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Bon Appetite: Planning Meals for Motorhome Holidays
Cooking at home and cooking in your motorhome is extremely different, as in your motorhome you don’t always have the same amount of space or equipment. However, this doesn’t mean that you only have to eat simple meals while on your journeys, in fact if you plan ahead you could end up having some really exciting culinary treats! If you need some advice or inspiration when it comes to cooking in your motorhome then make sure you read our handy hints:
Whether you are an experienced chef or struggle to make cheese on toast there are some foods that everyone needs to take on their motorhome holidays. Canned food is a firm favourite for motorhome owners as it keeps for a long period of time and doesn’t damage easily, meaning a few bumpy rides won’t leave you with a whole lot of mess to clean up! However, there are also other items you can bring such as dried herbs and spices which travel well and can be used in a number of meals. If you are bringing spices make sure you save some space and weight by taking them out of their glass jars and keeping them in small plastic containers or bags instead. You should also make sure you have a good amount of pasta and rice stored in your motorhome in case you want a quick and easy meal – just make sure it’s stored properly otherwise it could attract pests!
Pots and Pans
While it might by tempting to bring a number of pots and pans on your trip the problem with motorhomes is that there isn’t always a lot of space. Also, hobs in motorhomes are generally smaller than those in kitchens which means that you won’t be able to have three or four pans going at the same time. Before you pack baking trays or grills you will need to check the size of the oven in you motorhome as if it is small you could struggle to fit larger pans in! The best thing to do is bring a small amount of adequately sized pots and pans and make sure you clean them after each meal. Whatever you do don’t leave them on the hob after cooking as this could lead to fires which will not only damage your motorhome but also lead to you having to claim on your motorhome insurance and ending your trip early.
Choosing what to cook on a motorhome holiday can be great fun, especially if you get your family or friends together before the trip and come up with some exciting dishes. You could even have themed nights where you have home-cooked Mexican, Chinese, Indian or even traditional English food. A great thing about motorhome holidays is that you get the chance to cook outside on a regular basis, especially if the weather is nice, so you can have barbecues or even just cook your dinner on an outside hob. If you are travelling with children it’s a great idea to get them involved in the cooking process, as not only does it ensure that there will be something they like to eat but also that they will be occupied for a period of time. You can buy cake and biscuit mixes that usually only need some water and an egg to cook, which means they are hassle free, fun and delicious!
If you are travelling to remote locations during your trip it’s important that you make sure you have enough food between stops as you may not be able to find a place that sells food on long stretches of road. However, it’s also important that you don’t bring items that are perishable or can get damaged easily such as fruit and vegetables. The best thing to do here is plan your stops before heading on your holiday and do lots of small shopping trips instead of one big one before you go. Don’t forget that it’s not just supermarkets you can visit, and that local shops and farms often provide excellent produce for a fraction of the price!
One of the great things about motorhome holidays is that you get to experience new things and visit different places, so why not be a bit more adventurous when it comes to cooking as well? You could find yourself discovering a skill you never thought you had!
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