When Jason and I go camping, we like to do a combination of campsite cooking and eating out. Cooking over an open fire enhances the camping experience, but it’s also a time-consuming process. Having a good kitchen set-up makes it much easier.
My splurge before this year’s Door County trip was a camp kitchen. I have been looking at camp kitchens since my first camping trip with Jason, and now I finally have one!
Leading up to the trip, I had been looking at the REI Camp Kitchen. Unfortunately, it was out of stock at the point when I needed to order it. I started looking at alternatives and found Cabela’s Standard Camp Kitchen. Once I saw it, I already liked it better than the REI option.
With two “pantries,” the Cabela’s Standard Camp Kitchen offers a lot of storage space. The paper towel holder is very convenient. At first, I thought two lantern hooks might be a bit much, but it worked great to use one for a lantern and the other to hang a garbage bag. Finally, what put it over the top was the built-in sink. Sold!
Last summer, Jason and I added a screen room to our camping set-up. On our 2009 trip to Door County, I spotted another camper’s site with a screen room set up as a dining room. This year, we pushed the provided picnic table off to the side and set up the camp kitchen, our small table, and two chairs inside the screen room. It made the perfect breakfast and dinner nook.
I’m all about making a campsite feel like home, and adding a camp kitchen is one more piece of that puzzle.