By Sam Suva
Did we once think there was no place to cook or store food in an RV? We needed to think again. One of the most common questions we get is, “How do you prepare a meal in an RV? It’s such a tiny refrigerator and there is no counter space!” Well, it was a learning curve, but keep reading – the answers surprised us too!
We lived in a 2400-square-foot house with a 1500-square-foot garage. We had plenty of room for a large refrigerator, lots of cabinets and a spot for a chest-type deep freezer or two. Our RV has 8 square feet of refrigerator space and about 8 cabinets, a third of the size of the house cabinets. Fortunately our strong desire to get on the road overcame our shock at the relatively small amount of room for food storage and preparation.
The key was to live in the RV while transitioning from our house. By splitting our time between the RV and the house, storing, preparing, cooking and eating food, we found that that is the best way to overcome obstacles to RV living. Doing this while having the home resource a short walk away proved to be just what we needed to make it a success. If you do not have an RV yet, we’ll take you along with us in this article.
How much room do we need for food? We started with one meal at a time. The day we moved in the RV we brought just enough food for the next meal from our sticks-and-bricks house. We were in our driveway so the grocery “store” was not terribly far away. The RV became an extension of our food storage, not something we had to stock in addition to our home. Previously we had purchased food items for the RV, for the trip, then removed those items from the RV and put them in the house. This was going to be very different. Once the food items were removed from the cabinets, the refrigerator and the freezer, these would not return, at least not by us.
The overhead cabinets above the sink in the kitchen area have coffee, condiments like salt and pepper, some fruit and nuts and cereal. It also has plates, bowls and serving dishes. We also have some medication that we have to remember to take each morning. These cabinets have “at hand” items – those items frequently used.
The spice drawers have all sorts of different spices. It is important when purchasing these to remember that some spice containers will fit perfectly upright and others will have by laid down. The top spices we use are garlic, allspice, onion powder, cinnamon and a homemade spicy seasoning. Of course that does not stop us from having two full drawers of spices when the creative urge overtakes us.
Under the dinette booths we have canned goods and baking supplies along with extra pans, sheets and bins for cooking. Above the dinette we have protein powder, additional baking supplies and blenders.
Now that we have purchased and stored everything we need, let’s make a meal. That will be the topic in our next article. Please be sure to comment on what you have read here. I look forward to your thoughts on this topic or any other thoughts you may have. Do you have a way to store food items in your RV that is interesting? Please let us know in the comments below.
See you down the road,
Sam Suva and his wife are work campers. They began work camping more than 10 years ago and have spent a lot of time working as they traveled. In this new weekly feature, they will share their experiences with you, with an emphasis on how to incorporate work camping into a full time RV lifestyle.