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  • Family Camping Gift Guide

    Does your family eat, sleep, and breathe the outdoors? Are camping trips a summer highlight every year? Or maybe you’ve never taken that family camping trip, but this year you’re finally going to make it happen. Whether you’re experienced or brand new to camping as a family, we have a few ideas of what Santa should put under the tree this season.

    1. Pro 90

      This is the ultimate family stove. With three powerful burners and a variety of accessory options, you can fry bacon and eggs for breakfast and polish off a few hot dogs and burgers for dinner at the campsite. Hey, you could even bake a couple of pizzas. Meet the demands of all the picky eaters in your family, and enjoy the great outdoors at the same time.

    Cooking burgers, chicken, and vegetables on a BBQ Box on a Pro 90 stove.

    2. Griddle

      Camping isn’t quite camping if you don’t get to wake up to an early-morning pancake breakfast. Our pre-seasoned steel griddle is perfect for cooking pancakes to that perfect golden brown, to say nothing of bacon or eggs. Fall in love with campsite breakfast.

    Camp Chef griddle with breakfast foods

    3. BBQ Box

      For a more classic camping trip, make sure you bring along a BBQ box. You can grill up burgers, brats, corn on the cob, and more. All you need is a bag of buns and condiments, and you’ve got yourself one of the easiest camping meals around.

    Burger patties and brats grilling on a BBQ Box

    4. Pizza Oven

      Ever thought of eating pizza out at camp? Now you can! Additionally, you can bake things like cookies, cinnamon rolls, or other sweet treats that your kids will love. The oven itself fits easily into a carry bag, so it’s perfect for car camping. Your family won’t soon forget the time they got to eat pizza under the stars.

    Cookies in mini skillets baking in outdoor pizza oven

    5. Dutch Oven

      Do you have a lot of mouths to feed? There’s no easier way to cook a lot of great food at one time than with a Dutch oven. You can make cobbler, cheesy potatoes, soup, and more. Whatever the meal, there’s a Dutch oven recipe for it. Plus, cast iron is really easy to clean and maintain, so you don’t need to drag a bottle of soap around the campsite to wash your dishes.

    Bread baking in Dutch oven

    6. Propane Fire Pit

      If you can’t find a campsite that allows open fires, or if your idea of camping includes the backyard, you can get your family a propane fire pit. These are approved at most campsites with fire restrictions, and they’re perfect for the patio too. You get all the warmth and marshmallow-melting power of a wood fire without any of the ash and smoke. What’s not to love?

    Family roasting marshmallows over propane fire pit

    7. Roasting Sticks

      Speaking of campfires, you’ll want to grab a set of roasting sticks for your family camping trip. They’re ideal for marshmallows, hot dogs, and whatever other crazy treats you’ll be roasting over the flames.

    Hot dogs roasting over propane fire pit

    8. Pocket Puffs

      If you want to switch out the tried-and-true s’more for something new, you should pick up a few Pocket Puffs. These little roasting irons can make miniature aebleskivers, small Danish desserts that are more delicious versions of donut holes. It’s an easy recipe, and you can do it right over your campfire. That sounds like a family tradition in the making.

    Aebelskiver iron over propane fire pit

    Are you ready to upgrade your family’s camping experience? Add a few of these items to your shopping list this season.

  • How to Care for Your Griddle

    Griddle Care & Maintenance

    Most of our professional griddles come with a True-Seasoned Finish, just like all of our cast iron. To keep this finish in tip-top condition, your griddle needs a little TLC every now and then. By following the guide below, you will help keep your griddle clean, prevent rust, and build up the glass-like finish to keep food from sticking.

    Temperature Management

    Giving your griddle time to pre-heat properly will ensure you’re getting the best cooking performance possible. Start by setting your heat to Medium or Med-Low for about 5 minutes. This should bring the griddle surface temperature to about 350°-400° F, depending on the weather and environment. Then turn the heat to Med-Low or Low for 2-3 minutes for uniform heat across the entire cooking surface. The steel heats up quickly but cools slowly, so you’ll have plenty of heat to work with even after you turn down the burners. You’re ready to get cooking.

    Managing the heat on your griddle is important to prevent any possible damage. While the steel is strong and durable, you should only use Low or Medium heat settings. This is especially important if you want to use different heat settings on a large griddle that covers multiple burners. You have the capability to warm a tortilla on one side and cook a fajita mix on the other, but you want to keep both settings on Medium or lower.

    Cleaning

    After each use, clean off any food particles while the griddle is still warm. You might want to use a metal spatula or chain mail scrubber to remove stubborn bits. Then wash with hot water, mild dish soap (never use abrasive detergent), or our Cast Iron Cleaner. Rinse and dry thoroughly. Never scour or use a dishwasher, as this could chip the nice, seasoned finish you’re going for.

    Seasoning

    Once your griddle is clean, slowly warm it up again on your stove. Apply a thin layer of Cast Iron Conditioner or cooking oil. We recommend Cast Iron Conditioner because it has a palm oil base, which boasts a longer shelf life than any other natural oil. Be sure that the entire surface, including all corners, have been coated thoroughly. This will ensure that all surfaces of your cookware will be properly seasoned. This finish helps protect the steel or cast iron from rust and contributes to a nonstick cooking surface. Let your griddle cool, then wipe off excess conditioner or oil with a clean cloth.

    Storage

    After your griddle is clean, dry, and seasoned, you will need to store it in a dry, clean area. You can use one of our carry bags, specifically designed to hold your professional griddle. If you store it in one of these bags long-term, leave the zipper open 2-4 inches so the metal doesn’t “sweat.” This will prevent rusting.

    Pro Tips

    • • Be sure that your griddle is level before cooking, so that any juices or grease will drain properly. To test your griddle’s angle, pour a cup of water on the corner farthest from the grease drain and see where it flows.
    • • Use our grease cup accessory for an easy clean-up.
    • • If you need to adjust the heat on your griddle, do so a little at a time. The metal will heat quickly and cool slowly.
    • • Lightly oil the griddle before each use while it’s heating up. You can use Camp Chef Conditioner or cooking oil.
    • • The steel will continue to antique and darken with each use—it’s okay for it to accumulate a patina.
    • • Rusty, metallic tastes or discolored foods are signs of inadequate seasoning or may result from cooking heavily acidic foods. If this occurs, wash the griddle thoroughly and re-season.
    • • Check out all the cooking accessories we offer to go along with your griddle. You’ll be cooking like a pro in no time.

     

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    Griddle Clean & Care
  • Versatile is Our Middle Name

    Versatile might as well be the Camp Chef Camp Oven’s middle name. It would certainly fit. Whether you use it while camping, or at home—who wouldn’t love to keep the heat out of the house in the summer, and for additional cooking space during the holidays—or for your emergency preparedness gear, this oven will deliver every time.
  • Top 5 Picks For Father's Day

    Sometimes the hardest thing about Father’s Day is finding that ultimate gift for Dad. We went around the office to find the top 5 items that would be the gift that would leave Dad speechless this year.
  • Camp Chef Introduces New Stryker Stoves & Accessories

    Camp Chef, an industry leading manufacture of outdoor cooking equipment is proud to expand its Mountain Series line with the introduction of the all new Stryker stoves and cookware accessories. Designed to pack and go, the Stryker is built for those who need light weight cooking gear on the trail.
  • Camp Chef is Emergency Preparedness

    When disaster strikes you may have only a few minutes to get to safety. Those few minutes are critical to get your family and yourself to safety. In the wake of a disaster it can be hours, days, or even weeks before you can return back to your normal way of life.

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