RV cooking during summer heat can really heat up an RV. We recently returned to Texas to await the arrival of our baby girl. And although we love it here, it is SCORCHINGLY hot. I cannot stand to do any cooking that will heat up the RV, AND it is just too hot to cook outside. So what do RVers do when it is this hot?!
The Answer To Avoid Summer Heat In An RV
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Many people would just say, “Head north!” And although we do tend to follow that most summers, it isn’t always an option. There are RVers who choose to be in hot climates for whatever reason. Being stationary near a job, family, or other reasons.
Right now, COVID-19 has reared it’s ugly head and has people hunkered down where they know they have a safe spot to stay, no matter the temperature outside.
For us, it’s a baby on the way so we can be near family and our doctor.
RV Cooking In Summer
Living and traveling in an RV has its advantages. We are able to travel with our kids, see amazing places, and always wake up in our own beds.
However, it also isn’t stunning scenery, gorgeous sunsets with s’mores and campfires every night. Full time RVing definitely has it’s challenges.
Melting In Your RV Is Not Ideal
One of those disadvantages is cooking in an under insulated, drafty, styrofoam box that we call an RV.
In the hottest summer months, cooking inside can be almost unbearable. With temps outside reaching above 100 degrees now, I have been trying to plan meals that were quick, easy, and didn’t require turning on the oven or stove.
Right now, it’s so hot, that even cooking on the grill outside leaves me melting in a puddle of sweat.
My Tips For Summer Indoor RV Meals
1. COLD Meals
It may seem like a no brainer, but we tend to eat a lot of cold things because it literally helps us stay cool, and we don’t heat up the house by cooking.
Things like cold pastas, salads, sandwiches, cold poke bowls, raw veggies and fruit trays, frozen protein shakes, summer sausage, and cold cuts are staples.
We also indulge more in things like popsicles, ice cream, and other frozen treats when it’s super hot...and don’t feel a bit guilty!
2. Use Your RV Microwave
Your microwave can be your best friend in the summer if you are trying to cook inside the RV without heating your space.
The trick with microwaves is WHAT you are cooking in. I have two go-to dishes that get used multiple times a week in our home. They are both from Pampered Chef.
One is my Micro Cooker which is fantastic for heating up veggies, oatmeal, rice, almost anything! The other is my stoneware deep covered baker. It’s a stone dish with a stone lid. It basically acts like an oven, but inside your microwave. You can literally roast a chicken AND bake a cake in it...just not at the same time!
3. Instant Pot Meals
The Instant Pot is my go to appliance for cooking in an RV!
There are several reasons I love the Instant Pot. It doesn’t heat up the RV like cooking on the stove or oven. It’s easy to throw together a one pot meal, set the timer, and forget about it. But my favorite reason? It’s SUPER FAST!
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4. Other Ideas
Several of our friends recommend getting an Air Fryer. I do not personally have one (yet!), but they swear by them. It basically acts like a little speedy convection oven, right on your countertop.
Our Favorite Summer RV Meal Tricks
On an average summer day, the temps don’t get really hot until at least lunch, and peak mid to late afternoon. If we are really wanting a hot meal, I will get up early in the morning to cook a hot breakfast or pre-cook something for later in the day that can be re-heated in the microwave.
Depending on where we are (currently in south Texas and it’s 102), we will wait until after the sun has gone down to light up the grill. We will grill up a big batch of chicken breasts to use throughout the week in different meals. That way, at least the protein has been pre-cooked, and I can throw it in a salad, sandwich, or other dish.
If the weather where you are is bearable, you can cook almost anything outside.
We routinely grill meats, veggies, pizza, and even pancakes on our Blackstone griddle! Before I had our Blackstone (which is a total RV must have!), I used my iron skillet on a grill. This was a great way to cook outside, but the Blackstone grill has taken over now. (The photo above is of a little portable grill we used to have with a griddle plate on top.)
Having LOTS of cold treats and snacks on hand is a MUST. Currently our freezer is home to as much frozen fruit, ice cream, and popsicles as I can fit inside. The frozen fruit is fantastic for an ice cold smoothie.
Many mornings, a frozen smoothie is Derek’s breakfast of choice. I love one mid afternoon when the RV starts really heating up.
I give the kids lots of cold grapes, carrot sticks, and other refrigerated items as snacks.
My New Favorite Hot Weather Cooking HACK
PASTA. I mentioned above that we like to do lots of cold pasta dishes in the summer. But if you have to make the pasta, you would be using the stove right? WRONG!
Pasta in the Instant Pot to the rescue!
I tried this about a dozen times before I finally figured out how to make tender pasta that didn’t turn to mush.
I have Celiac Disease, so we eat gluten free in our house. I have only tried this with gluten free pastas, but it should certainly work for wheat based pastas as well.
- Put dry pasta in Instant Pot and cover with water. Water should be about 1/2 inch over the pasta.
- Add a dash of salt and a drizzle of olive oil. Stir.
- Place lid on pot and set valve to “sealing” position.
- Set on high pressure for 1 minute. BUT WAIT! You must listen to the Instant Pot. After a few minutes, you will hear a beep. This is the pot letting you know that it has reached pressure. Do not let it start the 1 minute timer. After you hear the beep, immediately hit the Cancel button.
- Turn the vent knob to “Venting” and let it quick release the pressure.
- Once the pressure valve has dropped, open the lid and dump pasta into a colander in the sink. Run cold water over the pasta until it has cooled and has totally stopped cooking.
Use as you wish!
*HINT: Our gluten free pasta makes a lot of starch water and it foams up inside the pot. When I release the pressure, it escapes through the vent. There is a lot of it and it makes a mess of my counter.
If you notice this happens with your pasta, be prepared with a stack of folded paper towels. Place the paper towels over the valve as it is venting. WARNING: DO NOT get your hand in the way of the steam...it will burn you! Just gently place the paper towels over the valve and they will absorb the starch water as it vents.
Hopefully some of these tips are helpful when it comes to hot weather cooking in your RV.
If you have any more tips or tricks for hot weather RVing, send them our way...we would love to hear about them, and they might end up in my next post!
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