Camp Kitchen 101
August 20, 2020
Everyone knows that food tastes best when eaten around a campfire. And it’s even better when it comes with a side of nostalgia. Remember the camping meals from your childhood? We do, and we love recreating them as adults. Here are 10 campsite meals (and a few bonus desserts) you enjoyed as a kid:
1. Breakfast Burritos
In Minnesota in the 80s these consisted of scrambled eggs, bacon, potatoes, and cheese, all fried up in the cast iron pan, then wrapped in a warm flour tortilla.
2. Cast Iron Pancakes
We love how the cast iron pan gives pancakes those delicious crispy edges. Pancakes in a cast iron pan get that little crispy edge that tastes so satisfying. For campsite simpliciy’s sake, we use a “just add water” mix.
Fry up the pancakes in butter. Add blueberries or bananas for an extra treat.
3. Single Serve Cereals
Sometimes you just don’t want to light up the cookstove. That’s where Cap'n Crunch and Fruity Pebbles in a tiny cardboard box come in. Stock up on your childhood favorites and just add milk.
Want the childhood nostalgia hit without the grown-up sugar crash? We love Magic Spoon cereals, which taste like your favorite classics, but with less sugar and more protein. https://magicspoon.com/
4. Foil Packet Meals
A camping tradition, the entire meal cooks up in one tin foil packet. Any combination of meat, potatoes, and veggies, will do. Season, and wrap in tin foil. Set on the grill and cook until ready (usually 30-40 minutes).
5. Chili Dogs
Who doesn’t love to roast a hot dog over an open fire? Add a bunch of gooey toppings and you have one of the most satisfying campsite meals of all time. Here in Minnesota, we eat ours with a side of Old Dutch potato chips and a tub of Top the Tater dip.
6. Steak and Ranch PotatoesGrill up a steak, fry up diced potatoes in the cast iron pan sprinkled with a ranch dressing packet. This is a simple dinner. After a long day of hiking this is a hearty meal that satisfies.
7. Pie Iron Meals
There are lots of meals, snacks, and desserts you can make in this midwestern camp cooking staple. Some of your childhood favorites were pizza, sandwiches, pie.
We especially love this meal when the weather starts to get cold in Minnesota. So, September. To save time at the campsite, you can even pre-make your chili or stew at home and reheat over the fire.
9. Walking Tacos
That’s right - as the name suggests, you can eat these tacos while walking. That’s because everything goes right into a portable snack sized bag of chips. Rustic? Yes. Tasty? You betcha! Bonus: We guarantee these will be a big hit with any kids who might be at the campsite with you.
10. Womp 'Ems
AKA - Campfire Biscuits. To make Womp 'Ems you need a thick dowel or stick, biscuit dough and fillings. Wrap the biscuit dough around the end of the stick and cook over the fire. Once it's fully cooked slide the biscuit off the stick and fill with toppings of your choice.
You can use sweet or savory fillings. Some sweet favorites are pudding, jam, strawberries and whipped cream. For a savory meal try sausage and gravy, or eggs and bacon.
Bonus: Camping Desserts
It’s not a camping trip if there aren’t s’mores. Use the chocolate, graham cracker, and marshmallow brands you did as a kid and you’ll be instantly transported back to your childhood. Or, for an updated twist, try dark chocolate, homemade marshmallows, and Pamela's Honey Grahams (they're gluten-free and super buttery).
Berries and Whipped Cream
We’re keeping it simple with this one. Take berries, add a spritz of Redi-Whip. Or, if yours was a Cool Whip family, go ahead and use that.
Campsite Ice Cream
You don’t need a freezer to enjoy ice cream while camping. Make your own freshly churned ice cream with just a few ingredients and some muscle power. Kids and kids-at-heart will both get a kick out of eating and making this dessert.
You need half and half, sugar, vanilla, large and small Ziplock baggies, rock salt, and ice.
In small baggie mix:
1 cup half and half
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp sugar
get all the air out and seal tightly
In large baggie mix:
1/4 rock salt
Fill large baggie half way with ice
Add small baggie to large baggie, making sure each bag is sealed tightly. Shake until ice cream hardens (about 10 minutes). Eat right from the baggie.
August 27, 2019
The Chuck Box Camp Kitchen isn’t just for camping. We’ve taken ours overlanding, roadtrip-ing, and picnic-ing. And it doesn’t end there. Here are 9 times when your Chuck Box Camp Kitchen will come in handy:
1. At the Tailgate Party
The MVP of any pre-game cookout is the Chuck Box Camp Kitchen. It transports your brats, burgers and grilling tools in one spot, and looks rad sitting on your truck’s tailgate. Slap your team’s logo on the side and make it part of the cheering section.
2. Traveling in an RV
Your RV might have a kitchen and storage space, but the Chuck Box Camp Kitchen comes into play when you want to set up cooking and eating outside the rig. You won’t have to scramble to find what you need, or worry about putting it all back, when you keep your outdoor gear in the box.
3. On an Overland Trek
Overlanding builds up an appetite. Set up your cooking space in short order with the Chuck Box Camp Kitchen. It handily stores tough equipment like a cast iron pan and utility knife, plus the roto-molded plastic is extra durable and will hold up during even the roughest of rides.
4. While Camping
Obviously. We love that the top can be quickly removed from the box to serve as a s’mores station, dishwashing sink, or card table.
5. During a Road Trip
You might not always find yourself within driving distance of suitable food options. Pull the Chuck Box Camp Kitchen out at a rest stop or picnic site and prepare your own meals.
6. On a Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts Excursion
Help prepare the next generation outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen for a lifetime of outdoor cooking. Organizing your gear, proper set-up and clean-up are all life skills that will serve them well. The Chuck Box Camp Kitchen is your perfect self-reliability teaching tool.
7. Preparing for an Emergency
Natural and man-made disasters can strike anywhere at any time. Make the Chuck Box Camp Kitchen part of your go-bag to ensure you and your family have the right gear in one easy-to-pack spot in case of emergency. Safety first.
8. On a Fishing Trip (or ice fishing in Minnesota!)
The Chuck Box Camp Kitchen holds up great in an ice fishing house on a frozen Minnesota lake. Bring it along on your next fishing adventure to store fishing and eating/cooking supplies.
9. Anytime you want to cook outdoors
Picnic-ing, hunting, geo-tagging... Whatever your outdoor adventure entails, and wherever it takes you, you’ll need sustenance to keep you going. Power up your next excursion with the Chuck Box Camp Kitchen.
Tanya is a travel blogger specializing in upgrading your travel experience. Find her on her travel blog, Travel Upgraded.
June 14, 2019
Best Camp Kitchen Gear
Outdoor cooking should be easy and relaxing. That’s why we introduced the Chuck Box Camp Kitchen – an all-in-one storage, transport, and organization tool for wherever you cook outdoors. Multiple compartments give you plenty of space to hold and organize your gear, but what gear, exactly, should you get? We created this starter camp kitchen checklist to help you stock your new chuck box.
This 12-piece enamelware set contains four plates, four bowls, and four mugs. It’s the only tableware you’ll need to start enjoying your outdoor meals. GSI’s kit is durable, stackable, and maintains a low profile in the Chuck Box Camp Kitchen, leaving plenty of room for more active gear.
You need fire, and the Coleman Classic Propane Stove is the best portable option out there. The slim design makes it easy to store and transport. And while you shouldn’t store propane inside the Chuck Box, you can place this propane stove on its flat interior top to keep it elevated for easy, level cooking.
This multi-purpose knife is foldable and light, making it a perfect addition to your Chuck Box Camp Kitchen. We love that this tool does double-duty as a bottle opener, and that it comes with a 25-year warranty.
There’s no better way to enjoy your morning coffee than in the great outdoors. We use the Farberware stainless steel percolator to prepare our campsite brews, and have never been disappointed. It fits upright in the large compartment of the Chuck Box.
This classic American cookware brand still makes the best skillets around. It will last you a lifetime and get better with age. We like the 8” skillet for the perfect combo of usability and size. Slide it into one of the narrow compartments of the Chuck Box and get ready for perfectly crispy bacon at the campsite.
We keep a number of useful items in our chuck box to assist with cooking, eating, and cleanup. This includes:
- Cutting board
- Pot with strainer
- Paper towels
- Dish soap
- Salt and Pepper
- Dish drying towels
February 11, 2019
Remember your dad being stressed out on family camping trips? Now that you’re in the parenting role, it’s easy to understand. Camping, with kids, is wildly stressful. And you thought camping was supposed to feel like a restful break from your 9-5.
Meal planning, food prep, cooking and washing dishes in the woods are stressful enough to raise your blood pressure.
But what if cooking while camping didn’t need to be stressful?
What if there was an easy way to pack, use and store all your camping kitchen tools?
That’s where The Chuck Box Camp Kitchen steps in and becomes the hero of the camping trip.
We were on a multi-family camping weekend with 8 other families, all with kids in tow. It could have been a disastrous trip filled with over-packing, stressy meal times and lots of dirty dishes brought home (nothing worse than scraping off 3 day old baked beans from your camping dishes).
But for this trip, we brought our Chuck Box Camp Kitchen.
It was already pre-packed with all our kitchen gear - stove, dishes, silverware, dish soap, towels, and spices. So we grabbed it from the garage, shoved it in the back of the pick-up and headed up north.
At the campground, setting up the kitchen was as simple as setting The Chuck Box Camp Kitchen on the picnic table.
We were ready to make dinner the moment we arrived. That night we served up mac n cheese for 14 kids and steak, hot dogs and burgers to compliment the cheap beer and wine the adults were enjoying.
The set-up of The Chuck Box Camp Kitchen made cooking and clean-up for 25+ people easy peasey. And, my husband secured the weekend title “camp chef hero”.
So what is The Chuck Box Camp Kitchen?
It’s a solid plastic box that’s perfectly molded to fit your propane stove on top, and stores all your kitchen tools in the organized storage box below. It has a pull out silverware tray, pull out utility drawer and compartments that fit your dishes, pans and everything else you need for outdoor cooking. Plus, each Chuck Box is roto-molded for durability.
What does roto-molded mean?
It’s a superior manufacturing process used to make each Chuck Box Camp Kitchen.
Your Camp Kitchen needs to survive the wilderness, so it's made with a superior manufacturing process called roto-molding. Roto-molding produces sturdy walls and strong corners for lasting durability. The box is one solid piece so it's easier to clean and won't crack or separate.
Plus, it creates less waste than other plastic manufacturing processes.
What makes The Chuck Box different than other camp kitchens?
This is an all-in-one box camp kitchen. There’s no flimsy legs or shaky counters, and it’s set up the second you take it out of your trunk. It’s compact and won’t take up space at your campsite. It’s easy to pack, easy to cary and easy to store.
Because it’s made from durable plastic, it’s so easy to clean. Wipe it down with a damp cloth or spray it with the hose if it gets real dirty.
The Chuck Box Camp Kitchen has many uses:
- Emergency Preparedness
- Road Trips
- Outdoor cooking
You can get yours with our special discount code for $25. Use code: CHUCKBOX25
This is a super limited time offer so get yours today.