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Easy Cabin Cooking Tips on Vacation

Posted: 08/19/16

Cooking in Your Big Bear Cabin

When renting a Big Bear cabin, consider the benefits of eating in. Most cabin rentals come with a full kitchen that includes a refrigerator, stove, oven, microwave, pots, pans, utensils, the works. All you need to bring is your culinary skills and passion to cook up some home-style good eats!

Start your mornings off right with some fresh brewed coffee - or tea for you tea drinkers! A hot drink will keep you warm and toasty as you whip up a hearty breakfast of scrambled eggs, bacon, and pancakes.

Before you head out for a day hike or other adventure, pack some homemade sandwiches and plenty of water as you'll probably build up an appetite.

When you return to your cabin after a day of fun, it's time to fire up the stove or oven for a home-cooked meal. Get creative and prepare a five-course dinner, or keep it simple with spaghetti or meatloaf.

Another great option to consider is BBQ. Many cabins provide propane or charcoal barbeques so you can entertain while creating a mouthwatering meal. Nothing compares to cooking a juicy steak or glazed ribs over on a hot grill.

One of the key benefits of cooking at your cabin is you'll save money by shopping at the grocery store. Also, cooking at your cabin often means making bigger portions, which means leftovers for the next day!


High altitude cooking can have some challenges, so we've prepared a list of high altitude cooking tips just for you.

  • The higher you go the lower the boiling temperature. The temperature decreases by 1° F for every 540 feet of altitude. The lower heat means a longer cooking time.
  • Water and other liquids evaporate faster at lower temperatures. Recipes may require more liquid and longer cooking time.
  • Leavening gases expand more due to less atmospheric pressure and shortens rising time in yeast breads.
  • At 7,000 ft. increase oven temperature 25°.
  • A double boiler will not produce enough heat to gelatinize (set) starch. Use direct heat under the saucepan.