Many vacationers want to eat more home-cooked meals, but it’s usually the recreational vehicle owners who actually accomplish the task. The diesel pusher is versatile and convenient in many ways, but the most prized aspect of the RV is often identified as the kitchen. Traveling with a kitchen changes the name of the game.
When the vacationer has a kitchen on hand, they are no longer limited by “what’s available” to eat in the area. Travelers who want to avoid unhealthy eating choices on the road in the RV are able to completely skip the drive thru and instead sit down to a home cooked meal in their recreational vehicle. Many vacationers take advantage of this aspect of RVing. Many more would take advantage of eating healthy with home cooked meals on the road if they felt it could be done without the hassle and intense time commitment that they feel they have earned a break from during their vacation.
Filling the cabinets of the diesel pusher is one of the most efficient methods of getting started cooking “at home” on the road. Start with a good pancake mix, a versatile biscuit mix and a taco seasoning mix.
Diesel Pusher Pancake Mix:
6 C. Unbleached flour
2 C. Whole wheat pastry flour
2 C. Nonfat dry milk powder (or buttermilk powder)
1/2 C. sugar
3 Tbsp. baking powder
1 1/2 Tbsp. baking soda
2 tsp. salt
When on the road in the diesel pusher, RVers can simply add 1 ½ cups water, 1 egg and 2 tablespoons oil to 2 cups of pancake mix in the morning (or in the evening for breakfast for dinner or “brinner.”) For waffles, increase the pancake mix to 2 ½ cups, the water to 2 cups, 3 eggs instead of 1, and the vegetable oil to ¼ cup.
Diesel Pusher Biscuit Mix:
5 lb. bag flour (20 Cups)
4 C. nonfat dry milk powder or buttermilk powder
3/4 C. baking powder
2 Tbsp. salt
1 Tbsp. cream of tartar
5 C. vegetable shortening
When on the road in the diesel pusher, RVers can simply add ¾ cup milk or water to 3 cups of mix for biscuits. This can also be used in any recipe that calls for the use of a general use biscuit mix.
Diesel Pusher Taco Seasoning Mix:
1 C. minced dried onions
1/2 C. chili powder
1/4 C. garlic powder
1/4 C. cumin
2 Tbsp. oregano
2 Tbsp. salt
2-3 Tbsp. red pepper flakes (optional, add if you like spicy!)
Add 2 or 3 tablespoons of taco seasoning mix to 1 pound of meat when preparing for tacos.
The RVing lifestyle can be easily adapted to the needs of each RVer and RVing family. Most RVers will find that they can quickly “stock” their RV with basic mixes that will allow for quick “home cooked meal” construction simply by scrolling through their recipes to find those that are suitable for the adaptation into dry mixes. Storing the dry mixes in the diesel pusher is a popular method of simplifying cooking on the road.