What a Crock!

Hello and welcome to the blog today!  One of the regular readers recently asked for a picture of the casserole sized crock pot I’ve been cooking with lately so I thought I’d offer some info about it.  I’m sure enjoying this new device for pre-cooking or partially cooking meals prior to arriving for an “overnighter” at a campground.  I’ll be using it this coming weekend.   🙂

Crockpot Casserole

This “casserole sized” crockpot, available in various colors, holds 2.5 quarts.  That’s a decent size for a single person or couple.  Though its oval shape is large enough to hold a small chicken or rabbit, the slow cooker is actually fairly shallow.  That makes it great for tailgating snacks, etc.  One could dip the chips right into a batch of cheesy hamburger dip without burning one’s wrist when reaching.  For work, it would be excellent for warming up some cocktail sausages in barbecue sauce.  The potential uses are many!

The stoneware liner is oven-safe.  Say you make an awesome ground beef (or venison) tater tot casserole.  When the cooking is nearly complete, one can remove the crock and lid, put the dish in a hot oven, and brown the top of the meal.  Using the “warm” setting, the food can be held at a safe temperature before arriving at the campground.  That’s what I like to do during these cold months when solar is weak and I don’t want to drain the house batteries.  The “warm” position does not draw much power.

2 Casserole Crock Pot

Barely the height of a soda can, this “casserole size” crock pot cooks up some awesome meals!

Last night’s meal was cooked in the crockpot.  It was a long day and I was dead tired after work.  The local grocery store sells the most delicious enchiladas of two varieties:  shredded chicken and seasoned ground beef.  I bought two of each at the butcher counter, took them home, and warmed them to piping hot, along with some extra sauce and melted cheddar cheese … and then served them with sour cream.  I’ll surely bring some along on a future trip.

The crockpot has been used for a variety of things.  Two weeks ago it baked a pie crust and cooked quiche.  I’ve made rabbit and noodle soup in the slow cooker.  It’s proved more useful than the little 1.5 quart crock; the smaller one just doesn’t have enough capacity for many ingredients.

I’ll be camping this weekend and will be doing some slow cooking.  Friday night’s meal is loaded in the crock pot at home and it’s sitting outside in the van (where the temperature is about 28 degrees right now).  A timer will turn on the cooker at 10 AM, cook the meal while I’m at work, and from there it’s off to the campground with a warm dinner.  Talk about convenience!

Well, tonight is Thursday and it’s time to get the rest of Friday’s camping items packed.  I hope to get some good pictures, perhaps even a couple of drone photos.  Have a great weekend!

Take care.  Safe and happy travels!

Brad and kitty Jennifer
Jones County, Iowa


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About VanTrekker

I am a former vandweller in Eastern Iowa who, for several years (off and on), lived in a 2007 Chevy cargo van. I still travel around Iowa with my tortoise shell cat, Jennifer Stefanie. Our favorite place to explore is the Country Heritage Community, the four far northeastern counties of Iowa (Clayton, Winneshiek, Allamakee, and Fayette). Ride along as we fish in pristine trout streams, enjoy fine home cooked camping meals, and meet new people. It's all possible on a shoestring budget. Happy travels always! --- Brad, the "Van Trekker"

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