When you think of exciting and enchanting cross-country or camping RV trips with your loved ones, one thing that stands out is the cooking experience. Preparing meals outside the comfort zone of your kitchen feels adventurous and thrilling. However, RV kitchens come with their own set of challenges that can sometimes make RV cooking and cleaning less than memorable.
Things tend to get messy in the blink of an eye. This can be for a variety of reasons, including forgetting where you stacked and stored your utensils and pans, or realizing you forgot a vital piece of equipment just when you need it the most.
The aim of this post is to give you a few tips and tricks that will help you organize your RV kitchen for easy and fun cooking on any RV trip. Not only will you be able to remember where you stored which cooking implement, you may even find cooking at your campsite easier and more enjoyable. Are you ready to be enlightened? Let’s go!
Stack Cooking Essentials
No, we don’t mean the ingredients here. Before getting to that part, it is important to find the most basic of kitchen essentials without which cooking wouldn’t be possible- fire. Keep a matchbox and some lighter fluid with you, properly stored in a place easily remembered and easily accessed. Storing other basic equipment like pots and pans, aluminium foil, tongs, and spatulas in the same drawer or storage bin will keep everything together and save you time hunting for these items as need arises. Remember to store smaller sized items inside the bigger ones, so that they take up as little space as possible.
Use Vertical Wall Space
The empty walls of your RV can serve the purpose of safely storing your cooking necessities. Repaint old knife holders, hang baskets, and make DIY shelves for storing kitchen equipment. Depending on the size of these racks and holders, you will be able to store a variety of kitchen equipment, ranging from tiny to bulky. The best part is that this technique does not take any counter space and keeps it clear for quick cleanup.
Salvage Old Spice Racks
Got an old spice rack that you no longer use? It will make the most perfect plate holder if mounted vertically. This way, you not only get to reuse an old item, but you also make a functional and very useful storage equipment for your future camping trips. You will be amazed how nicely your plates fit in this storage space, providing not only a safe place to store them, but also instantly tidying up your RV kitchen. Plus, you get the satisfaction of upcycling an old item and putting it to good use.
Magnet hooks to the rescue
Did you know that magnet hooks can be used on the door of the fridge (or any other metal surface) in your RV? They make excellent storage hooks for light-weight items like small pans, mugs, spatulas and tongs. Since these are the items that tend to disappear on camping trips the most, magnet hooks help keep them in sight so you can see what’s gone missing.
Cabinet bottoms are one of the most underutilized spaces in any kitchen. You can create a fantastic storage space underneath existing cabinets by screwing in a few (or more) hooks. This is a wonderful place to hang small pots, pans, and utensils – or that mug collection you’ve been building with each new place your RV takes you.
Hail the Caddy
That caddy that you purchased from Wal*Mart that you still haven’t found useful for your bathroom is a perfect companion for your camping trips. It makes for an excellent storage option for random kitchen equipment, or for carrying condiments for burgers and hot dogs. This is something that not many people think to use, yet it makes a wonderful storage addition to your RV kitchen without any additional expense or workmanship.
Find Space in Appliances
Empty appliances like the microwave are a great storage option for items like cartons, paper plates, packaged food etc. The same can be done for other appliances, if they have enough room inside.
These tips and tricks should increase the storage space in your RV kitchen, and increase your enjoyment in cooking there. The biggest advantage is that these hacks are all practical and doable. Try out some or all of these storage and organization tips for your next RV trip, and let us know some of yours in the comments below.
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