Eating out is a treat, but if your budget or concern for your health doesn’t allow you to do so while on vacation, eating in is a great option. There are always challenges to cooking in someone else’s kitchen or cooking without an oven or sink, so pack your kitchen suitcase wisely. Anticipating what will be missing will go a long way to helping you enjoy your vacation.
Cooking over a campfire may sound simple and delicious, but actually, it takes a lot of preplanning. If your campsite comes with a grill, great. If not, you will have to bring a small cook stove or plan meals that can be cooked over an open fire. The best way to ensure success is to start with some really good equipment like a cast iron skillet and a high quality, long-armed plastic spatula. High heat-tolerant full oven mitts are a must when working over an open flame. A rookie mistake while camping is to forget seasonings like salt and pepper. In addition, refer to Gundry MD olive oil reviews to find the most savory cooking oil flavoring because outdoor cooking is all about bold taste. Finally, do not forget a little bottle of dish soap and a pot scrubber. Cast iron skillets make food delicious, but they are a bit of a chore to clean. If you’re only camping for one night and plan to take your dirty cookware home, plastic bags do the trick nicely as long as everything has cooled properly.
Believe it or not, there are plenty of delicious meals that you can make using only a microwave. If little ones prevent you from indulging in fine dining, and you want to avoid fast food as much as possible, pack a few microwave friendly cooking tools and ingredients. Although most motel and hotel chains have microwaves, very few of them provide any sort of dishes. Bring a large handled microwave friendly mug or soup bowl for everyone in the family. These can be used as cups, bowls and plates. Scout out recipes such as mac and cheese that can be prepared easily. It starts with dry macaroni noodles that get mixed with shredded cheese which is easy to bring in a small cooler. Eggs also cook well in the microwave. Practice a few times at home to get the hang of the technique. As with camping, don’t forget salt and pepper, dish soap and utensils.
Rental homes obviously provide the most flexibility when it comes to cooking in, but that doesn’t mean they will have everything you’re used to. Most provide a basic set of pots and pans, but not necessarily the extras you might find in your own kitchen. If a sharp knife or measuring spoons are important to making your meal, you might want to pack your own. If you are planning an elaborate meal or one with several components, it’s also wise to throw in your favorite pot, pan or wok. Guest houses usually (but not always) have an array of leftover seasonings from previous guests, but to be sure you have what you want, bring your own spices. One item that almost no rental home provides is disposable containers or plastic bags for storing the extra food from day to day. Last night’s pot roast could make a delicious picnic lunch tomorrow. Don’t forget a way to save it.
Cooking in a relative’s home can be fraught with challenges. Although your mother-in-law or sister is likely to have a similar set-up as you, you most likely won’t know where anything is. Too many cooks in a small space calls for one important ingredient – wine. Make sure you pack your favorite kind.
Cooking on the road can be rewarding and exhausting, but if your vacation plans don’t include five-star restaurants every night, there is no reason why you can’t enjoy good food that you make yourself. The key to making this part of the trip a success is planning.