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Thursday, November 23, 2017

How Truckers Cook Thanksgiving Meals In Their Rigs

Happy Thanksgiving truckers! Can you believe that turkey time is here already? Some of you can, because you have probably been delivering loads and loads of turkeys so families all across the nations can enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal.

We also know that with crazy black Friday shipping demands that you’re probably busy driving during this holiday. We hope that you get the chance soon to go home and spend time with your families to celebrate and share what you’re thankful for. Also, and to of course eat tons of turkey. If you want to cook your own meal to enjoy in your rig it might actually be easier than you think.

Cooking Your Own Trucking Thanksgiving Dinner


First of all, we need a moment to thank the crockpot for making cooking tons of delicious meals OTR possible. Thank you for giving truckers the opportunity to become in rig chefs and for providing excellent meal options aside from tons of fast food.

That being said, you can cook your turkey exactly the way you want it in your crockpot! As you drive your turkey will be slowing heating to perfection. Simply place your turkey in the crockpot with enough water to cover a 3rd of it. You can use chicken broth instead of water if you would prefer.

Then add any spices, butter, and glaze that you would like and set the crockpot on low heat. In about five hours you will have one heck of a deliciously juicy turkey. We just recommend packing some snack while it’s cooking because the delicious turkey aroma will fill your rig.

You can also easily make banana pudding in your rig for a classic Thanksgiving dessert. All you need is pudding mix, water, vanilla wafers, and bananas. Follow the simple instructions and let the pudding chill in your mini-fridge until you’re ready to eat it.

For a nice sweet potato side dish get some microwaveable potatoes and head them up for about 5 minutes. Then you can add butter, cinnamon, and even mini marshmallows to them to make an OTR sweet potato casserole.

Another incredibly easy Thanksgiving side to make is cranberry sauce. Just open the can in your rig and enjoy. If there are veggies you can’t live without simply use a hot plate to heat them up.

Also, fruit salad can easily be mixed up in a large bowl. Apples, oranges, bananas, grapes, and multi-colored marshmallows with mayonnaise makes for a savory-sweet and tangy fruit salad that you won't be able to get enough of.

Happy Thanksgiving


The ExpressIFTA team thanks you for all your hard work delivering goods across the US to make Thanksgiving possible. If you’re driving over the holiday remember that cooking your favorite recipes in your rig is easier than you think and actually can be cheaper than truckstop turkey dinners.

However, we hope to get the chance to go home to your favorite Thanksgiving recipes soon! Please tell us your favorite Thanksgiving traditions in the comment section below.


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