Finding the perfect vacation home or villa can be exciting. Our vacation rentals come with fully equipped kitchens. It’s important that it feels like your home away from home. Although you will be planning some days checking out the local eateries, you also want to be able to utilize the kitchen in your rental to save some money and enjoy personal family time and no long reservation waits. Here are some tips to help you get creative in your vacation rental.
1. Plan ahead
If you know what you want to cook during your vacation, ask what kind of cookware is stocked in the kitchen so you can prepare yourself. The rental owner wants you to enjoy your vacation as much as you do, so they will most likely have a list of kitchen tools prepared if it’s not already in the rental description. Then, think about what kitchen tools and equipment you can’t live without and can easily bring with you.
2. Take inventory
Once you arrive, check all of the cupboards in the kitchen. Don’t forget the oven or broiler drawer, or even inside the oven! If you’re missing something inexpensive like tongs, grab them from the grocery store, pay it forward, and leave them for the next traveler. Don’t be afraid of the dollar store, because you can find some great tools on the cheap. Check out the pantry too and pick up some spices or other things you’ll need like olive oil.
3. Cook what you can
Before you go to the grocery store, try to figure out what you can cook with what you’re already given. If your kitchen has a large pasta pot or Dutch oven, look up some one pot meals. A big skillet will be great to stir fry. A couple of sheet pans gives you plenty of options for roasting or baking. Casseroles are a great idea and go along way if you have casserole dishes.
4. Simply salads
If you’re really left with nothing, remember that you don’t have to cook everything. Salads are a healthy and easy option for lunch or dinner and all you need is that knife you brought with you and a serving dish. Sandwiches and wraps are also easy and perfect to pack with you on the go for all those activities you have planned.
6. Family Cooking Fun!
What did you go on vacation for in the first place? Don’t sweat the small stuff. If you can’t make a perfect five-course meal, that’s okay. Get the kids involved. Have a pizza making night. We have many homes away from home that offer all your family needs. Click below to view our properties and all their amenities.