The World At Your Doorstep Part 9: A Kitchen on Wheels - Basic Equipment
How does the traveler on a motorhome touring holiday start with a kitchen which is both small and empty and wind up able to prepare a decent meal? What sort of stuff is needed? And where will it come from? Because our readers have differing needs and objectives, there is no single, simple answer to the “how” and “with what” of equipping rental motorhome kitchens.
We suggest a middle ground approach to using and equipping the kitchen in your home on wheels – don’t go with the intent of being a gourmet on wheels, but do plan to prepare a few things that are at least moderately interesting.
Let’s start with this: Basic kitchen equipment will either be included in your rental package or will be available for a modest additional charge. These equipment packages go by a variety of names (provisioning kit, kitchen kit) and are typically adequate for casual meal preparation.
While adequate, these kitchen kits tend to be pretty minimal both as to inclusions and as to quality. We suggest the traveler with a semi-serious interest in meal preparation take a couple of additional steps to supplement their basic packages:
1. Bring a few small utensils from home. For us that includes a couple of good knives (in our checked luggage), some things to stir with, a spatula. We also find that a vegetable peeler, a whisk and a zester are important inclusions. The point is to bring those things which you use regularly and which are small, easy to put in checked luggage and which won’t have a significant impact on your airline's weight restrictions.
2. The Spice Bag. One area of pantry stocking where we feel it wise to be over-supplied is in the selection of spices. Generally speaking, spices are expensive and have limited shelf lives, but you already have the spices you most frequently use in your cupboard at home. Throw a dozen of your favorites – you know which ones they are – in a re-sealable plastic bag. Spices are a cost effective and space efficient way to add variety to your meals.
And don’t just carry those spices around, use them. Try rubbing a steak with a bit of olive oil and sprinkling it with garlic salt before grilling, put a pinch of cinnamon in your coffee or hot chocolate, or a dash of chili powder in your scrambled eggs. You get the idea! Don’t leave home without your spice bag. Nothing adds depth and interest to your holiday meals as quickly as the intelligent application of appropriate seasonings. (Note: please check the relevant country's Customs/import laws if you are traveling internationally with spices - Ed)
Don't make it unnecessarily complicated. The point is to eat well, not to equip a gourmet kitchen. Eating well doesn’t require much in the way of fancy equipment, nor for that matter does it require that you spend your entire holiday cooking.
Bring a “Spice Bag”. A “Spice Bag” is a low cost way to add interest to your “meals-on-wheels”. Simply gather up a dozen or so of the spices you most like to cook with and toss them into a re-sealable plastic bag. A dozen spices take up so little room that the Spice Bag is even a practical addition for those on a “fly/drive” motorhome touring holiday.
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