The biggest challenge in a motorhome kitchen - must be space . . .
There are no two ways about it – cooking in a motorhome is different from cooking in a kitchen in a house. Perhaps if you have one of the huge bus-type motorhomes it might be easier.
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.
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.
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
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.