Organizing a Camping Kitchen

Organizing a Camping KitchenWhen camping in the backcountry or remotely, staying organized is key. One of the most important areas of the campsite to keep organized and functional is the kitchen. A camping kitchen needs to be efficient enough to be able to work smoothly while having everything at reach. A camp cook knows that campfire and propane cooking can be unpredictable. Having a backup plan while being able to multi-task will assure great tasting meals while camping away from modern amenities.
 

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate

Organizing a Camping Kitchen

Things You’ll Need:
  • Card table
  • Pole tent
  • Ice
  • 2 coolers
  • Cast-iron skillet
  • Cast-iron Dutch oven
  • Stainless steel sauce pan
  • Gallon of fresh drinking water
  • Washcloth and towel
  • Dish detergent
  • Dishpan and dish rack
  • 1- 31 quart revelations clear Rubbermaid tote
  • 1- 31 quart high top clear Rubbermaid tote
  • Rubbermaid take-along food storage containers including bread container
  • 3 to 4 Rubbermaid canisters
  • 1- 6 quart Handi Box medium handled
  • Grill utensils (spatula, tongs and scraper)
  • Serving spoon, carving knife and fork
  • Dry spices
  • Condiments
 
Step 1
Plan each meal in advance before the trip. Make a list of items needed. Shop for items specifically on the shopping list. Pack these items inside a cooler or airtight container for transportation.
Step 2
Set up a pole tent on the campsite. Under the pole tent, place a card table. This will be used for preparing meals and washing dishes. Have a jug of water nearby. Store washcloths, dishwashing detergent and dish rack inside of the dishpan until ready to use. Keep one washcloth out for cleaning up messes.
Step 3
Place frozen and cooled foods separately in individual coolers. Pack items in order of use to promote efficiency. This may include meats, dairy products and beverages. Keep them under the tent and out of the elements.
Step 4
Keep spices dry and ready to use in a 6-quart Rubbermaid handi-box. This will prevent spillage and exposure to moisture. The clear container will make spices easy to recognize and move.
Step 5
Fill up a 31-quart high-top clear Rubbermaid tote with your cooking equipment. Cast-iron and stainless steel cookware can be stored until ready to use. Stash cooking utensils such as spatulas and tongs in the Revelations clear Rubbermaid tote. This is a shallow tote that will also stack on top of other totes while keeping utensils clean and organized. The clear tote simplifies locating the right tools for cooking.
Step 6
Maintain fresh items such as vegetables and dry goods by storing them in canisters with airtight lids. Bread can be stored in a Rubbermaid bread container to keep fresh and soft. Store ready-to-use condiments such as relish and mustard in a Rubbermaid container until ready to use. Keep a frozen pack on the bottom of the container to prevent spoilage.
Step 7
Utilize a tall storage container to store miscellaneous kitchen items. Eating utensils, napkins and serving spoons can be kept in one location near the table for easy access. Keep all cooking items near the grill area for easy access.
 

Tips & Warnings

 
Substitute other plastic storage units for Rubbermaid. Setting up the propane stove or tripod grill near the tent will make the kitchen flow better. Stack items on top of each other if possible. The clear containers will make items easily recognizable.
 
Substitute other plastic storage units for Rubbermaid.
 
Setting up the propane stove or tripod grill near the tent will make the kitchen flow better.
 
Stack items on top of each other if possible. The clear containers will make items easily recognizable.
 
Keep plastic away from fire. Keep meat wrapped tightly in plastic until ready to eat to prevent spoilage.
 
Keep plastic away from fire.
 
Keep meat wrapped tightly in plastic until ready to eat to prevent spoilage.

Article Written By Julie Boehlke

Julie Boehlke is a seasoned copywriter and content creator based in the Great Lakes state. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists. Boehlke has more than 10 years of professional writing experience on topics such as health and wellness, green living, gardening, genealogy, finances, relationships, world travel, golf, outdoors and interior decorating. She has also worked in geriatrics and hospice care.

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