Kitchen Considerations For Your RV Transition

If you've been thinking about looking into class B RVs for sale and transitioning to a traveling lifestyle, you may be surprised by some of the changes that you need to make. It's obvious, when transitioning to an RV, you're going to be limited on space. What many first-time RV owners don't realize until they move in is how compact the kitchen is. Here's a look at some of the things you should know about stocking your RV kitchen before you buy.

What's So Different?

You might be used to keeping a lot of different pots and pans as well as bakeware in your kitchen. When you transition to an RV, you won't have the same amount of space available. In fact, you're likely to have compact appliances and limited cupboard space. When your refrigerator, oven and stovetop are smaller than you're accustomed to and your cupboard space is a hot commodity, you're going to want to make the most of it all.

How to Adjust

You don't want to have to sacrifice your ability to prepare foods in an RV just because you have less space available. You'll have to learn how to shop for smaller cuts of meat if you're going to roast them in the oven, because the oven is smaller. It also means you need smaller pans, because full-size baking pans won't fit, either.

When you hit the grocery store, shop for things that you can stack. Or, invest in containers so that you can repack your groceries into more storage-friendly containers. The more you can consolidate, the easier it will be to keep fresh foods on hand.

Also, consider your storage when you invest in cookware and dishes. Get storage containers that will nest together in the cupboard to take up less space. The smaller the overall footprint of your containers, the better. Invest in a heavy-duty Dutch oven, because it's versatile enough to use on the stovetop, in the oven and on a campfire. The same goes for a couple of cast-iron skillets. You can stack them together in the oven while you're traveling, and they make great versatile cooking vessels.

Adding Conveniences

Being in a smaller space doesn't mean you have to give up the food processor, roaster or blender. Just invest in smaller units. Instead of the large 6-cup food processor, swap it out for a 3.5-cup unit instead. Then, you can store it inside your Dutch oven or counter top roaster oven when you're traveling.

To make the most of your RV kitchen, you need to consider how you can consolidate your kitchen tools. Look for supplies that serve many purposes as well as things that pack up and store easily.