Welcome to My Full-Time RV Living LifeStyle Blog!

I suppose I should mention that this is an RV blog. The picture of me standing beside a motorhome in the banner probably tipped you off to that fact already, but you know how it is with blogs, any body can put anything in the header.

Anyways, I was born, raised, and live in Maine, I have 12 cats, and some people would call me homeless. Nope, I have a home, I just don't have what people call a standard house. My house has wheels and her name is Rosebud. My backyard stretches on for thousands and thousands of miles all the way from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean.

Once upon a time I had a "regular home" but a flood came and took it away. Me and my cats spent the next 3 years living under a 8x6 tarp and survived through 3 blizzards and Maine's coldest winter on record when the temps hit -48F. After that me and the cats moved in a Volvo. As hard as it is to live in a tent with 12 cats, it's even harder to live in a Volvo with 12 cats, and a motorhome named No Hurry was the answer. No Hurry: my home, my office, my RV.

I plan to use this blog to share my thoughts, ideas, adventures, and advice on being self-employed, living and working a full-time RV LifeStyle with an army of cats, while boondocking in the wonderful (and sometimes sub-zero) state of Maine.

I hope to write a post a day featuring random thoughts as they pop into my head, and hopefully 2 or 3 posts per week will focus on something helpful to those seeking to live in an RV full time. If you've any thoughts, ideas, or suggestions on what sort of posts you'd like to see me write, please comment and let me know.

I hope you all have as much fun reading this blog as I know I'll have writing it.

~Wendy

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Storing Canned Food and Jars in Your RV.

Ckerr wrote:    I'd like information on how to store canned goods, etc so they don't come flying out of the pantry when you open the door after a move. Also tips for making the most of limited refridgerator/freezer space.

I had this question a few months back, (about storing canned foods) forget where I asked it now, but I do remember the answer I was given, and thought I'd pass it along.

When you buy food, veggies, fruit, soups, sauces, etc, in cans or glass jars, dehydrate them. If you don't have a food dehydrator (I don't), spred the contents of the can/jar onto a cookie sheet (drain juice from fruits & veggies first!) and "bake" in the oven at low temps (250-ish) for and hour or two, untill the food is completly dry.

For soups and sauces, you'll end up with a sheet that looks like fruit leather. Use a knife to cut the sheet into squares.

Store dried food in ziplock bags or plastic tubs.

To rehydrate, just add boiling water and cook/serve as usual.

If fully dryied with zero moisture, the dried foods will keep idefiantly (as long as they don't get wet).

I have no idea why I did not think of doing this myself, but once I found out about it, it's just amazingly the best way to store food. An in a motorhome you you don't have to worry aboout dented cans or broken glass jars, AND dehydrated foods cut down on weight A LOT and storing them in zipper baggies means you can tuck a whole patry full of food into a counter drawer so it's huge on space saving too.

Hope that helps. (I know it helped me when I was told about doing this!)




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