Water Saving Tips in the Kitchen

When you’re dry camping and need to make the water in your tanks stretch, it’s imperative that you find ways to use as little water as possible in your RV kitchen.  The key is to find ways to ensure that you have as few dishes to wash as possible.  There’s always the obvious……using paper plates and bowls for meals.  Here are a few that are useful as well.

  • BBQing as much as possible cuts down on pots and pans.
  • Foil pans for use in the oven….. I usually prepare something ahead of time like stew and then put it in a foil pan and heat it up in the oven instead of using the stove top.  Then the foil pan is thrown away after the meal.
  • Parchment paper or foil can also save a pan that goes in the oven from  needing to be washed.
  • Plenty of paper towels!  Before washing any pots, etc.,   I try to wipe out as much ahead of time with paper towels so that it takes less water to clean it.  That also keeps less “junk” from going in your holding tank.
  • One pot/pan meals!  An example:  For breakfast I toss some sausage links in a skillet and as they cook cut them into bite sized pieces.  Then I add some canned or pre-cooked potatoes into the skillet and saute’ for a bit.  Then in the same pan, along with the sausage and potatoes, I scramble some eggs.  So, in one dish I’ve got the eggs, meat and potatoes covered and only one pan to clean.

Challenge yourself to come up with one meal that will leave you nothing to clean but utensils such as:

BBQ Steak/Potatoes baked in the oven wrapped in foil/Bag of salad from the market

See how easy that was!  What can you come up with?

 

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