Three Great Gifts for Camp Cooks

If you there’s someone on your gift list who loves to prepare meals outside, heare are a few ideas to consider.

Fisherman hauling Yeti cooler
Wherever you plan to set up camp, having a way to keep your meals chilled until the cook is ready to do their magic, is a must.Yeti

Cooking at camp is different than cooking at home in the kitchen. For most people, cooking at home can be seen as a daily labor—something they’ve got to do in order to eat. But cooking in camp can be an exhilarating experience, and the food nearly always seems to taste better than what you would have made at home. Camp cooking—and enjoying camp cooking—are two aspects of camping that make it so popular. When shopping for a gift for someone who loves doing the cooking on campouts, you won’t go wrong with these three gift ideas.

Camp Stove

two burner camp stove
This versatile camp stove doesn’t take up much room but can hold two pans for cooking at the same time.GasOne

Camp food is about the best food you can eat, even if it’s just hotdogs roasted on a stick. That’s because the experience of eating outside seems to make just about everything taste better, even if it has a little dirt or grit in it. A good camp stove can make your camp cooking—and eating—experience a lot better. Stoves come in different sizes for different types of camping. Car campers can haul large, extravagant stoves on which they can cook more than one pan of food at a time. Those who pack in their gear often prefer tiny stoves that mount on top of a gas bottle for use, then fold back up into a very small package. Determine which is best for the person on your gift list by the type of camping he or she enjoys most often.

Cast Iron Skillet

Lodge 10.25 Inch Cast Iron Skillet with Cover
This cast iron skilled is pre-seasoned and comes with a hot handle holder.Lodge

Once a tool of generations past, the cast iron skillet has boomed in popularity over the past several years. There’s little wonder why. For one thing, once skillets are well seasoned, they are basically nonstick pans. That’s really handy in camp, when washing dishes isn’t always a simple proposition. Cast iron skillets are also chemical free, have a long life span, are easy to clean, and can be used over a campfire, then taken home and used on your stove or oven. If you get your camp chef a skillet without some kind of handle holder, consider getting them one of those, also. When cooking on a camp stove or over a campfire, that handle is going to get extremely hot, and a dirty camp rag isn’t the best substitute for an oven mit.

Cooler

Yeti hauling cooler
This cooler from Yeti will keep ice frozen and food cold for an extended length of time and has wheels for easy transport.Yeti

If the camp chef on your gift list is going to get food from home to camp safely and keep it fresh until time to cook it, a good cooler is a must. Coolers come in all different sizes made from many kinds of materials. Even though they are pretty pricy, the new rotomolded coolers are much more effective than the old-style coolers of yesteryear. This manufacturing process helps increase the insulation power of coolers since there is no air between layers of interior and exterior plastic. As for size, if an average camping trip is only a couple of days, a fairly small cooler will work fine. But if your camp chef likes to go out into the woods for more than a week, a large cooler will be a necessity.