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Well, due to my daughter having asthma and using a nebulizer that runs on electricity... even when I tent camp, I usually have electricity.

I am thinking about picking up one of these:

Hamilton Beach: Stay or Go Slow Cookers

So that we could have some crock pot lasagna or sloppy joes all ready to go at the campsite after a day of exploring.

I was also thinking that I could simmer something in it all day on a Friday while I'm at work, and lock the lid down for the drive to the campsite and have a meal to eat when we get there.

It is especially effective for me because I am usually the lone adult. I can't be tending the fire so we can cook something to eat and putting up the tent (or popup if I buy one) at the same time. This way, we could graze out of the crock pot while I set up camp and not be cranky and starving by the time I can get a fire going!

I love the locking lid for travel and to prevent a critter that likes the smell from having a taste while we are out and about.

Anyone have one of these, or advice not to buy this for camping from bad experiences with crock pots while camping?
 

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Those look awesome, will have to look into getting one of those! I try to stick with electric sites, if only to charge my phone, haha! :shrug:
The only thing I would be worried about with leaving it all day is animals. I guess it just depends on how "wild" the park is. The one we stayed in this weekend had animals (I am thinking raccoons) wandering in our site about 10-20 minutes after we went to the tent for the night. :shocked:
 

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Yeah... well I figured it would be too hot for them to touch while it was cooking.

I would of course eat the contents and wash it before the nocturnal critters were out and about like raccoons... but still feel safer with the locking lids for those critters that are awake during the day.
 

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:bang: Didn't mean to imply that it would be out at night!!! Sorry about that!
And now you see my air-headed-ness coming out, hahaha! Locking lids, duh. Sometimes I can be a little slow... :smack-head:
I'll learn someday...
I really want one of those now, haha!
 

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I do a lot of cooking with a crock pot while camping. I don't have that particular one but it is much simpler to throw something in and have it ready when you get back.
 

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i agree! Even when not camping..yesterday I called my 2 daughters (13 & 11) from [email protected] 2:00pm and had them throw a roast w/carrots, onion & potatoes 2 cups of water s/p and garlicsalt with 1 can of beef broth in...dinner was ready by 8~ easy enuff for kids and fast prep. time!!!
 

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I often use a crock pot when we are either on the road or at the camp site. I do not have the exact one as you spoke but any and all of them are great to use. I often cook meat items, soups, and vegtables. In fact, I often use two of them, for that purpose. Try it as you said, and I think you would be sold on the idea.
 

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I dont know what I would do with out mine:thumbup1:. I dont have the locking top but mine has a built in timer. Many recipes only call for 4-5 hours worth of cooking( I love the 101 things to do with a Crock Pot Book found at Camping World).So I can get it around in the morning before we head out for a day of fun in the sun, have it start at X time and its ready when we get back.
 

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I could see myself using this.. but since most of my exploring is on foot, I would find a way to run an extension cord into the vehicle so it could do its thing in the safety of an enclosed space free of varmits. (if I were tenting) or perhaps build a wooden box that I could lock it in so the critters couldn't get my food, after all, it may be a locking top, but ***** is clever critters
 

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I have used mycrockpot many times while camping. I have also always used it outside, without any "animal" issues. Except for the flies. For some reason, any time I have cooked pork, either ribs or a roast, the flies have been the worst. Doesn't seem to happen when I cook beef or chicken though.
 

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Guaranteed to make anyone hungry

My cousin uses one. With the windows open on the fifth, the smell of BBQ or whatever was cooking guaranteed everyone would be hungry in short order. She loved it because it meant cooking only once a day and if there were leftovers, the lunch was easy the next day. Haven't taken one along yet, but I intend to. kkd
 

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We have and use ours all the time. Easy to start and then go out hiking or exploring all day and then come back and your meal is ready. Great item to have when camping!
 

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Crockpot cooking

I like to use my crockpot while camping. I have also found slow cooker liners a great accessory to make clean up fast and easy. Just don't lift a full liner out of the crockpot or you will have an even bigger mess to clean up. Don't ask how I know this LOL. :smack-head:
 

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In many campgrounds, especially National Forest types it is illegal to leave food unattended like a crock pot and the like where animals can get to it. If it is a small animal they have learned to knock things over and let things cool for a treat. If it's in a tent, and they smell it, they've learned that one swipe of the claws, then enter the tent and then knock it over. If it's in an RV and a bear smells it, then getting into an unattended RV will not be a problem for them. Then it's BIG fines if you are caught and especially if you have damage and they got to it. Some ranger stations have posted pictures of damage critters have done - they are getting smarter and smarter all the time. So when in doubt do without.

We do use a slow cooker when the campground is well populated and we are in our RV. We have used it when tenting but someone is always around. Never took one backpacking (the extension cord alone would weigh me down). This keeps the dirty pots and pans down to a minimum.

They are fun to have along.
 

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I like to use my crockpot while camping. I have also found slow cooker liners a great accessory to make clean up fast and easy. Just don't lift a full liner out of the crockpot or you will have an even bigger mess to clean up. Don't ask how I know this LOL. :smack-head:
Wholly bump batman!:welcome:
 

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I have a crockpot with the locking lid. Happens to work nice for car rides but can't say I have tried it at the camper. We use the non locking lid at the camper. We don't have a large population of bears there so hopefully we should be OK. :icon_smile_bbq:
 

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I use my crockpot when we camp all of the time. I may fill it the night before we leave, cook it and take with us or if we are getting there early - fill it up, put it in the fridge and then take it with us and plug up while we are setting up camp - 4 hrs later - done.

My favorite thing to make is Easy Chicken Curry with rice.

Recipe: 4 large boneless chicken breasts, cut into 8 pieces; 1 bag dried applies, 1 bag dried cranberries (crazins), 1 can low sodium/fat free cream of chicken soup, 1-2 TBL curry powder (to taste).

Layer chicken, then apples, then cranberries, then chicken, apples and cranberries in the crockpot. Mix soup with 1 cup water, then add curry powder, stir well and pour into crockpot. Cook on low heat for 6 hrs or high heat for 4 hrs until chicken is done. Serve over rice.

I also do red beans 'n rice and that will bring the neighbors in to eat. Sometimes, it's a pot roast with potatoes and carrots.
 

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Okay, I have heard of this so many times these past few months I am intrigued.

It's like what happened when I first heard of deep fried turkeys so much and so many times I finally bought a kit and tried it and now this is the only way we like our turkeys. And when all of a sudden all we kept hearing about is brewed sweet tea, then the wife learned to make it right and I wasn't even a fan of sweetened tea.

Now, it's boiled peanuts. Can you share the recipe? Even though I am not a fan of peanuts, I do indulge in peanut kinds of things on occasion. I didn't use to like sweet tea either. But I'm learning when done up right, it makes all the difference.

Finally, I need to relearn how to like okra. When I was a kid, I hated the stuff but I'm hearing we probably didn't prepare it correctly. It doesn't matter, crock pot, deep frying, or another healthy method, please share!
 

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lol...I know the feeling I wasnt a fan of boiled peanut until about this time last year. But here is the way that I fixed mine: 1 1/2 lbs of raw peanuts, about 1/2 cup salt. Rinse p-nuts until clear, put in crock pot, add water and salt, stir about once every hour for the the first 4 hours. this is to get all the nuts soaking. Cook for about 10 to 12 hours, and then enjoy.
 
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