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Old 03-23-2012, 12:48 AM   #1
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Suggestions for stocking the kitchen on our TT...

Wondering what to pack into our new RV's kitchen, such as...

Regular or paper plates?
What is the minimum pots and pans to stock?
Silverware (real or plastic?)
Minimum spices (salt, pepper, garlic powder), what else?
Most useful gadgets to bring

Stuff like that. It'll be my wife, two girls (6 & 3), and myself.

Thanks!
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Old 03-23-2012, 06:10 AM   #2
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We bring paper for quick meals and use plastic for regular. Plastic is generally lighter than others and it looks like you may end up packing a bit of stuff. You also do not worry about breakage.
We use real silverware, do not like cutting a steak with plastic.
Other... entertainment for the young ones, both inside (rain) and out (fresh air), chairs (camp fire), flashlight, a start.
Spices... we need the one we did not bring, generally try to plan meals or different meals available.
Oh, this is all weekend or short time, full time would be different I would think.
Small grill, does not heat up the rv and there is more space outside. I also use heavier stainless for the pots and pans to use on gas stove, in oven, or on grill. There are 2 of us plus 4 paws; so we use a pot (noodles or other), a pan (eggs on the grill or fry on stove) and a sauce pan (veggies).
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Old 03-23-2012, 02:35 PM   #3
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Wondering what to pack into our new RV's kitchen, such as...

Regular or paper plates?
We carry both and use paper when possible. We also have some non-desposable plastic plates. We use the Corelle ware to heat things in the microwave.

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Silverware (real or plastic?)
We carry two saucepans and 2 frying pans (small and large). We use plastic silverware when possible but carry the real thing also. What we use depends on what we're eating.

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Most useful gadgets to bring
I bring a lot of spices and seasonings. Anything I think we will need and use. Can opener for the veggies and the usual things found in kitchens. Ladles, serving spoons etc. As you camp you will discover what you and your family need. Not everyone needs and uses the same things. No children at home anymore, just a retired couple and 3 nutty cats.

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Wondering what to pack into our new RV's kitchen, such as...

Regular or paper plates?
What is the minimum pots and pans to stock?
Silverware (real or plastic?)
Minimum spices (salt, pepper, garlic powder), what else?
Most useful gadgets to bring

Stuff like that. It'll be my wife, two girls (6 & 3), and myself.

Thanks!
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Old 03-23-2012, 05:20 PM   #5
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Corel dishes is the only way to go. Most dinners are on the grill. So an assortment of oans a skillet. Reaal silverware. We ended up buying two sets. One for home one for the trailer. Paper is reserved for lunches. Basically stock your kitchen a mirror immage of your home and you will be happy.
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If you plan to dry camp (boondocking) I would suggest getting reusable plates and cutlery. It is easier putting the dishes away after cleaning rather than carrying umpteen bags of garbage until you find a dumpster. I doubled the size of our freshwater tank and we can go about 8 to 10 days without running out of potable water. I sure hate coming into a wilderness campground and see garbage strewn all over the place by the wild animals.
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[QUOTE=ChiefGeek;1122326]Wondering what to pack into our new RV's kitchen, such as...

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Regular or paper plates?
Both. Corel for every day & have fhu's, paper for when we're boondocking or otherwise need to conserve water by not washing dishes. Same for cups - pretty crystal-look 12oz plastic ones for everyday ($1 ea at WM) & a stack of SOLO red disposables I don't have to wash.
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10 or 12" multipurpose pan (serves as a skillet & 1-pan stovetop meal prep) w/lid
5qt cast iron dutch oven w/lid
2 or 3qt saucepan w/lid
9x13 glass cake pan w/lid. I carry a Pyrex that has a plastic lid & a insulated handled carrier. You can make cakes, brownies, bar cookies & casseroles in this.
Cookie sheet - can use this for pizza, biscuits, cookies...etc.
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Silverware (real or plastic?)
Both. You need real to cut steaks, chops...etc. but I also use plastic when I have to conserve water.
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Minimum spices (salt, pepper, garlic powder), what else?
Onion powder
Mrs. Dash all-purpose
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Crock-Pot
Coffee maker
Can opener
Foil/plastic wrap/wax paper
BBQ utensils
Misc knife set
Paper towels - lots of paper towels. If you get sturdy enough ones, they can double as napkins & a washcloth (in a pinch).
Lysol/Chlorox wipes

As whitemule said, after a trip or two, you'll figure out what all you really need.

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Old 03-23-2012, 05:51 PM   #8
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Wondering what to pack into our new RV's kitchen, such as...

Regular or paper plates?
What is the minimum pots and pans to stock?
Silverware (real or plastic?)
Minimum spices (salt, pepper, garlic powder), what else?
Most useful gadgets to bring

Stuff like that. It'll be my wife, two girls (6 & 3), and myself.

Thanks!

Hi there! Congratulations to you and your family on your new RV.

Take a look in your home kitchen and note which items you use often, things like can openers, for example. I found it easier to buy kitchen utensils for the RV that stay in the RV. Hated the hassle of transporting things to and from the house. (BTW I bought the RV's utensils at a kitchen supply outlet and didn't spend much.).

In my RV I have one large butcher knife, four steak knives, one paring knife, two wooden spoons, a 4" wide spatula, a manual can & bottle opener, one ice cream scoop, one sieve, one small baking/cookie sheet, and a small cutting board. Have four microwave-safe mugs, and a cup-at-a-time coffee maker. (Might be something forgot to mention, but that's pretty much it.)

Also have two 10" frying pans, one small 12" round pot w/ lid, and a small crock pot. Right now am thinking of adding a compact toaster, if can find one. For me that's more than enough 'stuff.' You'll have to adjust for your family's needs. :-)

I prefer heavy-duty paper plates, but I use regular silverware. Paper towels are fine for napkins. It's easy to recycle the plates; if they're not completely wrecked after use I give them a quick wipe or rinse, then place in the recycling bin. And with paper plates you won't have the worry of breakage when driving.

Might want to buy a mini spice rack that you just keep in the RV. Look for them in places like Target, Bed, Bath & Beyond, etc.

Even though you didn't mention it, when keeping food in the RV -- cereals, cookies, bread, candy, etc -- make sure you keep it in a place where mice won't have access. In my RV, for instance, I keep my food in a separate top cabinet that has no cut-outs for wiring, no cracks, nor any other potential ways for mice to sneak in.

Hope some of that helps. Take care!
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Look at the silicone bakeware that's available, rather than Pyrex or metal. A silicone loaf pan or cake pan can do double duty as a casserole in the gas oven or microwave.

Light weight and foldable. I also carry a silicone colander that folds flat and will do double duty as a fruit bowl.

Mind you, we're full timers, so I don't have to "double up" on anything.

I'd recommend going to the thrift store the first time and picking up the stuff you need. You'll have plenty of time to figure this out.
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As others have mentioned you will need most everything you have in your home kitchen only a smaller scale item. We spent three hour at Target buying all the stuff for the MH when we first bought it. Since then we have added even more. It is so much easier to just leave most items, kitchen, bath, bedroom in the MH so we aren't packing each time we go somewhere. Now we only pack food, clothes and medication and can be on the road in 1 hour.
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Before our first trip, I went to the Dollar Store and bought everything I thought I would need in plastic, i.e. plates, cups, mixing bowls, measuring cup, etc. Gradually, I have been replacing things. I agree with others about the Corelle dishes. They are light weight, don't break and don't stain. Which is why I got tired of my 15 year old ones in my kitchen. So, I bought new ones for the house and put the old ones in the camper. Don't forget a cutting board! I have plastic roll up ones that work great and don't take up much space (Dollar Store item that I don't plan to replace!) Experience will be your best guide. Have fun out there!
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If you are a wine drinker, don't forget the cork puller aka wine bottle opener,
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Great ideas, thanks everyone. Any other ideas for a first timer bring it on!
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You just need one of everything that you need....never two or more. If you can find things that do multipurpose duty, such as mixing bowls that will serve as storage as well.

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