Cooking in a campervan and motorhome 101

Cooking in a campervan and motorhome 101
Prague Labs
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Cooking in a campervan is fun. If you haven’t tried it, you should. For all camping newbies who are thinking about cooking on a camping trip for the first time, we have the perfect solutions, which makes it uncomplicated and yet healthy and exciting.

Cooking in a campervan is fun. If you haven’t tried it, you should. For all camping newbies who are thinking about cooking on a camping trip for the first time, we have the perfect solutions, which makes it uncomplicated and yet healthy and exciting.

  1. Which models are suitable for preparing meals on the road
  2. All the essentials for cooking on the road
  3. Our 5 best tips to make your life easier
  4. A few quick recipe ideas we love
  5. How to make amazing coffee with your Mokka pot

1. Which camper models are suitable for preparing meals

Whether it is a Van, Campervan or RV/motorhome, all of our camper models are equipped with a kitchen on board with a fresh water tank and gas supply. Which camper model is the best fit for your needs depends on how often you plan on cooking in the camper and how much space you are comfortable with.

The kitchen of our vans: smart and compact

VW Bulli California Ocean T6.1, Mercedes Camper and Ford Camper have an integrated kitchen with cool box, a sink and 2 stoves. With the pop-up roof staying open, you can stand up straight and move around easier while cooking The kitchen of our campervans: modern and comfortable

The kitchen of our RVs: spacious and mega-comfortable

There is a reason why we call our RVs/motorhomes space miracles. Not only do they have a huge storage, but also a very generous kitchen with 3 stoves, a sink and large fridge incl. freezer compartment. Below you can see the kitchen of our RV Class C 700

2. All the essential equipments for cooking on the road

The success of cooking on a camping trip depends of course on the right equipments

Our kitchen package

Already included in the camper rental price is a set of kitchen and cooking equipment for you. In this package, you can expect the following items:

  • Pot set
  • Tableware set (4x)
  • Espresso maker
  • Cutlery set (4x)
  • Knife set
  • Kitchen utensils
  • Folding bowl
  • Cutting board
  • Cutting mat
  • Scissors
  • Bowl
  • Peeler
  • Mugs with Branding (4x)
  • Glasses (4x)

How about cooking outdoor?

It’s the best of both worlds: making yummy food and enjoying that process in nature. Also, maybe you are a fan of aromatic dishes that you might not want your sleeping area to smell of them later on. At FreewayCamper, you can book our Outdoor Kitchen with 2 burner stove on a solid bamboo tabletop. With the intergrated windbreak, you would not have to worry about the flame being blown out. Moreover, this kitchen is designed in a way that it’s easy to set up and can be quickly converted into a “suitcase” bag.

Other things you might need

Depending on your planning, these are things you might want to consider bringing on your trip:

  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Sponge
  • Reusable cleaning wipes
  • Kitchen towel
  • Trash bags
  • Beer or wine opener
  • Can opener
  • Lighter
  • Plastic container for any leftover
  • Clingfilm/aluminium foil or better beeswax cloths
  • Grill
  • Spices & oil to cook

Our 5 tips to make cooking stress-free

1. Some planning ahead saves you time and money: You can buy ingredients in advance and bring them with you from the beginning. So, you don’t have to worry about where to buy them when travelling, especially when you don’t speak or read the language of the destinations

  1. Pack foods that are versatile, have long expiration dates and don’t need to be stored in the fridge, such as different type of grains (rice, pasta, oats); canned products (tomato, olives, corn), basic ingredients such as oil and spices and so on

3. Remember to keep the window open when cooking inside the camper van to prevent the smell to linger inside your living and sleeping area

4. For beginners: easy one-pot recipes or recipes that only require a maximum of 2 stoves is the way to go.

5. Plan in a way that you can create a new dish with the leftovers of the day before. For example, your first dinner on the menu is creamy mushroom pasta. So you plan ahead and make extra portion pasta for the day after. With a bit of creativity, you have a pasta salad dish for the next lunch/dinner

Easy cooking recipe ideas for a camping day!

Life is more than just pasta with tomato sauce every day. We will share with you our very personal favourite recipes for a day in our camper van. Whether you are a professional cook or a beginner, these easy meal recipes will make camping even more fun than it already is.

🥞 For breakfast: Fruity oatmeal porridge or cereal. On special days you can even have a pancake or french toast which you can easily make with one of our included pans.

🍝 For lunch: One-pot pasta or couscous pan or something as simple as a grilled cheese sandwhich.

🍲 For dinner: Chili-con-carne or german-style greek and cheese soup. With these classic recipes, one cannot go wrong.

How to make amazing coffee with the Mokka pot

With our espresso maker, the Mokka pot, you can make delicious coffee for your morning routine. So, follow our 8 steps to ensure that your coffee is top-notch!

  1. Buy the right ground coffee for Mokka pot. The grind should be slightly coarser than espresso but finer than that for a French press or a drip coffee maker. If the powder is too fine, your cup of coffee might turn out to be bitter.
  2. Heat up your water before you pour it in the pot. If the water and coffee are heated up at the same time, your coffee will turn bitter
  3. While waiting for hot water, you can fill the filter basket with the coffee ground, gently flatten it with your finger. Do not tamp it or press it down
  4. Pour the hot water into the bottom pot and fill it up only to the safety valve inside. Assemble everything together.
  5. Quickly move it onto the stove. Moderate heat will do the trick. You don’t want to boil the water but gradually extract the flavour.
  6. Leave the lid open during the process to avoid overheating. Once your coffee starts to flow, you will see a nice delicious golden-brown color.
  7. Listen and wait. As soon as you hear a gurgling sound or when you notice the color is turning pale, you want to cool down the pot with running tap water or with a cold damp cloth. This help prevents the burnt taste. The point is to get a small amount of concentrated quality coffee so you should not wait for all the water to run through your coffee.
  8. Enjoy your coffee the way it is or add milk of your choice!

Extra tip: You can use a French Press to froth milk for a latte! Simply heat the milk and put it into the French Press. Move the plunger until the milk doubles in volume. And voila!

Well, we hope that we have inspired you to be a camping “chef” on the road with all of the information on cooking essentials, tips and tricks. We would love to see your cooking, recipes and tips on Facebookor Instagram. Have fun cooking in the camper! Your FreewayCamper Team