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A week ago I bought and tried the 'Dry Cooker' made of steel and non conductive ... Useless and in the bin.

 

Today in Tesco I found an Aluminium Non Stick Stockpot, 9.1/2 inches across and 4.1/4 deep, so with a suitable stand inside as suggested by MEL I should be all set for some tests. The cost was £14.50. It has a glass lid with a steam escape hole which I can use for a digital temperature probe.

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We don't have a cooker cos the van is not big enough and we don't do BBQ's, and we hardly eat out. As the Chef I can organise it to suit us. We like small amounts of food and many of the supermarket prepared dinners are very convenient.

 

I reckon with this new gadget I can cook two at a time on racks that I will make. BBQ's often mean salads and neither of us eat them, salads are rabbits food to me and have no nutritious benefit.

 

It's quite surprising how little is required by older people, their system is deteriorating so fewer variations are required for maintenance but they must be nutritious.

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Good Grief, No Sunday Roast, whatever next, I have not found a café / restaurant which can equal a home/Motorhome cooked Sunday roast dinner, that's why the UK specification on imported M/H Normally ( not always ) have a full oven in them, we would never by a M/H which didn't have an oven as part of its equipment, I do the preparations, better half does the cooking ,I do the washing up, well worth it,  each to his/her own.
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pepe63 - 2013-11-27 6:40 PM

 

In fairness, I think(although I may be wrong)that Will has a T5 PVC, so I don't think he, nor many other owners of similar sized vans, would really want to be shoe-horning a full oven into them. ;-)

 

bit tongue in cheek, Pepe, as you realised ;-)

We do have an oven, a la Corky, and like to mix and match our meals to the site/location.

We do eat out, we do like to barbecue, we are on holiday, we do like a Sunday roast in the van......but only when the situation warrants.

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pepe63 - 2013-11-27 7:20 PM

 

bolero boy - 2013-11-27 7:05 PM

...bit tongue in cheek, Pepe, as you realised ;-)

;-)

 

(..to be honest, the ovens in our first two vans, spent most of their lives just operating as expensive bread bins (lol) )

 

Our oven is dual purpose - a very effective bread and cake bin most of the time and a very effective oven when we fancy a home cooked meal instead of more rabbit food or cafe fodder.

 

But we do find it easier not to cook on the move in case we spill something!

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A lovey Roast in the Van, on a cold winters day.

 

We have just been on our last Club Rally for the year it was our Christmas Rally. 6 units and between us we cooked a full Christmas meal for 16 people, all cooked in the vans.

 

Starter was Breaded Brie with garnish.

Main course Roast Turkey and Gammon. Roast potatoes/parsnips. Carrots, Brussel Sprouts, Yorkshire puds, Bread sauce and gravy.

Desert Christmas Pud, fresh fruit salad.

Cheese and Biscuits and port.

 

Then there was Bubble and Squeak for Sunday lunch with cold turkey and gammon.

 

All the ingredients were fresh none of that ready prepared rubbish.

 

 

 

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Will85 - 2013-11-27 6:14 PM

 

A week ago I bought and tried the 'Dry Cooker' made of steel and non conductive ... Useless and in the bin.

 

Today in Tesco I found an Aluminium Non Stick Stockpot, 9.1/2 inches across and 4.1/4 deep, so with a suitable stand inside as suggested by MEL I should be all set for some tests. The cost was £14.50. It has a glass lid with a steam escape hole which I can use for a digital temperature probe.

 

 

If this is what you have got ?

 

 

http://www.tesco.com/direct/tesco-teflon-coated-24cm-non-stick-aluminium-stockpot-black/206-7054.prd

 

 

you do realise it does need liquid in it ;-) no good for those ready meals you want to cook! so really just the same as any large pan only without the handle.

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Tracker - 2013-11-27 10:05 PM
vindiboy - 2013-11-27 9:21 PMWhat you really need is a Pressure Cooker, cooks a lot quicker, keeps the flavours in and is a lot less hassle.
And fills the van with so much steam you won't be able to find the way out!

Absolute rubbish, turn the heat down and the weight just revolves slowly and emits very little steam, you need to contain the steam and pressure for the  cooker to work correctly, far less steam  than a conventional  saucepan, cooking lessons  are obviously needed here.
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Tracker - 2013-11-27 10:05 PM

 

vindiboy - 2013-11-27 9:21 PM

 

What you really need is a Pressure Cooker, cooks a lot quicker, keeps the flavours in and is a lot less hassle.

 

And fills the van with so much steam you won't be able to find the way out!

 

If that's your experience Rich you ain't using it properly! It only gently lets out a little hiss whilst cooking, any more and you're just wasting gas, then to avoid the van filling with steam when you open it up, just stick it outside for a minute whilst you release the steam, and open it out there then bring it in ... much easier than it sounds!

 

One benefit of a pressure cooker however is that you don't have to keep it on the hob for the full cooking time, for example to cook spuds and veg to go with meat, you usually 'cook' (ie once the pressure is up) for 6 mins, so you can stop it a couple of minutes before without releasing the steam and let it just sit whilst you get the meat sorted, gravy made etc, for a good few minutes longer, then serve up .. if you only have 2 rings on your hob it can therefore enable you to use both of them if you need to whilst it continues to cook and keep the contents warm for a long time. By part cooking food in it, for example a stew, you can again take it off the hob and put it in a 'straw box' or something of a similar nature, and leave it there to finish cooking whilst you travel - it will keep hot for a long time that way and you then have a nice hot meal when you get to your destination. :-D

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Mel B - 2013-11-27 10:57 PM
Tracker - 2013-11-27 10:05 PM
vindiboy - 2013-11-27 9:21 PMWhat you really need is a Pressure Cooker, cooks a lot quicker, keeps the flavours in and is a lot less hassle.
And fills the van with so much steam you won't be able to find the way out!
If that's your experience Rich you ain't using it properly! It only gently lets out a little hiss whilst cooking, any more and you're just wasting gas, then to avoid the van filling with steam when you open it up, just stick it outside for a minute whilst you release the steam, and open it out there then bring it in ... much easier than it sounds! One benefit of a pressure cooker however is that you don't have to keep it on the hob for the full cooking time, for example to cook spuds and veg to go with meat, you usually 'cook' (ie once the pressure is up) for 6 mins, so you can stop it a couple of minutes before without releasing the steam and let it just sit whilst you get the meat sorted, gravy made etc, for a good few minutes longer, then serve up .. if you only have 2 rings on your hob it can therefore enable you to use both of them if you need to whilst it continues to cook and keep the contents warm for a long time. By part cooking food in it, for example a stew, you can again take it off the hob and put it in a 'straw box' or something of a similar nature, and leave it there to finish cooking whilst you travel - it will keep hot for a long time that way and you then have a nice hot meal when you get to your destination. :-D

There speaks a fellow Cookist HE HE 
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Will85 - 2013-11-27 6:14 PM

 

A week ago I bought and tried the 'Dry Cooker' made of steel and non conductive ... Useless and in the bin.

 

Today in Tesco I found an Aluminium Non Stick Stockpot, 9.1/2 inches across and 4.1/4 deep, so with a suitable stand inside as suggested by MEL I should be all set for some tests. The cost was £14.50. It has a glass lid with a steam escape hole which I can use for a digital temperature probe.

 

You can buy trivet's(often used as pot stands), but as has been said, you will need water in the saucepan you have bought. Best way is to use a steamer/or 2, on the saucepan, then you cook on just 1 ring

I do this (plus I do have a pressure cooker) and often only use the electric plate on my cooker, as we are usually on hook up, All veg will steam, also poach eggs in the steamer

PJay

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Tracker - 2013-11-27 10:05 PM

 

vindiboy - 2013-11-27 9:21 PM

 

What you really need is a Pressure Cooker, cooks a lot quicker, keeps the flavours in and is a lot less hassle.

 

And fills the van with so much steam you won't be able to find the way out!

 

 

Pressure cooker makes LESS stream than boiling on the stove

Would not be with out one (I've got two) I had one as a wedding present (cost £5) in the 1956, a large Prestige one, used to bottle fruit, in the days before freezers. They are truly one pot cooking.

PJay

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I thought from other similar thread that a Dutch oven (Pepe's suggestion) with heat defuser, one of the only ways of replicating an oven type device on a hob. If I was so inclined which I am not...one of our Le Crussett heavy pots (from kitchen) and lid seems to do the same sort of job. They are heavy but surely an easier way to solve would have been to spec van with a compact oven or get one retrofitted

 

As for Cooking a Christmas dinner or roast in a van in November........Get a life!lol

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Thanks folks, I'll let you know any results after tests. I don't give in easily !

 

Maggyd

 

Yes, that's the one. As said I will run some tests. The body is aluminium which is a good heat conductor and is the same as the skillet that many rave about..

 

Aluminium melts at around 630c, I need to raise the interior to 200c which means the base will be higher but with adjustments it should be fine. There were stainless pots similar but stainless is a poor conductor and not so efficient.

 

After all its only like a large frying pan with a lid where I already cook large pieces of beef and chicken without a problem, all I wanted was a larger space with a lid.

 

The Skillet advertisers never replied to me.

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