100 Days of Camping Day #22
It's time of another F.A.Q., what kitchen appliances do you have?
We have a decent amount of space, so for us it's the weight that is our biggest issue- trying to keep things not too full so we can make it up the hills. I didn't really have to give up any of my appliances, although we opted to have one waffle maker instead of two, and I left our hand-mixer in storage. Pictured above our our six, and I'll comment on them l. to r., back to front.
First, our Hurom juicer. We used to use this thing a lot more, but it takes a lot of time to make enough juice to feed our family, and buying the produce for everyone is cost-prohibitive for us right now. Yet it's just so healthy, and having it on hand for medicinal purposes if necessary is our big reason for keeping it with us now. I've mentioned selling it a few times and Michael doesn't want to, and his reasons are good. So there it is, but we've only used it a couple of times since we moved into the RV.
Our Blendtec blender, on the other hand, is used all of the time. This thing grinds our wheat into flour. It makes us yummy icey fruit smoothies. It mixes up our pancake batter. Its just awesome that way. This thing is totally earning it's rent.
And the Apricot tree? Um, I mean, the air-popper? Yeah, we use this thing a lot too. We love popcorn. It's amzing how much the little heat from this thing can change the temperature in a small room. When its cold, I like to jumpstart the room with popcorn while the furnace kicks on when we just get home. But now that it's summer, it's a nice evening snack when I know the night air will be cooling our home and I know the popcorn maker isn't competing with the air conditioner.
The crock pot is awesome too! I used it a lot more last winter, and used it extensively before we fixed our propane line. It doesn't take a lot of electricity , is efficient, and very easy if I manage to think ahead a little. It stays.
The induction stove-top cooker was a gift from a friend when I mentioned that it's nice using electric appliances because I had ran out of propane recently and it's nice to have electric. She offered it to me and at first I turned it down thinking we didn't have the space. When Michael heard about it, he was shocked. "Tamsyn! I've always wanted one of those!" And here we were snowed in in Idyllwild with an RV that wouldn't start, wondering if our propane would last until we could fix it. Turns out we had more than plenty, but it was something we were concerned about then. Anyway, we sat them again and it was a wonderful gift. We cook outside with this thing all the time, and sometimes inside too since it heats up the pans so quick.
Finally the waffle iron. It's not just for waffles! We've made yummy brownies in this thing too, among other things. Yeah, it can stay.
And that's it! But you know what I've got on my Christmas list? The kitchen appliance many full-timers say they love the most? An Instant Pot. Yeah, I'd really like one of those someday. But I'm very grateful for the appliances I do have! Plus we've got a nice, big-for-a-rig oven and a microwave. Cooking isn't really that different from when we had a stick-and-bricks home.