Cooking outdoors is a time-honored tradition that many people look forward to year after year. Just as the days get longer and the temperatures start to rise, quasi-chefs and expert campers begin to take inventory of their stock of must-have essentials for cooking away from their abode. So, when it’s time to stock up on everything but the kitchen sink, here are 7 items you need for cooking the best meals outdoors.
1. Onja 2 Burner Stove by Primus
As Primus’s most compact two-burner stove yet, the new Onja Stove lets you take a powerful camp stove almost anywhere you’d want to go. Super portable thanks to its carry strap, the Onja assembles and packs up with ease, making it your new favorite traveling companion. Its thoughtful design includes protection from the wind, an oak lid that doubles as a cutting board or serving platter, and raw materials that, at the end of the product’s lifecycle, can be separated and recycled.
2. Cast Iron Grilled Fajita Set by Cuisinart
Not exactly your ‘roughing it’ essential, Cuisinart’s Cast Iron Fajita Set is just what you need to feed the whole family. Putting your best sizzling fajita making skills to the test, this cast iron skillet comes pre-seasoned, so it’s ready to go whenever you are. With flavor slots that help remove excess grease, toss your favorite meats and veggies onto this powerful cast iron fajita-making machine for an outdoor meal that’s anything but basic.
3. FireBowl XL by UNCO
The collapsible FireBowl XL is the answer to your camping prayers when you don’t want to lug around an entire grill or stove. Made of lightweight stainless steel construction, this compact fire pit allows you to easily carry your new favorite method of cooking in the outdoors — because who doesn’t love a good BBQ while soaking up a bit of Mother Nature? With the ability to build and contain a fire, the FireBowl XL stands off the ground, and even allows you to carry extra wood or charcoal in its collapsed state.
4. Original Popcorn Popper by Sondermill
For that irresistible dose of summertime nostalgia, Sondermill’s Popcorn Popper is what you’ve been craving. Serving up perfectly-popped popcorn and delivering a great campfire snack, the Popcorn Popper makes camping just a little bit tastier.
5. Grilliput Quattro by UCO
The perfect combo essential to the FireBowl XL, the Grilliput Quattro is a must. Easily transportable and made to go over a campfire, the compact stainless steel grill folds up into a single tube, making it the perfect tool when heading anywhere that has a campfire. If you’re camping, you can often count on finding a spot for a fire, and if you don’t want to bring an entire grill or stove along, just toss this in with your gear and take full advantage. Complete with a “Hot Dog Zone” for smaller foods, simply place the Grilliput Quattro over your campfire, and throw on enough food for 4 or more people at a time.
6. Epicurean Camp Series Boards
Everyone needs a reliable cutting board, no matter where you’re cooking. With the Epicurean Camp Series Boards, you’ll find just that. These boards are light and easy to pack, making them the ideal option for food prep and a staple for your camp kitchen box. Eco-friendly and heat resistant, Epicurean cutting boards are the perfect outdoor cooking essentials.
7. Campfire Prep Set
You can’t prepare a great meal without a solid set of utensils, that’s for sure. And with Primus’ Campfire Prep Set, you can do just that. Neatly organized and conveniently wrapped up in one easy-to-find place, this utensil set not only provides you with the basics, but it eliminates those, “I can’t find anything!” moments. No more digging around through a cluttered camp kitchen, as you’ll easily spot each component of this handy camping tool — CampFire Knife, oak spatula, fork and spoon, and stainless steel grater — without wanting to pull your hair out.