After our youngest went off to college we sold our home, bought a beat up old RV, and took off on what we called our Victory Lap. The idea was that we would take a year or so off to travel around North America to see the sights and old friends and family.
We figured the old motorhome would die before too long and that would be our signal to go back to our previous lives. But that didn’t happen. That old RV ran and ran for nearly four years and one hundred thousand miles!
By the time it died we were hooked, so we bought another, and then another, and ended up living in them for almost ten years. There must have been something that appealed to us about living in small spaces, because now we live on a boat.
Yes, I am telling you all of this to get to a point, which is, there are certain challenges to living on the run like this, not the least of which is cooking. This means we are always on the lookout for easy, portable, time saving ways to have fresh, hot food while we gallivant across the globe. We are not talking burgers and hot dogs either; we want a variety of interesting and tasty home cooking while on the go.
Asian cuisine has long been one of our favorites, but neither one of us has managed to master cooking rice. We even took a cooking class while cruising in China and still can’t seem to get it right every time.
Good thing that one of these gadgets is a rice cooker. Better yet, it works off of the power socket (you know, that round thing us old folks still call a cigarette lighter) inside a car, RV, or boat.
Now we can have perfect rice in about half an hour, anytime and anyplace. It makes up to one liter, which is just right for the two of us.
Of course safety is a concern when cooking on the go, so we were glad to learn about the technology used in this ingenious little cooker. It uses special self-regulating ceramic heating discs known as positive temperature coefficient which provide safe, powerful, and energy-efficient heat in a very small space.
Better yet, it will not over heat and turns itself off if you forget to. The cooking surface is nonstick and it even comes with a measuring cup and spoon.
While the rice cooker is our favorite, there are several other clever products listed in the story too. Stuff like a combination Lunch Box / Portable Travel Food Warmer so a hot lunch is readily available even on the run, or a travel kettle for steaming hot coffee or tea anytime anywhere.
You mean we can have coffee without ever leaving our hotel room? Yes, please!
But we love these kinds of gadgets, not only for their convenience but also for their money saving capabilities. That’s right, think of all the travel savings you can pocket by not going out for quick meals, snacks, and drinks all of the time.
Even if you don’t live on the run like we do, that is something everybody likes.
David & Veronica, GypsyNester.com
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