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What You Need To Know Before Cooking In Your Tiny House

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Cooking requires a lot of utensils and kitchen supplies. Seriously, just take a look at your kitchen, you’ll probably see kitchenware and appliances everywhere. Not to mention, cooking itself requires ingredients and spices, and you probably even have a fridge to store the food you cooked. Read the following article to find out what you need to know before cooking in your tiny house!

All these things require a tone of space, which becomes an issue when you are trying to live in a tiny house. The space crunch will require you to get rid of most of the things you usually use for cooking and make do with limited supplies. 

Additionally, another aspect of cooking that presents itself as an issue when in a tiny house is the issue of having smoke everywhere. You will need proper ventilation, along with a few other things before you start your tiny home cooking journey. 

So, let’s get into a discussion about what you need to know before cooking in your tiny house!

What You Need to Know before Cooking in Your Tiny House

Kitchenware And Appliances You Will Need 

Before even thinking about what you will cook for dinner, you will need to buy some necessary kitchenware and appliances. However, you can’t just buy whatever you see; everything needs to have a purpose since you also have to consider the storage space you have at the tiny house.

Multi-Purpose Appliances

Having multi-purpose appliances is always a plus point. So, say if you need a blending machine, buy something that has extra parts that can be used for mixing or grinding spices. In this way, you will have multiple appliances in one which can be easier to store.

Gas/Propane Appliances 

One of the things you are sure to need for cooking at your tiny house is gas or propane appliances. These appliances can save you from so much hassle no matter whether you are cooking in an RV or at your tiny house.

The gas or propane appliances that you will find yourself in the need of the most in a kitchen are stoves and ovens. If you like cooking over a flame or if you like baking, you can invest in these appliances, and although they will be expensive, they will be worth every penny. 

With these, you can get hot water in just five minutes and cook whatever you want without having to light a fire outside. They are convenient; however, they need proper ventilation, which is something you need to be mindful of while living in a tiny house.

Mini-Fridge

You can also invest in a mini-fridge (if you don’t have space for a regular-sized one) which will surely come in handy if you are cooking. However, if you have a mobile tiny house that does not have an electric supply, owning a fridge can be difficult, in which case you should try eating fresh!

Cookware

As for cookware, non-stick pots, pans, and utensils like spatulas always come in handy. They are easy to clean and promise longevity. Also, try to buy things with handles that can be hung, utilising the wall space will give you so much more room! 

Overall, try to buy cooking utensils as little as you can, but buy high-quality products that will not give up on you, especially if and when you are traveling in your tiny house.

Must-Have Ingredients For Tiny Home Cooking

Preparing meals for yourself and your housemates (if you have any) will be a breeze if you have some of the basic ingredients that are needed in cooking. Since you won’t have a lot of storage space, buying unnecessary ingredients will prove to be wasteful.

If you do want to buy things in bulk, try buying things that will last long without refrigeration. For instance, rice, quinoa, lentils, cabbages, powdered spices, etc. These are quite versatile items that can last without being refrigerated, which comes in handy if you are traveling often. They can provide you with hearty meals for cheap in the form of main and side dishes. Take cabbages, for instance, they have a long shelf life, and you can cook them as sautés and soups, or make them into coleslaw or healthy wraps. Pair your cabbage recipes with some rice and lentil soup, and you have a food that is delicious and filling.

When it comes to meats and vegetables for tiny home cooking, you must buy what you can use up immediately, especially if you don’t have a refrigeration system. This will make sure you save space and get the most out of your money at your tiny home. Something you can also try doing is fermenting some vegetables and making them into pickles so that they can last for a long period.

Storage Necessities Of Tiny Home Cooking

Even if you buy minimal amounts of appliances and ingredients for tiny home cooking recipes, you will still need space to store them. This can be a challenge for those who lack creativity since small spaces require creative minds to stay organized.

The best way to utilize the space you have and store your cooking supplies is by building shelves on walls or even putting up wall mounts to hang things like ladles, spatulas, and even a clean rag to wipe the countertops. There are even DIY videos that you can find on YouTube for building shelves that turn into dinner tables when folded down.

Fold-down tables are the holy grails of tiny home kitchens, especially the ones that turn into storage spaces when folded back up. Not only are they practical and save space, but they also make for great conversation starters if you are having people over at your place.

A creative tiny house project you can do is a drop-down pantry. If you have more space in terms of height than width, you can try putting all your dry foods in a pantry-like storage area that you can build, and have it drop down when you need to grab something. This is a project that even beginners can do, and it can prove to be a great way to save space.

Cooking in a House vs. Cooking in an RV

Cooking in a House vs. Cooking in an RV
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There are quite a few things you will need to consider when cooking in a house that is built on a foundation, versus cooking in an RV. While they have their similarities, they have separate sets of advantages and disadvantages as well.

Similarities Between Cooking In A House And Cooking In An RV 

Whether you are cooking in your tiny house or an RV, you will notice that the main similarity they have is in their size and storage space. You might not even be able to fit a big enough stove or oven to fit two pots at the same time. 

Since regular sizes get so complicated to fit within the limited space, you will notice that cooking in both these living spaces gets more time-consuming. This is especially the case when you are living with multiple people. It might take you a lot more time and effort to cook in a tiny house than it would take you in a regular-sized kitchen.

Advantages Of Cooking In A House And Cooking In An RV 

The main advantage of tiny home cooking is that they stay put while you are cooking even if there is a hurricane outside. Imagine trying to cook in an RV during a stormy day. The wind would at least shake the RV a little, which can cause everything to get hurled on the floor, thus making a huge mess. The sturdiness of a tiny house built on a foundation can save you much time cleaning up in the kitchen.

On the other hand, cooking in an RV has its advantages. The main advantage is that you can cook anywhere you want. Not feeling the view of the stiff peaks of the mountains? Take your kitchen to the beach! Additionally, if you realize that you are missing a few ingredients while cooking in your RV kitchen, you can just drive the entire kitchen to the nearest convenience store! With a kitchen in your RV, you can cook anywhere you want.

Disadvantages Of Cooking In A House And Cooking In An RV 

The disadvantages of cooking in a house and an RV are the same. Firstly, the limited amount of space can make the process of cooking time-consuming. And, secondly, the smoke from cooking can get everywhere without proper ventilation. Whether you plan to cook at your tiny house or RV, you need to make sure they have proper ventilating ducts and possibly even a window near your stove to let out the smoke that cooking creates.

Outdoor Cooking Options

Taking all the advantages and disadvantages of cooking in a house or cooking in an RV into consideration, we would like to suggest that if you are living in a tiny house, you should try to do the cooking outdoors as often as possible.

This is to ensure that none of the smoke that is being created lingers in your home even after you are done cooking. Also, if you are cooking over the fire, you are always at a risk of accidents which can easily be avoided if cooked outside.

To cook outdoors, you can easily purchase portable stoves, grills, and even ovens that have wheels and can be taken in and out of the house easily. These appliances should not cost you much more than their indoor versions would, so cooking outdoors is a viable option for you.

Essential Cooking Tips For Tiny Home Cooking

When cooking in a tiny home, you should learn all the tips you can get. Since cooking in such environments can be new to you, you will come across hurdles, but these tips will save you.

Plan Ahead 

As we have previously mentioned, tiny home cooking can be a bit time-consuming, so it’s always better to plan. Decide what you want to cook and purchase ingredients accordingly and if you have the means of having electricity, meal prep. 

Preparing your meals on a certain day of the week will consume a good portion of that day, however, this will also mean that you will be able to relax for the rest of the week. This is also really helpful if you are planning on taking road trips in your RV because you will have enough food at hand to last you throughout the week. 

Buy Versatile Ingredients 

Things like rice, quinoa, lentils, and vegetables like potatoes and onions are versatile. They can be cooked with many different things, and in many different ways and you are sure to not get bored. Additionally, none of these ingredients take very long to cook and most of them can be stored without refrigeration. 

Eat Fresh Foods

Foods that do not last very long if not stored under specific conditions should be consumed as soon as possible after purchase. These include meats and certain vegetables, and not storing them will allow your kitchen to be cleaner and have more space.

Stay Minimalistic

Staying minimalistic in the kitchen is the key to having a clutter-free kitchen. Buying versatile ingredients and basic spices that go with anything is the first step to being a minimalist. Do not stockpile on things that go bad quickly and buy what you need.

Additionally, reduce appliances as much as you can by giving away things you do not use very often. If you want to try out a recipe that requires a slow cooker, you can borrow it from someone. So, stick to the basics like frying pans, spatulas, mixers, etc.

Maintain Organization

Limited space means you have to utilize every inch you have, and you can’t do so if everything is messy. Make it a habit of picking up after yourself, and cleaning things as you use them. This way, you won’t have to work a lot later and you will be able to be organized with minimal effort.

Accept The Mess

Some mess is bound to end up on the floor, and you can’t do much about it. You can’t control everything, and that’s okay! It’s time to accept that some things are just going to be messy, especially if you have children and pets.

Conclusion

When it comes to tiny home cooking or cooking in an RV, there are a lot of things that you will need to know and consider. Since you will have limited space, you will have t learn how to make the best use of it. 

So, if you have that figured out, get to cooking in your tiny house right away!

You can also read: What You Need to Know Before a Road Trip on Your House on Wheels

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