Camping eats don’t have to be limited to hot dogs and toasted marshmallows (although s’mores kind of are a camping staple). With these 5 kitchen must-haves, you can make the ultimate camping meal and dine like queens and kings of the great outdoors.
1. Sandwich Press
A sandwich press will change your entire approach to camp cooking. Who doesn’t love a grilled cheese sandwich? With a cast iron or aluminum sandwich cooker, you can make any sort of sandwich your heart desires. Simply lay a piece of bread down, pile on the toppings – think cheese, veggies, egg, cold cuts or shredded meats, and sauce – lay the other piece of bread on top and clamp down. For even easier clean up, you can line the press with aluminum foil and cover the sandwich before closing. Check out this lighter-duty cast aluminum press, or go with a cast iron sandwich press for something a little heavier-duty.
2. Aluminum Foil
Heavy-duty aluminum foil may be our best recommendation. Seems strange, but it’s a lifesaver. Aluminum foil is lightweight and compact, so it’s great for anyone who’s not car camping, and it can be thrown on the grill over the campfire without any issues. You can wrap virtually anything in a foil packet, and it’ll cook up like a dream. And, as mentioned above, you can use it to line cooking sheets or grills for simpler clean up. Check out this list of foil-wrapped camping recipes for inspiration.
3. Over-the-Fire Grill
There are no guarantees that the campsite you end up at will have a campfire grill, and if you’re car camping at a more remote location, chances are even slimmer. An Over-the-Fire grill, like this one from Camp Chef, will ensure you can cook everything you were planning and easily too. These grills are super simple to use, and will stand up to years of use and abuse.
4. Made-for-Camping Coffee Maker
Let’s be honest – if you’re a regular coffee drinker, you don’t want to have to go without it when you’re camping. But hauling all the gear necessary for coffee making can be pretty off-putting. With a made-for-camping coffee maker, you can have your caffeine fix with little to no hassle. The AeroPress is a great coffee/espresso maker option for camping – it’s compact, lightweight, and made of plastic so you don’t have to worry about it breaking. And once you get your morning caffeine fix, you’ll be able to carry on making the rest of your meal!
This suggestion may seem out of place, but there’s nothing more impossible than trying to cook in the dark while holding a flashlight. A headlamp is one of our all-around camping essentials, but it’s especially useful for those late night or early morning cooking sessions. You don’t have to spend a lot to get a decent headlamp, and it’ll make things a whole lot easier.
With these camp kitchen must-haves, you’ll be cooking ultimate camping meals in no time.