This past week I have been on a mission to get my Honda Pilot all set for summer trips. Number 4 on my list of key requirements for the ultimate camping vehicle is the car kitchen!
Goals: Build a compact car kitchen that can be easily stored in the car and have the capability to build a gourmet meal for 4 people.
Aside from my Coleman 2 Burner stove these are the three kitchen essentials. 1 ) A trustworthy pot set. 2) A small selection of dishes, cups and containers 3) The Ultimate Utility Kit.
The Ultimate Utility Kit
The Utility kit lies at the heart of my car camping kit and originated from a 2012 trip to New Zealand with my mother, Pat. We had anticipated car camping for our 9 week adventure and had been warned about the high price of outdoor gear over there. As such we went to work building the ultimate kitchen kit that we could take over with us. Four years later this little kit has been beyond perfected and is capable of handling many things!
To house all of the contents I use a little storage pouch from REI, This pouch features flaps that you can velcrow in in order to organize your items. I am sure you can find many possible solutions for this.
The Bottom Layer
In the very bottom of the Utility Kit I keep basic eating utensils, my GSI Drip Coffee Maker, and a selection of spices. Don’t forget to tuck in a dish cloth in this part. Then the very first “storage flap” contains a collection of garbage bags, and ziplock bags of a variety of sizes.
The Middle Layer
The Middle Layer contains the bread and butter of the cooking kit, the cooking utensils themselves. I have to admit I was a little skeptical of specialized cooking utensils at first, but these GSI Camp Essentials are over 4 years old and still in prime condition! My favourite has to be the GSI grater. It is a perfect size, I can grate copious amounts of cheese in no time flat but can also do Garlic, Ginger and other fine ingredients. Judging be wear the two runner ups would be the small GSI knife and the flipper.
The Top Layer
The top layer contains items that I generally need quick access to; lighters, water bucket, soap, etc. While none of these are particularly glamorous, they all work together for a flawless front country culinary adventure!
And just like that, aside from food you are set to go!