There is one thing that all types of RVs have in common – limited kitchen space. It doesn’t matter if it’s a motorhome or a travel trailer, you can never find enough counter space or storage. Some motorhomes do advertise larger kitchens but you still won’t have the space you’re used to at home. It is also unusual to find a refrigerator that is big enough to keep the amount of groceries you’d like to have on hand. Our RV cooking secrets and tips will help you overcome these issues and allow you to make great meals on the road.
One of the top secrets to planning meals on the road is simplicity. It also helps if you do as much of the prep work at home as possible.
- Plan out your meals.
- Keep it simple.
- Shop according to your meal plan.
- Do as much prep work as you can before you leave home.
- Cook once, eat 2 or 3 times.
- Mixes and MREs are your friends on the road.
- Cold meals are acceptable and allowable.
- Think about using non-perishables and shelf stable ingredients.
Appliances And Gadgets
With the limited space available to you in an RV kitchen, you need to think carefully about which appliances and gadgets you will bring with you.
- Cast iron cookware – Cast iron skillets and pans can go from stovetop to oven to campfire and never miss a beat. There are many campfire meals designed just for cast iron cookware.
- Crockpot – Everyone’s favorite kitchen workhorse is just as handy on the road as it is at home.
- Hand blender – A simple (and space-saving) hand blender is useful for mixing and blending on the go. Many have small attachments to add to its versatility.
- Pots and pans – You don’t need more than a large skillet and a dutch oven to get you by. Multi-purpose pots are the key.
Grill It! (Our Favorite Of The RV Cooking Secrets)
Part of the allure of camping is enjoying the great outdoors. Why not enjoy it even more by doing the bulk of your cooking out there too? Grilling isn’t just for burgers and hot dogs. Along with any type of meat, you can use your grill for fruits and vegetables. You can even bake on some grills. Campfire cooking is an art all its own as well. Check it out.
Many RV campgrounds have fire rings or BBQs at each of their sites or in shared areas. It’s a good idea to find out if they are available where you’re going. You can plan some of your meals around grilling and step out of the kitchen.
To maximize your storage space, here are a few more ideas. Finding dual-duty items or thinking out of the box can help you make the most of what you have.
- Cutting board sink cover – Use the space over your sink as counter space/cutting board.
- Pillboxes for spices – Don’t bring every spice bottle you own. Put small amounts of the spices you’ll be using in one of the pill-minder boxes for easy storage.
- Flat bags of frozen foods – Frozen foods stack well in flat bags.
- Packaged foods don’t need their boxes – Take everything out of boxes to save room.
- Dehydrated foods – Almost every RV park or resort has water available either for hookup or fill-up. Rehydrate convenient and healthy foods for great meals.
Have A Plan And Hit The Road
As you can tell, our RV cooking secrets and tips are all about planning ahead. Being prepared before you go makes all the difference when it comes to tasty, nutritious meals. You don’t have to worry about making fancy dishes for every meal. The goal is to enjoy your trip and your family. Plan your meals, do your shopping and prep work, stow it in the RV and hit the road!