Most RVs come with a two- or three-burner cooktop that uses propane for fuel. I don’t need two or three burners since I rarely cook with more than one pot or pan at a time anyway. I make a lot of things in the microwave so mostly use the cooktop for boiling eggs or making one dish meals in a skillet.
And, while I like cooking with gas, I am not fond of the process of buying propane while on the road nor the idea that I need a special detector to protect my life in case my propane system should develop a leak. So I am trying to design my new RV to not need any propane.
Research has shown me that an induction cooktop is the most efficient way of cooking with electricity. If you want to learn more about induction cooking this website is a good place to start: http://theinductionsite.com/proandcon.shtml.
As I often do, I also went to Technomadia’s website, http://www.technomadia.com/kitchen-gadgets-ideal-for-rvs/, to see what they decided to use. Their choice of induction cooktop looked like it would work for me so I bought one.
I knew I would not be able to use my existing cookware on this cooktop because it requires the cookware to be magnetic. Besides, if I took our cookware with me, what would Dave use while I’m gone? So I went shopping for new cookware.
Picture me walking through the store with my magnet in hand trying to stick it to the bottoms of various pieces of cookware.
I went to the store thinking I knew what cookware I would buy after having done so much research on Google. I was wrong. The set I wanted turned out to have pans that were tall but narrow. I couldn’t boil as many eggs as I like to cook at once in their pans. But, the pans I liked couldn’t be purchased individually; only in a set.
A set with way more pieces than I wanted.
So, Dave and I talked about it. He thought some of the pieces I didn’t want would work well for him. I thought I might use the stock pot while in the apartment even though I didn’t want to take it with me in the RV. We thought a bonus pan might make a good gift. And, there’s always Goodwill where someone might be thrilled to find such a good pan if we decide not to keep all of them.
So, I bought them, getting the bonus pan and a gift certificate as extra inducements to buy this set, and we brought them home.
And tried them out. On my new cooktop. Everything works amazingly well. And fast. The combination of this cooktop and these pans heat really, really fast then cook very evenly. It took only four minutes for the water to heat to boil eggs! And I made a mushroom/egg scramble that was big enough to provide three servings so I don’t have to cook every morning. I am very happy with my choices.
Now I just have to decide how many pieces of the cookware I am actually taking with me.
ps. As my WW meeting leader would say, “40.6 pounds outta here!” I feel like the turtle–slow but steady wins the race.