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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

MOTORHOME MODIFICATIONS *C* Camping Outdoor Cooking and Grilling Stuff

I am going to start off the new year with posting three of our motorhome modifications at a time. I will post repairs, modifications, or neato things we have found for RVing.  I have lots of pics in my files so I will do them in alphabetical order.

Underneath that stuff, I will post my regular daily stuff..... kinda sorta fun, eh?

So here it goes, we are up to the letter C now!


Camping Outdoor Cooking and Grilling Stuff:
A big part of the camping experience is cooking outdoors. Food always seems to taste better when cooked outside, whether it is on an open fire or on a grill.  Steve is usually the outdoor cooking guy. I shop for the items, plan the meals, take out all the stuff to get ready to make the meal, do all the side things, and the extras, and set the table and bring it all to him.... so he can toss it on the fire or grill and say *I COOKED SUPPER*    hahahahahaha

Most of the campgrounds we go to have some kind of fire ring.  Many of the national forests and state parks have some type of grid or grill space for cooking on.  We make due with what is there, and often it resembles these: 

If there isn't any type of grate, Steve made up this device to use over the fire....  it is a single post that he pounds into the ground.  The grate is adjustable by sliding up and down the length of the post. The weight of the handle helps offset the weight of the food thus locking it into place.  Even a heavy cast iron pot of chili holds up to the device.

Best of all is using a tripod. I own a wonderful tripod welded by my ex husband for camping. I got custody of it in the divorce! LOL!  I do not like to haul it around in our motorhome, as it gets quite sooty and grubby.  So my sister and her husband haul it along in the back of their pickup truck for family camping weekends. 

The welded notches in one leg allow it to be raised and lowered 
 by a cable to different cooking heights. 
We even use it with pots or roasters on the grill surface.

When cooking ribs or chicken, we learned to cover the meal with tin foil 
and it traps the heat down by the meat
 and cooks more evenly, more like an oven!

One of our favorite cooking sauces is from O'Fallon Missouri called Andria's Steak Sauce.  Our friends Jim and Dee of http://tumbleweed-jimdee.blogspot.com/  introduced us to it when they came to visit. We stock up whenever we drive near St. Louis.  It can be ordered via Walmart or Amazon, but is much pricier.  You can order it directly from the company too: http://www.andrias.com/our-sauce.html    It is a brush on steak sauce to put on while things are cooking.  We put it on steaks, chicken, pork chops, ribs etc. I even add a dollop to stir fry!

One of our favorite things to cook over the campfire is roasted sweet corn.  Yummmm If you soak the corn in salt water the day before, or even for a few hours, then the husk is less apt to burn.  The added moisture steams the corn in the husk.  Then keep rotating it while it is cooking. Poking the grid with a stick is a fun past time while sitting around the fire to keep it moving. A new hint we have recently tried is after the corn is cooked, toss it in an old cooler to keep the husks hot until serving.  This is especially helpful when you are cooking a double batch for lots of hungry folks. It keeps it warm for a long long time.

My family also owns this HUGE cast iron fry pan to cook over the fire...
it is used for the summer for camping, 
then they take it to hunting camp in the fall. 
 we do breakfast sometimes called
 Heart Attack Breakfast (because of all the grease!) 

This is the smaller cast iron one we use too...
nothing can beat cooking on good old cast iron! 

We also have a big thick cast aluminum griddle to set on the tripod. this is good for pancakes, french toast or a pile of grill cheese sandwhichs.

this is kept up at Hunting Camp...


(it is made from a swing set and has a boat winch to raise and lower the grill)

Aside from all the campfire cooking, we do cook on a propane grill most of the time. Steve has found this little red one from Coleman to be his favorite to take along.  We have tried a whole bunch of different kinds over the years.  For now, this is the one he keeps in the camper, and at home we have the famous Weber Baby Q.  Grilling is a man's social thing....  here he and fellow Safari owner John Clevenger from Texas brought up his BBQ wings and took over the cooking reins on Steve's little red grill. 

Besides all of the rough and rugged manly foods, we also cook healthy foods too.  Here is a wire grid we found in a grilling dept. of a hardware store. It is perfect for big slabs of Salmon!  We brush on a bit of Andria's sauce and shake on some spices.  Yummmmmm  and keeps the fishy smell out of the motorhome to cook it outside on the grill. We can flip it right over so the little bit of fat falls off into the grill and the meat is virtually fat free and healthy. 

We have little circular grill from Coleman called a Party Grill.  
It is a good backup grill and very lightweight.  
It collapses down a circle of about 4 inches thick. 
Good to take to a beach or a picnic. Runs on propane.

  • The Pro is that is also has a burner surface that you can boil a pot of water or soup on.
  • The Con is that there isn't a lid like a regular grill so you have to use tinfoil to help with some cooking tasks. 

Now... we do not just GRILL our foods when camping. Sometimes we take along a turkey fryer!  Wheee that is a big family thing. This is my brotherinlaw Fuzz doing the honors. He has it down to a science and makes the best juicy perfect turkeys.

We use the base of our own turkey fryer for other things.. mostly steaming SNOW CRAB LEGS! Yummmm that is my favorite most of all!   It keeps the mess and stink out of the motorhome.  

And we use it at home 
for cooking crab legs outdoors too,
 even in the winter! 

 Oh Myyyyyyyyyy

We have also used the base (I kid you not) for canning vegetable and pickles... while camping!  Because my sister and I like to do canning, but we live 180 miles apart.  We bring all of our supplies and set them up and use the bases from our turkey fryers for our canning kettles and brine pot. We do pickles, or tomatoes, or  blueberry jam, or whatever happens to be in season.

 We do get a lot of funny looks in the campgrounds, I must admit. 

Mom even pitches in when she camps with us. 

The next blog post will be on the indoor cooking utensils and equipment that we found to be most useful when camping.   I will not bore you with recipes, because you can google for just about anything to cook outside.  But I think some of the stuff we use to do the cooking is interesting.


Well, our warm weather stretch has ended and we are back to normal Wisconsin temps for the middle of the winter. Now to get some snow back on the ground would be nice. Brown and grey terrain are not what we are used to this time of year.  The weatherman just said we will get down below zero by the weekend, and maybe have some snow on the ground by then as well.

Remember the lace I blogged about yesterday? Well, I hung a portion of it in my sewing room last night, with the help of my Mr. Tall Man Steveio.  I can't reach over the quilting frame table to get to the window.

See my collection of leaded glass suncatchers?  
Just one more thing I enjoy looking out at 
when I am up there sewing. 

The sunshine is coming in strong and warm this morning in the guest room that faces south. I snapped this pic when I watered all of my coleus, jade and ivy plants. I winter over this coleus indoors and plant it back out in the flowerbeds in the spring, once the danger of frosts has passed.  Then in fall I dig up some of the plants, and reroot others to start new plants.  I have been keeping this strain going since my friend Connie gave it to me back in the early 1990's.

They grow long and rangey and messy this time of year,
seeking as much sun as possible.

Steve is gone driving this afternoon for his handicapped old fart party bus. I am going to hit the sewing room and get some borders on that coffee quilt I talked about the other day.  See ya later!

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