Specialized One-Butt Kitchen Utensils

We bought our first motorhome in 2002. For years I got by with items on the basic kitchen essentials list. Over the years, I’ve added a few specialized appliances and utensils. All of this fits in the limited space of my small kitchen, except for the Instant Pot and muffin pan that are stored under the bed. When we are sitting still, I leave the pizza stone in the oven. Since it rattles in the oven when we are driving, I store the stone under the bed. Click the links below to see photos of the utensil and a list of recipes that use it.

  • An Instant Pot is an electric multi-cooker that can operate like a pressure cooker, a slow cooker, and other functions. Cooking time is reduced by up to 70%, leaving more time to enjoy our journey.
  • A food chopper makes short work of dicing and mincing garlic, shallots, and nuts.
  • A zucchini spiralizer is a nifty little gadget that turns raw zucchini into a substitute for linguini or spaghetti noodles for my favorite pasta recipes.
  • After tasting zucchini parmesan rounds, I had to have a mandoline slicer to make uniform zucchini slices. It’s also handy when I make cucumber salad. Since it has sharp edges and multiple parts, I leave this in the box for travel.
  • My spice grinder is actually an electric blade coffee grinder that’s used only to grind spices for lavender pepper steaks and other tasty recipes.  (The spice aromas linger in the grinder; I’m not sure I’d like lavender pepper coffee).
  • A 4-cup food processor is less than one-third the size of most home food processors. It’s lightweight and compact. I use it to blend smaller dip recipes.
  • An immersion blender is handy for whipping up protein drinks and pureeing veggies for soups.
  • With an electric juicer, I can squeeze fresh oranges for juice and limes for margaritas.
  • I have a small kitchen scale that measures about 8 by 6 inches, and about 1/4 inch thick. I use it to measure ingredients when other recipes give measurements in ounces rather than cups. My recipes have measurements in cups, so you won’t need a kitchen scale for them.
  • A Microplane zester grater and box grater for recipes that call for zest of lemons, grated onion, and that sort of thing.
  • A toaster, because in my opinion, gluten-free bread is usually best toasted.
  • A meat thermometer to check when beef, pork, chicken, and fish are done.
  • A griddle is handy for making pancakes or lobster grilled cheese sandwiches. I use an aluminum grill griddle by Nordic Ware that doesn’t take up much room.
  • An oven thermometer is necessary for two reasons.  First, it indicates when the oven is preheated to the specified temperature.  Second, it shows the actual temperature, which seldom matches what’s on the dial.
  • A pizza stone on the rack helps distribute the heat of the oven.  Without it, food is likely to burn above the heating element and be undercooked on the sides.
  • Without a doubt, the most frivolous item in my one-butt kitchen is a watermelon keg tapping kit. I use it to serve watermelon martinis.
  • An 8 x 8-inch porcelain baking dish can be used to make casseroles, brownies, or other baked items.