Save weight and space when stocking your RV kitchen

By Adrienne Kristine

No matter what size rig you drive, you will always need more space in the galley. But you can be more efficient and save space with these galley tips.

Cans and bottles are heavy, but boxes of dry goods, like cereal, pasta, and snacks, are bulky and contain a lot of air. If you remove the contents and put them in gallon-sized plastic zipper freezer bags, you have removed the air and can stack more of the dry stores anywhere and in less space.

By shopping at brick-and-mortar or online stores that offer bulk food, I can purchase soup mixes, textured vegetable protein, dehydrated vegetables and fruit, cereals, granola, flour, sugar, grains, spices, etc. I order soy-based meat products online from a company in Tennessee (I’m vegetarian). I’ve served soups and stews made from ground or chunk “chicken” and “beef” to my fellow RVers without anyone realizing the dishes contained no animal-based products. A company in California provides organic dehydrated veggies and fruit; you can order online.

Another company in Idaho has ready-to-eat organic food in single-serving pouches. You add boiling water, fold the top over, wait, stir and eat. Since the pouches have no aluminum foil lining, they can be burned in your campfire. The food is light enough to please backpackers, requires little preparation and is delicious. There are no dishes to wash and no waste.

If you boondock occasionally, and most of us do, bulk food only requires hot water to reconstitute and limited fuel to prepare. A dehydrator is a great way to dry fresh fruit and vegetables in season if you’re near a farmers market and store them in inexpensive square or rectangular plastic containers.

By doing a little renovation inside my small motorhome, I’ve created quite a bit of storage. Based on an idea from Bill and Jan Moeller in The Complete Guide to Full-Time RVing, my couch was removed and replaced by a six-foot counter top over two kitchen cabinets with four drawers each. This created storage, a desk, and a great food preparation area. All my bulk food is stored on cabinet shelves or in drawers. The food includes that large box of cereal, cookies and pasta. I’ve never had a problem with critters. My rig has a two-month supply of food that weighs less than 25 pounds.