I have heard people complain that they are only able to pack 3 or 4 days worth of food in their Aliners. So I thought I’d share some of my secrets of easily packing food for a week or more.
I use plastic drawer units from Walmart, and have one drawer for each type of food. I pack them inside the house, then carry them out to the camper, ready to slide into the drawer unit under the cupboard.
There is one drawer for canned meats and hearty soups. One drawer is for spices, one for starchy side dishes like grits, rice, instant potatoes and dehydrated potato dishes (scalloped potatoes), couscous, etc., and one for canned vegetables.
There is also a drawer for our supplements, and a plastic basket that sets on top with cooking oil, flour, corn meal, hush puppy mix, honey, salt, and whatever odds and ends I can stuff into it.
The freezer easily holds a week’s worth of meat for us.
The refrigerator door holds mustard, mayonnaise, ketchup, salad dressing, juices, small bottles of milk, pickles, etc. It’s not completely packed in this picture. Will add another picture later.
Also I have discovered a way to keep fresh vegetables fresh for a very long time in the refrigerator. I originally stumbled upon it while trying to keep my vegetables from freezing. First, I bought a refrigerator fan that keeps the cold air from settling and creating cold and warm pockets of air inside. Next, I wrap the vegetables in a paper towel, then wrap them in bubble wrap and tape them shut.
The way it extends shelf life is amazing. I have kept iceberg lettuce for 5 weeks like that, and when I unwrapped it, it looked as crisp and fresh as the day I packed it.
I took a photo, but it turned out fuzzy. So when I get better pictures I will post them.
We keep most of our sodas and drinking water in a cooler in the back of the truck. If we have room in the refrigerator, we also keep some handy in there, too.
Next time I’ll show you how I make the most of the rest of the space in the Aliner.