So I bought one of those heated lunch boxes for hot meals on the road.
What sort of meals do you heat up in those?
Anybody try spaghetti or perogies?
I heat a lot of things in mine.
My wife stocks me up for the week, when I leave the house.
Sausage and biscuits.
Meat Pies -- Hamburger, potatoes, onions.
Meat Pies -- Sausage, egg, and cheese
Hormel Dinners -- single serve
Man, the list is only limited by your imagination.
Tip for you: Go to Wal-mart or your local grocery. And pick up some aluminum cooking trays.....for less than half what you pay for the ones in truck stops. Also, pick up a roll of foil. Not everything needs to be cooked/heated in a tray. You can wrap it...and toss it in. 15 to 25 minutes, depending on what and size.
We have the Digital one from Burton...My wife has made, Pot roast, Tacos, rice, mac'n cheese, soups, chili bacon and eggs grilled cheese sandwiches, various veggies and quite a few other things with it.
Between that thing and the grille, We hardly ever eat in cafe's anymore.
I'll add if I may,Google "Jetboil" and "mountain house meals". The jetboil is a stove that runs on issopropo fuel. You boil water with it, then pour into the mountain house dehydrated food bag and in 10 minutes you are ready to eat. Mountain house has a large variety of entrees and they are very good. They are sold at most any sporting goods store and cost about $5-$7 ea. You dont really save money eating them vs a TS, but they are handy when you get stuck like in a snowstorm or at a shipper etc. The meals have a long long shelf life. All you have to do is boiler water. Again, this isnt for every day eating, but more of an emergency backup for the unforeseen. I have eaten these EXCLUSIVELY on several remote Alaskan hunts for up to 12 days and they are very tastely and generous in portion.I use my jetboil daily on the road to make coffee. Heat the water and add tea bag coffee packs. About .25 cents per cup. But the jetboil cost around $80 so it would take a few months to pay for itself, but man is it handy. Coffee in my truck anytime anywhere. Google it up.
end of the road,
When you're stuck in a snowstorm or unable to get food from a store or TS, it is absolutely a good idea to have on hand. It tastes very good, is easy to prepare, is nutritious, needs no power from the truck, and most importantly it beats not eating.
You really lost me why you think mountain house is bad for the times when a driver is stranded. Try eating it firsthand before you post that it"s "not a good idea."Last edited: Nov 6, 2010
I am an avid wilderness canoeist and have eaten Mountain House meals. Tasty? Some of them. Good for emergencies? Absolutely. Easy to prepare? Nothing easier. Healthy? Not in my mind.
I do have a emergency supply of food in the truck, I am more concerned with getting a hot meal through the day that does not involve eating in a truck stop.
I appreciate the idea, but not the intent of my original post. Thank you.