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Old 12-27-2018, 11:43 AM   #1
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Just curious about how you full timers and long term vacationers do food prep to save time and money on the road. I just read an interesting article from a full time couple about how they do food prep. They plan out for the week and do all there grocery shopping, chopping, dicing and cooking of some meats and etc all on one day and store it in their fridge in stackable containers to be able to quickly grab for meal prep for that weekday meals.

They say it helps them resist the temptation to go to fast food restaurants and blow their budget.

I was wondering what is common with you all on this forum.
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Old 12-27-2018, 03:58 PM   #2
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When leaving the house I/we do some slicing and dicing of common items but generally use sandwich bags for storage. More flexible and takes less room, especially as the supply dwindles.

Especially when traveling solo on longer trips I usually cook enough for 1-3 extra servings, i.e. a slab of baby back ribs, potatoes, scrambled eggs for burrito fill, etc.

I do a lot of "cloverleaf tours", park somewhere for a few days or more and go play in different directions on a motorcycle. It's nice to come back from a day of riding to a good meal(and a cold porter!) without a lot of effort.
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I do a lot of "cloverleaf tours", park somewhere for a few days or more and go play in different directions on a motorcycle.
I like that term, going to use it in the future

For food prep, I generally buy for a week off a shopping list from a recipe app called Paprika. I select the recipes that sound interesting and let it build my shopping list for me. I buy everything, plus any extras that I need to top off my staples. Then I just cook one of the recipes that interests me at the time, knowing I have everything I need.

I'm not too worried about space. I have the original 3-way refrig, plus a Dometic CFX28, so I have plenty of room. I can also run the CFX as an additional refrig, or as a freezer, so sometimes when leaving on a long trip I use it as a freezer and fill it with prepared meals from home frozen, then later set it as a refrig again.
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Old 12-28-2018, 04:08 AM   #4
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I like that term, going to use it in the future

For food prep, I generally buy for a week off a shopping list from a recipe app called Paprika. I select the recipes that sound interesting and let it build my shopping list for me. I buy everything, plus any extras that I need to top off my staples. Then I just cook one of the recipes that interests me at the time, knowing I have everything I need.

I'm not too worried about space. I have the original 3-way refrig, plus a Dometic CFX28, so I have plenty of room. I can also run the CFX as an additional refrig, or as a freezer, so sometimes when leaving on a long trip I use it as a freezer and fill it with prepared meals from home frozen, then later set it as a refrig again.
That Paprika app sounds interesting, I'll be checking it out.

Thanks.

BTW, the term Cloverleaf Tours is from Roadrunner magazine. A motorcycle travel mag that I really enjoy reading. Family business, to boot. Every issue has a Cloverleaf Tour along with other cool places to go.
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Old 12-28-2018, 07:26 PM   #5
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Soups and stews can be frozen in zip loc bags. We freeze them lying down so that they end up in a flat book-like shape. Can be easily stacked or stored upright in larger freezers.
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If you'd like to read an epic thread on this topic, here's the evolving story of how I developed a way to feed up to 5 adults for weeks at a time, across travel distances of 3,000 miles, off the grid for much of it, using a system built for our 22-foot Sprinter-based Class B (i.e., not an EXT, no luxury of that extra space):

Ideas for larger-scale meal transport in an Interstate? - Airstream Forums

TL;DR - My husband and I designed a custom hitch carrier (here) which accommodates a Yeti-50 into which I insert monolithic blocks of ice with vacuum-packed home-made meals frozen into them. My husband also built a form for the blocks so that they'd conform to the interior shape of the Yeti.

We have a mini-family-reunion tradition whereby we convene to vacation at a cottage in a remote area poorly served by restaurants. In addition to that, I have an off-grid lakefront property in Canada where we spend weeks at a time, so all this food-related effort was inspired by necessity.

Here's what the Yeti-shaped ice blocks look like. I can super-cool these and get them 3,000 miles on the hitch of our van without appreciable melting. It saved me the trouble and expense of having to figure out a powered freezer arrangement for the van which doesn't have space for that kind of option to start with.



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I really like the Yeti cooler setup, I only wish I could get it to work for my van. I would be concerned about approach angle with the cargo carrier on the back.

My biggest issue is that I have a gluten allergy and often travel to many southern states. I mostly stock up on items I know I won't be able to get easily in states like Mississippi and then buy fresh food items along the way.

The best part of going to the south is the availability of fresh seafood! I don't use much fancier than a Foreman grill.
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I really like the Yeti cooler setup, I only wish I could get it to work for my van. I would be concerned about approach angle with the cargo carrier on the back.

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We designed to account for that (I've gotten this question before). The current limiting factor on our departure angle is the skid plates that Airstream installed to protect the generator (they rightfully should be skid wheels, but that's a separate discussion). We were not the first owners of this van; we would not have ordered a rig with a generator and we may remove it one day. If we do, you can see from this photo that the carrier still will not adversely effect our departure angle. The frame itself will serve to define it.

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Camping is all about relaxing, taking your time and not worrying about it. If you go to the trouble of preparing your meals in advance you are missing out on today. You have to get away from being efficient in the kitchen. Camping is a completely different life style and you shouldn't try to change it. Just try to make the change to a more relaxed state of affairs. If you are trying to be efficient for preparing meals, you are probably still doing as you would do, if you were in the big house.
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Camping is all about relaxing, taking your time and not worrying about it. If you go to the trouble of preparing your meals in advance you are missing out on today. You have to get away from being efficient in the kitchen. Camping is a completely different life style and you shouldn't try to change it. Just try to make the change to a more relaxed state of affairs. If you are trying to be efficient for preparing meals, you are probably still doing as you would do, if you were in the big house.
Interesting. Given the same premise, I reach the opposite conclusion. For us, there is nothing more relaxing than not having to worry about meal prep. Popping a frozen package of something delicious out of the freezer, heating it up, and adding locally-sourced bread--what could be more worry-free?
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