Cooking Smells In A Truck

By: Lee,
Andalusia, AL, USA

Ask Your Truck Drivers Money Saving Questions HereI start truck driving school next week. I have been reading and watching YouTube videos on cooking in a truck. I like the idea and am planning what I will need for this. Thank you for your tips and recipes.

When you cook in the truck, how much of a problem do you have with the smell getting in the bedding and clothes? While the smell of good food cooking can be delightful, after smelling it all day, it can get old. Have you had any problem with this and if so, what did you do?

Thank you for your website and all of your valuable information.

Response from Vicki:

Hi, Lee,

Congratulations on your decision to enter truck driver training school to become a truck driver. My husband Mike and I decided to do that in 1992. Entering the trucking industry changed our lives and I hope that you have even better success in trucking than we did!

Food is one of the biggest expenses for professional truck drivers who drive regionally or long haul. Yes, we developed the food and recipes and meal preparation sections of our site to help drivers realize that they have options for cooking in their trucks versus always eating truck stop restaurant meals.

We never once had a problem with the “old smell” of food cooking in our trucks. In fact, the only time we ever have a problem with odors lingering in our home is on those rare times when we burn something in the kitchen. Even then, boiling some distilled vinegar (aka “white vinegar”) has reduced or eliminated that kind of smell.

The only problem that we ever had with a lingering smell in a truck was when we got a truck that had been used by a team that smoked a lot. There was a thick layer of yellowish black residue on the windows under the coverings. I used baking soda for deodorizing and cleaning the truck.

Perhaps if the lingering smell of food bothers you, you can keep a pound of baking soda open (such as in an open container) in your truck. It can absorb smells just the same as in your refrigerator at home.

Thank you for your compliment on our site. We built it to help professional truck drivers worldwide save money. We ask for others to contribute the money saving tips that work for them. When you get out on the road, we ask that you “pay it forward” by sharing on our site what you learn.

We also wish you safe travels and lots of money saving opportunities on the road.

Thanks again.

Best regards,
Vicki Simons

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Sleeper Curtains Help by Cindy
Date: May 27, 2014

Hi Lee,

I’ve only had 1 time where food smell got into my clothing/bed clothes & it was a meal i had used a lot of fresh garlic in (i buy the small jars of pre chopped garlic in olive oil). Since then, i just close my sleeper curtains to keep the smell up front while cooking. The smell never lingers long up front either when i do this (probably because there are not as many porous materials for it to “cling” to. I am also a smoker but don’t want my sleeping area to smell like smoke, so i keep my curtains closed when i’m smoking or when i drive. I hope this helps! Good luck to you!

Best regards,

Cindy =)