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Chef Tools to Level-Up Your Camp Kitchen

The Camp Kitchen: A sacred space, where all are welcome! A space dedicated to community, nourishment, flavor, and where hangry campers find solace!

As lifelong purveyors of well crafted camp meals and trail food, we have amassed a large repertoire of chef tools and kitchen gadgetry, learning best practices and uncovering a few tricks along the way!

To help you with your own camp kitchen build, we’ve compiled a list of our top 5 favorite camp chef tools and kitchen accessories!

 

1. THE STEAM POWERED BAKING KIT

Did you know you could leverage the power of steam to bake a legitimate camp desert? Enjoy cupcakes, brownies or piping hot muffins in the backcountry with our baking kit!

(This kit includes a silicone steam base, silicon cupcake cups, a pot scraper and mini whisk, which are all sold separately as well!)

Simply place the steamer base in your pot, add enough water to cover the surface, and place your batter-filled silicone baking cups evenly on the base. Place a lid on your pot, turn up the heat and wait as the steam from the boiling water bakes your batter!

This set can be paired with your own recipe or used to steam-bake our Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes


2. POT SCRAPERS

Scrapers are a great tool to have around camp, doing everything from scraping out dirty pots to serving food. This handy scraper has an enlarged top so that you can easily grip it even when it’s wet.


3. HEAT DIFFUSER

One of our favorite camp kitchen tools: a heat diffuser (a.k.a. flame tamer) can make the difference between a perfectly cooked camp dinner and a scorched barely edible meal.

How? The perforations work to distribute the intensity of the heat directly hitting the bottom of the pan, so the chance of burning is virtually eliminated.

We recommend adding this layer of protection between the flame (from a camp stove or a campfire) and the bottom of your cook-pot any time you want to ensure a slow steady burn-free cook time.

This is especially helpful for delicate items such as scrambled eggs, or baking our biscuits or skillet bread!


4. THE ULTRALIGHT COOK-IN-COZY

Give your Cook-in-Bag meal a cozy experience, maximize cook times, and keep your entrée nice and toasty! Made with lightweight materials, the pot-cozy is a no-brainer for thru-hikes and multi-day wilderness trips where cold evenings and mornings are on the forecast!

(*our Cook-in-Cozies are currently out of stock but slated to arrive by the end of November – sign up for our newsletter at the PackiGourmet.com homepage to be notified!)


5. SEA TO SUMMIT DINNERWARE & CUTLERY

 

We are huge fans of all things Sea to Summit, specifically the Ultralight Long Handle Spork (a durable aluminum in a sleek-yet-strong shape to create an extremely lightweight utensil.) and X-Cups (food grade silicone that collapses down into a lightweight, compact and packable disk)!

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Jerry Griffin
Jerry Griffin
6 months ago

the molten chocolate desserts are some of the most seriously decadent goodies I’ve ever had! the kit pairs & works perfectly with our Trangia cookset,!