Sitting down for a well-earned meal after a day driving or exploring is one of the many perks of campervanning. There’s something just so satisfying about homemade cooking at your stop – opening the doors and windows and taking in the views. Meal times are a great chance to swapping stories, plan your next stop and enjoy each other’s company.
To some, when they think of campsite cooking, their first thought is of the painful memories of the scouts or guides eating beans from a tin, or bland stew. So, we’re here to tell you that just isn’t true. With a Denby Volkswagen Campervan, you’ll get a fully equipped kitchen and eating area – so you can enjoy your mealtime in luxurious comfort and style.
We love campervan cooking, and we want to share a few tips and tricks from our time on the road. That we hope will help you with your cooking!
Volkswagen Campervan Cooking: Our Tips
At Denby, we specialise in campervans and campervan conversions. Cooking is a big part of the camping experience. So, we have put together a helpful guide to cooking and living in a Volkswagen campervan.
When we say sensibly it has multilayers. To start, stock up on non-perishable items with long shelf lives, these will last you the entire journey and are great for a midtrip snack or meal.
Secondly, supermarkets are much cheaper than a corner shop, so take full advantage of their savings and multipacks. You’ll pick up fresh food at a good price meaning it’s a win-win on both savings and taste. Although don’t overstock and get carried away – we’ve all done it.
Store Food Properly
Once you’re stocked up with food, be mindful of how your store it. The last thing you want is ants or worse mice. Tupperware is your best friend for items such as cereal, rice, pasta and so on. These magical food storage boxes will not only keep pests away, but they’ll also keep your food fresh and easier to store/stack.
Clean Up ASAP
This could be one of the most useful tips we could give, but don’t leave your dishes dirty. Washing up is by far and away from the most irritating part of cooking and it is so easy to just say I’ll do it tomorrow – but trust us you’ll regret it.
Water is limited so you need to be smart with the washing up. When the pan is still hot, add water and washing up liquid immediately, sparing minimal effort to clean up. This could save you hours excess scrubbing and water when your food has hardened.
For example, porridge turns to cement when left too long and you’ll spend water and energy scrubbing.
An extra tip which ties in with cleaning up is – be mindful what you put down the sink. The odd bit of veg or egg is nothing to worry about, but large chunks will not only clog the drains but stink out the van. Our tip: buy a basin.
You Cook Where you Sleep
This is one we learnt the hard way but now we can pass it on to other campers so that you don’t make the same mistake. Think before cooking in a campervan, a curry is a nice smell to wake up to… salmon not so much.
Smells cling to the furnishing and upholstery! So, be aware if you make a smelly meal, it may be in the van for a few days.
Remember you are Part of a Community
Camping is a shared experience with you and other holidaymakers. If your holiday is coming to an end or you’re packing up for a long journey and you’ve got perishables such as meat, veg or cheese that won’t last the trip. Offer them out to campers in the area – and hopefully, somewhere down the road, you’ll be repaid in kind.
Speak to Denby for a Volkswagen Campervan and Advice
A Volkswagen campervan is not only the perfect vehicle for a season of adventure! but a Michelin star kitchen and 5-star hotel all rolled into one!
We hope we’ve provided you with a few tips and tricks that you can put into practice. The best recipes we’ve come across during our time are one pan recipe – quick, simple and tasty.
If you’d like to know more about our T5/ T6 campervans and Volkswagen campervan conversions, speak to Denby today. We’re based in Leek and have a fully stocked showroom with a plethora of high-quality converted campervans. If you can’t find a camper in our stock, we regularly source vehicles as per our customer’s requests or requirements.