Your Complete Guide To RV Crock-Pot Cooking

Successful RV cooking can be challenging. With a lack of counter space, minimal storage, and a tiny fridge, there are many obstacles to over come. Luckily, the amazing Crock-Pot is here to help!

I wasn’t always on the RV Crock-Pot cooking train. When we were in the process of downsizing to live full-time in an RV one of the first items to get donated was my Crock-Pot. At the time I thought it was too big, too heavy, and too impractical for RV living.

It took me over three years, but I’ve finally seen the error in my ways and am now the proud owner of a new Crock-Pot! I’ve only had it about a month, but I’ve already used it six times and love how easy it makes meal time.

Amanda Watson

If you’re on the fence about Crock-Pot RV cooking, here are few perks that might change your mind.

Choosing the right Crock-Pot for your RV

Safety and using a Crock-Pot in an RV

Is is safe to leave my Crock-Pot unattended?

There are some concerns about using a Crock-Pot in an RV, mainly regarding the use of electric appliances while you are away from your RV. There is always a risk when you leave an electric appliance unattended — that applies to both a stationary home and an RV. But for the most part Crock-Pots are considered extremely safe. The outside gets warm but not hot, and the bottom is wide, reducing the risk of tipping over.

If you don’t feel comfortable leaving a Crock-Pot on inside your RV, a great option is to plug it in outside and leave it on the picnic table. Of course, if you’re camping in bear country this might not be the best idea.

Can I drive with my Crock-Pot on?

The other issue that comes up a lot with RV Crock-Pot cooking is whether it’s okay to use it when you are driving down the road. Some people swear by this method and love having a hot meal ready when they arrive, while others would never dream of leaving a large pot of hot food cooking in a moving vehicle.

As the owner of a travel trailer, I don’t feel comfortable using the Crock-Pot while driving since I can’t see it to know if something has gone wrong. Judging by the amount of things that shift around back there all I can imagine is the lid flying off and the food going everywhere! However, if I had a motorhome I might consider it.

If you do plan to use your Crock-Pot while driving down the road, make sure you get one that fits in your sink and wrap it with towels to prevent it from moving around. Also, consider purchasing a Crock-Pot that comes with clips to secure the lid while you’re on the move.

Crock-Pot power use

One of the main reasons why I resisted a Crock-Pot in my RV for so long was because we like to dry camp without power hook-ups. Without a 120 volt power source I didn’t think it would be possible to use a Crock-Pot. I have since learned that a Crock-Pot can be run off the RV batteries provided you use an inverter (a device that converts 12 volt power from the batteries to the 120 volt power required by the Crock-Pot).

I have not tried it, but I know others who successfully run their Crock-Pot off their RV batteries while dry camping. Before you try it check the bottom of the Crock-Pot to see how much power it uses and make sure your inverter and batteries can handle the load. Also, keep in mind that the Crock-Pot will use less power when set on low.

RV-friendly Crock-Pot Recipes

There are so many delicious meals that can be made in a Crock-Pot. From breakfast to desert and all the meals between, Crock-Pot cooking is incredible versatile. We’re not just taking about soup and pot roast either (although those are both delicious). How does Roasted Red Pepper and Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts, Ginger Orange Cheese Cake, or Hot Spiced Caramel Cider sound?

Here is a great list of tasty recipes to get you started on your RV Crock-Pot cooking:

RV Crock-Pot cooking: No recipe required

You don’t need to follow a recipe to make delicious meals in your Crock-Pot. Some of the best Crock-Pot dishes are the simplest. Here are a few ideas:

Get cooking in your slow cooker!

What are your waiting for? RV Crock-Pot cooking is simple, affordable, and convenient. Shop around for the Crock-pot that fits your needs and your space, and start enjoying delicious home cooked meals in your RV today.