For many RV enthusiasts, the camping experience is as much about the food as it is about communing with the outdoors. Of course, one of the benefits of traveling via RV is that you can have amenities like a stovetop or oven in addition to an outdoor grill and campfire. However, although convenient, those cooking methods use your propane, so utilizing electric appliances is a great alternative when camping at sites where you can access electricity. You can also use electric appliances outside the RV, eliminating lingering cooking odors inside the RV. In this blog post we will share 9 effective ways to cook inside your RV other than your propane stove or oven.
The Instant Pot is first and foremost a pressure cooker. Depending on the model, the Instant Pot also offers the ability to do slow cooking, steaming, sauteing, and more. You can cook entire meals like a pot of chili, spaghetti, a pot roast, or pulled pork sandwiches. You can easily make a pot of rice to go with shish kabobs off the grill, or some baked potatoes or steamed veggies as side dishes. You can even sauté some caramelized onions to go with hot dogs or brats.
Air fryers are another kitchen appliance that have surged in popularity in recent years. Air fryers can mimic the crispiness of oil frying for frozen foods like French fries, frozen snacks, and chicken wings. They are also a great way to prepare baked potatoes, dinner rolls, cookies, hard-boiled eggs, and some veggies. Some people recommend cooking bacon in the air fryer, although others complain that it is too messy because of the way the air circulates during cooking.
Slow cookers are popular because you can add all your ingredients at once, walk away, and come back to a home-cooked meal hours later. If using your RV for vacation or a weekend getaway, you can save time and cleanup by cutting up your meat and vegetables at home and putting them in a zippered storage bag. You can find some great slow cooker recipes on Pinterest and food blogger sites.
The electric frying pan or electric skillet was invented in the 1950s and have been a popular addition to kitchen appliances ever since. You can cook anything in an electric skillet that you can cook in a regular frying pan, without using propane or infusing the interior of your RV with cooking scents. You can even bake cakes in an electric skillet, using a cake pan and a small baking rack.
A portable cooktop can replace your built in RV stove or add more burners when needed. You can find portable cooktops that use induction cooking or electric burners. It is important to find a portable cooktop that has enough power to accommodate your needs and will fit your pots and pans.
Portable ovens have come a long way since the toaster oven of years ago. Options like the Ninja® Foodi™ Smart XL Air Oven offer the ability to air fry, roast, bake, broil, toast, reheat, and dehydrate. With limited space like in an RV, the more functions any appliance can do, the better.
Although one of the best parts of RVing and camping is grilling outdoors, an electric grill can be handy when there is inclement weather, or you simply do not feel like dealing with the need for fuel for your fire. You can find options with interchangeable cooktops so that you can use your grill as a flat top griddle. The George Forman 360 can function as a grill, panini maker, quesadilla maker and pizza oven, and there are a variety of Ninja Foodie Grills that you can use in multiple ways.
Sous vide cooking is trending right now, and it can easily be used in your RV. According to Good Housekeeping Magazine, “this type of cooking works by putting food in a plastic bag or container, removing all the air and cooking, sealed, under water at a specific temperature.” This is a great way to prepare steaks or pork tenderloin, especially when you sear it in on your grill or in a hot pan before serving.
We’ve saved the most fun and creative for last. In recent years, home chefs have had fun thinking of ways that you can use your waffle iron for more than standard breakfast waffles. We found recipes for savory waffles as well as mozzarella sticks, mashed potatoes, cinnamon rolls, quesadillas, omelets, hashbrowns, bacon, and more. Or you could just make waffles to enjoy with some bacon and eggs made over the campfire.