*This is an example of the space we had in our rented Motorhome – it’s not much, but it is manageable.
Cooking in a Motorhome (campervan) can be daunting and does require planning, but it doesn’t have to be hard. Here you will find tips on how to make the most of your motorhome kitchen to prepare quick, easy and healthy meals. We also recommend you check out our recipe section to put these tips into practice.
1. Check what your motorhome does and doesn’t come with.
When you rent your motorhome, in most instances, that is all you rent, everything else is extra. But most places will offer you packages for kitting out your motorhome. We purchased a kitchen packaged from our rental company for 30 Euros (standard, one-time payment).
Here is a list of what was included and what you can expect from most rental packages:
- 1 large saucepan
- 1 small saucepan
- 1 medium frying pan
- Knives: 1 bread knife, 1 large knife, 1 small knife
- Utensils; 1 ladle, 1 wooden spoon or equivalent, 1 spatula
- 1 colander
- 1 large salad bowl
- Cutting boards (1-2)
- 4 of the following: bowls, plates, cups, mugs, knives, folks, spoons, teaspoons.
2. Know the layout of your motorhome.
If you can, look up your motorhome on the internet. Try to find photos or videos of the internal layout of your motorhome. This will really help you prepare (mentally more than anything) for working in a tight space. Our motorhome had a three burner gas stove, small (bar) fridge and no bench space, so you will use your dining table a lot for preparing meals.
There is also no microwave or oven, so all the meals you prepare will need to be ones you can cook on a stove top. If you are lucky, your campsite may have a BBQ, but don’t count on it. Out of the almost 20 different campsites we went to, only two had a BBQ visitors could use.
3. What you should buy
I don’t know about you, but I can’t cook in a dirty space. Although you don’t need to buy these things in order to cook in your motorhome, they sure will make your life easier, particularly for the cleanup after you have made your meal.
- Dustpan – don’t underestimate how useful this will be to you. It astounded us just how dirty your motorhome floors got and how quickly it occurs. And it becomes timely and costly to go to a service station and vacuum out your motorhome on a regular basis. Having a dustpan allows you to wipe down your floors as regularly as your need, keeping your motorhome clean and tidy.
- Large plastic bowel/bucket – although your motorhome will have a sink to wash up in, we recommend using it as a last resort. Because believe us when we say that dirty water in your receptacle tank stinks and it can permeate throughout your whole motorhome making for a very unpleasant journey.
Place your plastic bowel in the sink and use it to store all your dirty dishes during the cooking process. You can then carry your dishes easily to the outside sinks that all campsites provide. It is also offers you’re a hygienic way to do your dishes in the communal sinks.
- Cleaning products – it is always useful to have to following products on hand:
- Spray and wipe
- Cleaning cloth
- Dishwashing liquid
- Pot scrubber
- Glad wrap / plastic wrap
*Image courtesy of winnebagorentals.com