There are certain meals and fun snacks you think of when it comes to RV camping. You may imagine the basics: hot dogs, burgers, and s’mores in particular. There is nothing wrong with these tried-and-true classics, but there are other fun options waiting to be tried. You don’t need to feel the pressure of limitations set by a cramped galley kitchen, minimal counter space, and a small oven. A lack of traditional kitchen space presents challenges that require careful preparation, but you can make the most of it! You don’t want to feel overwhelmed by the clutter of miscellaneous utensils and flatware. We’re here to help you get creative RV cooking so you can realize your on-the-go cuisine dreams.
There isn’t much room in your kitchen, so you want to be strategic about how you optimize your space. Command Hooks are a great way to hang utensils such as spatulas, spoons, and ladles so that they aren’t clattering around in a drawer. Just peel the adhesive backing and stick the back of the hook on a clean, smooth surface. Utensils and tools can easily be stored on in the inside of cupboard doors or right on the wall.
Shelf liners are an inexpensive investment that prevent cupboard contents from sliding around while your rig is in motion. You won’t have to worry about potential breakage while you’re on the road. Plus, it will keep everything where it’s supposed to be!
A magnetic strip is a fantastic option for easy storage. The strong magnet will adhere to a wall, and you can simply stick your knives to it. Just imagine what a blind corner would do to a knife block…talk about a sharp turn.
RV Cooking Essentials
For a meal gathered around the campfire, skewers are an essential item. Try substituting throwaway bamboo skewers in favor of collapsible, reusable metal skewers. Storage is more convenient, and you don’t have to waste material. As for a more practical setup, consider a portable, foldable grill top for easy transportation and quick cleanup.
If it’s a bit chilly or you don’t feel like making a fire, there are some miracle must-haves for easy on-the-go meals: a pressure cooker, a slow cooker, and an air fryer. With a Crockpot or Instant Pot, RV cooking recipes are virtually limitless. Because just the pot is required, preparation is confined to one section of the kitchen. Cleanup is considerably easier. Air fryers are popular for a reason; they’re incredibly versatile and user-friendly!
Now that you have some ideas about how you want to organize your kitchen space and utilize the tools at your disposal, it’s finally time for the exciting part! Here are a couple of simple yet fun recipes suitable for the RV lifestyle. RVers often go on adventures around major holidays, such as Fourth of July. If you’re a full-timer, you’ll be spending a lot of food-centric holidays, like Thanksgiving, in your home-on-wheels. That being said, it’s important to have some core RV cooking recipes in your wheelhouse.
This is a simple, quick, and delicious air fryer recipe. If you’re not ready to jump onto the air fryer trend just yet, you can certainly use an oven instead. The only ingredients you need are Yukon Gold potatoes, olive oil, garlic, and seasonings. For the dipping sauce, you’ll just need some mayonnaise and Sriracha. You’ll cut the potatoes into inch-long cubes and toss them in a bowl along with minced garlic, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, and enough olive oil to coat them evenly. Here, you have the option to add shredded parmesan. Then, you’ll toss the potatoes into the basket for 10 minutes at 400 degrees. Take them out, shake ‘em up, then put them back in for another 10 minutes. For the dipping sauce, mix mayonnaise and Sriracha at a four to one ratio. You’ll hardly be able to wait for them to cool down!
Grilled Beer Bratwursts
It’s such a simple meal, especially to share with your campground neighbors. After a while, it’s easy to get sick of RV cooking classics like hot dogs. Try barbecuing some brats instead to mix it up a little. You’ll just need some bratwurst sausages, an onion, a bell pepper, 16 ounces of beer, hot dog buns, whole-grain mustard, and some sauerkraut. Place a skillet on your grill in high heat, and grill the brats until charred on either side, or for about six minutes. Then, add onions, bell peppers, and beer to the mix and cover the skillet. You’ll let it cook for about 20 minutes when the onions have caramelized and the beer has reduced. Then, serve the sausages in a hot dog bun, top it with mustard, peppers, onions, and sauerkraut. Prost!
As an RVer, you’re an expert in optimizing what can feel like limited space. However, your options are virtually limitless. With a few storage hacks, some utensil suggestions, and a couple quick and delicious recipes, hopefully you will feel more confident in your RV kitchen. For confidence on the road, be sure to check out Wholesale Warranties to explore options for an RV extended warranty. If your oven breaks down or your fridge decides to heat up instead of cool down, you’ll feel better about it knowing you’re covered!