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Slow Cookers in RVs
Hi - I am contemplating taking my slow cooker (heavy as it is) with us on a six month snow-birding 5th wheel trip. Has anyone done this and used the cooker?
If so, what should I be aware of or plan for regarding its usage? I'm thinking of putting a meal on at bedtime and with a power source it should be ready before departure the next day. Hence a cooked meal only requiring warm-up for lunch? Realistic or not?
Coleen, the RVing editor replies:
I can't imagine RVing without my Crock-Pot. I think you'll find the convenience of a slow cooker and those home cooked meals well worth the weight of the cooker.
While getting ready to head out in the morning, try wrapping the hot cooker with a thick towel and putting a folded up towel over the top. Then, put the entire thing in your sink. You may find that you don't even need to reheat that lunch. The towel insulates it and keeps the food hot. The slow cookers that latch for transporting to pot-lucks are ideal for this.
I use my Crock-Pot when the RV is parked for the day. Fill it in the morning and dinner is ready at dinner time, regardless of how busy I've been. We can go off sight-seeing and not worry about being home in time to fix a hot meal.
Because of safety concerns, I do not cook in my slow cooker while traveling. Other people think it is okay to do so. I can see where it would be convenient to have a hot meal ready when you stop for the night. But, I'm not comfortable with the idea.
You didn't mention where ore what time of year you will be traveling. If you are going when or where it is hot outside, you may want to use your cooker outside. In hot weather, I'll often set mine up on the picnic table, so that I don't add any extra heat to the RV.
Enjoy your adventure! And, maybe you will share some of the slow cooker recipes you use on your trip.
Joy and prosperity,
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