Collapsible Food Prep and Storage for Small Kitchens

Kitchen cabinet storage space in RV’s and campers is a challenge to begin with. Finding a place to store your food prep and storage containers is practically nonexistent in even smaller RVs and vans. This is precisely the reason why we use collapsible food prep and storage products for our RV kitchen. We’ll show you how and what we use.

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Creativity is key to finding storage solutions in an RV kitchen, tiny home or even the boat galley. 

Most RV kitchen cabinet dimensions aren’t even close to what standard sticks and bricks home’s kitchen cabinets’ are. So, thinking your big Tupperware or your average mixing bowls and storage containers are going to fit in your RV? Well, think again!

Adding to that, glass, crocks and ceramic bowls are going to be way too heavy to carry in your RV. You need to be mindful of your motorhome, fifth wheel or travel trailer GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating).

Anyway, I drove to a nearby RV and camping store to take a look at their kitchen products section. I noticed these brightly-colored collapsible kitchen prep and storage products. They didn’t have a great selection but what I noticed were these lightweight, silicone, space-saving containers and food prep kitchen gadgets.

I couldn’t help myself. I became smitten with their compact collapsing feature. I’d pop them in and out from storage size to full size capacity and back again. I found my solution. However, I wasn’t going to pay their exorbitant over-inflated prices. They were way over-priced.

So, I drove back home, poured myself a glass of wine and commenced my online shopping. Before I knew it, my cart was full of collapsible kitchen products.

Then, a few days later, the big brown truck arrived with all of my brown cartons full of my new RV kitchen supplies. Who knew these new collapsible kitchen prep and storage products were my excitement for the day?

So, let’s see what I got!

Collapsible Food Prep and Storage Products for the RV Kitchen

Collapsible Salad Spinner

Collapsible Salad Spinner

I use my 3-quart collapsible salad spinner for washing and spin drying all of my fruits and vegetables. It’s also multi-purpose for not only food prep, but also for serving and food prep! After washing and spin-drying our salad greens, I can use the bowl part separately as my salad serving bowl. And, I can use the strainer part for rinsing my other cold produce.

To store this fun salad spinner, simply collapse it to less than 3″ in height.

Collapsible Kitchen Sink Strainer

Collapsible Kitchen Colander and Food Strainer

I absolutely love my collapsible kitchen over-the-sink strainer because it has extendable handles that allows it rest on my countertop over the sink edge. Anything I can’t stand is putting a strainer in the sink and dumping my boiled pasta only to have the strainer sitting in whatever else is in the sink waiting to drain. This solves that unsanitary issue.

Then to store, I just collapse my kitchen strainer to about an inch and a half and store it upright in my kitchen cabinet.

Collapsible Microwave Plate Cover

One of the chores I loath is cleaning the inside of the microwave. Nothing is worse than dried remnants from exploded God-knows-what-is-in-there.

But now, we just use this collapsible microwave plate cover. So now, I’m just washing the microwave plate cover rather than the whole inside of the microwave oven.

This trusty kitchen gadget collapses down for easy storage in the drawer beneath (after cleaning it, of course!). It has slitted air vents in top that allows steam to escape.

And for health sake, it’s made of microwave-safe BPA-free plastic. You can place this collapsible cover over plates and bowls alike.

Collapsible All-in-One Fruit and Vegetable Strainer and Storage

Collapsible Kitchen Produce Strainer and Storage
 

This adorable collapsible produce keeper is one of my favorite go-to’s in our tiny RV kitchen. This little fruit and vegetable strainer and storage container helps keep our produce from expiring too soon. .

This little kitchen cutie is has a one-quart capacity and measures 11-3/4″ by 7-1/2″ by 2-1/2″ high when fully collapsed. But, it expands to 5-1/2″ high when deployed. 

We wash and store smaller amounts of produce in one container, which doubles as a colander. The water reservoir keeps moisture away from the produce. And, the easy-slide vent adjusts for proper air flow.

We can also collapse it shorter for smaller portions of berries, beans or whatever else we want to store in our RV refrigerator. Lastly, the clear lid helps us identify the contents.

Large Mixing BowlLarge Collapsible Salad Bowl

Hands down, this is my favorite kitchen bowl! Because this large multi-use collapsible bowl is huge, I can use it for so many things! In other words, it’s my everything bowl! I use it for mixing large quantities, making big salads for potlucks or a pass-around bowl for chips and popcorn around the campfire.

But, just because it’s a huge doesn’t mean I have to sacrifice kitchen cabinet storage space. It measures at 4.5″ high, 6.5″ at base, and 13.3″ at the rim when fully deployed. But when contracted, it’s only 2″ deep for easy storage!

Also, each graduated layer of this large collapsible bowl snaps into place to perform its desired function whether storing flat or expanding for use. For health concerns, it’s made of FDA-approved plastic and silicone that’s food safe.

Seriously, mine is five years old yet it still looks brand new even though I use it often. 

Collapsible Storage Bowl Set

Mini but mighty perfectly describes this cool collapsible storage bowl set! They are perfect for food prep and storage and will go just about anywhere. With three convenient storage bowl sizes, they are great for taking in our cooler or to potlucks.

These little guys are 1.5 cup, 3 cup and 5 cups and each collapses with snap-on lids. We use them to pack leftovers and can be used to reheat in the microwave.

After washing, we just collapse them down to one third of their usable height for convenient storage in our RV kitchen drawer.

Small Collapsible Berry Strainer

These little guys are so adorable that I have two small berry strainers that I keep stored in one of my kitchen drawer. They are the perfect size strainer colander that fits a quart of strawberries, raspberries or blueberries. Also, they are perfect for rinsing a can of beans or canned fruits and vegetables.
 

Collapsible Measuring Cups

As with all of my collapsible food prep and storage, these collapsible measuring cups are no exception to why I love having them as part of my food prep gadget collection. The measuring cups collapse down to only a couple inches total when stored. 

This complete set of collapsible measuring cups includes four pieces; 1/4 cup, 1/3 cup, 1/2 cup, and 1 cup. And they come with four-piece measuring spoons 1/4 teaspoon, 1/2 teaspoon, 1 teaspoon and 1 Tablespoon.

I can separate both to use the measuring cups or measuring spoons individually and to wash.

Collapsible Dish Pan

I have two of these collapsible dish pans in our RV kitchen. They are so multifunctional measuring a 9.5 quart capacity. We use one for our dish and clothes washing and the other for our rinse water when we boondock so we can measure our water usage.

But also, they are great large containers for loading up some of our kitchen gadgets or table settings to take outside to the picnic table.

Both collapsible dish pans fit perfectly in our RV kitchen farmer’s sink! And, when collapsed, I slide them upright in our under sink cabinet.

 
In closing, those are just a sample of our favorite collapsible food prep and storage kitchen products that we use in our RV kitchen. They are absolutely perfect not only for RVers but also for boat galleys, tiny home kitchens, small apartments, college dorms, cabins and cottages!

 

These innovative collapsible food prep and storage ideas are just the ticket for anyone living in small spaces who are trying to maximize kitchen and galley cabinet space.

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