Some individuals hate when their cult discovery goes mainstream—like when Supreme clothes went big-league or when indie rapper Saweetie signed to Warner Information—however not me. When OXO introduced that it was rolling out a line of kitchenware designed particularly for tenting, I gave myself a smug pat on the again for having been an early adopter.
For no less than a decade, I’ve included a Good Grips waiter’s corkscrew in my camp kitchen equipment. Now, OXO desires all campers to know that the corporate’s famously grippy and sturdy cooking instruments deserve a spot of their outside kitchen. And to that I say: All aboard the bandwagon!
For summer time 2021, OXO rolled out a line of 10 kitchen instruments that comprise the brand new OXO Out of doors assortment. Gadgets embrace the Campgrounds French Press ($24.95), two pan-scrubbers (one manufactured from silicone and a bristle-brush for forged iron), a squeeze-bottle set ($9.95), an 8″ chef’s knife ($14.95), the Regular Floor Slicing Board ($11.95), a can opener ($14.95) and a spread of utensils—some manufactured from silicone, and a few constructed of stainless-steel.
At first, I puzzled why the corporate felt it was essential to “outdoorsify” its already-great merchandise. The pancake flipper and may opener that I routinely use in camp are simply common items of kitchenware that I purchased from thrift shops, they usually operate simply high-quality with or with no roof. However you solely want find out about OXO’s very first innovation to get it—a vegetable peeler that firm founder Sam Farber designed for his spouse, whose arthritis known as for a beefier, grippier deal with. Because it seems, these qualities additionally make it interesting to camp cooks whose fingers are slippery from sunscreen residue.
First up, I examined the OXO Out of doors 8″ Chef’s Knife with Sheath ($14.95), which proved to me that some primary kitchen instruments undoubtedly profit from outdoorsification. This stainless-steel blade comes with a polypropylene cowl that retains it sharp and prevents it from piercing different issues (like my fingers after I attain into my RV’s kitchen drawer to retrieve it).
“Via our analysis, we noticed campers wrapping knives in tin foil or creating their very own cardboard sheaths,” says OXO spokesperson Mary Ogushwitz. Thus, when the corporate reenvisioned this primary product for tenting, she explains, “We knew it was vital so as to add one thing that was dependable and sturdy so it might be filled with confidence.”
That sheath is an easy however good addition to a knife that’s meant for outside use, as a result of I don’t carry a heavy, cumbersome knife block in my camper—I simply dump my knife right into a field stuffed with different utensils. The sheath even lets me toss this knife right into a canvas picnic tote with out concern of the blade slicing by means of the material. It’s additionally fabulously sharp (and has remained that means over a number of weeks of use) and like all OXO objects, the deal with feels grippy and secure in my hand.
I additionally adore the OXO Out of doors Pots + Pans Scraper ($5.95), a palm-size piece of stiff silicone that’s change into a staple in my camp kitchen. I exploit it to squeegee away residual pancake batter or spaghetti sauce earlier than I wash the pot (pre-cleaning makes my wash water last more, which is useful when taps are in brief provide). The scraper additionally lifts away crusted meals, making dish sponges out of date (and I’m thrilled to say goodbye to these unhygienic pads).
The Campgrounds French Press ($24.95) is one other winner. Modeled after OXO’s Enterprise French Press Espresso Maker, the Campgrounds sports activities a cheery red-and-grey coloration scheme that appears extra picnic-ready than the Enterprise’s black gloss. It additionally makes use of a extra sustainable materials: The Campgrounds’ shatter-resistant carafe is manufactured from Tritan Renew, a 50 p.c recycled resin constituted of plastic bottles which can be diverted from landfills. (Learn extra about Tritan Renew right here.)
“It’s significant for OXO to make use of recycled supplies when attainable, and we perceive use of those supplies is vital to the outside shopper and is one thing they search for in making product selections,” Ogushwitz says. Tritan Renew can be sturdy sufficient for rough-and-tumble transport or encounters with boisterous canines (I banished glass from my camp kitchen after a playful golden retriever overturned a folding desk laden with glassware).
Plus, the Campgrounds makes a better-than-average cuppa joe. A silicone gasket across the filter prevents grounds from seeping into your espresso, so my drinks have been far much less muddy than most pressed brews (the silicone additionally retains the steel from scratching the carafe’s resin partitions). And each contact factors really feel nice, as you’d anticipate from any OXO product: The plunger feels custom-made for my palm, and the hoop-like deal with doesn’t bash my knuckles.
Admittedly, there are a number of OXO Out of doors objects that didn’t earn a spot in my camp kitchen equipment. The Campsite Squeeze Bottles ($9.95 for a pair) aren’t leakproof, so there’s no means I’ll belief them to move oils, sauces or salad dressings. For these messy liquids, I’ll persist with repurposed jam jars or Nalgene’s small screw-top containers, which have by no means leaked salsa over every little thing in my cooler.
The Versatile Silicone Utensil Set ($16.95) and the Can + Bottle Opener ($14.95) are terrific, however equivalent to OXO’s “common” counterparts, in order that they don’t ship any further performance in outside settings. I’d purchase them if I have been beginning a kitchen setup from scratch, however I wouldn’t search them out to exchange comparable objects that I already personal and use in my mess equipment.
I’ll, nonetheless, proceed to maintain an in depth eye on expansions to OXO’s Out of doors line, as a result of the corporate is presently incorporating tenting insights into future designs. “We’re excited for the launch,” Ogushwitz says, “but in addition for yr two and past, as our groups proceed to work hand in hand on product growth and testing with the purpose of recent, revolutionary instruments being added to the assortment in 2022.”
So, good issues are coming down the pike to camp cooks. However is a camp dishwasher an excessive amount of to hope for?