GSI is known for making outdoors cooking and mess gear. They make everything from beverage holders to cooking kits in various forms. From backpacking specific to car camping gear, they’ve probably got you covered. And at a reasonable price also. I’ve got two cook sets from them, the Haululite Dualist and the Haululite Ketalist. I’ve wanted to add a utensil set for a while now, and I finally got the chance when Field & Stream was running a sale on the 24 piece Outdoor Destination Kitchen Set.
The case itself zips up all the way around allowing for easy access of items, and everything is held in place by bungee straps. The left side of the case houses the cutting board in a larger pocket and the towel and scrubber in mesh pockets.
The right side holds the cooking utensils again held in place by sewn-in elastic straps. Everything is held in place nicely but getting some of the pieces back into place can be a pain. This doesn’t deter from the overall functionality of the case. The middle divider only holds the knife on the back side facing the cooking utensils. The opposite side has mesh pockets that hold the condiment containers. The middle section is held in place by Velcro and can be removed.
The Destination Kitchen set comes equipped a 12 piece cutlery set, cutting board, spice holder, whisk, spoon, a grater, spatula, knife, two condiment containers, a scrubber, and a nylon towel all packed into the nylon carrying case. For the price, if you can find it on sale, this is a good amount of items.
The fork, spoon, and knife are made of hard plastic. I’ve purchased other brands utensils that are almost identical to the GSI ones, and they’ve held up for an extremely long time. Short of physically breaking them, they stand up to regular abuse.
The knife isn’t huge by any means, but it will get the necessary cutting done on small to medium-sized vegetables. It can also double as a steak knife when the plastic butter knife doesn’t cut it (pun intended).
Pivoting Cooking Utensils
The greatest asset in this kitchen set is the cooking utensils. Instead of having to lug around full-size cooking utensils, GSI makes theirs foldable, making keeping everything in the carrying case simple. The handles pivot out quickly enough, and I never felt like they were flimsy or where going to fold back on themselves.
The other items in the kit are great but for me will probably not get used unless I plan to backpack and need to carry small quantities of seasoning or condiments. The seasoning containers are similar to GSI’ spice missile where each end unscrews from the overall piece allowing whatever spice you carry to come out. Whereas the spice missile is a four-part piece, the one included in this kit is only two so if you want more than salt and pepper you’re out of luck.
This kitchen set is pretty solid as far as things go but adding a set of tongs would go a long way. GSI does offer a foldable set that I will probably pick up at some point to add in. Trying to cook brats in an already small pan with the spatula can be tricky. The kit only needs two sets of utensils and tongs could replace one set of the utensils. A dish scrubber, which GSI sells, would be a welcome addition as well.
Overall I am pretty pleased with this kit. It has most of the utensils I had in my regular kitchen kit in a smaller more manageable setup. The one thing I did not have before was a cutting board, so the addition of this in my kitchen kit is a plus. The whole kit compliments my previous setup and reduces the footprint it had. Instead of a huge bin of items I’ve got everything I need in a small case. For the money at $50, it’s not a bad buy.