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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Day 24 - Let's Dish!

This is my kitchen as it looks most days...

When we made the transition into the RV I culled the cabinets for our lightest weight dishes, glasses, bowls, utensils, etc. Why you may ask, cause weight is important in an RV and glass and stoneware are too heavy! That's not to say we don't have any glassware cause we do but we have very little because in addition to being heavy if it falls out while we are in motion and breaks you have a major mess that is dangerous as well! So for the most part it's lightweight nonbreakable items for us in the cupboards!

 Doesn't everyone reuse their Sonic cup??? I DO!

Our rig has a double sink and I think that makes doing dishes much easier, much like at home, a wash side and a rinse side. I do use dish tubs inside my sinks in the RV. Just makes it easier and saves water IMO. I usually only do dishes once a day after the evening meal. Again saves on water usage and just makes sense to me. I draw a small amount of hot soapy water as I begin preparing the evening meal and do up the dishes from the day then add more hot soapy water to finish the dinner dishes. Counter space is such a premium that finding a drying surface is challenging. There is a fold out shelf that helps but it is often inconvenient to have it out if you want to use the coach door. Sometimes I use a TV tray, the dinette table or the cook top. Just depends.

 Not a great pic but I am doing those dishes!

In addition to the cabinet above the sink I also have three of my six drawers filled with what I consider the kitchen items. Silverware, gadgets and pans. I love my drawers, drawers are the most awesomest thing ever!

 My silverware drawer

 My awesome BIG drawers!

These are the drawers directly under the fridge/freezer really easy to get to. Top one has my gadgets and whole hand potholders, measuring cups, small cutting boards, spoons, etc. Also my saran and a few knives are in there. Lower one has my pots and pans and slicer along with foil and parchment paper.

My oven

It's a great little hidden storage gem! Course one must NOT forget to empty before using, but since I have to open it to "light" it that hasn't been an issue for me and I love the extra space to stash these pans!

That's pretty much the dish on my was an adjustment to go from a 6 burner cook top, double wall ovens, side by side fridge WITH ice maker, dishwasher and huge pantry to this smaller set up but it's been doable! I have been asked what I miss the most in the kitchen and I thinks the ice maker. I loved our in the door water and ice availability. Bet your don't think your kitchen's so small after all do you?

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  1. Isn't it amazing how much you can do without and still get everything done? I loved the storage in the oven! In the two years we were on the road I NEVER used my oven! I did have a convection microwave. It took me a little while to get used to it, but once I did, I didn't miss the oven at all - and it was a fantastic bread keeper!

  2. My mantra has been less is more for several years now but making the transition to the RV really tested that thought process in a more practical way then I ever dreamed!!! Honestly, I have loved the challenge and it's been fun so it's all good! I am amazed you didn't use your oven ever!!! I definitely do when we have cooler temps and look forward to using it since we are getting the lower temps in the evening/overnight now!

  3. I could cook anything I would cook in the oven in the microwave/convection oven. The convection oven was just like a regular oven - you just had to get used to no preheating and things tended to cook faster (not a bad thing). When we went back into our sticks and bricks we bought a convection microwave for the house - it was like a second oven and was really nice in the heat of the summer as it didn't heat up the house. Plus I used their electricity and not our propane! (Portable heaters were our friend - LOL!)