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Five Best Camp Portable Kitchens – Be An Outdoor Chef

Updated on September 25, 2010

Everyone likes good food. That’s why a lot of food options especially suited for camping are in the market. There are canned goods, freeze-dried goods and even space food. However, these aren’t the only ways to go dining outdoors. You can opt for freshly cooked food just like what you have in the comfort of your own home. The point of camping is to relax anyway; so why miss on things that can maximize your camping convenience?

If you think outdoor cooking can be uncomfortable and messy, think again. Lots of portable kitchens – especially for camping – are now available in the market for you to choose from. These things make cooking easier with features like those in your home kitchen: sink, organizing compartments and others – depending on the kind of camping kitchen you choose. Like what you have read awhile ago, there are many kinds of portable kitchens, with different brands putting in different features. What you need to consider before getting are:

* Cooking needs – What kind of cooking are you planning to do on camp? Do you think you’ll need a lot of space and compartments?

* Camp size – What is meant here is the number of heads in your camp. If you’ve got a dozen people along, you’re most likely to need something with a lot of space for cooking and storing a lot.

* Transportation – You’re definitely not going hiking with one of these on you. What I mean is, choose something that you know will be easy for you to bring. If you usually use a car for getting to camp sites, then choose something that will fit in the trunk conveniently with all your other stuff.

* Material – Aside from being convenient, camping kitchens should also be sturdy. Pick one that is made of durable and high-quality material.

You don’t need to be an expert chef to consider having a camping kitchen; everyone deserves maximum convenience – so do you. To make your search and your decision easier, a list of the best camping kitchens are provided. So grab those camping cookbooks and check these out.

Portable Kitchen PK 99740 Cast Aluminum Cooker
Portable Kitchen PK 99740 Cast Aluminum Cooker

Portable Kitchen PK 99740 Cast Aluminum Cooker

Get your camping meals fast and on wheels with this sturdy portable kitchen. It comes in a form that harks back to the 1950’s. Everything’s made of thick aluminum for maximum heat radiation so you get your meals cooked thoroughly and uniformly. To prevent your dishes from getting charred, there are also adjustable vents and dampers that regulate the temperature. At the side and the bottom are strong aluminum trays you can use to hold utensils, spices, and food. This camping kitchen also goes on rubber wheels to save you time and effort in moving it across the camp. The whole thing is lightweight and detachable so it’s easy to bring along. All you have to do is loosen up the nuts and bolts and store all the parts together. Don’t worry; it will all set up easily on camp.

Coleman Camp Kitchen
Coleman Camp Kitchen

Coleman Camp Kitchen

From the name that knows everything about outdoor life comes this portable kitchen that’s sure to make your own camping vacation a whole lot more convenient. Imagine your home kitchen fitting into a carrying case measuring only 34 by 4 by 11 inches (W x H x D). Yes, do just that because this is what this camping kitchen is like. It features an adjustable stand for you to put your cooler or your camping stove on instead of putting them on logs. It’s got hooks for your ladles and camping lantern so you can easily see what you’re doing even at night. There’s also a mesh shelf in which you can put your utensils. This shelf will allow them to dry faster after washing. This isn’t a one-camping-vacation kitchen; it’s built to last. Its aluminum frame and medium-density fiberboard top are guaranteed to stand against the harsh elements of the outdoors so you enjoy the convenience for many years. And since it’s easy to store, you can add this to your list of camping gear without the space hassle.

Coleman Packaway Deluxe Camp Kitchen
Coleman Packaway Deluxe Camp Kitchen

Coleman Packaway Deluxe Camp Kitchen

Here’s another quality camping kitchen. This one also features a full-sized kitchen structure that lets you enjoy the comfort of cooking in your home kitchen while enjoying the outdoor breeze. It’s complete with separate areas for preparing food, for grilling, for your stove and for storing all your camping kitchenware. The wire shelf for the stove brings the stove to a level that makes cooking easy. Here’s more. This kitchen has a removable washing tub for washing fresh ingredients prior to cooking. There is also ample storage compartments for utensils, spices, towels and table napkins so you get all your cooking and camping dining wares organized. There’s also a hook for your lantern to help you with night cooking. And here’s what makes it all the more great for camping, it folds easily into a carry case that comes with the package.

GSI Outdoors Camp Gourmet Kitchen
GSI Outdoors Camp Gourmet Kitchen

GSI Outdoors Camp Gourmet Kitchen

And now, how about a camping kitchen with a water faucet just like what you have at home? This camping kitchen is all about making it easier for you. It’s got a double sink, a pressurized water faucet and a waste water collection system that makes your camping kitchen affairs cleaner. This one will make it easier for doing the dishes. More importantly, it will make camping food preparation and outdoor cooking better experiences. Now you can easily wash ingredient with running water and you don’t have to worry about disposing waste water. It also has adjustable legs so you can set it up to whatever’s comfortable for you. This feature also makes it possible to have a level kitchen on unleveled ground. This way, you don’t have to worry about your things toppling over. For easier cooking, there are also detachable boards included to serve as windshields. As for the storage compartments, there are wire-racks included at the side and underneath the sink. These racks also make it easier for drying washed dishes. For kitchen activities after dark, there’s a lantern hook included. Everything is easy to store and set up so it’s a worthy candidate for your camping list.

Kelty Basecamp Kitchen (Slate Blue)
Kelty Basecamp Kitchen (Slate Blue)

Kelty Basecamp Kitchen (Slate Blue)

If you’ve just included a camping mosquito net in your camping list and you are headed for likely bug territory, this one’s the portable kitchen to choose. You can count on this camping kitchen, wherever, whenever. It’s made of durable yet lightweight aluminum that lets it stand against the harsh elements and allows you to bring it along conveniently. It’s got a lot of space for you to prepare your camp food and also a detachable windscreen to keep the wind from putting out the fire on your stove. The table top is also made of aluminum which is easy to clean after cooking. One key feature of this kitchen is that it has a zippered pantry area in which you can keep food and other things safe from bugs, moisture and dirt. Everything fits neatly in the included transport sack too so it’s easy to carry at the trunk of your car.


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  • Outdoor Guy profile imageAUTHOR

    Outdoor Guy 

    8 years ago from Ansel Adam's Country

    Thanks brandrocker. I appreciate your comment.Well I just realized people will need these kitchen camps because everything goes easy with them during camping.

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    8 years ago

    Nice introduction to these kitchen camp. These accessories are portable and you can fold them easily. This is something we call one time investment. I know campers will like your idea.


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