How to Prepare Dinner in Your RV While Going Down The Road

by Roger

How to Prepare Dinner in Your RV While Going Down the Road

How to Prepare Dinner in Your RV While Going Down the Road

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Before leaving our campsite, my wife prepares and puts our dinner in a Crock pot before taking the road when we arrive at our destination, dinner is served voilà.

Comments from RVing Al: Thanks Roger for the great tip.

To get everyone started, listed below are a couple of Crock Pot Recipes that were submitted on our Favorite Camping Recipes Page:

Mexico Stew - Crockpot Submitted to us by Phyllis from Jackson City, Tn.

Corned Beef and Cabbage (Crock-Pot): Submitted to us by Gary from Albany, New York.

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The Video below has 20 Crock Pot Recipes

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Listed below are some highly rated Crock Pot Cookbooks available from Amazon.

Fix-It And Forget-It Big Cookbook: 1400 Best Slow Cooker Recipes: New York Times bestselling author Phyllis Pellman Good has gathered the biggest collection of tantalizing, best-ever slow-cooker recipes into one great book.

The Italian Slow Cooker: Finally, a book that combines the fresh, exuberant flavors of great Italian food with the ease and comfort of a slow cooker. Michele Scicolone, a best-selling author and an authority on Italian cooking, shows how good ingredients and simple techniques can lift the usual “crockpot” fare into the dimension of fine food.

Crock-Pot 5 Ingredients or Less Cookbook: In a hurry? The Crock-Pot 5 Ingredients or Less cookbook features more than 80 fantastic and easy recipes, each made with only 5 ingredients or less. With the recipes in this book, you'll be able to create a wide variety of beef, pork, poultry, and ethnic dinners with just a few ingredients and minimal effort.

Finally, if you are interested in learning what other RVers use in their RV kitchens, you might want to visit our RVers Favorite Kitchen Accessories page.

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Slow cooker in the RV
by: Anonymous

1.5 qt. slow cooker

We have had some wonderful meals from our slow cooker.

We have a class B with a tiny sink - just the right size for the Small 1.5 qt. slow cooker. We cushion the cooker with a towel so it doesn't move. I prepare the meat at home for the recipe and freeze it in a quart bag - flattened to stack in our tiny freezer.

The rest of the recipe will include canned veggies, spices and/or sauces that can be stored in our tiny pantry. We make instant rice or potatoes to go with the meat dish.

It is so great to smell the dinner cooking and have it ready when we stop for the night. The only problem has been the top rattling as we drive - but we are going to use the cooker bag/bungie cord solution mentioned earlier in the column.

Hard won tips
by: Lyn Hillman

This is a tip I use. If you're using a smaller crock pot, put it in the sink while you're going down the road. No chance of it bouncing off the counter. (Been there, done that). Before going on your trip, put a crock pot liner in the crock pot, fill with your ingredients, then freeze. Once frozen, remove, liner and all, and put in a zip lock bag big enough to hold it. When you're ready to use, put it in the crock liner and all, and start it up.

by: Duke4875

RoadPro 12-Volt 1.5-Quart Slow Cooker

I wish I would have known about this last August when we were spending many hours driving from OR to OK, IL and back.

With that said, I would have to install an inverter in the camp trailer to run the crockpot. Would the pickup alternator keep up with the power draw from the crockpot? I do have lots of reserve battery power. Just asking. Hope I can find your answer one of these days. I see your posts all over Pinterest. I am also on the "Jayco owners forum"

Note from RVing Al: You might consider a 12-volt Crockpot like the RoadPro 12-Volt 1.5-Quart Slow Cooker (pictured at the top of this comment) that can be plugged into your vehicle's cigarette lighter.

by: marg

Saratoga Jacks Thermal Cooker

I swear by my Saratoga Jacks Cooker. 4 minutes on boil and dinner is ready for up to 8 hours later. still hot and ready to eat. No batteries, take it to the beach or the football field. Kids soccer practice is a breeze. Put dinner before work and it's ready when you'get home.

Editors Note: Take a look at the video below to see why Saratoga Jacks Thermal Cooker is good for cooking while you are traveling in your RV.

Below is another video that gives you a great Pot Roast Recipe for Saratoga Jacks Thermal Cooker.

Crockpot cooking
by: Anonymous

Our car had a regular plug in the back seat. I would fill the pot, place it in a cooler,plug it into the car and cook all day while driving.

Walla dinner is hot and ready. Only one problem is had to reset/ turn on the pot after the car was turned off ( like when you get gas or rest stop)

Use cooler easy cll
by: Anonymous

Try putting crockpot in a cooler. Some coolers also have heating mode, if have power source.

crock pots that run on battery???
by: Charlie

I love this tip; however, I have a question. Do all electric, regular crockpots work from the battery? I never thought to try, but love this as our grandchildren are going camping with us and I don't want to be stuck in the camper cooking while everyone else is having fun! Yes, when we are parked it will work from the electric hookup, but this is a new idea to me, cook while traveling!!!!

Note From RVing Al: Hi Charlie in most cases a regular Crockpot will not work on 12 volts unless your RV is equipped with a generator or a 12 volt DC to 110 volt AC Power Inverter. Your other alternative is to buy a 12 volt Crockpot that can plug into your RV or tow vehicles Cigarette Lighter, like the one pictured below. Hope this helps.

RoadPro 12 Volt 1.5 Quart Slow Cooker

Latched Crock Pots help with the possibility of slopping over
by: Zpyderman

If you are worried about slop-over, here are a few tips:

1. Get a latching lid crock pot or tie the top down with twine gently!

2. No latch? Use a Crock pot liner bag, but after you put the lid on, lift the edges of the liner up over the lid. then a small bungee or some twine from handle to handle over the lid to keep it down. The liner keeps the leakage contained when the lid oozes a bit.
Slow Cooker Liners at:

3. In the sink. Duh. Everybody keeps saying this. If not, then put it in a box, with a towel.

4. NEVER over fill. Even when not traveling, do not overfill.

5. Do less sloppy cooking. Make a roast, ribs, pulled pork, etc. something that is not soup or stew. Less liquid, less slop-ability.

How to Prepare Dinner in Your RV While Going Down The Road
by: Painterbel

We're going to try out the Wonderbag. It's sold by Amazon and it's the original crockpot, doesn't use electricity! It uses the concept of non-electric, heat-retention cooker that allows food that has been brought to a boil, to continue cooking after it has been removed from the fuel source. Think lobster bake or pig roast! Serious old school! Hoping it works well! Don't see why it won't!

12 Volt
by: Frank

We do the same thing with our 12 volt crock pot. Set it up before we leave and dinner is ready when we stop at the end of the day.

crock pot cooking
by: john

generator or solar panels. in my case I have two 285 watt panels with 800 watt inverter. can run most everything while moving on a sunny day

Use your inverter
by: Sue Soaring Sun

It's easy to cook in your crockpot using your inverter as you travel.

If your 110 outlet is too far away from the sink to put your crockpot in the sink while driving, then you can line a box with towels and put your crockpot in that, and then just bungee it someplace where it will be secure.

You can power other small appliances while traveling, too. In my old rig, I didn't have A/C in the cab, but I could use my inverter to run a fan, which helped a lot. Once when my son was visiting with me, he wanted to listen to a better stereo system than my dashboard radio while we drove. No problem--just plugged it into the inverter and kept it on while we drove.

I haven't used a 12v crockpot myself, but I have a trucker friend who is a gourmet cook, and he raves about his.

Note Frome RVing Al: An average Crock Pot uses about 150 Watts so your inverter should be 200 watts or higher.

Crock Pot while traveling down the road?
by: Louann

How does a crock pot work without electricity? Even if you are in a motor home it (the crock pot) would have to have electricity to work. Orrr am I missing something here?

Note From RVing Al: I would only recommend using the Crock Pot in a motorhome while going down the road. You would use the generator on the motorhome to provide the power. There are also a few 12 volt powered Crock Pots available, but I am not sure how well they work.

12 volt crockpot?
by: Anonymous

Is this pot 12 volt?

Cooking while traveling
by: Marie

A Crock pot cooking while the RV is on the road sounds like a disaster waiting to happen. No thanks!

Note From RVing Al: Hi Marie, believe it or not we do it all of the time. The Crock pot we use in our motorhome is small enough to fit in one side of the Kitchen Sink. When the Crock pot is in the sink it does not move around during travel. You just have to remember to not over fill the crock pot. Give it a try and you might be surprised.

Happy RVing

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