One of the best things about camping is camp cooking. Campsite cooking is much more fun if you have some really great camping cooking equipment. There are so many fancy gadgets and gear out there it’s hard to know which ones are worth it and which aren’t. So I’ve put together a list of my top 10 must-have camping cooking equipment. So if you’re planning to put together a fantastic set of camping cooking equipment, you’ve come to the right place.
My first hiking-camping adventure was in the surrounding countryside of Broken Hill, a mining town in the far western semi-arid desert of NSW, Australia. I had been a Cup Scout for about a year, and I was 9 or 10 years old. An older boy had planned out ou route which was pretty ambitious, especially in the 100° heat on the first day. We hiked from water source to water source (one of them was an outlying pub) and looking back there was quite a lot of risk. The best part was reaching a windmill and tank because we (3 of us) went swimming in the tank, and camped there for the night. It was three days and two nights I will never forget.
Afterward, I started organizing my own adventures with friends who were not in the Cub Scouts.
For kitchen quality standards, the latest and greatest camp gas-stove from Eureka is the one. It’s called the Eureka Ignite Plus. While other camp stoves can be quite tricky to adjust making you fiddle endlessly to ensure that your food cooks without getting burned, the Ignite Plus uses an innovative two-turn simmer control, allowing you to make very fine adjustments to the cooking flame, for better performance and flavor.
The Ignite Plus has two burners set far enough apart that you can fit two 30cm/12-inch pans side by side with ease. There is a push-button ignitor for fast, easy starts, and a stainless steel drip tray making clean-up a breeze.
This unit is also very portable. It folds shut and has a latch and handle and can be carried like a briefcase. It comes with a regulator to hook up your gas bottle and it’s also JetLink compatible which means you can daisy chain other JetLink compatible units. The Ignite Plus also has adjustable rubber feet to ensure that your cooking utensils are level.
The ignite plus measures 23 inches/57.5 cm long by 12.8 inches/32 cm wide by 4 inches/10 cm tall and weighs 12 pounds/5.4 kg. It requires propane fuel to operate, which isn’t included, has 3 inch/7.5 cm burners, and offers a 90-minute burn time. Costs around $145 – quality and value, well worth it.
The Eureka Ignite plus is a fantastic camping stove and will give you a gold medal performance.
Food and Drink Cooler
The 28 quart/26.6 liter Igloo, Quantum 28 Roller is a must-have on your camping expeditions. This Igloo Quantum 28 QT Roller Cooler is cool. It has a really cool lid, with 4 self-draining cup holders. The lid also has tie-down loops to tie down extra gear or to secure the contents with a padlock. Engineered and manufactured in the USA it features a lock, telescoping, push-button handle, and wheels so that it can be pushed or pulled along like a suitcase.
The inside has corner channels molded into the liner, this allows the cooler to be emptied of ice-melt more easily. The bottom of the cooler is elevated slightly to keep most of its bottom surface off the ground allowing for airflow and maximum stay-cool efficiency.
The cooler when empty weighs 8.8 lb or 4 kg and costs around $30.
The Camp Cafe is a pour-over system that brews enough for 12 cups of gourmet coffee.
The components fit together into one unit for easy storage when not in use. The set includes:
- Boil kettle – made from hard-anodized aluminum with flux ring technology around the base so that the water reaches brewing temperature twice as fast as a normal kettle.
- Coffee carafe – is also made from anodized aluminum and has a silicone base for protection and to prevent it from sliding around.
- Pour-over filter cone
- Coffee scoop
The Camp Cafe is very easy to use.
- While the water is heating, set the filter holder on top of the carafe, then place a number 4 filter in the holder.
- Measure out your coffee grounds into the filter with the coffee scoop
- Pour in the heated water slowly and carefully and consistently until you have enough coffee in the carafe
- When it’s time to clean-up dispose of the grounds and the filter, rinse everything with water, and you’re done.
- Allow everything to dry and then pack it up.
Everyone gets a cup a great cup of coffee in no time and then ready to move on together. Usually, comes with a 3-year product warranty, and retails at around $100.
Camp Kitchen Kit
The Gerber Freescape Camp Kitchen Kit contains the Freescape Camp Kitchen Knife and the Freescape Paring Knife.
- The kit has a handle making it easy to carry
- Open the kit by unlocking the kit’s 3 stop locking system (the lock secures at three points simultaneously)
- The knives are secured in the draw by magnets
- The drawer contains an in-built ceramic sharpener
- The container is also a cutting board with a drip channel around the sides and is easy to clean
- In the draw beside knife slots, there is extra storage space for anti-bacterial wipes or a towel
This kit weighs 32 oz or 907 grams and retails around $50, with a lifetime return policy.
Cookware, dinnerware, and camp cutlery
Sea to Summit have a range of camping sets containing cookware and dinnerware that nest together inside the largest pot. The pot handle then folds into the center creating a compact unit for storage. The picture above is Alpha Cookset 2.1 suitable for 2 people. Sea to Summit makes sets suitable for 1, 2, and 4 people. Sets for couples come with either 2 pots or just 1: the 2.2 and the 2.1. Lastly set 4.2 suitable for 4 people with 2 pots.
The pots are made from a hard-anodized alloy. The mugs and the bowls are lightweight yet durable glass-reinforced polypropylene. The mugs are designed to stack together and nest inside the bowls, and they in turn nest inside the pots. The sets range from 1.2 to 3.7 liters in the space they take. Alph cook set 1.1 weighs 12.2 oz / 330g. Comes with a limited lifetime warranty and sets range from around $60 to $90.
The Sea to Summit cutlery consistently gets 4.5 to 5-star ratings, (as do the cooking sets) the 3 piece sets (not included in the Alpha Cook Sets) have a charcoal finish.
Made from hard-wearing glass-reinforced polypropylene, the Sea to Summit Camp Cutlery Set takes a full-sized fork, spoon, and knife and clips them together with a custom-sized carabiner (spring-loaded clip). Lightweight, durable and secured in one place, you won’t need to scavenge around in your pack to find them when dinner is served.
- 100% BPA free and dishwasher safe – As with all Sea to Summit’s polypropylene products
- A lifetime warranty retailing at around $7.
The above, I hope, gives you a pretty good idea of what to look for and expect in the latest and best camping cooking gear. All the best, good camp food and happy trails.
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Above are two locations I have camped at near Broken Hill in NSW, Australia.
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