Ethnicity: White American
Location: Pacific Northwest, lives in an RV with her retired husband
Outdoor Activity: I would describe my outdoor activity as a mix of relaxation and adventure, where I can enjoy the natural beauty of different destinations across North America while also engaging in activities such as fishing, kayaking, and hiking.
Cooks outdoors: Yes
Owns an EV: No
Q: When you are outdoors, what are your 5 most common breakfast foods, from most common to least common, and how do you prepare them?
My 5 most common breakfast foods when I am outdoors in my RV, ranked from most common to least common, are:
Oatmeal: I prepare oatmeal using a small pot and a portable stove. I usually add fresh fruit, nuts, and a drizzle of honey for sweetness.
Eggs and toast: I cook eggs using a small frying pan on the stove and toast bread in the toaster or on a portable grill. I often add vegetables, cheese, or bacon to the eggs for extra flavor.
Pancakes: I prepare pancake batter using a mixing bowl and a whisk, then cook them on a portable griddle or frying pan. I often add fresh berries or chocolate chips for a sweet twist.
Yogurt and granola: I serve Greek yogurt with granola, fresh fruit, and a drizzle of honey for sweetness. This is a quick and easy breakfast option that requires no cooking.
Breakfast burritos: I prepare scrambled eggs, sausage or bacon, and vegetables in a frying pan, then wrap them in tortillas and heat them on a portable grill. This is a hearty and satisfying breakfast option that can be easily customized to personal preferences.
These breakfast options are relatively quick and easy to prepare, while also providing a good balance of nutrients to fuel my outdoor activities. Additionally, they can be easily customized based on the available ingredients and personal preferences.
Q: When you are outdoors, what are your 5 most common lunch foods, from most common to least common, and how do you prepare them?
Sandwiches: I prepare sandwiches using bread, cheese, deli meat, and fresh vegetables such as lettuce, tomato, and avocado. I also add condiments such as mustard, mayonnaise, or pesto for added flavor.
Salads: I prepare salads using a mix of fresh greens, vegetables, and protein such as grilled chicken or tuna. I also add nuts, seeds, or dried fruit for added texture and flavor.
Wraps: I prepare wraps using tortillas, a protein such as grilled chicken or turkey, and fresh vegetables such as lettuce, tomato, and avocado. I also add condiments such as hummus or tzatziki for added flavor.
Grilled cheese and tomato soup: I prepare grilled cheese sandwiches using bread and cheese, and serve them with a side of tomato soup. I use a portable stove or grill to heat up the soup.
Pasta salad: I prepare pasta salad using cooked pasta, fresh vegetables such as tomatoes and cucumbers, and a vinaigrette dressing. I also add protein such as grilled chicken or tuna for added flavor and nutrients.
I enjoy experimenting with new recipes and incorporating local ingredients from different destinations into my meals.
Q: When you are outdoors, what are your 5 most common dinner foods, from most common to least common, and how do you prepare them?
Grilled meat and vegetables: I grill a variety of meats such as chicken, steak, or fish, and vegetables such as zucchini, bell peppers, and onions on a portable grill. I also marinate the meat beforehand to add flavor and tenderness.
Stir-fry: I prepare stir-fry using a mix of fresh vegetables, protein such as chicken or shrimp, and rice or noodles. I use a wok or large frying pan on a portable stove to cook the dish.
Chili: I prepare chili using ground beef, beans, tomatoes, and spices such as cumin and chili powder. I cook the chili in a large pot on the stove or in a slow cooker.
Fajitas: I prepare fajitas using a mix of grilled meat such as steak or chicken, peppers and onions, and tortillas. I also serve with condiments such as guacamole, salsa, and sour cream.
Baked potatoes: I prepare baked potatoes using a portable oven or on the grill. I also add toppings such as cheese, bacon, and sour cream.
Q: Which one is your favorite and why?
My favorite meal to prepare when I am outdoors is grilled steak with vegetables. I marinate the steak with a mix of olive oil, garlic, soy sauce, and Worcestershire sauce for a few hours before grilling it to perfection. I also grill a mix of vegetables such as zucchini, bell peppers, and onions with some olive oil and seasonings.
Q: How often do you cook outdoors in your RV lifestyle?
I enjoy cooking outdoors when I am traveling in my RV or participating in outdoor activities such as fishing and kayaking. Depending on my travel schedule and plans, I might cook outdoors several times per week or sometimes once every few weeks. Generally, I prefer to cook outdoors when the weather is pleasant and when I have access to the necessary equipment and ingredients. Recently, it’s been raining a lot so my husband and I have been staying indoors.
Q: What kind of RV do you own?
My husband and I own a Winnebago RV. It has a spacious interior with a kitchen, dining area, living room, bedroom, and bathroom. We love the convenience and flexibility of having our own home on wheels, which allows us to travel and explore new places at our own pace.
Q: How much of your outdoor cooking is prepared in your RV prior to going outdoors?
I like to prepare some of my meals in advance when I am planning an outdoor activity or traveling in my RV. I find that this helps to save time and minimize the amount of preparation that I need to do outdoors. For example, I might pre-cook some meat, vegetables, or grains that can be easily reheated or added to other dishes when I am outdoors. I also like to bring along pre-made salads, sandwiches, or other easy-to-prepare meals that I can eat on the go. However, I still enjoy cooking outdoors and often prepare some meals from scratch using my RV kitchen equipment or portable grill. It really depends on the circumstances and my personal preferences at the time.
Q: How many people, if any, do you typically enjoy outdoor experiences with?
I often enjoy outdoor experiences with my husband, who also travels with me in our RV. However, we also enjoy meeting other RV travelers and participating in group activities such as potlucks or barbecues. Depending on the location and circumstances, we may also invite friends or family members to join us on our outdoor adventures. However, we typically cook and prepare food just for ourselves unless we are part of a larger group activity.
Q: What outdoor cooking equipment do you typically bring with you?
My husband and I typically bring a variety of outdoor cooking equipment with us when we are traveling in our RV or participating in outdoor activities. Some of the equipment we typically bring includes:
RV kitchen equipment: Our RV is equipped with a stove, oven, refrigerator, and freezer, which we use to cook and store our meals.
Portable grill: We also bring a portable grill that we can use to cook meat, vegetables, or other foods outdoors.
Cooking utensils and tools: We have a set of cooking utensils and tools specifically for outdoor cooking, including pots and pans, cooking utensils, and knives.
Portable propane stove: In case we want to cook outdoors, we bring a portable propane stove which we use as an alternative to our RV stove.
Q: What kind of portable grill do you own? Please describe in as much detail as possible.
I own a Weber portable grill. We find that this grill is well-suited for our needs because it is compact and easy to transport, but still provides enough cooking surface area to prepare food for two people. It has a sturdy construction, with a porcelain-enameled lid and bowl that are designed to resist rust and fading. It also has a convenient push-button ignition system that makes it easy to start up and get cooking quickly. Overall, we have been very satisfied with our Weber portable grill and find that it is an essential piece of equipment for our outdoor cooking adventures.
Q: What kind of portable propane stove do you own? Please describe in as much detail as possible.
We have a Coleman portable propane stove. This stove is designed for outdoor use and is perfect for camping or RVing. It has two burners, which provides enough cooking space for preparing meals for two people or more. It is also compact and easy to transport, which makes it ideal for our outdoor adventures. We like the fact that it runs on propane, which is readily available and easy to store. The stove has adjustable burners and a wind-blocking design that helps to maintain a consistent flame, even in windy conditions. Overall, we find that our Coleman propane stove is a reliable and versatile piece of equipment that has been a great addition to our outdoor cooking setup.
Q: How often are you bringing this equipment with you?
My husband and I bring our outdoor cooking equipment with us whenever we are traveling in our RV or participating in outdoor activities such as camping or fishing. We try to use our equipment as much as possible, but the frequency with which we use it depends on our travel schedule and the activities we have planned. Typically, we use our RV kitchen equipment and portable grill multiple times per week, especially when we are camping or staying in one location for an extended period of time. We also use our portable propane stove and other equipment as needed, depending on the circumstances and our cooking needs. Overall, we consider our outdoor cooking equipment to be essential for our outdoor adventures, and we always make sure to bring it with us whenever we are traveling or exploring new places.
Q: How long is a typical outing for you?
The length of our typical outing depends on our travel plans and the activities we have planned. When we are camping or participating in outdoor activities such as fishing or kayaking, we might stay in one location for a few days or up to a week or more. During these outings, we like to take our time and enjoy the scenery and activities that the area has to offer. When we are traveling in our RV, we might stay in one location for a few days or up to a few weeks, depending on our travel schedule and interests. Overall, we like to keep our travel plans flexible and adaptable, so that we can make the most of our outdoor experiences and enjoy all that the great outdoors has to offer.
Q: What locations do you usually go to?
Some of our favorite outdoor destinations include national parks, state parks, and other natural areas where we can enjoy activities such as hiking, fishing, and kayaking. We also like to visit coastal areas where we can enjoy seafood and beach activities, as well as scenic areas with beautiful vistas and mountain views. Overall, we enjoy exploring new places and trying new things, so we are always open to new travel ideas and suggestions.
Q: Have you ever used electric cooking equipment during any outdoor activities?
I have not used electric cooking equipment during any of my outdoor activities. I find that propane or charcoal grills, as well as portable propane stoves, are better suited for outdoor cooking because they are more portable, easier to use, and do not require an electrical power source. I prefer to stick with propane or charcoal grills that are designed specifically for outdoor use and are better suited to the rugged conditions.
Q: If you were to bring your cooking tools from home to the outdoors, without considering electricity and weight, please list three preferred cooking tools and reasons. Please be as detailed as possible.
Cast iron skillet: A cast iron skillet is a versatile and durable piece of cookware that can be used to cook a variety of dishes over an open flame or on a portable stove.
Large, stainless steel pot: A stainless steel pot is ideal for boiling water or cooking pasta or other dishes that require boiling.
Griddle: A griddle is a versatile piece of cookware that can be used to cook pancakes, eggs, and other breakfast foods, as well as grilled sandwiches and other dishes.
Q: What do you find inconvenient or want to improve in your current outdoor cooking experience?
One of the biggest challenges that I face when cooking outdoors is managing the temperature of my grill or stove. Outdoor cooking can be unpredictable, and it can be difficult to maintain a consistent heat source, especially in windy or inclement weather. This can make it challenging to cook certain foods, such as delicate fish or vegetables, which require precise temperature control.
Another challenge that I face is cleaning and storing my outdoor cooking equipment. Outdoor cooking can be messy, and it can be difficult to clean grills, pots, and pans thoroughly when I am in a remote or outdoor location. Additionally, storing my cooking equipment can be a challenge, especially when I am traveling or camping in a small space.
Q: How important is cooking and food in your planning and preparation for an outdoor activity?
Cooking and food are very important to me when planning and preparing for an outdoor activity. For me, outdoor cooking is a big part of the outdoor experience, and I enjoy the challenge of preparing delicious and satisfying meals in a remote or outdoor location.
Q: Imagine an outdoor activity setting with an electrical supply and whatever electrical cooking equipment you may need. What would your ideal cooking environment and experience be like?
First, I would want a spacious and well-ventilated cooking area, with plenty of room to move around and prepare ingredients. Ideally, this area would be covered, to provide shelter from the elements and to make cooking more comfortable in inclement weather.
Next, I would want a range of high-quality electrical cooking equipment, including an electric stove, oven, and grill. These appliances would be designed specifically for outdoor use and would be durable, efficient, and easy to use.
I would also want a range of high-quality cookware and utensils, including pots, pans, mixing bowls, spatulas, tongs, and knives. These tools would be designed specifically for outdoor use and would be made of durable, heat-resistant materials that could withstand the rigors of outdoor cooking.
Finally, I would want a well-stocked pantry of ingredients, including fresh produce, meats, grains, and spices. Ideally, these ingredients would be locally sourced and would reflect the flavors and cuisine of the region where I was cooking.
Q: How do you organize, store, and transport your cooking-related tools?
I prioritize organization and efficiency when it comes to storing and transporting my cooking-related tools. I have a specific area in my RV where I store all of my kitchen equipment, including pots and pans, utensils, and small appliances such as a blender and toaster.
When I am packing for a trip, I make a checklist of all the cooking-related tools and equipment that I will need, and I pack them in an organized and accessible manner. For example, I might use a storage bin or backpack to transport my kitchen equipment, and I will make sure that everything is properly wrapped and secured to prevent any damage or breakage.
In terms of organization, I try to keep my cooking-related tools and equipment in designated spaces within my RV, such as a cabinet or drawer. This makes it easy to find what I need when I am cooking, and it also helps to keep everything neat and tidy.