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It occurred to me after moving into the rv that the oven wasn’t going to cook like a regular oven. I was pleased however to discover 90% of my cooking and baking dishes would fit. After some trial and error and research I learned the tricks to cooking in an RV oven.
Negative aspects of RV Ovens
- Size – they are extremely small compared to a sticks and bricks oven. I can fit most of my bakeware and cooking pans into ours including my 10×15 flat pan. Although I can only fit one in at a time. I found the smaller versions at our pharmacy in the kitchen section. I donated that extra-large fat pan I had when we moved in.
- Heat Source – not everyone is bothered by cooking with propane but some folks can’t stand it. So much so that they actually remove their ovens from the rv and use something like a Nuwave oven instead. It also worries some people that they will run out of propane and not be able to use the furnace, or hot water. Although an interesting fact, most RV’s water heaters can be switched from gas to electric.
- Pre-Heating – Obviously there isn’t a little buzzer or beeper that goes off to alert you the oven is ready.
- Lighting the Oven – this isn’t really an issue for me anymore but when we first got the rv I was worried about sending the whole rig up in flames. It’s inconvenient though to have to squat down and reach the lighter to the back of the oven to light it. It would be easier to just have a spark igniter like the stove tops have.
Although it can be a pain to do I’m here to tell you cooking in an RV oven is manageable. Just make sure to follow these tips below.
- Pre-Heat – You have to! I know it might feel like your wasting propane but there is less potential for a cooking or baking disaster.
- Oven Thermometer – If you don’t have one go get one now! I got one from our grocery store but they sell them on Amazon as well. Keep up with the temperature correctly instead of guessing if it’s hot enough or not. What the dial is set at can actually be lower or higher typically in these ovens, so this takes the guess-work out if it.
- Rotate – Half way through cooking or baking rotate the dish. This way it gets cooked evenly.
- Pizza Stone or Glazed Tiles – Since the heat from the heating element doesn’t normally distribute evenly grab yourself a pizza stone or 4 glazed tiles. I purchased my pizza stone from amazon online with dimensions I knew would fit my oven.
- Adjust the wire rack – When you move the rack up just a bit higher you won’t have the intense heat and it makes the temperature more even.
Well there you have it! I hope these tips work for you. Something I’m forgetting to include? Leave a comment below with what you tips you use to cook in your RV oven.