Most of the time RVers have access to some sort of refrigeration. Whether it be from campground hookups, a generator, propane, or an ice chest, there are various ways to keep food cold. However, there are some times when a power outage, empty propane tank, or lack of ice keeps us from enjoying our favorite items. No worries, here are some of the best foods to keep around without needing a refrigerator or ice chest.
Long lasting and very filling, pastas (and grains) are a staple for an RV pantry. Everything from spaghetti to couscous, rice, and quinoa can be stored for a long time. Not only are they great to have along for regular RV trips, but they come in handy during emergencies or when food supplies have dwindled. Have you ever seen the food selection in some small town stores? Not great.
Pack up a range of these items for some versatility: angel hair pasta, penne, red and white quinoa, flavored couscous packets, oats, and brown and white rice. The best dry beans for quick cooking (and to save on propane) are lentils and split peas.
2. Canned & boxed foods
Canned goods are a staple in any house, and that includes a mobile house. Every RV should have a few canned items stored away. They can include quick and not-so-nutritious items like SpaghettiOs, or healthy things like tuna or oatmeal. For a good variety, stock your pantry with canned items like soup, corn, tomato sauce, chili, pickles, cooked beans, coconut milk, powdered milk, nut butters, and canned fruit.
A jar of pesto will add flavor to everything from pasta and rice to bread and soup. Fresh hummus can be made from a can of garbanzo beans, olive oil, peanut butter, and a clove of garlic. In addition, don’t forget your coffee and tea topped with some boxed milk or nut milk. Neither need to be refrigerated.
3. Fruit & veggies
There are many vegetables that don’t need refrigeration. Take a hint from people who live or travel on boats. They tend to stock up on potatoes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, garlic, onions, squash, melons, and avocados. Fruits that don’t need refrigeration include bananas, apples, oranges, pears, and most stone fruits and berries.
Out of all the items on this list, fruits and veggies will spoil the fastest. They do need to be kept in a cool, dry and dark place until they are ready to use.
4. Condiments & spices
Keeping condiments around will spice up any kind of meal. Unfortunately, the really yummy ones like mayo and jams need to be refrigerated once opened. However, there are a wide range of flavorful condiments and spices that you can use in various ways.
Always have some barbecue sauce, mustard, honey, soy sauce, olive oil, and vinegar on hand for everything from fresh meat to salads. Dried herbs like thyme, oregano, curry, and cinnamon can spice up everything from soups to oatmeal.