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Posted: 06/12/21 02:10am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Usually thinking ahead, I like to prepare certain foods in bulk and freeze for the road. Problem was, can't stuff the smallish RV freezer too much, otherwise, it just won't keep stuff frozen (had ice cream bars melt prodigiously in short order). So, I opted to pick up a Dometic Dual Zone fridge/freezer (on sale!) to store extra foods for the road, and wondered what some of your favorites might be?

I make chili, soups, and cabbage rolls, and now that I can store more, I'm looking for easy, quick, delicious menu items I can make at home, and pack for the road.

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We've gotten into the habit of making a bit extra during meal prep and always try to freeze some. This week I'm taking frozen short ribs that have been vacuum-sealed. Re-heat in a pot of hot water, BOOM! We will generally only freeze things that take a long time to cook, like short ribs or Ropa Vieja, another favorite that freezes well.

We also do a lot of canning in the summer, including soups. The obvious advantage here is you don't have to take up valuable freezer space.

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I tend to make two servings when ever I cook. One goes into the freezer.


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Our mainstay that we take is shredded pork. At home, I cook a pork shoulder in the crockpot with just onions, garlic, salt and pepper. Shred it up and split into several serving bags. On the road, we either add bbq sauce for sandwiches or make burritos by adding green chili/enchilada sauce or rotel and canned black beans and corn, plus other condiments on hand like shredded cheese, sour cream, salsa. You could do all this with chicken too.

Also, sometimes I precook a few hamburgers to freeze.


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Next time you make a favorite meal, double the recipe and freeze it. If we’re in the mood for lasagne I’ll make 2. One to eat and one to freeze.

Your soups idea is always good. If you want to dress up a chicken soup just bring it to a boil and drop in some frozen biscuits. Put a lid on it and let it simmer 20-25 minutes for chicken and dumplings. If I don’t have time to make my own frozen biscuit dough I pop into the store and pick up Mary Bs frozen biscuits. Most Wally Worlds have them.


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When i went from the pop up to the TT the one thing i used , that i never did at home was the microwave. Lasagna, chicken cutlets, anything you can think of. Easy meals for the road, and one night stopovers. I find the smaller freezer in the TT quite good at keeping stuff frozen, even when packed. I went a bit over two weeks on a trip without resupply with 3 people.


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I freeze my chili with veggies, pork tamales, beef vegetable soup mostly. On the road I grill out a lot, so the freezer stays full of various grilling meats for the Weber Q1200. Love doing fajitas myself, or anything that uses tortillas. Sometimes I'll freeze up some precooked chicken and steak for those rainy day fajitas. [emoticon]

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These are all great ideas, folks, keep 'em coming! And Thank You!

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Smoked pork butt freezes really well and is very versatile. It reheats well, and you can make tacos, bbq salads, put on top of a baked potato, quesadillas, nachos, chili, grilled cheese, sandwiches, or just plain with some sides.

Just about any pasta dish.


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Wow. OK, sounds like it might also be good idea to obtain an Air Fryer or an Instant Pot... Since I'm generally lost in the kitchen, do I want or need both? Is this something I really SHOULD make room for? And for an RV, would a smaller size be best?

I think I opened up a big can of worms with this OP, but I'm trying to think beyond usual borders.

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