get these Motorhome kitchen essentials

There are no two ways about it – cooking in a motorhome is different from cooking in a kitchen in a house. I thought long and hard about the motorhome kitchen essentials that we have after many months of changing and learning. 

I can honestly say that the motorhome kitchen essentials have not changed a single bit after over 2 years fulltime living, Everyone of them we still have and use all the time. 

Space to Cook

There is very little space in a motorhome for cooking – so it pays to be super prepared and tidy as you cook. This in itself can be a challenge. You might need the board that covers the sink to be a board that you can chop on! 

Juggling three saucepans on a two gas burner requires a rethink on recipe creation.

Cupboard Space for Equipment

You have to think very carefully about the cupboard space that you have to put your kitchen equipment in. We got rid of the microwave that we had to allow us more storage space for cooking gadgets, because that was important for us.

Cupboard Space for Food

The final consideration is the cupboard space that you have to store food. If you think of how much space you have to store everything in a house vs what you have to store everything in the motorhome, the difference is massive. So literally every little space saving idea is an absolute godsend. 

It can be hard to remember about practicality when you see things which are visually appealing and you just want them.

1 – Stacking Saucepans

Tefal Ingenio do a fantastic range of stacking saucepans that all sit inside of each other.

You pay a little more for them – but for a space saver, they can not be beaten.

You can get two different sized sets, which have clip on saucepan handles (the number depends on the size of the set). You can buy extras for them from John Lewis as well – so spare handles, lids, steamers.

Tefal Ingenico Saucepans

2 – Sharp Knife Set

Sharp knives are an essential part of any kitchen – motorhome kitchens as well. Without a decent set of knives, cooking is doomed!

We carry a small knife sharpener to make sure that the knives are up to the job after constant use.

In our motorhome we have a strong magnetic strip that holds them all to the wall. Some people think this is dangerous. It has never been an issue for us so far and it makes them convenient whilst cooking.

3 – China cups and plates

We like to eat off proper china plates because we love food and the presentation is all part of that too.

We got ours from John Lewis. The essentials range – because they have a lip on them and stack nicely in our plate rack. If you make a good old fashioned pie and mash with gravy – and are parked up on a bit of a slope – you might not notice it – but the gravy will . . .

We keep two of everything – large plates, side plate, pasta bowl, raman bowl, cereal bowl, mugs, and espresso cups and saucer.

China Plates

4 – Pyrex glass bowls

We use these because they are multi-purpose. You can use them to mix anything – hot or cold. 

Want to put them over a saucepan of boiling water – yep. That’s fine. Want to make bread and leave it to rise. Yep. That’s fine too. Want to steam a pudding. Yep. No problem there either. Hot soup, store leftovers, the list is endless.

They are so versatile when it comes to cooking that they have to go on our essential items list. 

5 – Nutribullet

I toyed with this one – it doesn’t come out on a daily basis – but it does get used for multiple things – where you might usually use a blender or grinder Or a hand held food blender.
We use it to grind coffee, make pate, blend soup, make smoothies, grind seeds for cereal toppers, make hummus, make sesame paste. It is a really useful bit of kit. It also has cup handles – and screw on lids – so you can store stuff in them – or ‘make and take’ your shake.
You will need a converter in your motorhome or van to run this – but as you only use it for short periods, the electricity drain is not too excessive. 

It was more difficult that I thought to  pin down the top 5 motorhome kitchen essentials. I can’t wait to talk about the kitchen items that you don’t need, but have anyway! 

That’s a whole other article.


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