How to Use a Portable Camp Kitchen

How to Use a Portable Camp KitchenIf you plan to go camping in a remote area where picnic tables are not provided, you'll need a portable camp kitchen. These handy pieces of equipment come in either a basic to complex configurations. Of course, the price tag increases with the complexity of the portable camp kitchen. They range from $80 to a couple of hundred dollars. With portable camp kitchens everything you need to prepare a meal is contained in the same place, which makes the chore of cooking a little easier.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Portable Camp Kitchen
  • Camp Stove
  • Food
  • Cookware
Step 1
Unpack your portable camp kitchen. Most weigh less than 23 pounds. Unfold the kitchen, making sure everything is snapped tightly in place so it won't collapse when you're using it. Place your kitchen in a stable area, so there's no chance of it tipping over.
Step 2
Place your camp stove on the area of the camp kitchen where it's designed to sit. Camp stoves do not come with the portable camp kitchen, so this will have to be an extra purchase you make. All portable camp kitchens have a table area that's made for the stove to be situated on. Most are made out of aluminum or stainless steel, so you won't have to worry about setting it on fire. Set up your camp stove as you normally would. Open it up and pull out the hose connections that the propane bottles will attach to. Screw your propane bottles into the connections and attach them in their holders on the outside of the stove and you're ready to start cooking.
Step 3
Attach your water hoses to the connection fittings, to have fresh water and a waste water collector, if you have purchased a fancier portable camp kitchen, that has a sink attached. The collapsible water carriers are usually optional and are an extra purchase. They come with a foot pump that will allow your to have pressurized fresh water in your sink area. The waste water is collected in a collapsible plastic container and the fresh water is also held in a collapsible plastic container. Some portable camp kitchens have a sink attached that you can remove, to get rid of your waste water. The more basic and simplified camp kitchens, will require you to purchase plastic containers to hold your water to do your washing in, as they don't come with a sink area.
Step 4
Store your equipment on the portable camp kitchen in the compartments designed for it. Most portable camp kitchens will have S-hooks, where you will be able to place your lantern, or pots and pans. Some kitchens come with zippered compartments, where you'll be able to place your food, spices or kitchen items and some even come with sinks.
Step 5
Clean your portable camp kitchen, before packing it up for storage. Wipe any left over food debris and any other dirt that might have got on it while in use. It should easily fold back together and snap shut in it's case. Some portable camp kitchens come with an outer bag, to cover and carry them with.

Tips & Warnings

Since camp kitchens can be quite pricey, research and buy one that has everything you'll need. If you're just doing basic things in the kitchen, you won't need the top of the line and more expensive models that have extras such as a paper towel holder, side pantries, sinks and shelves.

Article Written By Joyce Starr

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.

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