When you go camping, you have to be completely self sufficient. You need to take all of your food and beverages with you as well as the equipment you need to cook with – but you also need to remember that you have limited space – so what should you take?
Just because you are camping, it does not mean that all your meal options are limited to 2 minute noodles and baked beans – you can cook gourmet meals out in the middle of no-where!
So how do we manage with such limited space? Easy, we take cooking items that can be “multi-purpose!”
We always take our trusty Primus 2 burner camp stove, but to cook on that you need your pot, fry pans, grill plate for steak and sausage, kettle for coffee and tea…. so much stuff – not enough room!
Here are some of the products we use and really love – they do what they are supposed to do, they clean up well, the pack up small and they last!
We have had our Primus stove for over 15 years, and with a small amount of maintenance, it still looks and operates as new! It is quick and easy to setup, clean and packs up in a matter of minutes! I love my Primus stove! The only parts I have had to replace on this stove is the gas knobs – but that is only because of my own abuse!
So now you have your stove sorted out, what about your pots and pans? Well, we have come across some great ones! Lock & Lock has released their series of pans – CookPlus. They are compact, light and are truly fantastic! Ours have even migrated into our kitchen along side our Scanpan collection!
The CookPlus pans have a great non stick or stainless steel base and heat up really quickly. They are light and versatile and clean up extremely easily! Till now, I have been using the “Cheap and Nasty” supermarket “non stick” pans for camping but they need to be replaced after only a couple of camp trips, but these Cookplus pans are definitely my choice….. Still going strong and look and perform as brand new!
I have also come across the Happy Call range of cookware. These are really cool because they combine a closed cooker with a flat pan and a griddle plate in one simple unit! I have used these to cook steak, sausages, eggs, pancakes and pretty much anything else you would find yourself cooking at the campsite! the brat thing about this unit is its versatility. Its non stick surface is great, it heats up well, and because of the little bit of weight in the base, it retains its heat. The hinged lid has a magnet that keeps it closed and the silicone seal is replaceable – it even comes with a spare!
So what about Coffee ant Tea? We all love a hot drink on a cold morning, but camp kettles can be so cumbersome! Check out what we found! A collapsible kettle that actually works!
Since finding these products, my camp kitchen has changed – but to quality products that will not need replacing every season!