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Gear Reviews / September 18, 2016

4 innovations for the camp kitchen

Written by: Matt Minich

Campground cooking has some rich traditions—and we’re not here to knock s’mores, roasted weenies, or dutch oven casseroles.

But if you feel like your backcountry dining has hit a rut, these four innovations just might get you out of it.


JetBoil’s Genesis Base Camp System

JetBoil made its name with a line of backpacking stoves that boil water faster than anything on the market.

Now, the company has branched out into the car camping market. Its new Genesis Base Camp system uses the same hyper-efficient design that made JetBoil famous,  but has wide burners. For large parties, the stove can be daisy chained to other Jet Boil stoves.

The Genesis Base Camp System comes with the stove, a pan, and a 5-liter pot. It sells online for $349.95.


GSI’s One Cup Espresso Maker

In the backcountry, coffee is usually a compromise. Many of us rely on the powdered instant stuff, and those that don’t typically settle for gritty cowboy coffee.

It doesn’t have to be that way. The one-cup aluminum espresso maker from GSI. The device attaches to a camp stove, and brews a double shot of espresso in just 90 seconds. It also weighs just 7.1 ounces—only slightly more than most smartphones.

The espresso maker sells online for just $24.95.


Range’s smart thermometer

Grilling is more of an art than a science. Unless you’ve got a smart thermometer from Range, that is.

The 3″ meat thermometer does a lot more than tell the temperature. It connects to smmartphones through the headphone jack or bluetooth, and uses an app to help you find temperature range for whichever meat you’re cooking.

The Range is the product of a successful Kickstarter campaign. It sells online for $69.95, as does a 6″ version that is designed for soups, beer, and other non-meat foods.


Tembo Tusk’s Skottle Stove

For more than a century, hunters in the South African bush have cooked their meals on a wok-like stove called at Skottle. It’s a simple, durable device that can easily prepare food for a large group of people.

The Skottle has now been repurposed for the North American car camping crowd. TemboTusk’s version of the stove connects an 18″ pan to a disposable Coleman propane canister. An adjustable tripod stand allows for a level cooking surface at almost any campsite.

The full Skottle kit, which includes the stove and a carrying bag, sells online for $275.

about the author

Matt Minich

Matt Minich is Editorial Director for Shoulders of Giants. He has spent more than a decade writing, editing, and curating content about outdoor sports and adventure. As an adventure journalist he has climbed peaks in Patagonia, rappelled waterfalls in Colorado, B.A.S.E. jumped in Moab, and sampled fermented horse milk in Kyrgyzstan.

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