How to Use a Portable Camp Kitchen

How to Use a Portable Camp KitchenA portable camp kitchen allows you the space and tools to create your favorite dishes from home while camping. While even small families can reap the benefits of camp kitchens, they are especially useful for larger groups because they provide the prep space to make large amounts of food. The simplest camp kitchens have two or three work surfaces---one made of fireproof material for your stove, the others available for food prep. More sophisticated models include sinks and storage compartments.
 

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Camp stove
  • Propane
  • Plastic tubs
  • Bucket
  • Dish pan
  • Bear bags
 
Step 1
Find a level area away from low-hanging branches and other fire dangers to set up your kitchen. Choose an area 200 feet away from your tents in case wildlife checks out your cooking area during the night. According to the U.S. Forest Service, it is best to set up your cooking area 100 yards downwind from your tents in bear country.
Step 2
Unfold the camp kitchen following the instructions for your particular brand and model. Make sure all the legs are locked into place so it doesn't collapse while you are cooking.
Step 3
Place your camp stove on one of the kitchen surfaces. Choose the surface that is made of metal or other fireproof material if applicable; otherwise, place it on the surface that is most convenient for you. Place the propane tank on the shelf or ground beneath the stove, and attach the hoses included with the stove.
Step 4
Place your spices and dry goods in plastic storage tubs, then put the tubs on the shelves of the camp kitchen. Follow local food storage rules, or put them in your car or RV when you aren't cooking to avoid tempting wildlife.
Step 5
Store your cooking gear, including pans, flatware and dishes, in a second storage container. Store the gear in the same manner as you did the food.
Step 6
Choose which surface you will be using for food prep---most likely the surface closest to the stove. Fill a bucket or dish tub with water, and place it on your food prep surface. Place dishes in the tub right away so they will be easier to wash later.
Step 7
Wash off all surfaces of the kitchen once you are done cooking. Dispose of any trash in receptacles provided at the campground or store the trash in a separate plastic tub the same way you store your food in bear country.
 

Tips & Warnings

 
Set up your camp kitchen at home before leaving on your trip to practice and fine-tune your setup first. Many campgrounds in bear country have bear-safe boxes for storage; otherwise, bring your own bear bags for hanging food.
 
Set up your camp kitchen at home before leaving on your trip to practice and fine-tune your setup first.
 
Many campgrounds in bear country have bear-safe boxes for storage; otherwise, bring your own bear bags for hanging food.
 
Always keep a fire extinguisher in your camp kitchen gear in case of fire.

Article Written By Jenny Harrington

Jenny Harrington has been a freelance writer since 2006. Her published articles have appeared in various print and online publications. Previously, she owned her own business, selling handmade items online, wholesale and at crafts fairs. Harrington's specialties include small business information, crafting, decorating and gardening.

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