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Old 07-27-2014, 04:15 PM   #1
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favorite kitchenware?

I am in the thinking and online shopping phase of pulling together a small but functional kitchen set for my UHaul CT. At the moment it only gets used on occasional weekends, and mostly just heating up water. But I would like to think about doing more. I am a fanatic about not having stuff everywhere though, so I want small and compact stuff.

I have been looking at some of the collapsible bowls, colanders, and coffee drips. Also, backpacking pots/pans and tea kettles. For example: this collapsible coffee drip: Amazon.com : GSI Outdoors 79480 Collapsible Java Drip Coffee Maker : Camping Coffee And Tea Pots : Sports & Outdoors

Possibly collapsible colanders like this one: http://www.amazon.com/Prepworks-Prog...dp/B00EZQQJ78/

Those of you who have already stocked your kitchens, do you have any advice or warnings? Anything you tried and removed from your kitchens?

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Old 07-27-2014, 04:23 PM   #2
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I use the Progressive bowls from Camping World-they collaspe and have lids.
I have a small colander and small electric skillet-9 inch.
We have limited room also so we always are the lookout for compact small items.
It is fun to hunt and find items.
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Old 07-27-2014, 04:35 PM   #3
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I have a set of GSI halulite pots and the small kettle too. Small and light.
For coffee, an Aeropress. Best coffee and with the above kettle it's just a couple of minutes to make a fresh cup


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Old 07-27-2014, 05:01 PM   #4
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We have some of the collapsable stuff from Camping World, mainly because we stopped at one and saw them. Over the years we have accumulated lots of extra cookware and utensils to use just for camping. But what we take depends on where we are going, for how long, and what we are cooking. Having two campers that we regularly use, plus a 3rd that gets little use, we still have to move things from one to the other. Good Will and Salvation Army stores can be good sources for inexpensive cookware at really good prices.
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Old 07-27-2014, 05:34 PM   #5
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Sharon, we have the collapsible GSI Mellita style coffee filter holder you mentioned. It does a good job, but if you have the space I recommend the original Mellita brand. It is easier to see how full the cup is, and easier to clean. It's also indestructible. Here is the one we prefer:

Amazon.com: Melitta 64008 Red Ready Joe Filter Cone: Disposable Coffee Filters: Home & Kitchen

It comes in black as well. They are made for size#2 filters, but most people like size #4 better because they are less apt to overflow. I've tried every possible way to make coffee, but never had a better cup o' joe than made with the Melitta system. Period.

This is the kettle we use. It's stainless and indestructible as well. You can even hang it over a campfire.

Amazon.com : GSI Outdoors Glacier Stainless Kettle : Camping Coffee And Tea Pots : Sports & Outdoors

Hope this helps.

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Old 07-27-2014, 05:41 PM   #6
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Our favorite kitchenware is the place settings at a restaurant.
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Old 07-27-2014, 05:46 PM   #7
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Tom, I have that red Melitta and a cheaper green one... I take one to Japan with me because there is always a thermos of hot water, but never good coffee. I thought the collapsible one might pack better. I have heard good things about the Aeropress, but I wonder about cleaning it out. A Melitta filter is really easy.

Thanks for the recommendations about tea kettles. I have a regular whistle kettle, but it and my 40 year old pots take up a little more room than I want to use. So, the camping ones are tugging at my heart strings.
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Old 07-27-2014, 06:01 PM   #8
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We've got this little collapsible tea kettle:
Amazon.com: Better Houseware Collapsible Tea Kettle, Lime Green: Teakettles: Kitchen & Dining

Plus we use a leftover set of T-Fal Ingenio fry pans that stack and have removable handles..same set we use everyday at home. Originally found them at a Tuesday Morning and then after years of use, bought a newer set on Ebay.
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Sharon, No doubt the collapsible filter holder is more compact when folded up. One advantage of the collapsible one is that the lid acts as a dish to catch the drips when you remove the holder from your cup. When you go back to Japan, see if Snow Peak brand (Japanese Co.) is cheaper over there. They make some of the very best camp cookware you'll find. Especially nice is their titanium line. I am a spork collector (I know, that's weird) and Snow Peak makes the best. That's all I need to eat as far as silverware goes. My wife laughs at me, but I got used to using one in the Army. I am very opinionated on this. Sorry. Here's the best spork in the world: (in my less than humble opinion, haha)

Amazon.com : Snow Peak Titanium Spork, Anodized Blue : Camping Flatware : Sports & Outdoors

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I will second Carol Ann's recommendation of an AeroPress. Not only is it relatively small but it makes seriously delicious coffee and cleanup is a cinch.
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Old 07-27-2014, 07:51 PM   #11
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I use the Aeropress at home and will definitely have one in the future FGRV. You can reuse the filters easily also so a small pack will last a long time.
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My advice is to keep your kitchenware simple. Think like a backpacker. We use a nesting set of 2 pots with lids, a 9" teflon-coated fry pan with folding handle. My husband loves his one cup cone for making drip coffee. That's it! (See photos) We like Rubbermaid products to store food in the cooler and icebox.

You do not need a colander. Just drain excess water by holding lid slightly off to the side when pouring. You don't need a tea kettle when a saucepan boils water just as well. You do not need a toaster because you can simply toast dry or buttered bread in the skillet.

One of the joys of camping is simplicity. Another joy is "glamping", but that's another story.
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I don't drink coffee but Mary does and likes her Kuerig. I make ice tea and like my teapot. We created extra storage space to take things that make long term camping easy and convenient.
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Eating healthy has long term effects. Buy the cooking stuff that helps you cook the foods you want to stay healthy. And yes, even weekend cooking. Double-duty is always a plus! I like my collapse collander. Use it to drain pasta, but also fruits and vegetables after washing.
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