Last year it had been our plan to volunteer at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. We were hired and set to spend the winter there until our doctor put the kabosh on that plan and we had to cancel that plan. It’s funny that while I was looking forward to the volunteer work that what I kept thinking about was the fact that volunteers there have access to a completely equipped professional level kitchen — and I was looking forward to being able to bake! We were willing to forego a pleasantly warm winter in exchange for birds, cold, snow, and a few perks like — access to that oven!
I know that’s a terrible thing to say. But it’s true. And one drawback of our particular RV is the lack of a real oven. I know some Class A coaches do have a propane oven as part of the propane stove. Ours does not. We’re limited to that Sharp microwave/convection oven mounted overhead. And, for a combination unit I guess it’s ok. We’re limited to anything that can bake/cook in 90 minutes or less. It takes a long time to pre-heat anything over 350º — so making a from-scratch pizza is challenging: the oven just doesn’t get hot enough. And there is the size limitation. Any container over 11 1/2″ is out of the question; which includes most cooky sheets.
I don’t care whether it’s gas or electric — not really — I just want something I can use without recalculating recipes or timing; an oven that behaves the same way consistently. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Who would ever have thought that one of the things I like least about RV’ing is the lack of a real oven?
I use the combination oven from time to time. I’m a make-do sort of guy when I have to me. I have even tried using a toaster oven — but that is even smaller (making cooking anything worthwhile baking even harder), and keeping it hygienically clean is a nightmare. Most everything we eat I cook on our double Induction hob and I’m mostly happy with that.
But there are those moments…
There are those days….
There are those weeks…. when all I want is an oven. A real oven. something 4 or 5 cu. ft. in size that comes up to temp on time, and that stays on temp, I don’t care if it doesn’t have bells and whistles… I just lust after an oven….
Thanks for stopping. Tomorrow I won’t be so despondent (no — seriously — I’m just having fun with this — I’m not despondent at all). Stop by in the morning and see what’s cookin’! I’ll be here.