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Old 07-05-2003, 05:22 PM   #1
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Out for 2 weeks - Never used microwave once

Well, we went to all this trouble and expense to find a microwave/toaster/oven combination for our little trailer. Then had to figure out how to install it. We were on the road for 2 solid weeks and never used it once. We are taking it out. We used the grill/wok combination every time we cooked. Think we will use the stove eventually but didn't even use that this trip.

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Old 07-05-2003, 07:15 PM   #2
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Wow

Nancy,

We pre-cook food and freeze it before we leave and use the microwave to heat it up. Makes for a lot less work. And I have got to have my fast popcorn. I have even thought about buying a generator so we could cook a fast meal when we don't have shore power.

I don't see how we could do without it.
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Old 07-05-2003, 09:40 PM   #3
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Microwave

We use the microwave all winter down at the coast. The full hook-ups are at a reduced cost and there is usually only one or two campers in the campground. The weather is beautiful on the Oregon coast most of the winter.

We have two sets of cooking utensils. One for the microwave (which we use all winter) and one set for the summer when we do all our cooking outdoors.

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Old 07-06-2003, 09:47 AM   #4
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Okay, splain me! We primitives have never had a microwave in our trailer and we have travelled thousands of miles with our little unit. What are we missing? Meals are a highlight of our trips. No longer do we line up in restaurants, we simply select a spot with a view and cook on the stove in the trailer. If it is too hot for that we have a little two-burner portable stove that works on a picnic table. Corn on the cob with a grilled steak, cream salmon on toast for lunch, ham and eggs and fried potatoes for breakfast. Anything we do at home we can do out here.

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Old 07-06-2003, 10:40 AM   #5
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Micro, etc.

I'm thinking, how a person prepares meals at home has a lot to do with how meals are prepared "on the road." I have a microwave/convention oven at home and very seldom use my regular stove. Same in the egg. I've even thought about yanking out the three-burner stove out of the egg, and turning the area into more counter space. After all, I have a gas grill for any of "that" kind of cooking. I guess if a person is not used to cooking with a microwave on a regular basis, you'd almost have to plan meals so that you would use it. 'Course, like I've said on another thread, I'm a "heat and eat" kinda gal.

PS: I built a cover for over the top of my stove...did get that extra counter space I was lusting for.:wiggly
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Old 07-06-2003, 10:57 AM   #6
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Donna, I think you are right. I very rarely use my microwave oven at home except to heat up left overs. I never cook from scratch in it except popcorn. I use the stove, oven, toaster and grill.

Making things ahead of time sounds like a good idea but you would have to see our little refrigerator and TINY freezer before you know why we laughed when we heard that suggestion. There is no room to take along any frozen foods.

On this last trip, we tended to eat very simply: either a stirfry with lots of veggies and marinated tofu (sorry you meat lovers) or grilling chicken and veggies. We would round out the meals with some freshly baked French bread and wine. Oh, one of our other favorite meals was to use 1/3 of a box of those soup mixes, add a little chopped onion and beef. Put it all into our TINY crockpot that I got a Walmart. We put it together in the mornings before we left and came home to a delicious dinner waiting for us when we got home. ...Again, add bread and wine. ;)

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Old 07-06-2003, 11:06 AM   #7
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Weekend trips?

I agree also, that cooking while on the road for a couple of weeks, is totally different that how one fixes food for a weekend. If you plan on taking any 2-3 day trips, you may find that microwave comes in real handy...if you've planned ahead to use it. I pretty much take only 2-3 day trips, and the last thing I want to do is spend time cooking.
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Old 07-06-2003, 11:25 AM   #8
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Another good point that I hadn't thought of, Donna! Okay. We'll leave that baby in the trailer until we go to the Oregon Gathering at the coast in two weeks.

Actually, we were thinking of replacing this microwave with a tiny one that we could mount under the cabinets. This microwave/oven/toaster takes up all of the counter space beside our stove. If we are only going to use the microwave features, then we could get a tiny one to replace it.

Unfortunately, we threw away the box it came in so cannot return it. :bh I know, dumb thing to do. I guess I'll use it in my office in town.

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Old 07-06-2003, 11:26 AM   #9
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Donna, I think you hit the bulls-eye here! As we discussed in a thread called "What is camping" it depends upon whether you are a long range traveller or a weekend camper. For a weekend one can carry a few warmup meals and be done with it. However, if you are going to live in the trailer for an extended period one is going to have to embrace the dreaded word - COOKING! Now why not set things up to enjoy doing so?

We put a pot of water on to heat before sitting down to eat. By the time we finish we have enough hot water to pour into the plastic basin to do the dishes and in a few minutes we are underway again.
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Old 07-06-2003, 11:31 AM   #10
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Dreaded word?

COOKING?

:laugh Now I understand why we don't get more posts on the Cooking and Recipes section of the board!!!

Personally, I love to cook in my Casita... I don't know why it is that the housework I abhor at home seems fun in the trailer!! :wink

I'm kinda with Nancy on the mickeywave: we have it and use it when we camp with electric hookup, but we leave it at home if we're mostly going to be boondocking. That extra storage (ours is in a cabinet) is great!
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Old 07-06-2003, 11:44 AM   #11
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micro cooking

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I have to agree with Nancy and Donna. There would be absolutely no room to put meals cooked ahead in our little freezer. And the way you cook at home is probably the way you cook on the road. I do not "cook" food at home in the microwave. It is used mainly to heat up cold coffee or left overs, and hubby doesn't even like that because it changes the taste and texture of the food. I also agree that it depends on how you are traveling/camping and for the length of time. Being in a campground for 2-3 days is different than being on the road for 2-3 weeks.
If you are staying in a campground with electricity then the crockpot would work great. Put the food in it in the morning and have a nice meal at night. You would also have to be plugged in to use the microwave. We seldom stay in campgrounds and we travel each day.
So it is very simple to make a meal on top of the stove as I do at home. Having electricity is a luxury !! It is way too expensive to eat in restaurants and I can fix almost any meal in the trailer that I can fix at home and that allows us to use the money towards gas or sightseeing expenses.
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Old 07-06-2003, 01:08 PM   #12
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Beautiful setting, Ken & Di. It wouldn't matter what you ate at that location. It would still be wonderful.

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Old 07-06-2003, 02:47 PM   #13
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Mic or not???

we considered a mic, then changed our mind because of the lost space. At home we use it mostly for coffee warming and popcorn, and on nights when we're real tired, to nuke a prepared meal.
On the road is different. The other guy's might shoot me for what I'm about to reveal, but on the road I cook and Donna gets a break.
I even do the dishes, but sometimes I let her dry them. It's the only time that I really feel like cooking, because I'm no longer tired from work., and it lets Donna relax as well
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Old 07-06-2003, 04:28 PM   #14
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Good for you Joe! I enjoy cooking sometimes too. Since I'm older than dirt I can take the liberty of passing a judgement. It has been my observation that the people with the broadest smiles and the most outgoing personalities we have met on the road are those who have come to peace with the preparation of meals. Those that are still fighting the counter-culture wars are uptight. It matters not who cooks, it does matter that you are out there on the road doing so.

So, when I find a long enough extension cord to allow me to boondock I will install a microwave, until then the little stove and the propane bottle will have to produce our culinary delights. Say - maybe we could plug into a current bush! :lol

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