When you’re out in your RV on the road, you’ll likely make good use of your RV’s kitchen space. That said, you’ll probably make equal use of the great oudoors to cook your meals in. Cooking outdoors when you’re in a spectacular natural setting, like a national park, is part of the joy of life on the road in your RV. While cooking outdoors over a fire might be more difficult, the taste of the food is more than reward enough to justify the effort. In any case, these tips will help make outdoor cooking less of a chore and more of a joy.
Have the Proper Supplies
You’ll want to ensure that you bring along or plan to purchase such things as matches, lighter fluid, a good quality pot and pan, aluminum foil, a portable grate for placing over your fire, and some quality utensils (especially some long tongs for grabbing items out of the cooking area).
Choose Your Method
There are a few tried and true methods for cooking outdoors over an open flame. Direct heat is the most common way to accomplish this, and there are a few ways to go about it. One way is to wrap everything individually in aluminum foil packets and embed these packets into hot coals. The other way is to put your portable grate over the open flames and grill them exactly as you would on your backyard grill back home. If you want to make something that involves a liquid component, like a stew, soup, or pasta dish, build up your fire, let it die down to smoldering coals, then place your pot among the coals like you would a foil packet.
Remember These Helpful Pointers
Some additional pointers to practice include:
- Cover your pots and pans when cooking outside. The food will cook faster and it will keep insects and debris from contaminating your dish.
- Make soups and stews in bulk in your largest pot. You can save the extra and reheat for an easy meal later in the week.
- Measure ingredients ahead of time for your favorite recipes. It will save you time and effort later when you’re tired from a long day of activity.
- Use all fireproof equipment when cooking over an open flame.
- Use a bottle of squeeze butter or margarine instead of sticks. It’s cleaner and more convenient in an outdoor setting.
Visit Capital RV Center
If you’re interested in starting the RV lifestyle, come see us at Capital RV Center in North Dakota. Our wide inventory of RVs and motorhomes is sure to have just the right model for your needs. If you have any questions on driving an RV, we’d be glad to help!