Cooking in the truck while on the road?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by NH Guy, Mar 20, 2023.

  1. bluetone

    bluetone Bobtail Member

    Jul 22, 2021
    +1 on the above. I go to Dollar Tree / Dollar Store and buy containers, usually 3 or 4 for $1.25. Then just toss them when finished. I have a microwave and coffee maker, I'm good....
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  3. mud23609

    mud23609 Medium Load Member

    Mar 9, 2015
    1800 watt. I could only run one cooking appliance at a time but was never too big of a problem.

    I preferred the skillet, just for the space savings. The deep ones will cook anything you need and are less expensive overall than having separate pans.
    I used one like this.
    Robot or human?
    I have no idea why it says robot or human. Its a link to walmart.
    The microwave is nice for quick reheats, especially of liquids but is not necessary. I started off with one before I added the counter top oven and ended up building a little shelf over the foot of my bed to keep it on. The little oven went where the microwave would normally go.
    Last edited: Mar 20, 2023
  4. NH Guy

    NH Guy Medium Load Member

    Feb 26, 2023
    I will definitely look into it closer to when im finally solo, probably try to find something a bit bigger so i can make a meal for 2 or 3 days at a time. Get some cheap foil pans for the leftovers and toss them in the toaster oven/tabletop oven whatever i end up going with.
  5. drvrtech77

    drvrtech77 Road Train Member

    Mar 20, 2010
    I use an instapot as well…
  6. 201

    201 Road Train Member

    Apr 16, 2014
    high plains colorado
    Aluminum foil on a hot exhaust manifold,,hey, it worked for us and didn't cost a dime:thumbup:,,whatever you do, don't burn down the truck,,
  7. Space Truckin

    Space Truckin Light Load Member

    Mar 8, 2023
    Venus, Mars, and Tampa, FL
    I think that equipment choice is a function of what you like to eat, your driving schedule, etc.

    Having said that, I really liked the versatility of the Instant Pot. You can sautee, fry, use it as a crock pot and/or pressure cooker. I would make scrambled eggs in there. When frying or sauteeing, the high sides prevented splattering all over inside the truck.

    Plus a few other tools based on things I liked to make. In my case a toaster, electric kettle, microwave, and 2 plastic egg poaching cups. Because one of my staples was Egg McMuffins in the truck (maybe I need to post my recipe for that, too...). I could have them any time of the day or night, anywhere I was located. Plus McDonald's got crazy at some point, I was no longer willing to fork out almost $4 per each. Not that I could get the rig in there anyway (depending on location)...

    For cleaning I used a simple spray bottle with water in it, a brush, scrubbie, small bottle of dish soap. But one really cool thing I found was this collapsible basin. It would fold down almost flat and pop up to create a dishpan, which I would use to catch all my rinse water. Really cool thing I found on Amazon, made for camping I think. Just dump it in the grass and rinse out (with the spray bottle) when finished. I mentioned it before, but I also found my folding table invaluable as a kitchen, dining room table, office, etc...

    Speaking more generally, I eventually realized that eating/cooking is tradeoff between several competing priorities: time, cleanup, health, cost, taste, variety, etc. For example, when I was company driver I found that I rarely had time to cook a full meal, I was too busy running hard and crashing out afterwards. So I would grab and go something that looked OK, often fast food at my fuel stop, just because of time and I had some points. Other times I would take/make the time to cook. Some times I would grab that chef salad at Pilot, they used to be $5, I'm sure they are more now. But that's a healthy meal, and fast. But usually you have to chose between one or more of those factors.

    I also did what I called 'opportunistic scavenging' where I would grab whatever I saw that looked good, prioritizing rare and unique finds. For example at Kwik Trip they have those containers of picked off rotisserie chicken, ready to go. I would grab that and add it to my salads and other meals to bulk up the protein. If I knew I was passing by that rare good restaurant with truck parking along my way, I would try and stop there for the night if possible, etc. If all these 'easy/better' options fell through, I kept enough things in the truck (combination of refrigerated and non) to always be able to make myself something decent when and where ever I stopped (which was often at a shipper, receiver, or rest area for the night).

    I did most of my grocery shopping at Walmart (while spending the night), with occasional stops at Sam's Club, easy to get truck in and out of both usually. I actually prefer ALDI these days, but many are small / hard to get truck in and out of. Be careful trying to circle around back, many of them are not made for trucks the same way that bigger stores / shopping centers are, I almost got stuck back there one time.
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  8. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

    Jul 25, 2008
    Nashville, TN
    Search YouTube there are tons of videos that show what they are cooking, how, and what equipment they use. There are a million more YT videos from the yuppie vanlife people than truck drivers showing their cooking strategy.
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  9. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

    Jul 25, 2008
    Nashville, TN
    One trick some of the vanlife yuppies use is wipe down your pots, dishes, utensils, etc with a aper towel and then spray them down with white vinegar and wipe down. The vinegar keeps the microbes from growing.
    AdventureVanMan has a good YouTube channel, although he's about living in his van, not only cooking in his van.
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