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Camping cooking gear…my absolute essentials!

I love to cook. Here’s the camping cooking gear I couldn’t live without on our trip around Australia. With these basics, I cooked up a storm and even tried new dishes while on the road.

Camping cookware

  • Billy (or a stove-top kettle)
  • Large wok
  • Extra large saucepan
  • Medium saucepan
  • Large frypan
  • A steamer – so that I could cook multiple items over one hot plate
    (although I admit I could probably have lived without this!)
  • Alfoil (I used to shape it into a pseudo-casserole dish for under the grill, you could use disposable foil containers)
  • An electric kettle (a little luxury when we had power)

Would you believe?
We didn’t have a camp oven, and I didn’t miss it…but it would have given me even more options, especially baking! Guess what’s on my Christmas wish list?

Cooking utensils

  • A few wooden spoons
  • Serving spoon or ladle
  • Slotted spoon
  • Masher
  • Spatula
  • Egg flip
  • Whisk
  • Colander
  • Strainer / sieve

Food preparation

  • Sharp knives in sleeves – I had Wiltshire Stay Sharp
  • Can opener
  • Bottle opener
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Grater and microplane (or fine grater)
  • Mixing bowls – I had a couple with lids, they doubled as serving /storage/chip bowls!
  • Hand operated / manual food processor – I had a Tupperware one
  • Yoghurt maker – like EasiYo
Camp cooking on our Trip around OzOur first night on the road, dishing up grilled salmon for dinner!

Food storage

  • Shallow stackable boxes for unopened pantry items – preferably mouse and rat proof
  • Air-tight storage containers – I took Tupperware and it was the absolute BEST
  • Plastic click seal bags
  • I also recycled plastic containers along the way to store extra stuff (like leftovers)

Some 'essential' luxuries

Grinding coffee camping!Diligent Kumar, grinding fresh coffee beans in the car boot!

Camping coffee maker

Every morning Kumar would make me a flat white straight from the camper.

I’m not sure what I would have done without this little luxury. We love fresh espresso coffee, so we took a stove-top espresso coffee maker, a milk jug and milk thermometer. We also took a grinder and carried fresh whole coffee beans…but we did look funny grinding coffee at our car boot (using our inverter)!

The way I see it, we saved hundreds of dollars on bought coffee. Of course, if you’re not a coffee snob like me…you can always settle for instant. Plungers are a good alternative too, but don't take glass.

Camping grill

We had a built-in grill as part of our camp stove. It was so useful and provided lots of extra cooking options. It also doubled as a toaster, so we didn’t have to carry another 240 volt powered appliance. If you have to buy a separate camp stove, buy one with a grill.

We loved our camping bbq!Cooking pancakes on our slide-out barbie.

Camping BBQ

A barbecue gives you so many different cooking options…it’s a must-have piece of camping cooking gear.

We had a slide-out BBQ on the camper, so we didn’t have to rely on campsites providing them. It was really compact and hooked up to our camper gas bottle. It was fantastic. If we didn’t have a BBQ built-in, I would have bought a Weber Q or some other barbecue with a hood. Then it would double as an oven – perfect!

Bring your kitchen with you…or at least the best bits.

Take some basic camping cooking gear with you around Oz. It’s impossible to freeze 365 pre-cooked meals when you camp around Australia (I think?!). And quick camping fixes get boring after a while.

The right camp cookware and food preparation gear will bring your camping food ideas to life. You’ll be able to create more meals with less waste…more like home.

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