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Lunch/dinner to take on the beach

Lunch/dinner to take on the beach




I dug this up from an old post in 2016, people might want to try a lunch or dinner on the beach instead of eating out this trying year.

We make portable meals in solo cups, like rotisserie chicken Caesar salad or tuna-tomato-cucumber salad. Try deli roast beef slices rolled around a couple of blanched string beans (or asparagus or dill pickle spears), stand 5-6 beef rolls in each cup with a little ranch dressing or horseradish sauce in the bottom for dipping. Walking tacos in cups are also great, just don't put the warm meat on top until you are ready to eat so it doesn't wilt the lettuce. Dessert - strawberry (or banana) shortcake made with refrigerator biscuits (cut each biscuit into quarters before baking them to give them a little more crunch, or pound cake cubes) with whipped cream and chocolate chips.

We have done hot foods like rotini or shell pasta with meat sauce in styrofoam cups with foil for lids. Texas toast garlic bread already baked, then stack it and roll it up in foil for transport. Hot pulled pork and cornbread is another one.

A cooler does a fine job keeping things hot. Preheat the interior with a big bowl of steaming hot water, just wipe out the condensation before packing it. Take a trash bag and the cups and plastic utensils can be washed and reused again.

This started when my kids were little. We would pick up a bucket of fried chicken, along with carrot and celery sticks in cups with ranch dressing in the bottom, to the beach on the first night. They loved it then and we still do it twenty years later.


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These are great ideas!

We've cooked hot dogs, added to buns w/ desired toppings, wrapped in foil and put into one of those soft sided lunch coolers to keep warm for our crew for lunch. Always a hit!


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Big YES to this ! We still do it now. Dinner on the beach is the best and many times you have the beach to yourselves.

If the wind is right you can turn it into a beach fire leading into sunset. The best memories are made this way.


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If I had a few bucks for every hot dog and hamburger I have cooked on the NPS Beaches I could rent a McMansion for a month....... Banana Banana Banana There would be about 20 of us counting the kids and we cooked lunch every day......


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I tried this about 30 year ago, at Oregon Inlet, and the outing was a total disaster as we were devoured by mosquitos. Anyone have guidelines to avoid them? We drove out to eat while the sun was setting and made it back to Route 12 before the nigh-show even had a chance to begin!


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Great ideas Greg. Thanks.


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Thanks, Greg! Great ideas we will use. We love to have meals on the beach! In regards to the mosquitoes, pretty much have to gauge from which direction the wind is blowing. Typically....and I'm sure someone will say I'm wrong....haha...we have noticed that the wind blowing from the ocean usually keeps mosquitoes and biting flies away.


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pretty much have to gauge from which direction the wind is blowing. Typically....and I'm sure someone will say I'm wrong....haha...we have noticed that the wind blowing from the ocean usually keeps mosquitoes and biting flies away.

Bentmtn


Nope, you would be correct! And (subject to local regs - and DO please follow them ) a beach fire really helps too!


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This was a few years ago, steak tip kabobs and roasted potatoes.
We do hot dogs, sausages and hamburgers on the beach at least two nights during the week.

...and - my countdown shows our vacation starts - TOMORROW!
Leaving 11:30 tonight, with a little luck we'll be at Diamond Shoals in Buxton by 7:30AM tomorrow morning.




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We have one of the smaller Blackstone flat top grills. Hibachi on the beach is hard to beat.


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This was a few years ago, steak tip kabobs and roasted potatoes.
We do hot dogs, sausages and hamburgers on the beach at least two nights during the week.

...and - my countdown shows our vacation starts - TOMORROW!
Leaving 11:30 tonight, with a little luck we'll be at Diamond Shoals in Buxton by 7:30AM tomorrow morning.

kwr


That looks delicious KWR. Safe travels and enjoy your trip Thumbs up


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Been eating cold fried chicken with Potatao salad on the beach for 40 years. Also Tuna Salad sandwiches and curried lentils.

For a few years we brought boiled hot dogs in foil ball park style wrappers but the kids decided they didn't like them. I prefer the chicken anwyay so that fell off.


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Wrap what ever you are eating in foil and put it on your engine. Stays warm or if you put it in the right spot you can cook it.Works perfect for pre cooked hot dogs hamburgers or steamed cut veggies.


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Wrap what ever you are eating in foil and put it on your engine. Stays warm or if you put it in the right spot you can cook it.Works perfect for pre cooked hot dogs hamburgers or steamed cut veggies.

Alexy


Hahaha! Brilliant! Remember those ads for engine/exhaust cookers from years ago?


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Wrap what ever you are eating in foil and put it on your engine. Stays warm or if you put it in the right spot you can cook it.Works perfect for pre cooked hot dogs hamburgers or steamed cut veggies.

Alexy


Hahaha! Brilliant! Remember those ads for engine/exhaust cookers from years ago?

OceanBlue


I’ve only seen this done twice and both times it was captain Aaron Kelly of the Rock Solid out of OIFC. It appeared to work well.


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We’ve an old heavy metal grill grate that I’ve used to grill on the beach. Dig a hole and get a fire going and lay the grate across- not much better than grilling fresh fish right in front of the ocean at cape point.


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Wrap what ever you are eating in foil and put it on your engine. Stays warm or if you put it in the right spot you can cook it.Works perfect for pre cooked hot dogs hamburgers or steamed cut veggies.

Alexy


Hahaha! Brilliant! Remember those ads for engine/exhaust cookers from years ago?

OceanBlue


I’ve only seen this done twice and both times it was captain Aaron Kelly of the Rock Solid out of OIFC. It appeared to work well.

Mstaszew


Couldn't find the old ad (maybe from 80's or 90's?) - while kinda silly here's a short video Click to follow link...

EDIT: On the chicken (or anything boned) at the beach thing - PLEASE do be mindful of the bones, those of use with pups that love "beach crap", tend to "find" those leftovers the next morning. Burying doesn't work...I've seen my pup burrow 2 feet for a "buried" piece of pizza - gross, for sure, but not the unintended consequence of an ingested/stuck bone.


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We also take our blender and plug it into an outlet in the back of the tundra and make frozen drinks on the beach! So fun! Just have a ton of ice in your cooler with the fixings and enjoy the waves with a frozen drink!


RE: Lunch/dinner to take on the beach




Wrap what ever you are eating in foil and put it on your engine. Stays warm or if you put it in the right spot you can cook it.Works perfect for pre cooked hot dogs hamburgers or steamed cut veggies.

Alexy


Hahaha! Brilliant! Remember those ads for engine/exhaust cookers from years ago?

OceanBlue


I’ve only seen this done twice and both times it was captain Aaron Kelly of the Rock Solid out of OIFC. It appeared to work well.

Mstaszew


Couldn't find the old ad (maybe from 80's or 90's?) - while kinda silly here's a short video Click to follow link...

EDIT: On the chicken (or anything boned) at the beach thing - PLEASE do be mindful of the bones, those of use with pups that love "beach crap", tend to "find" those leftovers the next morning. Burying doesn't work...I've seen my pup burrow 2 feet for a "buried" piece of pizza - gross, for sure, but not the unintended consequence of an ingested/stuck bone.

OceanBlue


Great tip ocean blue!!! Our brittany loves to dig in the sand and she has the nose for sure! Of course, we fill her dig holes ...and I always tell hubs that she is doing her dog manicure...but she doesn't miss a trick ...or smell...and I don't want my precious to chew on a chicken bone. Will kill her!


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I tried this about 30 year ago, at Oregon Inlet, and the outing was a total disaster as we were devoured by mosquitos. Anyone have guidelines to avoid them? We drove out to eat while the sun was setting and made it back to Route 12 before the nigh-show even had a chance to begin!

OBXbeachBUMinVA


I've found 6 drops of peppermint oil in 8 oz. water sprayed on me from a Dollar Tree spray bottle keeps 'em off. (I believe it's toxic to dogs and cats, though)


RE: Lunch/dinner to take on the beach




I tried this about 30 year ago, at Oregon Inlet, and the outing was a total disaster as we were devoured by mosquitos. Anyone have guidelines to avoid them? We drove out to eat while the sun was setting and made it back to Route 12 before the nigh-show even had a chance to begin!

OBXbeachBUMinVA


I've found 6 drops of peppermint oil in 8 oz. water sprayed on me from a Dollar Tree spray bottle keeps 'em off. (I believe it's toxic to dogs and cats, though)

PeteHummers


I use Cutter exclusively and it keeps the buggers away from me. I have friends that don’t like to spray repellents on their skin, but they also apply it like they’re spray painting a book case. A little bit of Cutter goes a long way. Spray it on your hand and pat it on exposed skin. You don’t have to cover yourself with it. Spray it on a hat and your shirt and it does wonders to keep skeeters away from your face. It works for me but everybody is different.


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In regards to the bugs, we use Avon's skin so soft to spray on. Don't really have problems while using that. Use it at home too. Also, not sure where you will be going, but in hatteras village we found a great bug spray called skeeter beater. Non toxic and it worked for us. Also, try and wear a baseball cap or hat as the bugs tend to fly up around the cap or the brim and your face will not get the brunt of the insects.


RE: Lunch/dinner to take on the beach




I tried this about 30 year ago, at Oregon Inlet, and the outing was a total disaster as we were devoured by mosquitos. Anyone have guidelines to avoid them? We drove out to eat while the sun was setting and made it back to Route 12 before the nigh-show even had a chance to begin!

OBXbeachBUMinVA


I've found 6 drops of peppermint oil in 8 oz. water sprayed on me from a Dollar Tree spray bottle keeps 'em off. (I believe it's toxic to dogs and cats, though)

PeteHummers


Speaking of Peppermint Oil for pests, it works! We use Vet's Best for Penny (dog) and also spray it on our clothes if we're going to be outside. It repels mosquitos with peppermint oil and Eugenol. Just read the precautions before using so you'll know what not to do.

Also kills fleas and ticks. Click to follow link...




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Our go to is brie and peach sandwiches on toasted sourdough.


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