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Tented1
10-09-2012, 01:31 PM
:confused3 Okay, I'm preping for my trip (as most of you know) and I'm a tenter. So, I'm planning my slow cooker crock pot meals, the thing is, do I need to be worried about animals?

I'll be leaving the crock pot, which has a glass lid, for 6 - 8 hours with food stuffs slowly cooking :stir: while everyone is away from our tent site.

Do I need to be concerned about animals attempting to eat MY food while I'm off theme parking it up? I sure don't want to return worn out and find no food and a busted crock pot. I am hoping to bring two tents (if space allows, I haven't done the run through pack yet), should I put the crock pot in the tent?

retired and happy
10-09-2012, 02:14 PM
First, to create the perfect meal, you have to find the right size animal to fit in your crock pot. There are many running around the Fort. :)

Second, I would fasten the lid to the handles with some twine or wire.

Third, You most likely need to worry about two legged animals sampling your offering. :stir:

Fourth, It might help to put the crock pot in the tent, or it could intice animal destruction of the tent. My bet is that it would help preserve the food. Lots of campers just set them on a table.

Animals during the day should not be as much of a problem as they would be overnight.

Now, let's see how many tenters chime is and let me know how off base I am. :badpc:

Charitycase20
10-09-2012, 02:33 PM
I guess it depends on how hungry the animals are! :joker: We have been camping at some of our local state parks and the squirrels were crazy!!

My crockpot has latches on the lid to keep it closed, but then again, I wouldn't leave it just out in the open, maybe in the screenhouse or something...or maybe you can try putting a milk crate or something over it with a brick weighing it down. Personally I would be afraid to leave it in the tent, due to electrical issues. I would hate for it to short out and take all my possessions with it. :scared: Then again...you may not have any issues at all. pixiedust:

Tented1
10-09-2012, 02:46 PM
First, to create the perfect meal, you have to find the right size animal to fit in your crock pot. There are many running around the Fort. :)

Second, I would fasten the lid to the handles with some twine or wire.

Third, You most likely need to worry about two legged animals sampling your offering. :stir:

Fourth, It might help to put the crock pot in the tent, or it could intice animal destruction of the tent. My bet is that it would help preserve the food. Lots of campers just set them on a table.

Animals during the day should not be as much of a problem as they would be overnight.

Now, let's see how many tenters chime is and let me know how off base I am. :badpc:

:lmao: :lmao: :lmao: :rotfl2: I was waiting for it!

I never thought about the animals before when I camped but I don't think I was ever gone for such a long period of time and was always back before dark. With DD9 wanting to theme park I'm thinking I won't be back before dark. The wire / twine thing is a good idea.

Tented1
10-09-2012, 03:02 PM
I guess it depends on how hungry the animals are! :joker: We have been camping at some of our local state parks and the squirrels were crazy!!

My crockpot has latches on the lid to keep it closed, but then again, I wouldn't leave it just out in the open, maybe in the screenhouse or something...or maybe you can try putting a milk crate or something over it with a brick weighing it down. Personally I would be afraid to leave it in the tent, due to electrical issues. I would hate for it to short out and take all my possessions with it. :scared: Then again...you may not have any issues at all. pixiedust:

Like that jester! You would think as a Louisianian I would want squirrels in my slow cooker :rotfl:! I saw a video on Youtube that showed one at FW trying to gnaw its way into a jar of Nutella that someone left out on their table. My DD9 thought it was hilarious!

I don't have a screenhouse, like you I'm also a little concerned about leaving something electrical and hot inside a tent. The crate / something over it idea is a pretty good thought that never occurred to me.
Hmmm . . . :scratchin

Thanks, ya'll I knew I'd get some good input.

If I was traveling in a truck I could just load up the yorkie's metal crate and put the slow cooker in that! See, now the ideas are flowing!

Keep 'em coming! I'm all ears:listen:

North of Mouse
10-09-2012, 03:27 PM
:confused3 Okay, I'm preping for my trip (as most of you know) and I'm a tenter. So, I'm planning my slow cooker crock pot meals, the thing is, do I need to be worried about animals?

I'll be leaving the crock pot, which has a glass lid, for 6 - 8 hours with food stuffs slowly cooking :stir: while everyone is away from our tent site.

Do I need to be concerned about animals attempting to eat MY food while I'm off theme parking it up? I sure don't want to return worn out and find no food and a busted crock pot. I am hoping to bring two tents (if space allows, I haven't done the run through pack yet), should I put the crock pot in the tent?

There are lots of squirrels and other critters at FW (some areas seem to have more than others). Not being in a hard side RV I would be concerned about leaving a crock pot in a tent with extension cards running around as others mentioned about fire.

I would personally be more concerned with animals running around on the table near my food. Especially squirrels are very prone to carrying disease. I'm sure I've been taught to be more cautious than some, but that's how I was raised (by the way from so. LA also).

At the least you could put the table in a screened room, but have also seen the pesky critters in those too.

Good luck pixiedust:

Tented1
10-09-2012, 05:01 PM
There are lots of squirrels and other critters at FW (some areas seem to have more than others). Not being in a hard side RV I would be concerned about leaving a crock pot in a tent with extension cards running around as others mentioned about fire.

I would personally be more concerned with animals running around on the table near my food. Especially squirrels are very prone to carrying disease. I'm sure I've been taught to be more cautious than some, but that's how I was raised (by the way from so. LA also).

At the least you could put the table in a screened room, but have also seen the pesky critters in those too.

Good luck pixiedust:

Good points. If I weren't so pressed for space in my car this would be easier to fix. I may have to wait until I get there and then go to Wally's :moped: and see what I can find to protect the pot from varmints. You'd think the heat from the pot would be enough but mine is programmable and will go to warm after my set cooking time is up.

I'm HOPING to be in the back of loop 1500 next to the canal and my country hermit experience is that there will be more critters in that area (and I do love and want to see them) so I want to be prepared and have as few :eek: moments as possible. So I need to cage the crock!

TheRustyScupper
10-09-2012, 05:27 PM
:confused3 Okay, I'm preping for my trip (as most of you know) and I'm a tenter. So, I'm planning my slow cooker crock pot meals, the thing is, do I need to be worried about animals?


You need to beware of
. . . two 5'5" chipmunks
. . . a 5' rat
. . . a 5'2" nasty duck
. . . a 6'6" bear that comes over from WL

bama_ed
10-09-2012, 06:18 PM
First, to create the perfect meal, you have to find the right size animal to fit in your crock pot. There are many running around the Fort. :)


Ken, you must have stolen that recipe from the Roadkill Cafe! :worship:

To Tented1,

I will add, if you post your menu, site number, and specific dates here, I'll come by while you are in the parks and give your crockpot a stir. And I PROMISE not to lick the spoon! :cool1:

Bama ED

Tented1
10-09-2012, 06:37 PM
I will add, if you post your menu, site number, and specific dates here, I'll come by while you are in the parks and give your crockpot a stir. And I PROMISE not to lick the spoon! :cool1:

Bama ED

I'm aiming for YOUR favorite site. SHHHhhh!

I'll give you more specifics later (times/ dates). The Crock Pot Chicken 'n Dumplings posted in the camping recipe thread is looking pretty good!

Tented1
10-09-2012, 06:49 PM
[QUOTE="TheRustyScupper"]

You need to beware of
. . . two 5'5" chipmunks
. . . a 5' rat
. . . a 5'2" nasty duck
. . . a 6'6" bear that comes over from WL[/QUOTE

ROFL!

I don't think my crock pot vittles would be safe from those animals even locked up cooking in my Ford Fiesta w/the extension cord run through the window! LOL's. We might want them to hit the pot IF we are there too!

4kids4karen
10-10-2012, 06:04 AM
You should never cook food in your tent. The smell will stay in the tent and entice night animals to try to get into the tent. Avid campers/hikers always store food outside of their tent, sometimes in a tree to keep it away from animals. Keeping food inside your tent may cause unwanted visitors while you sleep. As far as squirrels on the table. They are on the table with or without the crockpot being there.

cheapcheermom
10-10-2012, 07:55 AM
We tent at the fort a lot. I just set the crockpot on the table. We do have a screen room but if critters wanted in it wouldn't be too hard. We haven't had any problems. I like the idea to put a crate over it.

You do have me wondering about changing our set up next time.:scratchin

Tented1
10-10-2012, 11:54 AM
You should never cook food in your tent. The smell will stay in the tent and entice night animals to try to get into the tent. Avid campers/hikers always store food outside of their tent, sometimes in a tree to keep it away from animals. Keeping food inside your tent may cause unwanted visitors while you sleep. As far as squirrels on the table. They are on the table with or without the crockpot being there.

I'm bringing 2 tents. 1 is more or less for storage = no sleepers inside. If I were camping at Glacier National Park or like places I would be more more diligent with food and food storage but at WDW resort area I think I may be able to be more lax. Although raccoons can be wiley and destructive. But as you've said tent and food = not good.

We will be using dis transportation, Crockpot in back of hatchback? Yay / Nay ?

Tented1
10-10-2012, 11:56 AM
We tent at the fort a lot. I just set the crockpot on the table. We do have a screen room but if critters wanted in it wouldn't be too hard. We haven't had any problems. I like the idea to put a crate over it.

You do have me wondering about changing our set up next time.:scratchin

If I knew I would be back before dark I probably wouldn't worry either.

Tented1
10-10-2012, 11:59 AM
OKAY! I think I've got it!

Since we we will be there during Christmas Season an annoying animated Christmas decoration and : or motion activated loud one!

eyeoretoo
10-10-2012, 02:53 PM
Was just at the fort last week. Let me tell you those Squirrels are a pain.
They got into the dinning tent and every thing in it. We had some bags we were going to use as daily garbage bags..... not one was usable as they put holes in all of them. The pushed the toaster on to the ground and took it for a walk. I would make sure you have a way of keeping the lid on the crock pot.
As far as an animated decoration I don't think it would bother them that much. The ones we had would play hide a seek on the trees and wait till you left to get into trouble.

North of Mouse
10-10-2012, 03:41 PM
I'm bringing 2 tents. 1 is more or less for storage = no sleepers inside. If I were camping at Glacier National Park or like places I would be more more diligent with food and food storage but at WDW resort area I think I may be able to be more lax. Although raccoons can be wiley and destructive. But as you've said tent and food = not good.

We will be using dis transportation, Crockpot in back of hatchback? Yay / Nay ?

I would vote - Nay ;) You definitely wouldn't want it closed, nor would you want it left open :)

Wow, you are really having a rough time, aren't you? And you're not even there yet! Sorry about all this, but it's the whole leaving things out cooking unattended that could be the problem. Between the squirrels and r'coons there are some wiley creatures there. The smell lingers and draws them back to try to find more, even if they don't find a way to get the crockpot lid off.

If you really are planning on cooking on the table, I would just put a crate over the pot and weight it down. Then, just hope for the best! ::yes::

Tented1
10-10-2012, 04:05 PM
I would vote - Nay ;) You definitely wouldn't want it closed, nor would you want it left open :)

Wow, you are really having a rough time, aren't you? And you're not even there yet! Sorry about all this, but it's the whole leaving things out cooking unattended that could be the problem. Between the squirrels and r'coons there are some wiley creatures there. The smell lingers and draws them back to try to find more, even if they don't find a way to get the crockpot lid off.

If you really are planning on cooking on the table, I would just put a crate over the pot and weight it down. Then, just hope for the best! ::yes::

Not a hard time. Just like to be prepared and thought someone might have dealt with it before.

I think ya'll are right, putting something over the top seems to be the key. We'll see how it goes once we get there. Sounds like the squirrels are a little too prolific. :crowded:

pixiedust: Could wire the whole thing to the table with small gauge wire, that would prevent the lid getting lifted, the pot getting knocked off, be easy, and not take up needed room in my car. pixiedust:


See, I just needed help getting the thought process flowing!

Tented1
10-10-2012, 04:24 PM
Was just at the fort last week. Let me tell you those Squirrels are a pain.
They got into the dinning tent and every thing in it. We had some bags we were going to use as daily garbage bags..... not one was usable as they put holes in all of them. The pushed the toaster on to the ground and took it for a walk. I would make sure you have a way of keeping the lid on the crock pot.
As far as an animated decoration I don't think it would bother them that much. The ones we had would play hide a seek on the trees and wait till you left to get into trouble.

Sorry they caused you so much trouble. :furious: (I know people who could take care of them! :stir: Squirrel gumbo, squirrel sauce picant, squirrel and gravy . . . ) I myself don't eat them. Though I used to hunt them with my little 410 bolt action when I was a young swampgirl.

Thanks for the heads up! I'll try and be prepared for the squirrel onslought!

4kids4karen
10-11-2012, 07:40 AM
I would vote - Nay ;) You definitely wouldn't want it closed, nor would you want it left open :)

Wow, you are really having a rough time, aren't you? And you're not even there yet! Sorry about all this, but it's the whole leaving things out cooking unattended that could be the problem. Between the squirrels and r'coons there are some wiley creatures there. The smell lingers and draws them back to try to find more, even if they don't find a way to get the crockpot lid off.

If you really are planning on cooking on the table, I would just put a crate over the pot and weight it down. Then, just hope for the best! ::yes::

Hey a crate over the top is an awesome idea! I am going to let DH know this idea (he is the cook). We have some large cement bricks (12x12 kind) that we use to "tile" some outdoor areas that we could always bring to put on top of the crate.

2goofycampers
10-11-2012, 07:45 AM
Hey a crate over the top is an awesome idea! I am going to let DH know this idea (he is the cook). We have some large cement bricks (12x12 kind) that we use to "tile" some outdoor areas that we could always bring to put on top of the crate.

Or you could use bungees/rope/twine and tie it to the table.

Tented1
10-11-2012, 08:04 AM
Or you could use bungees/rope/twine and tie it to the table.

Great idea! Thanks! The animals will be foiled by the DISers!

travelitis
10-11-2012, 07:03 PM
Not being a camper, and planning to camp at FW in Dec, I've been really interested in this thread. I like the plastic crate with bungees which would also allow me to have a garbage bag on the top as an additional protection from rain. (I would leave the sides open for ventilation.) I also like to be prepared. (mom of an eagle scout) Thanks for a great thread!

Tented1
10-11-2012, 08:04 PM
Not being a camper, and planning to camp at FW in Dec, I've been really interested in this thread. I like the plastic crate with bungees which would also allow me to have a garbage bag on the top as an additional protection from rain. (I would leave the sides open for ventilation.) I also like to be prepared. (mom of an eagle scout) Thanks for a great thread!

I'm glad I'm not the only 1!!!! Thanks for the addition of the garbage bag (vented) for rain. I also like the crate but I think I may still use small gauge wire because I'm afraid the squirrels will chew through the bungee cord. Unless there is something we could soak the bungee cord in that the squirrels would find repellant.

retired and happy
10-12-2012, 08:40 AM
Be sure any garbage bag or the like does not touch the crock pot which could catch fire....and allow for wind. And remember that's your food in there, so anything you soak a bungee cord in should not contaminate the food if it leaks or touches.

Tented1
10-12-2012, 06:00 PM
Be sure any garbage bag or the like does not touch the crock pot which could catch fire....and allow for wind. And remember that's your food in there, so anything you soak a bungee cord in should not contaminate the food if it leaks or touches.

What? You don't want us to burn the camp ground down?! Or smell it up with squirrel repellant? Or disrupt the Christmas peace with poison control responders? Kidding.

I think the idea is to put the bag over the crate. ?

I'll probably try to tarp everything around me though so I might not need a bag. My whole car will be filled up with the crate for the crockpot, a cinder block to hold the crate down on top of the crockpot and a 30 x 40 tarp to keep it dry. ROFL!

The things I do to provide my DD and DH with a hot (cheap) meal!

(I think the joy of seeing the end of the work week has made me hysterical.)

Tented1
10-17-2012, 09:36 AM
Was just at the fort last week. Let me tell you those Squirrels are a pain.
They got into the dinning tent and every thing in it. We had some bags we were going to use as daily garbage bags..... not one was usable as they put holes in all of them. The pushed the toaster on to the ground and took it for a walk. I would make sure you have a way of keeping the lid on the crock pot.
As far as an animated decoration I don't think it would bother them that much. The ones we had would play hide a seek on the trees and wait till you left to get into trouble.

Just heard on NPR that there is a population boom of squirrels due to last years mold winters and bumper crop of nuts. University of Michigan is experimenting with birth control for squirrels.

(The squirrels are stripping the apple trees.)

Tented1
10-17-2012, 09:39 AM
*mild winters

photogal06
10-17-2012, 04:37 PM
Just heard on NPR that there is a population boom of squirrels due to last years mold winters and bumper crop of nuts. University of Michigan is experimenting with birth control for squirrels.

(The squirrels are stripping the apple trees.)

Nice to see my alma mater doing something useful?!?! That just cracks me up!

Tented1
10-17-2012, 07:20 PM
Nice to see my alma mater doing something useful?!?! That just cracks me up!

Nuts, isn't it? I was LMAO! I wonder what the political position is on birth control for squirrels?

Joben
08-09-2013, 03:32 PM
:confused3 Okay, I'm preping for my trip (as most of you know) and I'm a tenter. So, I'm planning my slow cooker crock pot meals, the thing is, do I need to be worried about animals?

I'll be leaving the crock pot, which has a glass lid, for 6 - 8 hours with food stuffs slowly cooking :stir: while everyone is away from our tent site.

Do I need to be concerned about animals attempting to eat MY food while I'm off theme parking it up? I sure don't want to return worn out and find no food and a busted crock pot. I am hoping to bring two tents (if space allows, I haven't done the run through pack yet), should I put the crock pot in the tent?

planning a trip in march 2014 and want to know what your experience taught you on dealing with the animals and cooking in crock pots