Ribs cook on a grill

Easy Cabin Cooking Tips on Vacation

Posted: 08/19/16 | By Big Bear Lake

Cooking in Your Big Bear Cabin

When renting a Big Bear cabin, consider the benefits of eating in. Most of Big Bear's cabins come equipped with a full kitchen that includes a refrigerator, stove, oven, microwave, pots, pans, utensils and the whole works. Bring your culinary skills and passion for the kitchen to cook up some home-style meals in the comforts of your Big Bear cabin. Cabins are great to unwind and relax after a day of playing in the great outdoors, and of course cabins provide amenities that allow you to enjoy a good night's sleep. The next morning wake up at your leisure, brew some coffee, and turn on some music. One of the best things about staying in a mountain cabin is you can whip up a hearty breakfast with scrambled eggs, bacon, pancakes in comforts of your pajamas. Its like a home away from home. Before you head out for a day hike or other outdoor adventure make some sandwiches in the kitchen for an afternoon picnic. You'll probably build up a big appetite so be sure to pack all kinds of goodies including plenty of water. As the sun begins to set it's time to fire up the stove or oven for a home-cooked meal. Get creative and prepare a five-course dinner or something simple like spaghetti. The mountain air and high altitude tends to add a little extra flavor to every meal, so you're certain to please your friends and family.

A cabin kitchen

Another great option to consider is BBQ. There are many cabins in Big Bear that provide propane or charcoal barbeques so you can entertain and create a mouthwatering meal. Nothing compares to cooking a juicy steak or glazed ribs over on a hot grill. Another great thing about cooking at your Big Bear cabin is you get to choose what goes in your food. This gives you a chance to cook as healthy as you like or indulge in your favorite grub!

One of the key benefits of cooking at your cabin is you'll save money by shopping at a grocery store. When cooking at your cabin you will likely make bigger portions, which means leftovers for the next day.

If you or someone in your party enjoys cooking, then consider a Big Bear cabin for your next vacation. You'll save money, eat healthier, and best of all have a good home-cooked meal.

A cabin kitchen interior


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.