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Space Saving Cookware Suggestions for Boat or Recreational Vehicle Galleys and Other Small Kitchens

April 03, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 196

It is spring and time to take to the rivers, lakes or highways with your RV or pleasure craft. One of the challenges for the mobile chef is the restricted space for cookware and appliances and general storage for accommodating the preparation of quality meals. The same can be said for small apartment kitchens.

Good food preparation in a small kitchen requires quality cookware which is efficient, flexible, compact, durable and easy to clean. I recommend three types of cookware and appliances which meet these criteria and should be considered:

A set of high quality stainless steel pans will provide the best service. High quality sauce pans, stew pans and fry pans are available with stainless steel clad aluminum bases which provide even heat distribution. One brand of French cookware, Cristel, features removable handles and flat lids, which enable pans to be nested for storage, used in the oven, or as serving dishes. Clean-up is easier, particularly in a small sink. And, they will not corrode if exposed to salt water. Stainless steel is also compatible with all types of cooking surfaces, including induction cook tops; which leads to my second recommendation.

Induction cook tops and "burners" have become quite popular in Europe and are gaining in popularity in the United States. The advantages are that induction cooking is efficient, heat is provided by an electromagnetic field which heats only the pan, and safe because there is no hot cooking surface, flame, or need for propane fuel. Of course there are two basic requirements, the pan bases must be magnetic, cannot be aluminum or copper, and you need a source of 120V electricity which will support an 1800 watt current. Portable induction cooking units are very compact and available from several sources and brands ranging from $100 to $300 in price.

The third item is a true space saver. The European manufacturer, Fagor, has introduced a 3-in-1 electric unit which can serve as a slow cooker, rice cooker, and a pressure cooker. The pressure cooker feature enables preparation of meals in much less time and with less energy without taking room on your cook top. And, pressure cooking technology has come a long way from your grandmother's day, with new safer European designed units gaining popularity in this country. The rice cooker function prepares rice to the exact degree of firmness desired. And finally the slow cooker function permits all the traditional convenience of slow cookers. All this in the space of only one appliance.

Hopefully, these tips will enhance your cooking experience on the road, water, or wherever they take you.

Kathryn Severance, co-owner of Gallic Traditions, LLC an online website featuring imported European linens, cookware, tableware and housewares. Having lived in France for several years, she became well acquainted with the beauty of high quality products not found easily in the United States. She is committed to continuing to provide easy access to unique and high quality products which can be found at Learn more on her e-zine at

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