10 smart ideas for the RV kitchen that are totally worth it

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Anyone with a galley kitchen knows that small kitchens don't allow for storing a lot of gear. The same goes for an RV, where kitchens are tiny and space is at a premium. This is when specially selected kitchenware comes in handy so you can cook and eat as if you were at home.
Space-saving devices clear the way for you to prep, cook and wash up with ease. You also can pack more into your RV so you have everything you need to enjoy an indoor meal in case you get sick of freeze-dried ice cream and MREs. Check out the products below that create space and help you organize an RV kitchen.
1. Stove burner cover
This 20-gauge steel cover from Camco creates additional counter space when the stove is not in use. Lift up the hinged cover to make a splash guard or to use just two burners on a four-burner stove. To avoid a fire hazard, wait until the stove is cool before placing items on the cover. It also has a rattle-free design so it won't drive you batty when you travel over bumpy roads. "This is one of the best things we've bought for our RV," one reviewer raved. Purchase this cover here.
2. Nesting bowls
This bright set of mixing bowls and measuring cups adds a rainbow of colors to any kitchen. They nest together, taking up minimal space, and you can order them as a set of seven, eight or nine. The eight-piece set includes a colander. One reviewer wrote, "I have very little cabinet and drawer space in my kitchen, so I needed something like this and I’m so glad I got it!" Another wrote, "This bowl and measuring set is great for someone who wants to add some color to their kitchen but doesn't want to give up a lot of space. I have a small kitchen with limited cabinet space, so this set was the perfect solution to my issue. The bowls are very sturdy and work well and the measuring set is great." Purchase Joseph Joseph's nesting bowl set at this link.
3. Kitchen caddy
This bamboo caddy by PandPal holds just about everything you usually would put in a utensil drawer. With seven compartments and a weighted handle to facilitate balance while carrying it, this caddy comes with a 100-percent money-back guarantee. "We have heavyweight silverware and this caddy has no issues as far as construction," a purchaser wrote. Another reviewer agreed, writing, "This caddy is substantial and very well made." PandPal's bamboo caddy is available here.
4. Paper towel holder
A paper towel holder may not seem like a big deal, but jumbo rolls can take up a lot of space. This stylish holder from ODesign mounts under a cabinet via adhesive. Note that if you choose to move the holder later, you will need to purchase new adhesive, as the adhesive is not reusable. A reviewer stated, "This item is perfect for space saving! Have one in (the) RV and replaced my standing paper towel holder with this, and it is exactly what I needed – more counter space is essential." Purchase this item here.
5. Plate holder
Organize cabinets and protect plates with this plate holder from Camco. This holder reduces the rattling of plates on the move and helps secure them so they don't break or chip. The set comes with a 7-1/4-inch and a 10-1/4-inch holder. "Holds my dishes in place and I never need to worry about breakage when moving the RV," a reviewer said. Use this link to buy the holder.
6. Drying rack
This industrial-looking drying rack manufactured by UpGood is made of stainless steel and can double as a trivet for hot plates and serving dishes. It easily rolls up for storage, and UpGood offers a lifetime satisfaction guarantee. "The rack will hold anything that can fit on it – heavy pots and pans as well as delicate vases," one reviewer wrote. "The surface area is perfect for my large sink and it allows room for washing dishes and drying within a confined space." Purchase UpGood's drying rack here.
7. Hanging shelf
FociPow has designed this rack to hold just about everything you need when cooking. Spices, utensils and dishcloths are just a few things you can transfer from cabinets and drawers to this shelf. Drainage holes help reduce the accumulation of bacteria. "This shelf is perfect for the kitchen," a reviewer wrote. "It saves a lot of space, especially in small kitchens without a lot of storage. I've run out of room in my cabinets, so this is a big help." Use this link to buy the hanging shelf.​
8. Plastic bag holder
Instead of buying trash bags, reuse grocery store bags as garbage or recyclables bags with the help of Camco's bag hanger. Mount the hanger inside a cabinet or on a wall with double-sided tape. The hanger holds up to 25 standard plastic grocery bags. One reviewer raved, "I purchased this for my small camper. It works perfect! I am currently using one in the bathroom and one in the kitchen. With having limited space, this bag hanger is the perfect solution for not having room for a conventional trash can!" Purchase this item here.
9. Cutting mats
It's best to use separate cutting boards for things such as veggies and meat to avoid cross contamination, but RV kitchens usually don't have the space to house three or four thick cutting boards. Zulay Kitchen has designed a set of flexible, extra-large cutting mats you can roll up and stash in a cabinet. Icons on the corners indicate what each mat should be used for. "I’ve always tried to use a different cutting board for raw meat, veggies, etc. but I’ve never been clever enough to figure out how to tell the difference between boards, so I always eventually give up," one reviewer confessed. "These boards are pretty clear – so I won’t be having that problem anymore!" Follow this link to buy the mats.
10. Colander
Drain pasta, canned beans and anything else with this collapsible colander from Comfify. It fits most sinks and flattens to less than 2 inches high for convenient storage. It is available in blue, green and red, and has a 6-quart capacity. "I love this strainer. It fits over my entire sink. I do not need to worry about noodles spilling out of the pot and missing the strainer. Also love that it sits on its own and stays above the bottom of my sink. The expandable handles make it large enough to fit most any sink. It is made of a very tough plastic. Very large in size and easy to clean," a reviewer wrote. Purchase the colander here.
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