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Sunday, June 22, 2008

What do you stock in your RV pantry?

I probably get invited into more RVs than your average RV journalist. If you’ve followed my writing you know the variety of great ideas coming from everyday folks who love RVing. They show me all sorts of things in their RVs and I keep a notebook full of these ideas. One of the things I frequently see is the RV pantry. A family legend revolves around my great grandmother and her pantry. Seems, when times were tough (depression era) she was able to go to her pantry and whip up a delicious five course meal with practically no food on the shelves.

When I visit fellow RVers I don’t pay much attention to what's in the pantry because I’m more interested in how it's organized or what kind of lighting it has. The other day I was at a relatives house and I snapped this photo of her colorful pantry. As I studied it I began to be jealous because her pantry was so much larger than my RV pantry. Then it occurred to me I have a bunch of stuff in my RV pantry that I rarely (if ever) use. I have spices I haven’t even opened. I have containers of stuff that will never see the light of day. But, seriously, that can of spam may come in handy someday.So tell me, be honest, what kinds of stuff do you have in your pantry that you’ll never use but you keep hauling around anyway? Let me know in the “comments” section below.

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5 Comments:

  • Oooh, good topic! There are few things that we don't use in our pantry, but a couple of them are:

    1 jar of vanilla beans
    Falafel mix
    powdered eggs

    I carry the vanilla beans because they were leftover from our stick house kitchen. I figured someday I'd use them on the road but I still can't figure out any way to do so. Any ideas?

    The falafel mix...I love Medeterranian food, but cooking them in an RV kitchen really stinks up the campground. Plus, if you're in the sticks, some idiot might think you're a terrorist when they smell it coming from your rig! ;) JK

    The powdered eggs. Camping survival food leftover from our backpacking days before we hit the road. I figure that we may backpack again while RVing, but so far it's hard to trade in our comfy mattress for a rocky ground!

    By Blogger LiveWorkDream, at June 22, 2008 7:27:00 AM PDT  

  • For liveworkdream ,stick the beans in a jar of sugar , use for baking or coffee or other drinks , beats paying big bucks at grocery for flavored add ins , most pro bakeries have a container of this in them . Also works with Splenda .
    pourjimstravels@blogspot.com

    By Blogger Jim, at June 22, 2008 2:41:00 PM PDT  

  • In a disaster it is nice to have a full well stocked pantry in the motor home. Although there are things in mine that I don't use regularly They would come in handy in a survival or disaster situation. The extra pounds would not make that much difference in gas mileage for my rig a 38 ft gasoline engine class a.
    MH

    By Blogger Mel, at July 5, 2008 8:25:00 AM PDT  

  • For years I carried around lots of pyrex and corning ware for cooking. Last year I switched to the silicone bakeware. Much lighter, can store it anywhere, and it works just as well once I got used to it.

    My kitchen "heavies" are canned veggies. I like regional foods so I stock up on canned versions when I'm in an area - like mixed collard greens in the South - that aren't sold elsewhere in the country.

    And in the sliding storage pantry under the rig I have soda in glass bottles - same reason: when I finally found it, had to stock up:-)

    Sherry
    FT on Safari

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 5, 2008 10:53:00 AM PDT  

  • I carried a lot of "stuff" from when I gave up my apartment and became full time. There was stuff I had used, so figured I would again. Wrong. I hauled stuff all over the country for about a year. Finally, just out of curiosity, I stopped at a scale and weigh my truck and trailer. I had already used some of the stuff, thrown out some and combined weight was still about 1500 lbs over GCVWR. Since I do not do much boondocking, I have decided that I am sitting here for the summer and am going to use what I have on board and buy what I need as I need it. Maybe I will have to make a few trips to the grocery store, but that is why I have a scooter that gets about 100MPG. Also, figured why carry extra water when the most I would need is enough to wash dishes (am going paper) if I do stop at a Walmart or rest area. Another area I think most people overlook is clothing. I didn't realize it, but took the time to weight a T-shirt on a postal scale just to see how much. 1/2 lb. Imagine how many extra clothes we carry.

    By Anonymous Richard Bigelow, at July 5, 2008 1:35:00 PM PDT  

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