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Higher Elevation = Lower Boiling Point

After spending nearly six months in Texas for the winter, we headed Northwest to explore New Mexico, Utah and Colorado. I hadn’t given any thought to the impact higher elevations would have on my cooking and grilling.

Higher Elevation Lower Boiling Point

Higher Elevation Lower Boiling Point

That is until we were at 5,000 feet above sea level and DH’s Whole Grain Oatmeal that I prepare in the microwave boiled over like a volcano. Ooops. I knew the elevation was the cause and decided that I should revisit the topic before I ruined a more expensive meal.

The reduced air pressure at higher elevations affects the boiling point of water. Did you know that once water reaches the boiling point, that is as hot as it will ever get regardless of how much higher you turn up the heat. For every 500 feet of elevation, the boiling point is reduced by 1 degree F. Thus cooking oatmeal in the microwave for the same amount of time I did in Texas was an extremely messy mistake.

I found some good articles in About Food.com. The first does a good job of explaining ‘what is happening’ at higher elevations and the second provides tips to use when cooking, baking and grilling at higher elevations.

Higher Altitude Lower Boiling Point

High Altitude Cooking Tips

Use the comment section to share any High Altitude Cooking Tips or experiences that you have.

 

RV KITCHEN TIP: Crumbs Through The Cracks

Stovetop Covers (101 of 1)

Cracks happen in ALL stove top covers.

Here it is, my first tip.  Many RV stove tops are covered to provide additional counter space.  Great idea!  BUT, those covers have to be removable in order to access the burners.  Enter cracks.  There has to be cracks whether your covers are removable or on hinges.  When you’re working on the extra counter space crumbs happen.  And when crumbs happen, they just love to find their way down through those cracks onto your stove top. Ugh!  What makes it even worse is that those crumbs can go beyond the stove top and down below into that no man’s land that is so difficult to clean underneath the stove top.

I got so tired of removing the covers and having to clean my stove BEFORE I could use it.  My solution?  A pastry mat.  Yep!

Pastry Mat aka Stove Top Protector

Pastry Mat aka Stove Top Protector

The silicone pastry mat that was taking up space rolled up in a cupboard became my stove top cover.  It fits perfectly over a three burner stove top and provides a water resistant barrier to protect my stove top.  Now when I lift those covers to use my stove top, I carefully remove the pastry mat, shake any gathered crumbs into the trash and give the mat a quick wipe.  Then I roll it up and set it aside (or use if I’m baking). After the dishes are done and stove is clean, the mat goes back to work in its convenient spot.

RVers know that storage space is a precious commodity in this lifestyle.  When an item can serve multiple purposes, that’s a big bonus!  And BTW … I just love this mat for baking, kneading dough by hand, and rolling out pie crusts and pizza dough.  If you have more uses for a pastry mat, please post them in the comments for the benefit of all.

Don’t have a pastry mat yet?  You can get the same one I use at Amazon.com.  Its my favorite place to shop.  With Amazon Prime I can have my items shipped directly to me wherever I am in two days for free.

 

WELCOME!

Welcome to RV Cooking!

There are many websites, blogs, etc. out there focusing on the simple, quick and easy way to prepare tasty meals while traveling in an RV.  Trouble is most of them are loaded with less than desirable ingredients; high sodium, loaded with preservatives, overly processed foods and onE and on.  We live in our Motorhome full-time, 365 days per year.  Those kinds of meals are okay for weekend getaways, but not every day. Eating out gets pretty expensive and is not always the healthiest choice either.

RV Cooking is DIFFERENT!  Here I will share with you tips, tricks and ideas that I have developed or learned from others. Stay tuned for storage ideas, time savers and more. Then, of course there will be recipes!  They will not always be my own, but I’ll try to always give credit where credit is due!  The holidays will soon be upon us. I have cooked and served Thanksgiving Dinner with all the trimmings right from my RV Galley.  Don’t let your RV oven throw you.  Baking can be done very well.

Where there’s a will there’s a way to have your cake and eat it too!  I just love those two phrases together, don’t you?

So time to get this rolling ……  my first ‘Tip’ is coming up next followed by my first recipe.