Remember in college those little fridge/freezers you had in your dorm room? That’s what we have in the Airstream. It’s tiny. I kind of love it. For me the difference between living on the road and camping on the road is this fridge. It makes life so much easier and so much more livable.
At the start of our trip we realized we had forgotten the key to turn it on in Raleigh. Yikes. We were living out of two coolers. That led to a ton of food getting thrown out because I deemed it questionable to eat. I was not a happy camper.
It can run on both gas and electric which is wonderful for when we have an electric hook up or are dry camping. We’ve had some trouble getting the pilot for it to stay lit while running on gas. But Mark “handy man” Kelley seems to have fixed it! Knock on wood because its so nice not to have to go out to the car and get in the cooler for every breakfast/lunch/dinner ingredient.
I can usually fit most of our meat in the freezer and then in the refrigerator part we store our dairy, eggs, a few condiments and some produce. Sometimes I choose to leave the produce out in a basket on the counter depending how long we’re staying somewhere. If we’re at a park for a week or longer I need to have the produce out in our basket until I can make room for some of it in the fridge.
I tend to do a grocery run for produce, dairy and meat just about every time we move locations. Snack and non perishable hauls we save for when there is a Trader-Joes or Costco.
Meal planning is done in the order of which foods will go bad first. I’m not kidding. Bananas, green beans, and berries are the first to go bad so those get eaten the first few days we’re some place. Where as apples, grapes, sweet potatoes, broccoli and avacados last a bit longer so I save those for latter in the week.
It took a while to get the hang of this since I was used to having a big fridge that could store things for much longer. I used to be able to take daily trips to the grocery store if I needed them too. Now everything has to be much more planned and thought out.
Any good, easy, low dish use recipes you can suggest?