COOKING INSIDE OR OUTSIDE THE PUP

Discussion in 'Healthy Outdoor Cooking' started by brianbigdogsmith, Dec 14, 2013.

COOKING INSIDE OR OUTSIDE THE PUP

  1. INSIDE ALL THE TIME

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  2. OUTSIDE ALL THE TIME

    77 vote(s)
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  3. BOTH, DEPEDS ON THE WEATHER

    45 vote(s)
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  4. IN A SCREEND IN ROOM OUTSIDE

    3 vote(s)
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  5. RATHER RUN INTO TOWN AND EAT THERE

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  1. HappyCamperCanada

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    100% outside. I boil the kettle inside in the morning to heat water for the French press, but that's all our pup stove ever gets used for. Pup has a BBQ that hangs outside which we use quite a bit for grilling and as an "oven" for roasting potatoes, etc. Tin foiled veggies are great on the barbie. I have a 2 burner propane stove that I set up on the picnic table for all of our frying needs. We don't camp in bear country...we just don't want the inside of the pup to smell like supper. We do eat at the dining table inside since we don't have a screen tent outside. We did have a screen tent when we were tenters, but since we graduated to a pup, we're like hey, this thing is like a big screen tent on wheels. Let's use it!
     
  2. kitphantom

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    We've changed a bit, now that we have a small TT. Unlike the popup, we cannot set up a covered cooking area right outside our trailer, which was a disappointment. The only place our awning really shelters from most rains is right next to the door, which would be barely enough space for the stove. It's often too breezy to have that awning out anyway. With a working fridge and sink inside, it's just easier a lot of the time to cook inside. Our season has lengthened over what we did in the popups, and we usually go out more than we did in them too, so we're more apt to encounter darkness, cold, or wind.
    We did cook outside some this year, since we have two shade structures, and a screen house. We only use the screen house in places where it's not windy (it got flattened in canyon winds in CO the second time we used it) and it's buggy. I want to make more use of the Coleman oven on the camp stove, and that is definitely an outside task. We used the Omnia oven on the camp stove outside this year, since it was a hot day, but we could use it inside if we wanted to do so, if it was too windy or cold, for example.
    For Thanksgiving, we'll be meeting friends at a state park in AZ, and doing meals together. More than likely, I'll do a lot of my portion outside, on the camp stove or with the Instant Pot pressure cooker(s), since we have power. With our small TT, it's just easier to do that type of cooking outside,a nd the weather usually cooperates in AZ. The microwave will see some use, it's handy when we have power and light/dry storage the rest of the time.
    We still bring much of our food already cooked and frozen, it makes it easy, especially if we've been out exploring for much of the day, and gives us a wider range of choices. With a freezer that works well, we bring more than we did when we only had a cooler.
     
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  3. Arlyn Aronson

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    Can you get a bigger awning on that unit? We contemplated adding a one large enough for our new camper, but in the end, simply got a canopy that of course, is not dependent on the camper. We put it right over the picnic table! If we're at a normal CG anyway that has them.
     
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  4. bheff

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    We do cold breakfasts with the occasional pancakes and bacon. Then lunch (if at the camper) is crackers, sausage and cheese or sandwiches. Dinner is always out. We eat where the locals do and places that we dont have at home. I take one 12 inch electric skillet and that is it. No other pots or pans.
     
  5. kitphantom

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    @Arlyn Aronson - some Retro owners have changed the awning to the more vintage look one, but we'd still have the wind issue. There really isn't enough length to add one that covers more of the side, due to the curve at the front and back walls.
    We were using our shade/rain structures, two of the REI Alcoves (no longer made) for outdoor cooking space when we set it up. However, the winds we encountered over Thanksgiving ruined one, and the other is almost as weathered. (One wind wall blew apart when the wind ramped up quickly, we were just deciding we should take it down when riiiiiip.)
    I'm thinking we may get one of the Clam shelters, when I find a good deal on a size we want, i.e. one that I can handle on solos. We won't have a trip until fall when one would be useful, due to location or being just a short stay. Now that I've canceled my AZ trip this month (yay COVID-19 issues - I don't want to get stuck somewhere), my next trip planned isn't until June. Can't use stakes in that campground, the utilities are too close to the surface - I do not want to be the one who ignores the prohibition and punctures water or power lines!
     
  6. Arlyn Aronson

    Arlyn Aronson Well-Known Member

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    Where we normally camp, we need to bring along everything with ourselves. Nothing is near by. No power, no sewer just pit toilet and a hand pump. I should add that at the CG we frequently use, the water is terrible so we bring our own.... Is that boon-docking? [8D]
     
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    we bought the Aliner (which is hard sided) so that we could cook inside - and we do. Tho' sometimes we cook dinner outside. Lunch is in or out, if not on the trail.
     

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