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Old 01-08-2017, 09:15 AM   #1
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Full Timers, what you use for cooking

Ok I am at a cross road here. We have a 5th wheel and hopefully in the next year we will be living in it. I have the dishes (Corelle), nice plastic drinkware (Waverly). Now what do you use for cooking? I see the infomorcials (sp) for Copper Chef. It looks ideal for F/T but is it worth the money? I have been to Camping World and looked at the cookware that stacks into one. Very expensive and HEAVY. Not sold on that yet. The gentleman told me there is another cookware they sell but they cannot keep it on the shelf. I wonder if it is the Copper Ware.

Later on we will get a grill but right now What do you use to cook in the Kitchen.

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Old 01-09-2017, 11:34 AM   #2
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We full time, and I use lightweight nonstick cookware. Nothing fancy. Keep the size of your cooking space in mind when selecting cookware--how 2 or 3 pans will fit on cooktop.
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Old 01-10-2017, 03:56 PM   #3
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We use the same cookware we use at home, we just take what we need from our house. We do cook foods that tend to spladder outside on the the propane grill. DW cooks food that she can inside but things like steaks and seafood and bacon and grilled chicken outside. We do cook bacon and eggs in the microwave.


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Old 01-10-2017, 04:32 PM   #4
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As a relatively new full timer in a very nice 5'r, I can say I was perplexed and not sure what to buy when we first started out. After I realized that this was going to be my full time home, while at work anyway, I decided to use what I would use in a normal sticks and bricks setting. Basically what ever I liked and wanted to use.
For me that meant an inexpensive Wally Mart pan set, a mix of Corel dished, plastic dishes, and paper plates.
As my unit doesn't move too much and there is only two of us, I didn't need to concern myself with family parties and the quantities of "stuff" needed for that tasking.

Have fun and try not to over think preparing for your new adventures. As time goes on, you will find the right combination that will work for you.
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Old 01-10-2017, 05:13 PM   #5
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The #1 thing I recommend is to purchase an Instant Pot. You'll find it on Amazon. Google and YouTube are your friends for Instant Pot recipes.
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I use a portable induction unit and have added some cast iron and induction friendly cookware. I use it whenever I have electric hook up to save on propane.
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We ended up buying a set of ceramic/induction-friendly pots that nest in on each other. We're incredibly happy with them, though we do have some nicks in them from putting knives into the sink inside of them.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IBM0JSM/

We use our stove with these.

Next up, as seakayaker mentioned is our Instant Pot. This has become the surprise hero of cooking. My wife was a diehard slow cooker and it took an amazing amount of convincing for her to give it up. The Instant Pot is an electric pressure cooker and is pretty remarkable. We use it a good 3-4 nights per week. In fact, we found that it was used so often that getting a second one made sense.

And finally, we grill on our Weber Q quite often. My only complaint with it is that drips and drops gum up the burner tube. I picked up some grill mats from Bed, Bath, and Beyond. They keep my grill cleaner and better- I don't have issues with the burner tube getting clogged up. My only real complaint is that it takes small bottles and that's a hassle. But, I have a conversion kit on my horizon.. just haven't done it yet. We grill a good 4-5 nights a week.
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#2 on our list is an electric kettle. These are dirt cheap and extremely handy.


We use it to make our Starbucks VIA coffee, hot chocolate, and anything else that requires hot water FAST.
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#3 on our list is a Blackstone Griddle.


We also have a Camp Chef griddle but the Blackstone is nice because it's MUCH lighter.


We use the griddle for everything that we'd previously use a grill for. Additionally, it does great for eggs and other breakfast foods. Even makes an awesome grilled cheese sandwich.
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We ended up buying a set of ceramic/induction-friendly pots that nest in on each other. We're incredibly happy with them, though we do have some nicks in them from putting knives into the sink inside of them.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IBM0JSM/

We use our stove with these.

Next up, as seakayaker mentioned is our Instant Pot. This has become the surprise hero of cooking. My wife was a diehard slow cooker and it took an amazing amount of convincing for her to give it up. The Instant Pot is an electric pressure cooker and is pretty remarkable. We use it a good 3-4 nights per week. In fact, we found that it was used so often that getting a second one made sense.

And finally, we grill on our Weber Q quite often. My only complaint with it is that drips and drops gum up the burner tube. I picked up some grill mats from Bed, Bath, and Beyond. They keep my grill cleaner and better- I don't have issues with the burner tube getting clogged up. My only real complaint is that it takes small bottles and that's a hassle. But, I have a conversion kit on my horizon.. just haven't done it yet. We grill a good 4-5 nights a week.

On the Instant Pot can you fry chicken in it? Where did you buy yours at?


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