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Welcome to “My Pinterest Page” where I share ideas, learn to be more creative and show off my own flare! What is Pinterest? Pinterest is a visual discovery tool that you can use to find ideas for all your projects and interests.  From RV cooking to where to camp – you can find it all on Pinterest. Come along and share your ideas…..

Reuben Sandwich Recipe

Let’s make GREAT Reuben sandwiches together!!

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This is my personal Reuben sandwich Recipe from the deli that I owned and still make them this way today. If you have a nice size flat solid surface griddle for your outside grill, that’s perfect! Or for inside – use an electric griddle.

  •  Reuben sandwiches are typically made with rye bread.  I like to use the marble rye but you can use any type of bread you would like.  (2 slices per sandwich)
  •  My favorite meats to use are:  Thinly sliced Peppered pastrami and lean corned beef – Using one or both – using a ¼ to 1/3 lb per sandwich (I like piling the meats high!)
  •  American Swiss Cheese (2 slices per sandwich) Regular Swiss can be used, too.
  • Sauerkraut -½ cup or a little more– the type of sauerkraut is going to be your personal choice. Mine is Bavarian which has a touch of sweetness with the tart and has caraway seeds. (Yummy!)
  • My favorite dressing is Thousand Island dressing (if you like a little sweet) or Brown Spicy Mustard (if you like it on the tart side) each works well on the Reuben.

On a bigger sized (325 degree) hot griddle….brush with a light coat of oil of your choice (so nothing will stick).  Visually, we are dividing the griddle in thirds. Making one sandwich at a time, place your sauerkraut on first one-third, meat(s) on the middle third and the 2 slices of rye bread on the outer third.  Getting everything piping hot and your bread lightly toasted is our objected.

For assembly: lay a slice of cheese on one slice of grilled bread. Place your HOT sauerkraut down first (on top of the cheese) then add the dressing of choice (my dressings are kept in a squeeze bottle so I can easily apply). Next, add your HOT grilled meats, and then top with the remaining slice of cheese…then another slice of grilled bread.  Leaving the sandwich on the grill a little longer, turning once…allows the cheese to melt into the meat(s) and sauerkraut.  (This forces the moisture from the sauerkraut to stay inside the sandwich and away from the bread) This assembly will need to go fast…so be prepared.  If you see your bread getting too dark then move it off to the side and assemble there…but put back on the grill when totally assembled to heat the cheese. Slice in half and serve.  You will find that this is a tasty way to make Reuben sandwiches …and you will want to serve them often.  Adds chips and a pickle spear and you have a great meal.

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RV Electricity – 30 Amps VS. 50 Amps

RV Electrical - 30 Amps vs. 50 Amps

RV Electrical – 30 Amps vs. 50 Amps

Most of us will not think about electricity when we think about our RV kitchens. However, the fact still remains, if we don’t have the power(electricity) that we need to run all the appliances we want and need to run…..we won’t be a happy camper.  If you haven’t purchased your RV yet, this article will be most important to you. If you own your RV but don’t understand why we need adequate electricity…then this article is for you, also.

Please stay with me while we explore RV electricity – 30 Amps vs. 50 Amps.  We all have different needs and wants….when it comes to how much electricity we require.  Electricity is important to all of us but the question is: “How much do we need/want?”

Recreational Vehicles come with one of two power cords. The power cord is either rated at 30 Amps or 50 Amps.

  • 30 Amp power cord– 120 volt AC with a limit of 30 amps of power or 3,600 watts or 3.6 KW.
  • 50 Amp power cord – 2 each legs of 120 volt with each leg being 50 Amps with the cord having a limit of 12,000 Watts or 12 KW.

It is surprising how fast your AMPS add up which cause your circuit breaker to trip. Sometimes the individual circuit breaker for the appliances will trip, other times it is the main circuit breaker that goes.

Here are some ‘electrical’ terms we find on the data plate of the small and large appliances that we use:

  • Voltage – is the push that the electricity has. Voltage is the same to electricity that water pressure is to a water system. In our RVs the Voltage is either 12 volts DC (direct current) or 120 volts AC.
  •  Amperage – is the flow of electricity. Amperage is the same to electricity as gallons of water flow is to a water system. The size and length of the wire carrying the amperage or current determines how much flow we can have.
  •  Wattage or Watts – is the power of the electricity. Watts is figured by taking the voltage and multiplying with the amperage. 120 volts AC X 20 amps = 2400 watts or 2.4 KW (kilo-watts). We rate our generators by the wattage they put out.

Save yourself a service call and big $$ by simply flipping the circuit breaker to the OFF position then back to the ON position. Many times the breaker won’t look tripped but resetting it corrects the problem.

Remember that our 15,000 BTU Air Conditioners will take as much as:   20 amps x 120 volts = 2,400 watts  EACH*

(*your air conditioner will pull 20 to 30 amps to get started then drop back to 15 to 20 amps after it begins to cool)

 The Electric Water Heater (6-10 gallons) 12.5 amps x 120 volts = 1,500 watts

If the power cord you have is capable of handling only 30 amps which is 3,600 watts of power ….right? Then from our calculations…you are now past your watts allowed! So…..forget about the microwave, coffee pot, crock pot and electric skillet. It’s not going to happen.   You can see from this scenario above… that  RV Electricity – 30 Amps vs 50 Amps is a very big deal.

Do this little exercise to see how much electricity you are currently drawing (OR want to draw) if these are some of the appliances that you are choosing to use.

  • Microwave Oven             _______   amps  X   120 volts =     ________watts
  •  Electric Coffee Pot         _______   amps   X   120 volts =     ________watts
  •  Toaster                               _______   amps   X    120 volts =    ________watts
  •  Electric frying pan         _______  amps   X    120 volts =     ________watts
  •  Crock Pot                           _______  amps  X     120 volts =     ________watts
  •  Blender                              _______   amps  X   120 volts =     ________watts
  •  Bread maker                     _______   amps X   120 volts =     ________watts

 

I know you will come to your own conclusion as to which power cord is right for you!

Happy RVing!

Lady E Cooper

P.S.  Taking the time to become educated about your RV is vital so you can be successful in understanding and maintaining about 80% of the issues you will encounter in ownership.  The Professor and I teach so much more about the 3 Electrical Systems, Propane Systems and Water Systems courses (which are ALL foundation courses) in the RV Maintenance For Ladies Only Program and the Take Home Technician Series Program.

There are a total of 8 topics to learn in each of the programs listed about.  Be successful in your RV experience and invest in yourself today!!

Dehydrating – Getting More Foods Into A Small Footprint

Finding ways for all of us to live easy in the RV kitchen is my passion.  When I come across something that feels right to me, I research it …. digging for all the facts so when I bring you information… I am totally sold on it.  Plus, you can be rest assured that I am already involved in it.  I made a list of the pros & cons of dehydrating foods and there is no doubt in my mind – Dehydrating is a perfect way to get more of the foods that we love into a small space – the RV kitchen.

Now I can understand the apprehensions that you might have but stay with me while we research this topic together. Drying of Foods –  From Wikipedia:  Drying is a method of food preservation that works by removing water from the food, which inhibits the growth of microorganisms. Open air drying using sun and wind has been practiced since ancient times to preserve food.[2] A solar or electric food dehydrator can greatly speed the drying process and ensure more-consistent results. Water is usually removed by evaporation (air drying, sun drying, smoking or wind drying) but, in the case of freeze-drying, food is first frozen and then the water is removed by sublimation. Bacteria, yeasts and molds need the water in the food to grow, and drying effectively prevents them from surviving in the food.

Back in January of 2011, after comparing all the brands that were available, I made my first purchase of a dehydrator …. I was sold on the Excalibur. Coming is three sizes – 4, 5 and 9 trays, I went with the 9 tray.  Yes, it is only for the Professor and myself but I am fortunate to have family members who have wonderful gardens and who love to keep us well stocked with an abundance of vegetables from spring to the first frost.

Now, let’s talk about you and your needs.  Whether you are a full-timer like me,  someone who RVs for the weekend ….or up to 6 months out of the year; what better way to select the foods that are packed away in your pantry that are all the  fruits and vegetables you & your family love to eat?  While you are going up and down America’s roadways passing the many Farmers’ Markets that are springing up everywhere, consider buying in bulk.  Not only are you saving your hard earned cash by doing so, but also, by taking those foods …..first dehydrate then second vacuum packing, with  something like a FoodSaver V3835 Vacuum Food Sealer with SmartSeal Technology, Silver/Black, you are consuming much healthier foods because most all farmers markets are organic, as well. (Please take the time to ask the Farmers Market owner if their foods are organic.) You are now ready to stop at a local grocery for your favorite cut of meat(s) and wa-la…. you now have a great selection of the veggies on hand to make  wonderful soups or stews in the crock-pot,  casseroles in the oven…. or whatever you desire.  Why vacuum packing?  Air adds moisture. You can place those most often used veggies like onions,  garlic and herbs into canisters (like these used with the Food Saver 3pc Round Canister Set) It really is a great way to store.

If you have never dehydrated before but are now ready to jump right in….it really is a wonderful fun way to accomplish the goal which is to get more foods into our pantries and using less space. I am a believer. Go to the Excalibur website to watch the great videos on how it is all done step-by-step.  My #1 advice on dehydrating is…plan to enjoy this new adventure ….but do it outdoors. No one enjoys all those smells in our homes. If you are a full-time RVer….make yourself a work station to do the actually dehydrating outside.  If you live in a traditional home….the outside patio or garage works well, too. (Never do onions or garlic inside!!)  There are more things you will need to know about dehydrating so take the time to become educated.  Excalibur  does a great job of showing you how it’s done.  Something new….. is the fun colors that you see below. …and even camouflage!!!   Thanks for taking the time to be with me.  If I can answer any questions I can be reached by going to the contact page. Happy RVing!