Kitchen Equipment Tips For New RV Buyers

Posted on: 27 January 2016

If you've decided that the draw of freedom has you ready to invest in an RV and start traveling, you might find yourself surprised by some of the adjustments you'll need to make. Although most first-time RV owners know that it means limited space, sometimes the reality of that space can be challenging. For example, the compact nature of an RV kitchen poses some unique challenges that you'll want to address before you make the leap.

What's The Big (or, Small) Deal?

Most household kitchens are stocked with many different small appliances, bakeware, pots and pans. In an RV, on the other hand, you'll have much less space to store your supplies. In addition, the refrigerator and stove are often more compact, which means investing in smaller sizes of bake ware and optimizing your refrigerator storage.

How Do You Make The Most of It?

Don't let the compact size of your RV kitchen leave you feeling like your meal options are now more compact too. In fact, you can still enjoy all of your favorite foods in the RV kitchen, even if they require a bit of a different approach.

For example, you will likely need to start buying smaller cuts of meat for the oven. This makes it easier to cook efficiently, because smaller meat cuts are more proportionate to your oven. It's also easier to fit them into the smaller baking pans.

Shop for containers, packaging and bakeware that you can stack. The more compact things are, the easier they'll be to store. If your bakeware nests inside itself, it will all condense into a smaller space. In addition, opt for bakeware that is versatile enough to go from kitchen to fire. For example, cast iron pans and Dutch ovens are great for this, giving you just a few pans that you can do virtually anything with. And, if they stack together, you can store them in the oven when you're traveling.

You might also want to invest in a pizza stone or something similar. Most RV ovens are propane-fueled, and a pizza stone in the bottom will absorb heat and help ensure even distribution. In addition, you should also invest in an oven thermometer to help you monitor the temperature in the oven on a regular basis. This will help you get the hang of the new oven's behavior while you're adapting to the RV.

Choosing Small Appliances and Other Supplies

You don't have to sacrifice your convenient appliances in the RV, however. For example, instead of a full-sized blender, opt for an immersion blender instead. It's more streamlined and compact, making it easier to store. Small food processor units with a 3-cup capacity are effective as well, taking up much less space while still offering the benefit of the larger varieties.

You may also find that break-resistant and plastic dishware are a good investment. That way, if something shifts while you're traveling, it won't break. And, if you invest in some paper plates, they'll work well for convenience and even serve as fuel for your campfire! Plastic serving utensils and bowls are also inexpensive and easy to find at local dollar stores. Invest in large clear bowls that you can use for multiple purposes, including for popcorn, mixing and even storing your fresh produce. Things like this optimize space and make the most of each thing in the kitchen.

As you can see, there are some things that really make RV kitchens unique. You'll want to think about some of these changes as you start shopping for an RV, and consider the storage space in the kitchen carefully. The more versatile the cabinet space, the easier it will be to stock the kitchen.

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