 AM   #33
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Who needs food? Pack of hot dogs and beer and you are set!
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Old 05-24-2012, 08:51 AM   #34
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Just finished slow cooking 3 racks of ribs and a chicken. Dry rubbed overnight with my home made dry rub, and slow cooked for 2 1/2 hours. When it's time to eat, they will be warmed on the grill and basted with home made glaze. It's much easier to clean up afterwards doing it this way.
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Old 04-04-2016, 11:35 AM   #35
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I even go as far as pre cooking my thick bacon so I don't have a greasy stove top when I'm done. Just a quick warm up and boom we're eating!
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Old 04-04-2016, 12:23 PM   #36
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Since we've been camping in a trailer (all of six months), I've been preparing my foods while at home and freezing them for the trip. I make beef stew and freeze it flat, cornbread, etc. I even make homemade chicken pot pies (cooked) and then freeze. Sausage gravy. Puff pastry braided egg casserole. French toast casserole. Chili. So then when it comes time to eat, I just pop it into the oven or my cast iron pot to heat up. Then I toss the disposable aluminum pan or plastic baggie for easy clean up.

So this last trip my husband said, "Relax. Take it easy. Just make hamburgers and hot dogs and what not." I even bought pre-made patties (beef and turkey) from Trader Joe's and all kinds of gourmet sausages, aka hot dogs. I forgot to pick up my grass-fed hot dogs from TJ and won't buy any other type.

Well, I spent the entire weekend either at the grill, at the sink or going back and forth to bring out every kind of condiment in the world for the burgers.

While I don't mind the occasional time on the grill for some yummy teriyaki, organic, free-range TJ chicken legs, this was a bit much. Plus my husband doesn't do any cooking, clean up or know where anything is to help. So I'm thinking that it makes much more sense and helps me enjoy my camping weekends so much more when I prepare food ahead of time.

ALSO - if you can't tell, I make food from scratch using organic ingredients so easy fixes like pre-made meals or boxed foods won't work for me. We eat healthy but we're poor so I end up making most of our food from raw ingredients like they did about 50 years ago. I literally grind my own wheat from berries in my Vitamix and make my own butter from raw cream.

So I'm just wondering if you find it easier to make food ahead of time or how do you minimize your work time out camping? I DON'T want to spend my time on food prep/clean up when camping. I need some ME time!

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Take it easy? I think not, at least not for you! When our kids were little, I used to plan my meals as you do and it made life easier. Now that we are empty-nesters, going on 6 years now, we don't do all that prior prepping but I do think it makes life easier and simpler.
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Coming from a canoe camping background where you have to portage ( ie carry everything over land from 300 feet to two miles) I have gotten good at dehydrating foods. We have never taken a cooler. So our little refrigerator is going to be a treat.

I make extra spaghetti sauce and dehydrate that. Chili, dehydrate that I have some very good things that depend on dry goods from the grocery store and the addition perhaps of a little protein. Anything that is leftover from a casserole gets dehydrated.

I keep the dehydrated stuff in Food Saver Vacuum bags

Salmon and alfredo sauce and dehydrated veggies are really good. I can use fresh or canned or smoked.
I have a backpackers oven ( there is no oven in our TT) so I use what is known as an Outback Oven with a backpacking stove. Outside.. to bake brownies and cakes and cormbread.
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Coming from a canoe camping background where you have to portage ( ie carry everything over land from 300 feet to two miles) I have gotten good at dehydrating foods. We have never taken a cooler. So our little refrigerator is going to be a treat.

I make extra spaghetti sauce and dehydrate that. Chili, dehydrate that I have some very good things that depend on dry goods from the grocery store and the addition perhaps of a little protein. Anything that is leftover from a casserole gets dehydrated.

I keep the dehydrated stuff in Food Saver Vacuum bags

Salmon and alfredo sauce and dehydrated veggies are really good. I can use fresh or canned or smoked.
I have a backpackers oven ( there is no oven in our TT) so I use what is known as an Outback Oven with a backpacking stove. Outside.. to bake brownies and cakes and cornbread.
Any recommendation on which dry food brand is best?
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It just depends on who I am with. If I want to spend more time with my guests, then I prepare meals at home, vacuum seal, and freeze.

This allows me to just boil some water and not worry about burning anything and no dishes.

I did this a lot more when tent camping then when in the TT but having gourmet quality meals is a real treat when on the road and you would rather spend time with your friends than in the kitchen.
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We often take frozen homemade soup and chili with us. We buy fresh meats and veggies at farmers markets. Seems like the older we get, the less we prepare ahead of time. I always fry up a lb. of bacon at a time outside.

It all depends on your current lifestyle also.
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