On this page I’ll share all my tips and tricks for cooking in our RV kitchen.
My Set Up – Essential Items
Luckily, my countertop is large enough for my favorite appliances: Cuisinart mini food processor, 3 Qt Instant Pot Duo Mini, and Vitamix blender. My husband even has room for his single serving Keurig coffee machine and Nespresso expresso maker. I have a three burner propane stove top and propane stove that I use daily.
HANDY TIP: I use a baking stone in my propane oven to keep the bottom of the food from burning.
Finally, I have a microwave and Weber Q1000 propane grill, but I don’t really use them very often. We’re considering converting the microwave to a convection oven/microwave combination.
When downsizing from our 2,500+ square foot house to the RV, I decided to forgo the knife block and instead use a three-piece ceramic knife set that I keep in the drawer. I have a large glass cutting board that I leave out on the counter. It doubles as décor. I also purchased a set of cookware that I’ve been using for 3 years now, and am still very happy with.
A few things I’ve learned about small kitchen cooking include:
- Pre-preparation. I try to do as much pre-prep as possible to make things simpler when it’s time to actual prepare a meal. For example, I’ll chop up veggies like peppers and onions and store them in the fridge. That way, when I need them for a stir fry or soup, they are ready to go. I’ll also make a big batch of rice and/or quinoa to use for several meals.
- Clean as you go. There’s not a lot of space to work with so I clean and use measuring cups and utensils as I go.
- Multi-task. I try to make dishes that use some of the same core ingredients so I can get more done in a day. For example, the three recipes here all use potatoes. I’ll boil the potatoes and make the three dishes in the same day: a large batch of soup that we can have for a lunch a few days, potato salad for a side dish one day during the week, and a lentil shepherd’s pie for dinner that night.
- Melamine plates are awesome! They are a lightweight, hard plastic that is terrific for the jostling of the road.
- Pantry and refrigerated space are often limited in an RV. Meal planning is key.
RV Kitchen Storage
We all know that space is at a premium in an RV or camper. There are two critical components to RV kitchen storage: meal planning (see above) and organization. Click here to see my top tips for organizing your small space.
RV Kitchen Remodel
I recently performed and Interior Makeover of my kitchen and living room area. Check out the video of my kitchen remodel below:
Click here to see my Cooking at the Campground cookbook.
Watch my cooking videos here.
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