Kitchen Items

We used all of the items listed below on an almost daily basis.  Although some items are not essential, we were glad that we had them with us.  If you want to download a printer friendly version of this list click here.

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Kitchen Items
Coleman Camp Propane Grill/Stove    ♥♥♥ This stove is amazing. We loved having the ability to grill meat, veggies and bread and the stove was just large enough for a medium size pot. It was also incredibly fuel efficient and easy to clean and store away.
GSI Pinnacle Camper cookset   We decided to splurge and bought this great cook set. In retrospect I think we could have saved our money and gone to the dollar store for the plates and bowls, however this set will definitely last forever and we loved the way it packed together.
GSI Outdoors Halulite Tea Kettle   We used this everyday to boil water. It’s a perfect size and boils water quickly, as well as very durable at only 6 oz.
GSI Outdoors Halulite Pressure Cooker   We didn’t end up using the pressure cooker often but the times we did use it, it worked great. It cooks beans and rice quickly and works great for high altitude cooking.
12-Inch Tongs with Black Silicone Heads   This is a must have tool if your cookset is made with a teflon coating.
AeroPress Coffee Maker    ♥♥♥ Easy to use and easy to clean, but best of all it makes GREAT tasting coffee.
GSI Outdoors – Javamill, Coffee Grinder    ♥♥♥ There is nothing better than fresh ground coffee in the morning and this Javamill gets the job done. It’s easy to clean and has different settings from coarse to fine grinds.
Spigo Antimicrobial Cutting Board Set with Cleantec Technology, 3-Pieces   We brought the large and small cutting boards from this set. They are easy to clean and best of all they don’t slide around.
Good Grips 3-Piece Bowl and Colander Set    ♥♥♥ We had this set in Denver and had no plans to bring it on our trip, but we’re so glad we did because we used it almost every day.
10-Inch Chrome Universal Flat Grater   We didn’t use this very much and it ended up being in the way more often than not, but if you have room one, we would recommend one that is a little more flat.
KitchenAid Gourmet Soft Handle Can Opener   A can opener is necessary for a panam trip so we just brought the one from our house instead of buying a new one. If we were to purchase one specifically for the trip, we probably would have gone with one a bit smaller.
Oneida Instant Read Thermometer   We did use the meat thermometer a few times on the trip. Nothing fancy, but it did the trick.
Solid Stainless Steel Vegetable Peeler   We brought the peeler that we had at our house. It’s a bit bulky, but we felt it wasn’t necessary to buy a new one for the trip. We are definitely glad that we brought one.
Victorinox 10 Inch Rosewood Chef’s Knife    ♥♥♥ This is a must have for ANY kitchen. We used this knife daily. Our only regret was not bringing a sharpener, but luckily we ran into other travelers who had one. The quality steel with this knife will stay sharper longer.
(2) Spatulas; Plastic and Metal We used this cooking tools daily. Again, if you have a cook set that is made with teflon you will want cooking tools that won’t scratch the surface.
Spaghetti Spoon and Serving Spoon The spaghetti spoon broke in half in Colombia so I’m glad we had a backup serving spoon. Both were plastic.
Spices: Salt, Pepper, Garlic Salt, Onion Powder, Paprika, Italian Seasoning, Chili Powder, Cumin and Cinnamon We just brought the basics, but finding spices is very easy along the PanAm.
Pam Original Cooking Spray, 6 oz   We are so glad that we brought this along. It works great for grilling and works great in the fry pan when you run out of butter.
Brown Sugar Brown sugar can be difficult to find down south so we were glad that we had brought package with us.
Ziploc Sandwich and Snack Lunch Pack, 130 Count   Although we tried to use tupperware as much as possible, these bags are really handy to have on hand.
Reynolds Wrap Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil (130 Square Foot Roll)    ♥♥♥ You can never have enough tin foil! We didn’t bring a grill brush so the tin foil came in really handy to scrape food off of the grate.
Better Body Foods Organic Coconut Oil   We brought a massive 28oz container of coconut oil for cooking and we still did not use it all. We found that coconut oil is also great as a sunscreen and hair conditioner.
Playtex HandSaver Gloves   A luxury when you have to clean dishes and it’s freezing cold outside. I’m so happy we brought these.
Jumbo-Tainer 7 Gallon Water Container    ♥♥♥ This was a perfect size for us. We did have to fix the valve on it to keep it from leaking, but we didn’t have any issues after that. We used this container for drinking and cooking water. We ended up buying a 5 gallon jug for “camp water” or tap water, which we used to wash dishes. It was also nice because we could refill with 5 gallons before we were empty.
Tupperware Honestly, you can’t have enough! It is great for not only food storage, but also storage for tools, seashells and if your refrigerator breaks down you can use it to create ice blocks.
20 lbs Propane Tank We know this sounds extreme, but this tank lasted us almost 8 months! We were completely amazed since we would use fuel for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We are grateful the tank lasted us as long as it did because we stopped into a few shops to see if they could refill it, but no one had the right adapter for us!