Cooking in a hostel? Here's how to survive the kitchen.
Facilities can vary so widely and you may be in a rental cottage with a deluxe kitchen one week, the next you may be stuck in a cheap motel with a tiny fridge. And hostel kitchens? They're the most challenging of all!
Keep the following tips in mind when you buy and prepare food as you travel:
2.) Don’t despair if you can’t find the right size pan – rolls of cookie dough can be patted down flat on a pizza pan. Small cake mixes can be cooked in bread pans. And instant cookies and cakes make excellent treats on the road – you can get a dozen servings for the cost of one or two cafe cupcakes, keep the kids happy, get a taste of home, get to indulge your creativity, and even contribute to local bake sales. Make cookies when you’re away from home – you’ll be the happier for it!
3.) Takeout: Pizza and take away Chinese food sounds great and there are deals to be had in every city. But leftover pizza won’t last a second in a hostel fridge and the large boxes and awkward containers will never fit in your motel room fridge. Don’t order more than you can eat in the moment- chances are high the leftovers will never hit your mouth.
4.) Label all food with your name and date when you are at a hostel. If you are going to staying and cooking exclusively in hostels, consider investing in a roll of foil or a cloth lunch bag to place over your groceries or leftovers. It’s no guarantee, but chances are thieves will go for the easier picks -like the unlabeled, easy to see yogurt or muffins. In house rentals and hostels, leave behind unused non-perishables. If they've been partially used or opened, leave a note giving more information and helpful hints, such as “free to use: olive oil opened on May 15″ or “coffee: french press style. Opened April 10 – careful, it’s very strong”.
5.) Gear: Medium sized, high quality Ziploc style bags are a must – so versatile for food and all your travel needs. Throw in a travel spork and a water bottle/cup/thermos and you’ll manage okay with the basics of transporting and eating on the run. Feeling fancy? Add an immersion coil heater to boil water anywhere – I always travel with mine.
Bon Voyage – and Bon Appetite!
Enjoy the rest of this series!
Part 1: Five Simple Travel Spice Mixes
Part 2: Five Quick & Easy Travel Snacks.
Part 3: Five Easy To Make Travel Nibbles.
Part 4: Five Delectable, Easy Meals for Travelers.