Old man winter is knocking at the door. Whether you are making a base camp for snowshoeing adventures or heading out to a yurt for the holidays, having a solid camp kitchen to fuel the crew is a must. So with snowshoe season upon us, it’s time to start thinking about upgrading your camp cooking gear.
Summer is a great time to roast hot dogs over a fire or heat a quick meal with the old camp stove. But when you are out snowshoeing, you are burning a lot of valuable calories. These calories are the fuel you need to keep warm and keep going throughout those cold days.
It’s comforting to return to camp and have a warm hearty meal, like lasagna and French bread or a big hearty steak with baked potatoes and all the trimmings. But cooking in the wilderness is challenging without the right camp kitchen tools.
We have combed through the latest and greatest camp kitchen gear to provide six recommendations for how you can up your cooking this season. So, from French press coffee to a warm cast iron skillet apple pie, get ready to dine in style this winter camping season and impress your fellow campers with an amazing meal.
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1. Omnia Stovetop Oven
One of the more considerable hindrances to cooking in the field is the limitations to cooking over a fire or burner. After all, there is only so much you can cook over an open flame or pan or skillet. But with the Omnia Stovetop Oven, you can turn any stove into an oven.
Imagine the possibilities with an oven at your disposal in camp. The Omnia is a lightweight, circular stovetop oven that unlocks a variety of cooking options previously reserved for cooking at home. From calzones to chicken wings, cinnamon rolls for breakfast, to chocolate cake for dessert, the bright red Omnia provides opens up the palette.
Anything you can make in an oven, you can bake in the Omnia, a three-piece system, including a base, container for cooking, and a lid. The contained heat circulates throughout the oven, going on any heat source from a burner to a stovetop.
Perhaps one of the best parts of this cooking tool is the ease of cleaning. No one wants to do dishes when they are camping. With the Omnia, you can simply toss a foil liner in the trash or use a silicone liner that comes out for easy cleaning.
There is even a muffin ring insert for making muffins! The Omina sells for $67 and takes camp cooking to the next level.
2. Breeo Outpost
Sometimes a campfire is the only heat source available to cook on, but that can be challenging in the wild because no two fire pits are the same. We have all had that terrible moment of losing an expensive steak or burger to the fire pit while trying to balance a pan or grate over unpredictable flames.
The Breeo Outpost eliminates this dilemma with a rugged stainless steel platform, complete with a stake and anchor that extends over any fire pit. Simply drive the stake into the ground using the strong pole, insert the sturdy stabilizing rod and then place the grill grate at the desired height over the flames.
The grate can easily be adjusted or rotated away from the fire as needed to add more sticks or logs to the pit. The system is sturdy enough to support a cast-iron skillet, tomahawk steak, or both. Whatever your crew throws on it, the Breeo can handle it.
The large Outpost Grill is built with 304 stainless steel making it portable but solid and durable. Plus, the simplicity of cooking at the desired temperature allows you to kick back and nurse those sore muscles from a long day on the trail with a warm beverage.
The Breeo Outpost starts at $140 and makes cooking over a fire a joy as opposed to a headache.
3. Sea to Summit X Set 11
One of the most important parts of cooking when snowshoeing and winter camping is having a hot beverage. After a long day on the trail, sometimes the best medicine is a steaming hot cup of coffee or tea, which is why having the Sea to Summit X-Brew Coffee Dripper, X-Pot/ Kettle, and Cool Grip X-Mug are a must.
Ideal for any backcountry barista looking to brew up a beverage, the lightweight and compact X-Set 11 includes the 44-ounce X-Kettle, along with two X-Mugs. The X-Brew Coffe Dripper fits neatly inside the X-Kettle included in the kit as well.
Also, the X-Kettle’s solid anodized aluminum base can go directly on a heat source to boil water easily. Then, the X-Mug pops open and has a unique Cool Grip design that keeps you from burning your hands. Finally, the X-Brew Coffee Dripper nests nicely on the cup as you prepare your brew. Simply fill with your favorite coffee, add hot water, and you are good to go.
In a matter of minutes, you can have a hot cup of fresh coffee or soothing tea warming your insides with this compact kit. It is small and light, making it a seamless addition to any camp kitchen kit for around $85 for all three components. In addition, this setup has the bonus of fitting in any backpack for the backcountry while adding minimal weight.
4. Coleman RoadTrip 225
No camp kitchen is complete without a good grill, but finding a reliable camp stove can be difficult. They can be hard to start and finicky with wildly variable cooking temperatures.
That’s why the new Coleman RoadTrip 225 is a great grill to have in the kit this season. The tabletop propane gas grill is compact but still has two adjustable burners under a cast iron grill grate. This setup provides easy cooking with accurate temperature control. In addition, the Instastart pushbutton system lights the grill without the need for lighters or a match.
One great option with this grill is the ability to trade out one or both of the cast iron grill grates with a griddle or stove grate. Sold separately, these options make your cooking options even more versatile.
While the grill can handle any grilling needs you throw at it, it is still compact enough to use anywhere from the tailgate to a picnic table. The only drawback to this grill is the lid does not lock. But aside from that, it is an asset for any camper.
Perhaps the best part of the RoadTrip is how easy it is to clean. It includes a circular dish that catches the grease from cooking, minimizing flare-ups while making it simple to clean up. The dish can come out and be washed in camp without any hassle.
The RoadTrip is $189 and brings up to 11,000 BTUs of grilling power to its 225 square-inch cooking surface.
5. Primus Campfire Prep Set
Camp cooking often includes trimming down the cooking utensils you use to just the basics or substituting cheap flimsy plastic tools that inevitably fail to deliver.
Meet the Campfire Prep Set by Primus. A well-organized roll of sturdy kitchen tools that make cooking outside a breeze. Weighing in at just over 13 ounces, about the weight of two beers, the Campfire Prep Set is compact and easy to transport.
Once you are ready to show off your chef skills, simply roll out the tools and get to cooking. The kit includes an oak spoon, oversized fork, and flat-edged scraper. It also has a flexible blade stainless steel knife ideal for slicing, dicing, and filleting, along with a stainless steel grater. The utensils are naturally self-disinfecting and easy to clean.
Simple, convenient, and practical, the Primus Campfire Prep Set sells for $79.95. It will make cooking easier for any camping trip.
6. Bru Trek BaseCamp Travel Press
Sometimes you need more than just a cup of coffee or tea. If the only thing that will get you moving in the morning is an entire pot of French Press coffee and you have a moment to dedicate to making a real cup of joe, the Bru Trek BaseCamp Travel Press is the way to go.
The BaseCamp is ideal for, as the name suggests, your base camp kitchen. The press, which comes in a 32 or 48-ounce size, will make enough coffee to take care of everyone in camp. Plus, any leftover will stay hot for hours in the double-wall insulated steel vessel.
By just looking at the BaseCamp, you can tell that the sturdy press is designed for brewing coffee in the great outdoors. It includes the Bru Stop press technology, which delivers a rich, smooth brew free of any coffee grounds. Also, it has a solid rubber grip handle and padded rubber base. Finally, it is easy to disassemble for seamless cleaning for fresh daily brews.
The double-wall, vacuum insulated stainless steel body, runs $60-$70 and will ensure you stay caffeinated all day long for your snowshoeing adventures.
This season, upgrade your winter camping cooking gear and have a genuinely extraordinary eating experience with these items.
What is your favorite winter camping cooking gear? Are there items here that could help elevate your camping cooking experience?