What To Put In Those RV Kitchen Cabinets

by frugalrvers

Maximize space and minimize grief by knowing what to put into rv kitchen cabinets in advance! Some easy, rv tips for beginners right here!

RVs are created to maximize space, so an rv kitchen cabinet might seem like ample room, at a glance. However, once you are cooking in your camper, you will soon discover how limited a space you have to work with...

Think about how much room you had when living in an apartment or house - and not just about place to put plates, pots and pans...but also food! Now imagine reducing that space by about 75% in addition to lacking tall cupboards and deep drawers...you getting the picture????

What RV Kitchen Supplies Do RVers Need?

Small RV Living Can Present Really Big Challenges

Ok, ok...we admit we brought too many rv kitchen supplies along when we first started living full time in our motorhome. In fact, as we excitedly got geared up for taking what was left of our life possessions, after selling most at garage sales, and cramming them into 1/100th of the space necessary to hold them, we soon recognized we forgot to leave space for groceries!

Yes, initially we thought "this isn't so bad" as we found room for casserole dishes, pots and pans, gadgets, electronics (yes, even a waffle maker...an ESSENTIAL when camping...ugh). We actually brought two colanders so as to never have to endure the horror of straining pasta in too big of a strainer.

In our enthusiasm, we overlooked one small detail. We had used the cabinets above the kitchen table and sink for the rv accessories, leaving no room for a can of peas or box of cereal. Way to go! So we had to downsize our lives further still and, after selling everything, there wasn't much left to get rid of (except Jim's toothbrush, of course...I could part with that and maybe stick spaghetti in our toothbrush holder).

In our rv, what this led to was spring coming about 8 times per year...yes, we "spring cleaned" continually until our kitchen cabinets only held the essential rv accessories. There are rv cooking challenges we've discovered, guaranteed...

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RV Cooking Supplies - Stackable Cookware Set

For us, a stackable cookware set was all we needed. Sure, we initially brought the gigantic stock pot - which ended up storing our kitchen cleaning items - never cooked in once. But later we recognized we kept using the same few pots day after day, so we got rid of all of the rest. Don't underestimate the power of small pots and pans...with just the two of us, we use these most of all!

RV Kitchen Storage - Pots And Pans

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Essential RV Kitchen Accessories

Aside from eating utensils, you will need rv kitchen accessories - but the old habits from living in a home have to go. If you are like we were, you had 3 measuring cups for 1/3 measurements, 18 spatulas, 4 cheese graters and the list goes on. No...you cannot do that anymore. Unless you are living in a $300,000 motorhome with ample space, you need one of everything and that is it. If you need it twice, rinse it off. If you lose it, go to the dollar store and get another one. Simple.

One extra not shown in the utensil kit is a wooden spoon or two...we really like using them, but that is our personal preference...

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Final RV Cooking Tips For RVers

We share these rv tips because we learned the hard way...so here you go! Enjoy!

  • A wooden cutting board (large) laid over the kitchen sink doubles the size of your counter space.
  • Cookie sheets store nicely in your little oven...but "little" is key here...don't buy gigantic cookie sheets because they won't fit!
  • We wanted to buy all sorts of cutesie dishware, etc. but you really use the same dishes over and over. The sink is too small to hold a lot of dishes, so don't bring a setting for 8...you will never use it.
  • Your favorite ceramic mug might be tempting to travel with initially, but it will soon hit the dirt. Every time you move the rv, you need to secure anything that can break...that includes your mug!
  • Buy a moderately sized colander...the big ones aren't really necessary. You can drain potatoes with the lid from your pan.
  • Save storage space by using tinfoil on leftovers instead of 18 tupperware containers.
  • Really...think twice about small electronic appliances/gadgets. About every 500 miles we threw one out...you really can find non-electric alternatives for most needs.
  • A portable grill is wonderful for cooking in nice weather! A must!

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Updated: 05/09/2018, frugalrvers
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frugalrvers on 02/22/2013

Thanks for your comment RubyHelenRose - glad you found the article helpful. This can apply to any small kitchen, whether in an rv or not! :)

RubyHelenRose on 02/21/2013

Excellent kitchen stuff, my tiny kitchen needs this stuff, totally what we need, not want, love it.

frugalrvers on 05/26/2012

Thank you, Lil!
You can relate, we are sure...don't you find it refreshing how less wasteful you are when forced into a small space? Imagine the impact on the earth if everyone had to live in an rv...using only what you NEED, not what you WANT.

Ragtimelil on 05/26/2012

Love it, love it. I was given a little electric portable grill. Saved my sanity when I ran out of propane. I have 4 tiny cabinets for food and dishes in my camper (All pans live in the oven) I'm always running out of space for food. I started using a useless shelf in the closet.

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