Heading to cabin in ME w no electricity-propane stove & fridge avail but cleanups a chore. Looking for make ahead freezer dishes or low mess meals.
We head to an island in ME every summer on vacation for at least 2 weeks. There is no running water or electricity on the island. The cabins are set up with propane tanks so we do have a propane fridge and gas stove. The kitchen sink has a hand pump that pumps in collected rainwater from the roof. You can't drink it. But there is a freshwater spring with safe water. THIS IS NOT FOR EVERYONE, I know, but for some (like me), it's heaven. Cooking is wonderful on the island, but for some reason, everything tastes better there, but the cleanup is such a chore--boiling water, multiple buckets of soap and boiling safe water, etc.
I want to make food that I can make ahead in a tin and freeze, defrost day of, cook in the oven, serve on paper plates, then throw the whole thing away when we are done. OR easy, low mess, fresh food that comes together with as few pots, pans and utensils as possible.
Looking for fun, fresh ideas, more than just the run of the mill?
The pic is the view from our cabin. :)
I've just added the recipes, the quiche recipe here: https://food52.com/recipes/30101-spinach-mushroom-and-jarlsberg-quiche and the risotto here: https://food52.com/recipes/30103-chicken-mushroom-and-green-pea-risotto and the veggie lasagne here: https://food52.com/recipes/30104-red-white-and-green-veggie-lasagne. Enjoy!
And if you get tired of the no-electricity thing, just paddle on over to Martha's place on Mt. Desert Island. She'll have enough guest rooms to accommodate you. :-)
What about cooking outdoors on a small grill? This expands your repertoire immediately with no pans to clean
I think it's the whole thing! Will peruse this eve. Thanks again! Crab casserole?! Yum!
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Have a great trip - looks beautiful!
Do you have a pizza stone? Pre cook your crust. Add toppings and freeze. Preheat to 475, bake 10-12. Yum.
Is there a grill? Salads with grilled chicken. Skewers can be frozen and then grilled.
How much freezer space do you have?
We only have small amount of freezer space in our cabin, but under the floor in the "Big House" kitchen (pictured; built in like 1875) has a storage area that will fit several coolers. This will keep foods frozen for quite a while. Blueberries and depending on the time of year, raspberries, are prevalent on the island so we cook with those as much as possible too.
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You could make some make ahead things like veggies, all spiced up and ready for boil in the bag. Even frozen cooked rice in the bag.
For first night. I've done Grilled steaks. Super sear them to char and then freeze.
Put in the food saver and use them as ice packs on the way up to camp. Then after they've defrosted..give them a bit of a boil in bag to finish cooking. Throw some herbs and frozen butter in the bag too before sealing. Think of it as a reserve sous vide.
I've also used snow peas with oil, soy sauce, and red pepper flakes. Sauteed and frozen then vac packed. And the Alidi brand frozen green beans (which are amazingly good and thin) vac pack while frozen with a bit of garlic and oil. Then boil in the bag and serve with shaved parmasean cheese (bread crumbs optional).
Go to mexican store and get some banana leaf...and make packets of veggies, fish (that is a lake there isn't it?) Wrap those up with seasoning and steam or grill them. Use some fresh lemon and limes in the packets and some root veggies that travel well.
.....humm you could probably freeze those packets with frozen fish and deploy them at the camp site in a steamer or grill.
Or cut some parchment paper and make little packets of fish, veggies, butter, spices, oil, seasoning, and a dash of white wine--or beer. Then bake for about 15min. Serve on paper plate.