It has been snowing here and it is cold.
So, we are packing up to head south. We are going to winter over on the small ranch my sister and brother-in-law have in Texas. We are going to live without shoveling snow and shivering. We are going to be with cattle, sheep, donkeys and cats. Let’s go!
But, we need to prepare for two or three months in the camper. So, I need to sort through many items to see what needs to come along. Since I enjoy cooking, the kitchenware sort is important. We have all the basics in the camper full time, dishes, cutlery, pans, utensils. What other items make the cut considering the limitation of size and storage…?
Microplane. Who can do without grating parmesan or zesting lemons? A digital thermometer for testing the doneness of meat. A wand blender/wisk for making smoothies, pureeing soups, wisking egg whites or whipping potatoes .
Cast iron skillet. What can I say? You should never be without a well seasoned cast iron skillet.
Salad spinner and scale. When you are washing greens you must have a salad spinner or the spin cycle on a washing machine. Since there is no washing machine in the camper, a salad spinner it is. The scale is handy for lots of stuff…important in baking but nice to weigh almost anything….except me.
I almost forgot this one but luckily needed it when preparing dinner tonight. A mandoline. So handy when slicing uniform items for a recipe (scalloped potatoes, french onion soup, etc.) but do not want to wash a food processor. Takes up little space and weighs little.
I am ready to cook on the road!
- Last-minute kitchen gifts (cynthia-david.com)
- Cookware Buying Guide – Types of Cookware at HSN.com (hsn.com)
- Great gifts for chefs that they’ll actually use (reporternews.com)
- Help, I’m a Bit Rusty! (or, how to clean a cast iron skillet) (corianderlime.com)