Baking in the RV – Let’s Make Cookies!

One of the biggest drawbacks to baking in the rv is lack of counter space. There are several workarounds for this. Most rvs have flat covers for the range and the sink. If you’re using the oven, you’re not going to want to cover the range. I also tend to need the sink when I’m cooking, so the sink covers don’t help. I have, however, learned to maneuver in a small space. My family likes to tease me about using every dish in the house when I cook and that is true when I have the space. It’s easier. When I am in the rv, I have to plan out my procedure and use as few items as possible. I also tend to get all my ingredients together before I start, while at home I tend to get them as I need them.

Teensy counter in the 14ft. MeToo.

Teensy counter in the 14ft. MeToo.

In the rv, I line up my ingredients and utensils on the counter, if a few, on the table, if many. I preheat my oven and start mixing. For sake of example, today I made chocolate chip cookies. Usually with cookies you mix the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet ingredients in another bowl, then combine. In the rv, I mix the butter, sugar, vanilla and eggs first, then combine part of the flour with the baking soda and salt and add to the wet ingredients, gradually adding the rest of the flour, then the chocolate chips. I preheated the oven and it was ready when I was. At home I usually use 3 or 4 cookie sheets and wire racks for cooling. In the rv I only have one cookie sheet but I think I will get another one, just because it takes about twice the amount of time to bake a batch of cookies without having that second sheet ready to go in the oven when you take the first one out.

Sweeping view of the MeToo counter. Never did get the oven to work.

Sweeping view of the MeToo counter. Never did get the oven to work.

Probably the biggest frustration with rv baking, other than counter space, is temperature regulation. That tiny rv oven is going to be a different experience from your spacious home oven. You can get an oven thermometer to double check the temperature if you want to. On the road, I have used many different ovens, both gas and electric, so I have learned to just keep checking. If something doesn’t seem to be cooking as quickly as it should I turn the temperature up. If it’s cooking too quickly, I turn it down. The important part is to keep checking your food.

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That’s all there is to baking in the rv oven. Just scaled down from what you do at home. Cook fresh, eat healthy, enjoy the road.

 

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