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Old 05-18-2017, 02:38 PM   #1
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Must Have kitchen items for the AS Kitchen

I would love to hear what everyone's "gotta have" kitchen items are for their AS kitchens. Obviously space is an issue and if you're into cooking (which I am) things like my full size Kitchen Aide stand mixer won't be making any trips with us. Let the discussion begin!
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Old 05-18-2017, 02:45 PM   #2
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Good set of sharp knives
Cutting board
Small whisk
Melamine mixing bowl in three sizes (lightweight)
Non-stick frying pan in small and medium sizes
Saucepan, Pasta pot (smallish)
Usual kitchen utensils, including a good can opener
Two sets of stainless steel tongs, one is hugely long for Dutch oven cooking
Flatware
Paper Plates
Decent Coffee Cups (for tea)
Teakettle
smallish canisters for flour, sugar, teabags, matches, etc. Ours are recycled tin cans with plastic lids
Supplies for washing-up dishes, etc
Dishpan that fits into the sink
Pasta strainer/colander set (collapsible silicon that stores flat)

Although we are into cooking, we minimize it in the AS. We have a 12v/115v microwave that is portable and very handy. The portable icemaker also rides along (115v only)
If pressed, I would add one cast iron skillet and a dutch oven for outside cooking.
We minimize weight and avoid 'single-taskers' in the tool set
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Old 05-18-2017, 03:41 PM   #3
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It is the same

We have outfitted our trailer with the same items that we have at home. We cook a good bit. We did buy pans that nest and a bowl set that nests to save some space. Ours is a 2017 30 Ft FC Bunk. Lots of storage. Might have to be a bit more careful with a smaller model. We keep small grill in the bed of the truck.

Have fun shopping. We have been married 36 years. Like newlyweds shopping for our first home.
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Old 05-18-2017, 03:44 PM   #4
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We try to cook as much as possible, so generally have the same things we have at home. What's different is duplicated items and appliances.

The only appliances we have are the Keurig and an icemaker (which sits on the dinette table). Utensils in a drawer and cooking implements in canister on the counter. We have fewer dishes (only 2 of us) and pots/pans have to nest. A few baking dishes/pans and a handheld mixer in lieu of the Kitchenaid stand mixer.

I haven't really missed anything from home and we seldom use the microwave, but use the oven on every trip - usually something freshly baked makes the AS smell great. When the first microwave died, I was contemplating just turning the space into more storage.
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I have noticed that ice machines are mentioned in several threads......is that a better method than simply getting a bag of ice and tossing it into a cooler?
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Old 05-18-2017, 04:11 PM   #6
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I have noticed that ice machines are mentioned in several threads......is that a better method than simply getting a bag of ice and tossing it into a cooler?


We bring a zip lock full of ice cubes - then make them as we use them in a tray in the freezer
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Old 05-18-2017, 04:37 PM   #7
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Good list above.

We use the knives that have a plastic sleeve to cover the blade. Some have plastic sleeves color coded to the knife blade color. We prefer contrasting colors as it is easy to think the blade is covered when it is not.

We carry a muffin pan and a cake pan. Baking on a cool day adds to the experience. We also carry a few of the disposable aluminum foil pans. They work well to make a big salad or side dish for pot luck contributions. We also have the disposable pepper and salt grinders. After fresh, there is no going back.

We also carry a small Pyrex measuring cup. It is good to heat liquids in the microwave and to mix cooking ingredients.

In addition to paper plates and disposable drink cups (works to beat eggs), we carry some Corel type dishes for more formal dining. Theses replaced some china that we found were not used enough to justify storing them. We have a pair of the plastic stemless wine glasses for adult beverage consumption, a wine aerator, cork screw and manual can opener. We purchased some of the plastic handled church keys and find the new ones to not cut an adequate opening. The flat punched low cost option works better and takes up less space.

It's a process. Try it. If it does not work, adjust. Pat
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We just got an ANOVA "sous vide" cooker at home and I'm thinking it might go along on our next RV trips - cooks steaks and such submersed in a pot of water in ziplock bags to perfection, followed by a quick sear on the BBQ and / or with a propane torch!
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I agree with Jim6090. Duplicate all the items you use in your home kitchen on a daily or weekly basis. Knives, skillets, pots,cooking utensils, coffee maker, etc. When we tossed the "trailer stuff" and duplicated it with quality items that we use ever day at home it made camping much more fun.
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I have noticed that ice machines are mentioned in several threads......is that a better method than simply getting a bag of ice and tossing it into a cooler?
The ice maker has turned into one of my favorite things about the AS - dumb, I know. I guess it's a number of factors:

1. I like knowing where my ice/water came from. Sometimes the bags of ice from the store are ripped and ice may be exposed

2. I never run out - the portable ones make a new batch about every 10 min

3. I drink a lot of water/tea/etc and use quite a bit of ice.

4. I never have to think about it - the thing just keeps on chugging out the ice
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Plenty of wine while you cook

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A good manual can opener.

Grippy things for opening jars.

Trivets (wood for me)

Plastic wine glasses.
Corelle dinnerware
Large drink tumblers made of plastic (see a theme?)
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Don't forget your cheese grater. We use a pair of plastic cutting boards that have lips on three sides to contain the slicing and dicing. We collect coffee/tea cups from NPs and such along the trip. Good memory of the trip. The one thing we don't use as disposables is flat ware. Easy to wash and a set of SST fits in the drawer.

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Old 05-18-2017, 07:30 PM   #14
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I plan on using my things from our tent camping kitchen. Perc style coffee pot for the stove, mixing bowls can double as salad bowls or popcorn bowls (and they nest). I have two speckled blue pots - one large, one medium), but I'm only going to bring the medium one. I used the large one for heating water to wash dishes and now I don't have to do that!

For my dishes, I have the Coleman speckled blue bowls, plates, and cups. I've had them forever and they still look great.

Our Safari came with a toaster from the previous owner, but I don't think I want to use it or bring it. Toasters aren't easy to completely clean and it could be a mice inviter. My 13 year old will be devastated without the toaster though. Trying to decide.

One thing I never used before while camping was a saucepan, but I use those at home quite a bit. I'm thinking it might be good to add one. I know I will need to add in a muffin tin and some pizza pans.
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