A foodie's camping arsenal
Before you take your next overnight trip in the great outdoors, stock up on a few supplies that every foodie needs to make sure she's eating well under the stars.
When you head out on your next camping trip, think outside the hot dog or hamburger bun to the gourmet food you're used to. Sure, you'll have to make a few adjustments, but all you need is the right camping gear to be able to concoct your favorite gourmet recipes.
Bugaboo Mess Kit
Skip the normal white-speckled camping cookware and go with the Bugaboo Mess Kit from GSI. This durable cookware with nonstick coating and even heating surface is lightweight and versatile. It's easy to carry because it nests well and has a dual-use lid that fits the frying pan and pot. It comes with a measuring cup and mixing bowl to boot! (GSI Outdoors, $30)
Outdoors Spice Missile
Every foodie knows you should bring salt and pepper, but you can easily bring other spice blends with an Outdoors Spice Missile. The modular design has three twin-chamber shakers that screw together so you can carry six different spices while camping. While we recommend carrying spice blends like herbs de provence, fajita seasoning and more, you'll have multiple options with this compact spice kit. (REI, $10)
King Kooker Jambalaya Pot
You don't have to cook Jambalaya in this pot. You can also make stews, soups and chilis, which are perfect for outdoor cooking. Made of cast iron, the cooker is made for a campfire. (King Kooker, $279)
GSI Personal Java Press
Coffee and camping go together like peanut butter and jelly. But coffee on the trail has a reputation for being bitter and ground-laden. Being on the trail doesn't necessarily have to mean bad java. Check out the portable French press by GSI that lets you make the perfect cuppa Joe while you're enjoying Mother Nature with the GSI Personal Java Press. (Amazon, $35)
Kanz Outdoors field kitchens
There aren't enough exclamation points (that they'll let us get away with on this website anyway) to describe our excitement over this amazing foodie gear. Kanz Outdoors makes a self-contained (and customizable) field kitchen that will meet just about any need.
It's a container that stores a camping stove (with multiple burners if need be), cookware and a working platform that can be customized with accessories like an ice box. It has a lid that can act as a wind block, then be removed to use as a serving tray. We could talk about this all day, but you'll need to check out the site to customize a unit for your cooking needs. (Kanz Outdoors, $675 and up)
Don't forget the basics
It's clearly great to have the best foodie outdoor cookware you can buy, but there are some staples that no cook should be without.
- Foil/parchment paper
- Silicone tongs, colander, spatula, sharp knives (especially if you'll be fishing or hunting)
- Grill or fry basket that fits your pot
- Coleman's camping cookbook app (free)
- Cooler (one for beer and wine and another for meat and fish)
- Wooden spoons