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Old 01-15-2013, 08:17 PM   #1
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what about food?

We are planning a longer trip than our usual few days to three weeks at a time. I have tended to pack enough of the dry ingredients to last for the trip - flour, oatmeal, rice and macaroni in serving sizes in separate zip lock bags. We enjoy the ease of just opening a bag of oatmeal adding water and having breakfast quickly and easily. Or knowing that the rice in the bag is just the ideal amount for the two of us. Other items like brown sugar and dried fruit have been packed in those clear plastic boxes with blue lids - they hold 2 or 4 cups of food.

This trip will be longer. No firm plans yet but likely mid May to mid July. That would mean an awful lot of ziplock bags!

So here I am with some questions about how you manage the food part of a trip. We often need to buy more fresh fruit or veggies, maybe some meat, bread or eggs and know this will happen for sure on a longer trip. But what do you do when you need more flour or sugar - what do you put it in so there isn't any spilling?

Anyone out there in FBRVland with some helpful thoughts, suggestions, ideas to avoid food hassles?
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Old 01-15-2013, 08:40 PM   #2
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I tend to purchase on the road. I hate draging something such as flour 5 thousand miles when it didn't get used.

I tend to stalk up on laundry stuff cause I know I will use it, personal items that I like. Just in case I get somewhere that they don't sell my brand. Flour can be bought anywhere. If you use it, then make a couple bags up for travel then if you run out stock up on the road.

Longer trips require so many other things that food isn't what I would worry about traveling with.
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Old 01-15-2013, 09:15 PM   #3
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Hazel, you didn't mention where you were planning on traveling, but does it include crossing the border into the U.S.?

KarenH asked a very similar question several years back. There's only 14 posts to the thread, but you may find some of the suggestions, etc. of value: "Bulk Barn" in U.S.?
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Old 01-15-2013, 09:34 PM   #4
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Thanks for the responses.
Robin - I'm asking about food and the storage of it because that is part of 'my' preparation job. My partner gets to worry about tools, propane, and all sorts of other gear.

Donna - we definitely won't be entering the US. We plan to spend time exploring the prairies of southern SK and maybe into Alberta. Shopping centres and campgrounds seem to be few and far between. For sure we'll go to Grasslands National Park - and likely spend time pulled off a gravel road in the middle of nowhere. Great opportunities for photography!

I was starting to think about the organisation of 'stuff' on a snowy evening.
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Old 01-15-2013, 09:44 PM   #5
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I like to stop every few days anyway to get fresh fruit, vegetables, salad fixins', so as long as I'm in the store, I get whatever else I may be running short of.
I do make sure I have a reasonable ( small ) stockpile of staple items in the camper or truck though, just in case I get temporary stranded due to weather or other unforseen calamities.
The one thing I make sure I have lots of is dog food, because my dog is on a special diet, and her food comes from the vet. Not all vets carry this brand.
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Old 01-15-2013, 09:57 PM   #6
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So glad you asked about food storage as we have come up with some ideas that have worked for us. We tow with a sedan and use the trunk as a pantry. Basically, we pack for one week and purchase food as we go. There is no need to haul around so much weight resulting in more wear and tear and lower gas mileage not to mention lack of space. A plus; when you run out of food you have an excuse to eat at a restaurant which is always a nice break from the routine. We keep a few extra cans for "emergencies". Hints: Label everything! With a Sharpee we mark the top of cans, ZipLoc bags, boxes (with blue masking tape). We group food items according to their container.
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Old 01-15-2013, 10:01 PM   #7
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I have a lot of food in my walk in pantry at home. Most of it is bulk, often in large packages or containers. The boler has limited storage, a small fridge etc. I hate to buy something while on a trip when I know I already have tons of it at home. So I repackage food not just into ziplock bags but plastic containers, jars, bottles and other repurposed packaging. I do not make individual servings though. Just a core group of basic ingredients that will make many different meals and snacks. I always pack plenty of things like rice, pasta and instead of flour, pancake mix and bannock mix and canned goods. Produce, baked goods and the limited by fridge size items are what need to purchased more frequently along the way. I think trying to package everything in serving size pouches is not practical for more than a few days.
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Old 01-15-2013, 10:04 PM   #8
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But what do you do when you need more flour or sugar - what do you put it in so there isn't any spilling?

Anyone out there in FBRVland with some helpful thoughts, suggestions, ideas to avoid food hassles?
Hazel I have done a number of trips in excess of 3 weeks. I keep dry goods in containers with lids which I pack at home, so I dont normally need to buy any on the trip. The size of the container depends on the goods. I dont use flour a lot when camping so its in a pretty small container, use lots of coffee, pan cake mix and rice so they get bigger containers. I like using square containers that can be stacked so you don't loss valuable space as you do with round containers. I use a lot of Tupperware containers that stack well and stick a label on the front that I can see when stacked up.
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Another thought...We tend to relax our healthy eating protocol a bit while traveling for convenience and practicality. While we do not succumb to a steady diet of fast food we have found some places that offer convenience and relatively healthy eating if you are willing to look beyond the chips aisle.
Gas stations with mini markets, 7-11, Pilot Travel Centers, Flying J and such all carry an amazing array of foods for the traveler. The ones on freeways seem to have the best assortment. While not the epitome of health foods you can get staples in small containers such as canned goods, nuts, biscuit mix, jerky, cereal, etc. They often stock some fresh foods such as milk, cheese, yogurt, sandwiches, hot dogs. (I usually get my ice cream fix at these places after eating their salad. Yes, I said salad!) The baked goods are usually individually wrapped which allows them to stay "fresh" for a long time (don't look at the ingredients panel). I am thinking of stocking our next camping trip with many items from our local 7-11.
Hope these ideas make for happy camping!
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As far as keeping things fresh and neat, as well as saving a little on space, I use a vacuum sealer. It's especially handy with meat. I individually wrap items, steak, hamburgers, even hot dogs. I freeze before I leave and eat them at the rate they thaw. Dealing with a thawed meat is leak free and generally cleaner. Stacks nicer too. Some pricier models have a "gentle" setting for use with crushable foods like muffins etc. I got mine hand me down but they come cheap. This is like the one I have, only $60.
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when we've travelled for extended periods, i used to stock up with some staples upon leaving home....but i don't do that so much anymore. i found i was using valuable space for "i may need this"-kind of products that, in fact, i ended up rarely using. now, i will take from home small containers of basics and i refill as needed along the way.

it's rare not to find a grocery store somewhere along a journey! even if one plans on spending extended time boondocking out in the boonies, one will surely have need to visit a local village or town for gas/propane/water etc....and even if the costs are minimally higher, it would be a great opportunity to meet the locals and give 'em some business!
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As far as keeping things fresh and neat, as well as saving a little on space, I use a vacuum sealer. It's especially handy with meat. I individually wrap items, steak, hamburgers, even hot dogs. I freeze before I leave and eat them at the rate they thaw. Dealing with a thawed meat is leak free and generally cleaner. Stacks nicer too. Some pricier models have a "gentle" setting for use with crushable foods like muffins etc. I got mine hand me down but they come cheap. This is like the one I have, only $60.
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We used the same method last fall on our 3 week trip . We sealed single meal portions of bacon ,sausage , steak ,hamburgers, pork chops, meatballs, etc in Seal a Meal bags and froze them. The Seal a Meal bags do not leak so they don,t make a mess if they thaw in the refrigerator and you can put them in a cooler with ice and not worry about the ice melting and soaking the food. We found it easier to have single meal portions than thaw a larger quantity , take what we need and then try to reseal and refreeze the item. For us it allows us to better plan meals and we waste less food
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Have to agree with the use of Seal-a-Meals. I attempt to make up single servings of just about anything & use the Seal-a-Meal. Even at home the individual, airless containers extend the shelf life both in the freezer and, of course for non refrigerated products, on the shelf.
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I hate draging something such as flour 5 thousand miles when it didn't get used.
LOL what you dont go camping to bake??? The container of flour in my trailer is of 1/2 cup size maybe less - mostly used for thickening up a crock pot stew or a gravy sauce. That one little container will usually last me a better part of the camping season.
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