Posts Tagged ‘truck stops’

March 18th, 2016
Feeding the crew from the new pressure cooker in Joplin.

Feeding the crew from the new pressure cooker in Joplin.

It’s no secret that simple is best when preparing dinner in the cab while you’re on the road. So why not try dinner under pressure – with a pressure cooker?

Pressure cookers are different from slow cookers in that everything about the pressure cooker is fast! Pressure cookers use the pressure from the steam that quickly builds up to cook your meat and rice and other ingredients in a fraction of the time it would take to cook it normally on a stove top or in an oven.  The pressure that builds up enables you to cook quickly, at higher heat, and keeps moisture in the meat you might use!  Don’t have a pressure cooker?  They differ in size and capacity and there are a good range of options out there and they aren’t very expensive.

As with anything, there are a million recipes online for pressure cookers but we found some good ones with fewer or less complicated ingredients that make a tasty dinner with leftovers.

Columbian Chicken Stew from Serious Eats: Chicken, Potatoes, Tomatoes, Onion and Bay leaf.

Easy Minestrone Soup with Tortellini from food.com: Some fresh and some store bought ingredients make this easily attainable and home and hearty dinner.

Barbecue Chicken from allrecipes.com: Six ingredients plus add hot sauce if you like it spicier.

Pressure Cooker Pot Roast from allrecipes.com: Easy to find ingredients and it makes its own gravy.

Congratulations to the Truckload driver who won a pressure cooker from the monthly Driver Safety and Awards ceremony on March 4!  He shared the wealth and made pork chops and rice for the local Joplin, MO crew.

April 18th, 2012

…dangerous weather

Spring is upon us and many of you have probably already experienced driving in some of the season’s strong storms. Safely traveling from point A to point B is the goal and the threat of harsh weather is unavoidable. Here are tips to refresh yourself on some basic weather safety as well as what to do in case of a tornado. Please share any of your own tips or experiences in the comments section! We love hearing from you.

• In rain conditions be sure to keep substantial space betweenyour truck and the vehicle in front of your truck in case of an emergency stop.
• In bad weather, do not feel obliged to go as fast as the speed limit. Slower speeds are necessary to avoid rollovers, jackknifes, and collisions
• Tune in to your radio to stay informed of approaching storms.
• Turn on your headlights and slow down. Many states require the use of headlights during rain.
• The truck provides better insulation against lightning than being in the open.
• Avoid contact with any metal conducting surfaces either inside your cab or outside.
• Check your windshield wipers and tires regularly to insure that they are ready for severe weather.

Tornado Safety
• Do not drive during tornado conditions.
• Never try to out-drive a tornado in a vehicle. Tornadoes can change direction quickly and can lift a car or truck and toss it through the air.
• Get out of your vehicle immediately and seek shelter in a nearby building.
• If there is no time to get indoors, or if there is no nearby shelter, get out of the truck and lie in a ditch or a low-lying area away from the vehicle. Be aware of the potential for flooding.

 

Don’t forget about Earth Day on Sunday. Each year, Earth Day – April 22 – marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.

For drivers, simple things like reducing idling time and turning off lights when not in use can have an impact. This conscious effort and awareness means that change is possible. Happy Earth Day!

 

Sources:
The Truckers Report

The Weather Channel: Tornado

The Weather Channel: Thunder

April 11th, 2012

Source: Home Food Safety
Food Safety on the Road

  • Remember to wash hands with soap and water during food preparation, especially between tasks
  • If you can’t get to a restroom to wash your hands with soap and water, pack moist towelettes or a hand sanitizer to clean up before digging in
  • Don’t let food sit out unrefrigerated for more than two hours; in hot weather (above 90°F), the time is reduced to one hour
  • Pack food with a frozen ice pack or ice in an insulated lunch bag or cooler — and remember to drop in a refrigerator thermometer to ensure the temperature is kept below 40°F
  • In hot weather, transport food in a cooler (packed with ice or ice packs) in the back seat of an air-conditioned car instead of the trunk
  • If you don’t have access to a cooler, try packing frozen juice boxes or bottles of water for a hydrating refresher that will also help keep other foods around them cool
  • If you plan to cook family favorites like hamburgers, hotdogs or chicken breasts at home to take with on your trip, remember to cook to proper temperatures: hamburgers (at least 160°F), hot dogs (reheated to 160°F), and chicken (165°F)
  • Consider packing easy-to-transport, shelf-stable foods: single-serve boxes of cereal, trail mix, popcorn, single-serve applesauce, cans of tuna peanut butter sandwiches, fresh fruit, carrots or celery
  • Don’t forget that carry-out and fast-food are also susceptible to food poisoning

*Source: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Survey by Impulse Research, April 2003