Cooking in an RV

When it comes to cooking food in an RV, it’s a little cramped compared to what you’re used to at home but it’s still a kitchen and it can do everything in that you need it to do. Eating, cooking and living well in an RV is simply a matter of accepting the limitations of space and working with it.

If you’re traveling, shop daily, if you’re boondocking, shop smarter. There’s more room in an RV pantry than you realize at first glance, in fact, there’s more room in an RV period than you realize. It’s not until you really get the bug and start looking for neat ways to store your stuff that the penny drops and the awareness sets in that things are not as bad as you originally believed. When heading out for any extended period then cans and dry goods are the way to go because they store easy and you can tuck them into unconventional places until needed. Once you start looking, you’ll find that there is more space than you realized.

The stove in an RV is propane based and will usually have at least two burners, and more often than not, it will have four. Typically, there will be an oven underneath and between the two sections; the appliance should be more than adequate for all your cooking needs. The single best piece of advice I can offer, and one that I wish we had known a lot sooner, is to use a pizza stone in the oven to even out the heat. Make sure you get the right size. A 12 x 12 stone like this one is usually the one you want.

If the weather is nice, and if you’re a smart traveler it pretty much always will be, then cooking outside is the way to go. Shop around a little and find yourself a nice propane grill that can fold up to a compact size. There are quick connecting hoses and devices on the market that enable you to run the grill directly off the onboard RV propane tank.

If you don’t want to mess with all that then just grab a regular gas bottle in one of the many different sizes available, and hook it up as needed. There’s nothing better than being outside in your chairs, smelling the grill, and getting hungrier by the minute. When that food hits the plate and lands in front of you, I guarantee it’ll be better than the finest restaurant meal!

Something to look into that may suit your needs is the dehydrated foods favored by preppers and survivalists. There is a wide variety sold at Walmart’s in the western states like Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah. Augason Farms is one of several brands that make everything from powdered milk products to full-scale meals. The good part is that they don’t take up much room and will keep forever making for a good option when times are lean or you just can’t get to a store.

One of the great things about RV living is that it encourages spontaneity in the kitchen. As storage space, especially in the refrigerator, is often limited, we grocery shop more frequently than we did in the stationary world. It gives us the freedom to try new things and to go with whatever is on our minds that day instead of sticking to a set menu based on the expiration dates in the pantry.