You camp because you crave being out in nature. You camp because you love smelling the campfire and looking up at the amazingly bright stars at night. You camp because you would rather hear coyotes howling rather than sirens blaring as you drift off to sleep. You don’t camp so you can eat hot dogs for dinner five nights in a row.
If you have the right equipment, however, you can prepare any dish while camping that you would make in your kitchen at home. All it takes is a little know-how and the right camping kitchen accessories. Here are recipes that show just how much the proper tools can make you feel like a great outdoor chef, and expand your backcountry menu with ease.
Roasted Broccoli with The Primus Campfire Prep Set
The key difference between camping kitchen accessories and just plain cooking utensils comes down to a few factors— packability, weight, ease of use, and quality. When we designed the Primus Campfire Prep Set, we wanted to narrow the kit down to just the essential tools you use the most, and that you can use for the widest range of outdoor cooking tasks.
The size and shape of the utensils makes them easy to clean and carry, as do the simple wood and metal materials. All the tools roll up securely in a polycotton storage mat with storage pockets, too, that’s quick and simple to stow in your backpack or with your other car camping gear.
For example, you can whip up some incredible grilled, marinated broccoli using most of the camping kitchen accessories in your Prep Set. Use the chef-quality knife to cut the broccoli, mince garlic and white onions. Using the large wooden spoon, mix the broccoli, garlic, and onion mixture with enough oil, salt, and black pepper to coat the vegetales. Set aside to marinate while you prepare the rest of your meal. When you’re ready, pour into tinfoil hobo packs to roast in the coals of your campfire, or into a pan to saute.
Grilled Kebabs with the Primus Campfire Griddle Plate & Campfire Cutting Set
Grill your catch of the day or favorite camping meal with a campfire kitchen accessory like the Primus Campfire Griddle Plate. Made from die cast aluminum, the Griddle Plate provides an even, quick-to-heat, and lightweight surface on which you can cook everything from steaks or slabs of tofu to sausages, kebabs, burgers and more. The ridges help drain excess fat away from your ingredients as they cook. And the nonstick surface of the grill is designed for easy cleaning– great news when you don’t want to attract any unwanted visitors to your campsite with the lingering smell of dinner.
Use the provided oak cutting board and 15 cm paring knife to chop your bell peppers, zucchini, squash, mushrooms, tomatoes or other vegetables before placing them on skewers. Don’t forget to season your vegetables with freshly ground salt and pepper from your Primus mills. The mills are easy to operate with just one hand.
If you’re using disposable wooden skewers, it can help to soak them in water first before adding the vegetables and putting your kabobs on the open flame or grill. You can skip this step if your skewers are metal reusable ones, however. Once your kabobs are assembled, you can marinate them further with oil, citrus, vinegar, or other spices. Or you can simply grill directly, while you whip up a sauce like pesto, chimichurri, ranch, or green goddess for drizzling and dipping.
Quinoa Salad with Fresh Veggies with the Primus Campfire Serving Kit
Prepare, store, and transport your food with your Primus Campfire Serving Kit. This camping kitchen accessory includes a stainless steel bowl with lid for mixing and storing dishes from salads to pizza dough. When you’re not cooking, the included four stainless steel plates can be stored inside the bowl.
The bowl makes it easy to store overnight oats, toss veggies in a marinade, or stir the ingredients of a quinoa salad together. For the later, put a 2:1 ratio of water and dry quinoa in your cooking pot with a small drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt or half a bouillon cube. While the quinoa is cooking, chop vegetables like carrots, bell peppers, radishes, zucchini, squash, etc. into bite size pieces.
You can pick almost any vegetable you like for a salad like this, but try to choose a few that have similar textures and cook times, rather than veggies that take a long time to cook, like potatoes, combined with those that take just a short time, like mushrooms. Don’t forget to periodically stir the quinoa to keep it from sticking!
If you want to add a protein to your quinoa salad, simply sautee or roast it along with any veggies you want cooked. This is where a two-burner stove really comes in handy along with all your other camping kitchen accessories. Last but not least, you can whisk together a light dressing for your salad, or uncork a pre-made mix brought from home. Either way, combine some blend of fat, acid, spice, and salt.
For example, ride wine vinegar, olive oil, dijon mustard, and tarragon make a bright French dressing that plays very nice with most vegetables, chicken, and fish. Or you could go for a creamy avocado-spiked ranch dressing situation, a smoky tahini sauce, or even a miso and sesame blend. Whatever you pick, simply toss with your assembled quinoa, veggies, and protein in your Serving Kit bowl with the included utensils. Depending on how you make it, a quinoa salad can be hearty enough to serve as a meal in and of itself, as a side to your kabobs, or as a way to show off your roasted veggies.
Camping Cooking Accessories Means No More Cowboy Coffee
Just because you are camping doesn’t mean you have to drink substandard coffee. Enjoy your cup of fresh-pressed coffee in the fresh morning air as the sun peaks over the horizon. Maybe you’ll be lucky enough to see a grazing deer as you stand in silence with your cup of steaming java in hand. The Primus Coffee/Tea press packs easily and fits the Lite+, Lite, and Eta Lite Stoves.
Enjoy the leisurely pace of camping and take time to prepare tasty, nutritious meals for your family and guests. It takes a little more planning and equipment than hobo packs and leftover burritos, but the results are well worth it. And with the right camping cooking accessories, you aren’t adding excess weight or taking up too much room in your pack, whether you’re hiking into the backcountry or driving up to the lake after work. So go ahead and bring the odds and ends from your farmer’s market share or your favorite fishing pole. This time, save the hot dogs for the kids.