It has been raining, so I have been thinking about cooking while truck camping. (There are more thoughts on alternatives to a truck topper here.)
The breakfast drawer holds my favorite oatmeal oatmeal:
Bob’s Red Mill Scottish Oatmeal – 20 oz – 2 Pack. I put it in a ziplock bag, mixed with dried cranberries and pecans.
The milk (Peak Dry Whole Milk Powder) is divine. Tastes creamy. Can add it to cold liquids and it dissolves instantly. Great in hot chocolate or in cereal or coffee.
To cook with I use ghee (ANCIENT ORGANICS 100% Organic Ghee from Grass-fed Cows, 32oz) or olive oil. The ghee is great. Holds up to heat and cold, tastes great, has a high burning point.
I love cooking oatmeal for brunch … if the wind isn’t howling and its not raining. Right now I am in a NM State Park called Riverside (part of Caballo State Park) on the banks of the Rio Grande. Birds are singing me awake every morning and easing me into night time.
There are certain problems cooking when living in a truck. Wind, rain, cold, heat and space. And trying to keep eggs and vegetables fresh with no refrigeration (would rather have books than a cooler).
I have a plastic bag of oatmeal mix (Scottish oats from Bob’s Red Mill with toasted coconut, pecans and cranberries) that is my go-to breakfast. If its not raining. If the wind is below 30 mph.
My favorite, when I have eggs, is this process: I fry the eggs on top of a box of soaked potatoes, then cover them.
The key to all of this is steel plates and bowls. They wash easily, don’t break and are inexpensive. Compact Stainless Steel Dish Set for Home and Outdoor Use, with Small Plate, Bowl, and Cup
Dinner is usually a soup made from dried veggies (Harmony House Foods Soup Mix, Dried Vegetable, 12 Ounce Quart Size Jar) with dried mushrooms and a part of a pack of onion soup mix or hot and sour soup mix.
For the last 6 months I have been traveling in the New Mexico State Parks. It is a wonderful experience at an affordable price (out of state is $225 for 1 year). Once you pay the $225 you do not pay one penny more for two weeks of camping at any State Park. For a year that translates to $18.75/month. If you need electricity you will need to make reservations (extra costs are electricity $4/night, reservation also costs something) . It seems that people are getting used to the comforts of home and drive around in huge rigs, towing a car, and need electricity for their microwave. That leaves the non electric sites pretty empty and the electric sites full.
The State Parks each have something of interest … birds, history, hikes, water sports. In winter there are warm parks. In summer cool ones.
It still helps to:
- arrive at park on a Monday or Tuesday
- drive around looking and ask the camp host or ranger for the primo non electric site
- check out where the bathrooms are (you may want to be close or far)
- ask other non-electric campers about your next campground
- Be very aware of holidays, especially in summer.
- July 4th may require a reservation, even without electricity
- Christmas was surprisingly busy
This is a good example of a great non-electric site. The electric sites were all crowded together with no view. We are lucky.
A great shelter and indescribable sunsets.
There hasn’t been a bad camping spot, yet. And the luxury of bathrooms and water and showers are a great incentive to try the NM State Parks.