Imagine this: you’re having the time of your life, lazing away comfortably under the stars while crickets chirp faintly in the distance. The cool air sweeps by your feet but a fire blazes silently a few feet away, it’s tongues crackling gracefully against the dark night, warming you. You’ve unbuttoned your trousers; your stomach still wonderfully swollen with some of the most remarkable meals you’ve had in ages. Your mind wanders to the beautiful place you’ll be driving to on your campervan when you wake up to the fresh morning.
And then you get back to your senses and realise it would take up a whole lot of work to achieve that.
Let’s face it, if you’re going on a trip with your campervan to see the great outdoors, you’re not really expecting anything special for your food, right? There won’t be much room for those magical nights spent basking under the moon and being fully content on what you just had for dinner, well, at least not if you’re an exceptionally talented cook.
Although preparing for camping can take a lot of your time and even though you spend a large portion of this time planning your meals and your groceries, that’s only the first step. Cooking in a campervan doesn’t seem like a good idea at first given the small space but do you really have a choice the stomach starts grumbling?
I didn’t think so.
Your guide to cooking up a storm on the road!
Gone are the days when all you could do was open a can of baked beans and smother a piece of toast with them, and we can finally say goodbye to grilled sausage night, every night.
Have the best of both worlds when it comes to camping comfortably and having delicious and well-prepped meals. In our previous blog post, we gave you some helpful camp recipes you can cook up while travelling in your motorhome. Now, here are some tips that could help you when the going gets tough. I’m also giving you some advice on groceries you can buy and will last longer, and how to store your food safely and away from early spoilage (and bears!).
Here are some tips to make cooking in a campervan a daily breeze:
- Plan not only your itinerary to every destination but also your grocery schedules and lists. For long trips, it’s best to do a little shopping before you start your trip and do the rest as you move along. Buying ahead of time can minimise the space you’ll need for packing while you can also enjoy different flavours and ingredients unique to certain region.
Some campers think that the best feature of a campervan is being able to stop anywhere you want. And now, you can buy exotic and special ingredients on your stops.
Tip: if there’s an ingredient you absolutely cannot leave without, stock up on some because you never know if another place might not have your favourite food.
- Speaking of grocery shopping, here are some foods you can buy and won’t stale easily:
- Dried fruit and vegetables
- Protein bars
- Trail mix (homemade or premixed and store-bought)
- Powdered or evaporated milk
- Oil and/or butter
- Drink juice mix
- Cheese sticks
- Beef jerky
- Instant coffee
- You can save time by cooking some of your meals while you’re still at home. For example, you can try to cook up some spaghetti sauce, freeze it a container and reheat when you’re ready while you can also cook some pasta and do the same or just cook it in your motorhome. Frozen cooked meals can also last longer than frozen raw meat when you’re travelling.
- For shorter trips, you can plan a simple daily menu. Plan and pack the ingredients you’ll be needing for each meal. By doing so, you’ll be able to shave off the stress that forgetting a key ingredient could bring. I still cannot stress the importance of Ziploc bags enough. To make it easier, you can also separate all the ingredients you need for a certain menu or meal.
- Stock up on some aluminum foil. You can use them to cook a lot of easy meals (that we discussed in our previous blog post) and some packet meals. Plus, you can use aluminum foil for easy storage or to help compartmentalize leftover food.
- If you travel frequently, you would know that purchasing food containers is very important. This is to ensure that everything is organised and stays that way all through your camping trip, and will also prevent food from spoiling. When buying containers look for the following qualities:
- Durability. Make sure you get your money’s worth and invest on heavy duty products.
- Size. Consider getting a number of containers in different shapes and sizes for different items. This is will save space and keep your food and ingredients compartmentalised and organised.
- Environment-friendly. Purchase non-toxic containers to protect your food and the environment.
- Leak-proof and secure. Of course, you would want containers that keep your food fresh and clean, and avoid spills.
- Some of the areas might have bears and other wild animals that could steal your food. Some camping grounds provide lockers or cabins for exactly this reason. Meanwhile, if you have none of those facilities, you can create a bear hang.
After cooking, change your clothes to keep the scent away from your body and prevent animals from being attracted to the smell.
- With Apollo, all vehicles are supplied with complimentary living equipment (see terms and conditions). Still, upon making a reservation, make sure you check what kind of equipment you’ll be getting. Based on the menu you’ve prepared, bring the necessary cooking equipment. If you don’t have the proper cookware, then all other attempts at preparation become futile.
So, with all those tips enumerated, you’ve surely realised that you don’t to be a gastronomic genius (although it certainly helps if you are) to cook up and prepare drool-worthy meals. The key is always in planning and preparation. The only thing we’re taking away: your excuses to have another night of beans on toast.
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