Summer is finally officially here. If you have plans to enjoy the summer in your RV, do yourself a favor and think about your summer cooking before heading out in your RV.
Summer vacation is meant for fun which means you may not want to spend time cooking over a hot stove inside the RV when everyone is outside enjoying themselves. Summer can also be a difficult time for cooking because if the weather is hot outside, you have to work to keep the temperature cool inside your RV. A little planning ahead of time can go a long way for enjoying your summer cooking in your RV.
Here are seven tips to help you out this summer:
1. Stick to cold meals
If you’re RVing in a destination that is hot, hot over the summer then you can help keep your RV cool by preparing a cold meal instead of a hot one. This can include simple things like sandwiches, salad, or cold pastas.
2. Put the Instant Pot to work
The Instant Pot is nice to use during hot summer months in the RV because it can help you cook a delicious hot cooked meal without heating up the oven. It’s also nice because it can help cut down the cooking time so you can enjoy your day and then still whip up a good meal. In addition, it keeps the amount of dirty dishes down which makes clean up easier.
3. Cook in batches
If you would rather spend time enjoying yourself than cooking all summer, consider batch cooking. When you’re taking the time to prepare a meal, prepare a double batch or do cooking for multiple days at the same time.
For example, if you’re going to put chicken on the grill, toss on some extra so you can add it to salads, sandwiches, or reheat in the microwave the next day. Thinking ahead like this is helpful because you can have quick and healthy meals ready to go when you’re hungry with half the effort.
4. Hit the local markets
When you are traveling in your RV it can be fun to stop at the different local markets to pick up fresh food from the area you are in. This is a helpful way to learn more about the area because you can talk with the locals. And if you’re traveling far from home, you may be able to try some different foods. Make sure to ask the locals for their favorite local recipes.
5. Cook before you leave home
If you’re going for a short trip in your RV, consider preparing your meals before you leave home. Think about what breakfasts, lunches, and dinners you can prep or completely cook before you get on the road. Then all you need to do is take it out and eat it or reheat and eat it. This can be a great way to save time when there are things you would rather be spending your time on.
6. Focus on the snacks
When the weather is hot and you have a lot of activities planned, you may not have time for or feel like eating a big heavy meal. Use this to advantage and keep your food plan simple. Instead of focusing on three big meals a day, think about what snacks you can do throughout the day. Think about things that are quick and easy to grab when you’re busy.
7. Take advantage of the great outdoors
If you have an outdoor kitchen or are staying at a campground with a fire ring, you can take advantage of cooking outside. This allows you to keep the heat and mess out of your RV. You can keep it simple and do hot dogs or do a quick search online to find fun new recipes for on the grill or over the fire.
8. Choose the right RV kitchen
If you love cooking and want to enjoy cooking and baking all summer long while RVing, consider purchasing an RV with your dream kitchen. For example, the 2022 Jayco Pinnacle 37MDQS has a large kitchen island and a residential refrigerator. Plus, it has an outside kitchen, awning, and televisions so you can enjoy your time cooking in the great outdoors too.
If you’re ready to find the perfect kitchen and RV for your summer travel, start your search today.