Thank you to everyone who participated in my little Instagram poll yesterday. I was so overwhelmed with your generous response, and your feedback was epic to say the least, thank you so much! One thing that a few people had in common was wanting to cook outdoors more, but not sure where to start. Specifically, what equipment you needed and where to get it from. Well, this is where I can help! Below I have created an Outdoor Cooking Equipment Checklist, which details the items you need to cook comfortably and easily outdoors. I have made sure to include a few options depending on your budget and experience. Enjoy!
Portable gas stove
- For me, a two burner portable stove is where it's at. You'll be surprised how much you'll need two burners. However, they are not absolutely necessary. We've had our two stove burner from Primus Outdoor for a couple of years now and it's as good as it gets. It's definitely more on the expensive side but the quality is top notch.
- If you're looking for something less expensive, I highly recommend this Coleman portable gas stove.
- If you're looking for more of an introductory portable stove for outdoor cooking and think you'll only need a one stove burner, this Coleman one is perfect for you.
- I have used both Primus and Coleman for years, I couldn't recommend both brands more highly. These portable stoves are sturdy, reliable and lightweight.
- You'll need to buy some gas for your portable stove. We get our little 2kg gas bottle refilled BCF as we use it often, but if you're just starting out, this gas bottle (pictured below) from BCF is perfect.
- Remember to bring matches or a fire lighter to light the gas stove. I like to keep two fire lighters and matches (for reserve) in my Primas portable gas stove storage bag. They live in there, and it means I never have to worry about remembering to pack it.
- Setting yourself up with a cookware set is ideal, and a set that you only use for cooking outdoors is essential. It means you won't have to keep packing and unpacking your cookware every time you cook outdoors.
- Cast iron is best but there is nothing wrong with using your kitchen cookware. All you need is a medium size saucepan and a large-fish frying pan (around 26cm is best).
- I use the enamel saucepan/pot range from IKEA for when I cook outdoors.
- I love cast iron frying pans and if you are looking for a pan that's heavy duty, can get knocked around while cooking outdoors, I have the Lodge Cast Iron Skillet, which is also available to purchase in my shop.
- I also have the Solid Teknics Gold Satin 26cm Wrought Iron Skillet (pictured below) and it's incredible. This is actually what I use everyday in my kitchen.
- If you're starting out, the Lodge Cast Iron Skillet (pictured second from below) from my shop if perfect but if you're a bit more serious about cooking outdoors for the long haul, and need a new pan for your home cooking, and love to support an Australian made and owned brand, Solid Teknics is where it's at.
- I also have this Pyrolux Pyrocast Iron Square Grill Pan (pictured third from below), which is super cheap and excellent for grilling, and getting those delicious char lines on your food, like caramelised pan fried pineapple.
- I also recently added the Solid Teknics Bigga Pan (pictured fourth from below) to my collection, and it's incredible. I use this in my kitchen virtually everyday as well.
- When it comes to utensils, you actually don't need a lot! One sharp knife, a wooden spoon (we highly recommend this one), a wooden spatula (we highly recommend this one pictured below) and a pair of tongs is all you need.
- Avoid using metal spoons and spatulas as they may scratch your cookware.
- To keep all of your utensils together, a utility roll (pictured below) is an excellent investment.
Basic cutlery and an enamel dinner set is all you need when cooking outdoors.
Enamel is durable, lightweight, and strong. It's oven safe, freezer friendly, dishwasher safe, is suitable for your portable gas stove and straight over coals. It can be cleaned easily by washing gently with a mild detergent and cold water.
- Depending on where you are enjoying your meal, you may or may not need a table and chairs.
- Should you need a table, BCF have an excellent range of foldable tables - we have this one. In terms of chairs, any camp chair is perfect or cushions if you're eating on the ground.
If you're new to cooking outdoors, or if you're looking for inspiration for what meals to cook under the sun and stars, field guides are an amazing way to learn how to cook outdoors. They have been so helpful to me and I've always learned lots of new tips and tricks for cooking outdoors, lighting a campfire, setting up tents, splitting wood and lots, lots more. Below are a few of my favourites!
The best thing about getting your checklist sorted is that once you have everything, you don't need to buy anything else, and everything in this list is durable, tough, long lasting and functional. I hope it helps! Please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or if there is anything else you think I should add to this list. The joy of food is like none other, and the joy of cooking outdoors with family and friends makes your food taste even better!