How to Build a Camping Kitchen
If you plan on cooking any meals on your next camping trip, you will need to build a camping kitchen. This isn't as difficult as it sounds. You merely need to assemble the tools and equipment to cook a meal safely and with easy while away from your home kitchen.
Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Things You'll Need:
- Camp Stove
Two large storage containers with lids
Small storage containers
Portable table (optional)
- Camp Stove
- Two large storage containers with lids
- Small storage containers
- Bungee cords
- Portable table (optional)
- Plastic tablecloth
- Cooking pots
- Cooking utensils
- Cutting board
Select a large plastic storage tub to hold your cooking gear. A clear tub will work well to help you find the items packed inside. Pack in the tub the gear you will need for your camping trip. Only bring the pots and utensils needed to prepare the meals you have planned. Decide if any of your gear can do double duty to make packing lighter.
Use a second storage container to hold food that does not require refrigeration, such as bread, cereal and spices. Secure the lid with a bungee cord wrapped around the box to keep out raccoons and bugs. Food items should not be taken to camp in grocery bags: they could become wet, dirty or attract pests.
Pack a large cooler with ice to hold food that must be kept cool. Wrap food tightly in plastic or zip lock bags to keep melting ice from getting the food wet. Secure the cooler lid with a bungee cord to keep out pests.
Set up your camp kitchen on a picnic table or a folding table brought from home. Cover the table with the plastic tablecloth to keep the food prep area clean. Place the cook stove and cutting board on this table to use as your kitchen counter.
Prepare your meal as usual. After the meal, use the table to hold a washtub of soapy water to clean up cookware, plates and utensils.
Denise Bertacchi is a freelance writer with a degree in journalism from Southeast Missouri State University. She is a St. Louis suburbanite who has written for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Boys' Life, Wisconsin Trails, and Missouri Life.
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