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The Kitchen Box

Paul's Camp Kitchen

To make camp chow it's necessary to have a well equipped camp kitchen. That doesn't mean a food processor and a blender; the trees don't have outlets on them.

Here's what I have in my camp kitchen:

    Cooking:
  1. - Coleman® Liquid fuel 2 burner stove.
  2. - Coleman® Folding oven.
  3. - Colgan's® sparker for lighting stove.
  4. - Extra flints (butane lighter type).
  5. - Cast iron skillet w/ lid - 10" diameter.
  6. - Cast iron Dutch Oven - 14" diameter.
  7. - Heavy stainless steel 1 and 1.5 qt Sauce pans.
  8. - Tea kettle (whistle optional).
  9. - 4 and 6 qt aluminum pots.
  10. - Pie tins
  11. - Cake pan
  12. - Cake cooling rack (10" diameter)
  13. - Wooden utensels: spatula, spoons, etc.
  14. - Can opener: a good one, w/ cutting wheel.
  15. - Pot holders (2).
  16. - Pot grabber.
  17. - Small cutting board.
  18. - SHARP knives (2).
  19. - Knife sharpener.
  20. - Tongs.
  21. - Pepper mill.
  22. - Salt shaker.
  23. - Paper towels.
  24. - Aluminum foil.

    Eating:

  1. - Inexpensive plastic table cloth.
  2. - Table cloth clips.
  3. - Huricane Lamps (2).
  4. - Melmac® or equiv. plates.
  5. - Melmac® or equiv. bowls.
  6. - Plastic mugs.
  7. - Stainless steel flatware.
  8. - Terry cloth washrags (use for napkins (serviettes)).

    Clean-up:

  1. - Plastic dish pan (hospital basin).
  2. - Dish drainer (mesh shopping bag).
  3. - Windshield scrubber (mesh covered sponge).
  4. - Dawn® detergent.
  5. - Onion bag.

The smaller items are kept in Cheese Boxes (Velveta® type). Every thing except the Dutch Oven fits into the wooden kitchen box.

A few of the items may sound a litle strange but there is a definite reason for eash one. The empty onion bag makes a GREAT pot scrubber; it makes quick work of clean-up and it doesn't scratch the pots.

The table-cloth and napkins - we are civilized, aren't we? The hurricane lamps are for those romantic candle-light dinners; the wind won't blow out the candles.

A lot of beginners think that if they use paper plates and plastic utensils that they are saving on cleanup - plastic knives and forks break - paper plates just won't do; they absorb juices and become soggy. Disposal is not very freindly to the environment. Besides you have to wash the cookware anyway; the dishes take only a few more minutes.


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