Q:

Can you recommend an all-in-one kitchen for car camping?

I'm looking for a lightweight, compact "kitchen" for holding dishes and utensils while car camping. Can you recommend some sort of canvas or nylon box thingy? Vickey Freedonia, New York

Sep 18, 2003
Outside
Outside Magazine
A: I have just the nylon box "thingy" for you, Vickey. It's called a Beaver Tree Kitchen, a gadget I first saw at an Outdoor Retailers trade show a few years ago. Made of polyethylene plastic, the Beaver Tree is a kitchen-in-a-box, including compartments for utensils, plates and bowls, condiments, and kitchen accessories. It includes a lid that doubles as a kitchen base or wash sink, and can be adapted to hold a two-burner stove. This contraption also provides a work surface so food doesn't come into contact with dirty camp benches or tables. The cost is $139, which doesn't include dishes or utensils. For the extras, throw in the 16-piece Pioneer dish set from L.L. Bean ($75) and a 31-piece picnic set from Cabela's ($45). Pack your Beaver Tree Kitchen with the accessories, and just load the whole thing in your car. No grubbing around separate boxes and bags to find forks or saltshakers. It's a very slick deal.

Some things that I think are just about indispensable for outdoor cooking also include:
  • At least two non-stick skillets, preferably with folding handles for easy storage. GSI's eight-inch non-stick skillet ($14) fits the bill.
  • A two-pot, non-stick saucepan set, such as the MSR Blacklite Guide cookset ($44), which comes with three- and four-liter non-stick aluminum pots.
  • An Outback Oven ($65), which converts nearly any stove into a great convection oven to handle everything from brownies to pizza.
  • GSI's French coffee press ($22), because the cook deserves good coffee, after all.

    So, what time do we eat?

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