Home Made Pre cooked vaccum packed meals

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Does anyone do this before leaving home? We will be travelling for about 3-4months later this yr and I wondered if preparing alot of meals before hand would be a good idea......

Andrea
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Reply By: Stewy - Tuesday, Feb 12, 2008 at 19:46

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2008 at 19:46
Andrea

I cook up a few stews, freeze them in Chinese take away dishes, once frozen I bung into vac bags, vac and seal, no messy defrosts just cut the bag open and reheat, great time saver

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Follow Up By: Member - Robyn J (QLD) - Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 23:03

Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 23:03
We reheat ours in the bag. Use the water to reaheat for washing up or showers or bucket baths depending on type of camping at the time.
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Reply By: Member - Matt & Julie (VIC) - Tuesday, Feb 12, 2008 at 19:53

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2008 at 19:53
Hi Andrea

We prepared our meals for our Simpson Desert trip last year (3 weeks) and will also do the same for our trip to Cape York this year
(5 weeks) We found by having the vegies already prepared
it was a great time saver we also took meat with no bones,steaks, sausages, hamburgers, chicken fillets, lamb steaks, all the food
was vacuum sealed in meal size, no food scraps means a lot less
rubbish, we don't prepare meals like stews, lasagne or pasta as
we always camp out and don't have enough room in the fridge
for anything like that.
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Reply By: Member - jjt98 (QLD) - Tuesday, Feb 12, 2008 at 19:58

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2008 at 19:58
Hey - I say do what your comfy with. You can over prepare. Our thing is getting excited about camp cooking every night - it's part of the experience.
Happy travels
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Jason
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Reply By: rumpig - Tuesday, Feb 12, 2008 at 20:11

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2008 at 20:11
X2 what stu said,
when we went on a 5 week trip up the cape we precooked heaps of meals before going. mainly it was stews and the like, we put them in tupperware containers for freezing and then vacum sealed them, best part about the tupperware containers was that it made the food items easy to stack in the freezer. real time saver when all you have to do is basically reheat dinner up.
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Follow Up By: Andrea11 - Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 11:12

Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 11:12
That was exactly what I was thinking...

Andrea
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Reply By: Steve from Top End Explorer Tours - Tuesday, Feb 12, 2008 at 20:13

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2008 at 20:13
And miss camp cooking NOT A CHANCE.lol

Cheers Steve.
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 13:52

Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 13:52
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and does it really take that long to cook a meal while relaxing with a nice Coldstream Hills red?
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Reply By: Willem - Tuesday, Feb 12, 2008 at 20:13

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2008 at 20:13
Apart from carrying cryovaced meats, we enjoy the fun of cooking meals on the open fire whenever possible.

Not sure what TIME one saves when you are on holiday as stated within this thread.... :-)
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Reply By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Tuesday, Feb 12, 2008 at 20:15

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2008 at 20:15
Personally, I don't. I guess if I had my own cryovac unit I probably might do some. Cryovac is indeed brilliant and I do purchase foods from supermarkets in towns that are pre-cryovaced (some fresh marinated meats and gourmet stuff is often packaged this way so that's handy). But no need to go overboard as food is rather fun to prepare when camping and can be quite a social activity. The trickest part would be reheating the pre-cooked food so that it doesn't dry out and that could take just as much effort and fuss as cooking it from scratch perhaps.
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Tuesday, Feb 12, 2008 at 20:27

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2008 at 20:27
Geez,

Some people must carry BIG freezers.

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Follow Up By: Andrea11 - Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 11:14

Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 11:14
No I don't carry big freezers we have a 40lt Engle I thought I could have on freeze, along with a fridge freezer in the caravan.

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Reply By: Member - BIGDOG G (WA) - Tuesday, Feb 12, 2008 at 21:24

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2008 at 21:24
Gday Andrea,
To each his own but...........your going for 3-4 months, do you expect to carry all the food ? Are you a new "Vanner" ?
Look, carry a couple of "quickie" meals if you have to but your gonna have to cook sooner or later, why not make it sooner.
You may learn to love camp cooking.

Have a great trip.............BIGDOG
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Follow Up By: Andrea11 - Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 11:16

Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 11:16
I wasn't thinking of taking enough meals for the whole trip just really enough to fill the engle and the freezer in the caravan... I hate cooking at the best of times and thought this would be a good eazy way of doing things.

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Reply By: meandet - Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 09:03

Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 09:03
G'day Andrea

We cook up some stew and freeze it in 2 lots. we put it in 2 decore containers of a size that fits nicely into our 40 litre Engel. Each one does us for 2 feeds. We find that they stay frozen for days and days. We love camp cooking when we are away but this is a nice easing into the trip.

Have a great time

Cheers

Peter
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Reply By: Andrea11 - Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 11:17

Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 11:17
Thanks to everyone for your thoughts and posts.

Andrea
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Reply By: Member - Davoe (Yalgoo) - Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 12:25

Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 12:25
Definitly dont do it unless frozen and kept frozen. Vacume packing cooked food is the same idea as canned food.
these cans are heated until the time/temperature of the coldest part of the can is sufficient to kill all botulism spores by a safe margin.
vaccume packing is fine for raw foods but there is bacteria that will thrive in the absence of oxygen in cooked food. botulism being the worst
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Reply By: rumpig - Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 22:11

Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 22:11
when i said earlier we went for 5 weeks up the cape, we only really had enough frozen food for the first 3 weeks of our trip, hope you didn't think we had enough food for 5 weeks, sorry if this was the case. we have an 80ltr engel combi (half fridge / half freezer), we had enough room in the freezer for steak, bacon, hash browns, sausages, peas, beans and a heap of frozen stews and some stir fry meals, probably a few other things in the freezer that i don't remember aswell. it was especially good on days when we got into camp late and didn't feel like cooking, could just grab a precooked meal and reheat it.
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