So let’s get three things straight. I love the outdoors, I love great food, and I love to cook.
Cooking to me is such a fun and creative outlet. My dad was an inspirational cook and I really have him to thank for what has become a lifelong passion with food and cooking.
This article is hopefully one of many in a series of articles I’m coining, “Overland Kitchen,” which covers things like Overland cooking tools, recipes, and tips. I invite you to share your camp kitchen tips below!
So back to the food part. I’m not the guy chowing down on Mountain House or prepackaged meals while camping. I have no concern with packing a little extra weight in the rig to really make a great meal. To me, at the end of the day, or at the rise of the morning, a good meal (and beer or coffee) just makes things right. I can’t stress enough that what makes the difference between a good meal, and a GREAT meal, is seasoning. Seasoning isn’t just limited to salt and pepper. Cumin, onion powder, oregano, basil, etc. all should be committed to your memory.
At this point, you’re likely wondering what does this have to do with the “Mobile Foodie Survival kit,” and so, I’ll tell you.
The Mobile Foodie Survival Kit is a travel-sized spice rack and one of the greatest little gifts I have received. By packing in 13 different spices that include salt, pepper, cayenne, onion, basil, cinnamon, oregano, garlic, thyme, curry, rosemary, ginger, and dill, this little guy is my secret to great camp cooking. Standing upright, the whole package is only a few inches shorter than the length of a standard letter size piece of paper at 9.5 inches.
Without the outer tube, the rack measures at about 9 inches long and 1.5 inch in diameter. Each little spice “pot” holds about 1.5 teaspoons of spices and each pot screws onto the other pot acting as the lid for the one below it.
One of the convenient parts about the rack itself is that it lacks any labeling. Some may see this as a con, but I see an opportunity to customize this little kit to fit your needs. In theory, you could have a couple of these little kits which support a variety of dinner themes!
The kit sells for about $26 online and is a little pricey for the spices themselves when you break it down per pot. Granted most of which is paying for the packaging. However, since the packages are not labeled, you can grab whatever spices you have kicking around at home (you do have spices at home right…?) or the store for those of you who have the unique talent of burning soup and refill.
In the end, I highly suggest you pick up this little kit, it’s really a phenomenal way to “spice” up (har har) those overland kitchen meals at the end of a long day on the road or at camp.