For many people, vacation time is about relaxation, great scenery, and if they’re lucky, great food. However, caravan vacations can be a little different from most breaks. With a caravan, you get to go exactly where you like, when you like, and for literally millions of us in Australia, it’s the preferred way of spending our precious free time. With endless country to explore, getting off the beaten track has huge romantic appeal: but many of us labour under the idea that for this sense of freedom, we have to make sacrifices. And top of the list comes good food.
With our top caravan cooking tips and caravan cooking ideas, however, there’s no reason why you should miss out. Even if you’re on a tight budget, cooking up great food on the road is not only very possible, it’s easy, and it’s a pleasure in its own right. After all, what could be better than eating delicious, homemade food under the Australian night sky. Whether you’re enjoying the weather on the Sunshine Coast, or broken down and in need of some comfort just outside Sydney, cooking on the road is easy. Read on, and we’ll tell you all you need to know to eat like a king (or queen), including our free caravan cooking recipes.
Fold Down Caravan Table
Now, unless you’re driving around in a top of the range RV (but more power to you if you are!), the one thing all caravan owners crave is that most precious of commodities: space. With spare room at a premium in most caravans, finding a place to eat is hard enough, let alone enough space to chop, grind, tenderise … you get the point. It’s easy to see why many people caravan cooking simply involves heating tinned food.
However, cooking in a caravan needn’t be that way. You don’t need a chef to tell you that the best food is prepared fresh. But to prepare even the most basic of home-cooked meals, you going to need a surface to prepare it on. But how, when there’s already so little space to work with?
With the Lagun Folding Caravan Table, you can have all the food prep space you need, when you need, and when you’re done cooking (and eating), our fold down table packs away easily. With its custom-designed caravan table leg, you lose no precious room, and gain a valuable surface for chopping and eating. Our caravan tri fold table uses a unique, adjustable table leg which allows you to fold the table away neatly, and leaves plenty of legroom for when you need to eat indoors.
Caravan Cooking With Gas
OK, so you’ve got your veg chopped, your steaks are seasoned and tenderised, but now you have a new problem: if you’re relying on a camping stove, you can only cook one thing at a time. This simply won’t do! Of course, you could get yourself a second stove – and pray for warm nights and no rain. You’ll just need to find space for a second gas canister, and if one runs out, well … looks like you’re back to the tinned food. It hardly seems ideal, and after all, this is your holiday time we’re talking about.
That’s why installing the right caravan cooking appliances makes a lot of sense. With the option to go for two or more burners, all running off the one canister (which is neatly tucked away), you can take a full kitchen out on the road, meaning you can afford to get creative with your cooking.
Our caravan cooking equipment can change your vacations for the better. If you’re taking caravan gas on the road, of course, you do need to consider your safety. In the unfortunate event of an accident, the last thing you want is a gas bottle flying around. Even if you’re on slightly rough terrain, or you need to hit the breaks to avoid a collision (or spare the life of wandering wildlife), if not properly secured these guys can potentially present a risk. That’s why our holders for gas bottles are a must-have if you want to enjoy your favourite food on your travels, and have the peace of mind that comes with knowing your gas is safely secured, ready to cook up a storm.
Our gas bottle holders are fully road tested and guaranteed to keep you bottles where you want them, no matter how hard you hit the breaks, or how bumpy it gets when you decide to take that ill-advised shortcut! Also see our safety checklist for caravans so you can minimize risk on the road.
Caravan Cooking Recipes
Below are a few caravan cooking recipes to spark your imagination:
Breakfast – Bacon and Scrambled Egg Croissants
- Fry up some bacon, and set to one side.
- Whisk your eggs and pour into a hot pan (on a low heat), and stir until scrambled and cooked.
- Cut open some croissants, these can be heated in a warm pan to soften them up.
- Add in the bacon and eggs and enjoy!
Lunch – Beef or Chicken (or Bean) Tacos
- In a hot pan, fry off your meat, or veg, or both, and simply add some beans and taco flavouring (easy to find in packets to take on the road).
- Prepare some tomatoes, cheese, avocado, and lettuce (on your folding table).
- Unpack your tacos, place everything in bowls and build your dinner. If you have it, you can add sour cream and salsa to finish it off.
Dinner – Beef Stew
- Cube some beef, roll in flour, and chop potatoes, carrots, onions and whatever other veg you like.
- Braises the beef, and then put ingredients in stock or broth, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer while covered for at least two hours.
- Serve with bread or rice.
If you’re tired of tinned food and want to eat well on your next trip, with our caravan accessories there’s no reason you need to sacrifice good food. At BCA Australia we have everything you need to kit out your caravan or boat, with Australia wide shipping, from Perth to Brisbane, right to the Gold Coast, so check out our website for our full range!