In our early days of caravanning, we used to pack the van with all the food that we could imagine that we’d need and a few pre prepared meals. Nowadays we just ensure that the basics are on board; flour, sugar, rice, sauces and a few basic canned goods, not to mention fresh roasted coffee and one pre prepared meal to quickly heat up if we’re tired from driving. We then load any fresh goods from the home fridge and take off.
Our van has a 180 litre refrigerator freezer and I often wonder how long we could survive just on the staples that we carry. I’m sure that it would be quite a while.
Whatever we need can be bought in small country towns wherever we stop or as we pass through. We prefer to shop in family owned independent supermarkets like IGA as we feel that this will be of more benefit to the local community. The remotest of towns have good supplies, maybe not exotic ingredients but sometimes we have been pleasantly surprised. Country butchers have the best quality meat and we usually find ourselves stocking the van freezer to take plenty home with us. Months later we find ourselves enjoying a T Bone steak and remembering that Mick Haynes the butcher in Tocumwal has come up trumps again.
We’re always dropping in to see what’s on offer at local Community markets and rarely leave empty handed.
Of course when we’re on the coast there’s always a fish co-op. Fresh crayfish in Robe, SA, Oysters and Sea Scallops in Tasmania, King George Whiting in Vic and SA. Spanish Mackerel, Mud Crabs and Moreton Bay bugs in Qld, Threadfin Salmon and Wild Barramundi in WA the list is endless…oh and the Scallop Pies in Tasmania are worth the overnight sea voyage to get there.