“You cooked that in there?” Yup, I sure did. “There” being my RV oven, and “that” being a multitude of delicious baked goods, tasty casseroles, and a pretty stellar homemade pizza – if I do say so myself.
Yes, I use my RV oven. In fact, I use it a lot. On average I crank up the oven a few times a week, and I cook everything that I used to make back when I lived in a house with a normal sized oven.
I’m constantly surprised by how many people find this astonishing. There’s a weird stigma surrounding RV ovens. From the notion that they burn everything, to the opinion that they’re only good for extra storage, many people view the RV oven as an intimidating and worthless appliance.
Here’s my take on the RV oven. If you hate baking and never use the oven in your traditional sticks n’ brick house then chances are you’re not going to suddenly become a champion RV baker.
However, if you like to bake, or make a lot of dishes that require an oven, there is no reason why RV travel should deter or diminish this passion.
The key to successful baking in your RV oven is to make a few adjustments, learn how your specific RV oven works, and don’t be afraid to give it a try. Before you know it you’ll be cooking like a pro in your home on wheels!
A quick note: This article provides tips for a standard propane powered RV oven. These days, some newer RVs come with a convection/microwave oven that runs off electricity.
If you have one of these ovens, most of these tips will not apply. I suggest checking out this article and video by Gone With the Wynns to learn more about a combo convection/microwave RV oven: My Tiny RV Kitchen: Convection Oven Cooking
1. RV Ovens Are Small
An RV oven is smaller than a typical house-sized appliance. As a result you may need to use smaller baking pans. You also will not be able to bake a tray of vegetables at the same time that you’re roasting chicken.
Plan and adjust accordingly. Measure the inside of your oven and make sure your baking pans fit ahead of time!