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Old 01-17-2019, 11:20 PM   #1
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Hi folks.
I am considering switching to some form of class-B kitchen cooking which requires absolutely the least amount of clean up. By that I mean microwave cooking in glass bowls, or better yet, disposable bowls. We do mostly RV park camping but I never use the propane so we only have cold water for clean up. I am tired of spending more time washing than eating!
Where can I find some easy to clean microwave recipes? I have tried all the standard Mug-cooking and microwave cookbooks, but none are configured for someone who does not want to spend any time cleaning. I hate to resort to canned and frozen food. I have considered a new instant pot, but even that needs clean up.
Any help out there (other than take-out or delivery)?
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We make up quart-sized batches of stews, soups, chili, sloppy-joes, spaghetti-sauce, etc, etc and freeze them in plastic containers before the trip. Thaw one out (in the microwave if necessary), ladle some into a paper plate or bowl, and heat one-at-a-time in the microwave. Drink your beer from the bottle. Only cleanup is silverware.
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Thats what we are thinking. The only problem is that the freezer section if the refrigerator is so small for 14 to 20 day trips. But, I can add a bottle or two of frozen water and turn the thermostat all the way down. Then the refer section freezes too! Also, using plastic silverware eliminates that clean up!
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.... Only cleanup is silverware.
Ditto on the home prep - we do such a massive amount of home cooking and freezing that we built a custom hitch carrier to accept a 50 quart Yeti full of frozen food (here). I feed multiple adults for weeks at a time with that.

But we have the silverware cleanup issue figured out, too. I have two disposable cutlery holders with neodymium magnets mounted to the galley wall. When we are pinched for time, they serve as single-use implements for us. When it is convenient, we do wash and re-use them several times before throwing them away.

But the bottom line is, between home-prepared meals in FoodSaver vacuum bags, paper plates and bowls, microwave operating on our lithium battery (with inverter), and disposable cutlery, many of our meals result in zero need for dish washing.

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Very nice!

That picture gave me a pang of nostalgia for our Interstate. There is a lot I miss about it, but those venetian blinds aren't one of them. Don't they drive you crazy?
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Default Still looking for "no Clean" microwave recipies

Thanks for the precooking ideas. I actually do not like cooking all that much, even thought we do that a bit. What I am really looking for are recipes that I can prepare in the RV from scratch, with little is any clean up required. We tend to drive a lot and stay only 2 or 3 days in any one place. that leaves plenty of time to hit the Safeway so as to restock with Veg, meat, etc which requires less refer-box space. So far I use disposable cooking bowls and do a lot of oatmeal and yogurt for breakfasts, sandwiches for lunch, and whatever for dinner. I tend to use a lot of potato and steamed veg. But, meat is a problem in the microwave.

I have given up on slow cookers and instapots because of the cleanup required. I want to stick to outdoor grills and indoor microwave.

Any ideas out there for 2 or 4 ingredient dinners in the microwave with disposable everything?
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Meat in the microwave is probably your bottleneck. I'm sure you've considered the obvious options available, hot dogs, bacon, ham, breakfast sausage, meatballs etc. A lot of grocery stores also have pulled pork, beef, and chicken with or without sauce. The veggie burger and meat substitutes have all improved over the years too. Most of those are not only microwave ready, they are designed to be done in a microwave.
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Thanks for that Binny.
We have looked at repaired and frozen grocery store items, as well as deli items. If we limit out storage to three or 4 days we should be fine. I would like to be able to cook using fresh veg and meat. I have found a few recopies for things such as stuffed pork which I will try at home before out next road trip. Simple meat dishes, potatoes, wild rich, steamed veg, those all look do-able. They all look to be low effort and low cleanup as well...

I am looking for additional microwave recopies, 4 items or less, that can be made in disposable cooking utensils.
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One trick I used to use while backpacking was to cook food in turkey bags. Put a little water in the bottom of a pot, and then line it with the bag. Cook your whatever as usual. No pot scrubbing.
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I have not tried cooking bags. Will that work in a microwave? Or is it best in a pot or slow cooker?
Pretty good idea
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