If you’re a real foodie like Jim and I are, be aware that gourmet cooking in an RV can be a challenge. Not impossible (especially if your rig is large), but as we have discovered, making our favorite recipes while living with an RV kitchen requires some patience and creativity.
It’s simple; in a rig our size, there isn’t enough room to carry all of the spices, appliances and utilities that one needs to prepare certain foods. Since hitting the road, we have had some interesting times in the kitchen;
- Once, we fried some fish, and nearly burnt down the RV. The smell also lasted quite a while.
- We tried to make our favorite falafel, and later Indian food, but doing so stank up everything in the rig for days.
- Recently I thought I’d make homemade pesto. After I got the basil prepped, I remembered that a food processor for this recipe is key, and we don’t have one. I chopped for at least an hour, gave up, and almost threw the basil out, until Jim’s patience and chopping expertise saved the day. And his creativity; see the Marge Simpson resemblance in the photo?
- We have often gotten better results from packaged products, for the amount of time and effort dedicated to making a recipe from scratch.
Without the right tools and space, making many of our favorite recipes just can’t be done. However, this doesn’t mean we have to get a big enough rig to carry them all, with a big enough range and bigger fridge, and storage, and more, and more. No, we’ll stick with simplicity, and the occasional Knorr spice packet.
When it comes to RV cooking, remember, you can make what you like . . but you might make big mess too.
Or, you can find decent prepackaged foods and preparations, without packing along all the ingredients, utensils and resulting extra weight just to make them once and a while.
Remember, it’s great living with less, to get more out of life!