Cooking in a Tiny Kitchen

20170523_173813.jpgOne of my favorite things to do is cook and bake, I knew moving into this small space would be a challenge when it came to cooking but it was one that I was ready to tackle. I moved into this camper with the mindset that there wasn’t anything I couldn’t cook, and I proved that to be right. While the space is small, I do still have 3 burners, an oven, a microwave, crockpot, and other small kitchen appliances. Even camping without electricity I was able to cook on the stove and bake things in the oven, there isn’t anything I can not make in this kitchen, except maybe a 20 pound turkey…there just isn’t enough room in the oven.

While we do have most of the conveniences of any other kitchen, the one thing we are lacking is counter space, making the hardest part of cooking any meal the prep work. The lack of counter space forces me to be strategic in the way I make every meal, I can’t have a bunch of ingredients all over the counter and dishes scattered around. I usually chop, season and prep all my food and then clean up before cooking.

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When we are hosting guests we try to do our cooking outside. As a going away gift Paul’s aunt and uncle gifted us a table top camp griddle that runs on propane, it was really a life saver. We’ve cooked everything on that griddle from bacon and eggs to steak and potatoes and everything in between. It’s small enough to store away but big enough to cook a big meal for lots of people, and it’s fun too, I think everyone wanted to cook on it and feel like a restaurant chef.

Some food staples that I always have in the cabinets, easily dressed up with fresh veggies and a meat

  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Instant Mashed Potatoes (convenience comes first in this kitchen)
  • Tortillas (quesadillas, burritos, wraps, breakfast burritos, pizzas)
  • Bread
  • Canned Soup

Some cooking essentials that are a must in a camper kitchen

 

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Holiday Gifts for the Road Tripper

Gift giving for people living in small places can be hard, but fear not, her are a few ideas that you can’t go wrong with.

  1. American The Beautiful Pass
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    This $80 pass gets you into all national parks, and in most place, into national monuments, national forests, and some state parks for one year. When you realize that the entrance fee to all of the major national parks (Yellowstone, Zion, Grand Canyon, Yosemite, etc.) is being raised to $70 per car for a weeks visit, this pass is totally worth it.
  2. Gift Cards
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    You can’t go wrong with gift cards, they give the road tripper the ability to spend them whenever and wherever they need to.

    1. Fast Food (McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Subway, Domino’s)
    2. Amazon
    3. Gas (Shell, Flying J, Exxon, BP)
    4. Dollar General (they’re everywhere)
    5. Walmart (also everywhere)
  3. A Taste of Home-
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    If there’s one thing we miss about New Jersey, it’s the food. With all of the places we’ve been around the United States, there’s no place like home, at least when it comes to the food. No matter where you’re from, sometimes a taste of home is all you need to cure a little homesickness. Check with local markets and food stores to see if they will ship their food directly.
  4. Games
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    Because music and good conversation won’t always keep the car from being too quiet. Mad Libs, trivia games, scavenger hunts and other little games that can be kept in the glove compartment are perfect for entertainment on the road. A Frisbee or another simple outdoor game can be fun too, think small.
  5. AC Inverter
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    Any road tripper knows the convenience of a car charger, this charger is great for charging a laptop or camera when you’re on the go, and you can charge 2 phones at once.