Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Prudent Prepping: Cleaning Up

The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Now we concentrate  on what to do in, and how to plan for, the long term via Prudent Prepping.

It's nice to have friends who look out for you, because now I have another addition to my camping/BOB gear from my friendly neighborhood Gear Nut. I will pay him back for these items (somehow) in the near future with more manual labor than two people should attempt, but will carry on anyway. Such is the way of Bro Debts.

As I've said before, a generous friend who has more money than two people should have is both a curse and a blessing.
The good thing is: You get stuff.
The bad thing is: You get stuff.
I'm talking about useful, necessary, and in my situation things that I needed, almost to the point of life-saving. Since his family is in good financial shape, he can do things for others without looking for a return. I have been given more than camping gear, but that is what fits into the group's purpose so those items are the only things discussed here.

This is what I was gifted: 

GSI Outdoors Crossover Kitchen Kit
GSI kit in the storage bag

From the GSI website:

Crossover Kitchen Kit
Everything you need to cook, clean, spice + stow
Item# 90102
  • Pivoting high temperature Nylon 66 Spatula and Spoon with graduations 
  • Tools rotate from stored to working position.
  • Waterproof Ultralight Salt + Pepper shaker modules screw together to keep spices dry and flavorful.
  • Includes cutting board, camp towel, compact scrapper, liquid soap dispenser and scrubbing pad for quick clean-ups.

Interior of the bag, with utensils folded


Everything fits neatly into the bag.
Handles extended

With the handles extended, all of the utensils approach normal kitchen tool length. Not visible in the picture or mentioned in the website blurb are measuring graduations in the spoon. The spatula also has an extra feature not mentioned: serrations on one edge. Not quite a knife, but possibly enough to do light cutting.

Included is a (very) small cutting board, salt and pepper shaker, scraping tool, soap container, and what has been called an oil container.

I personally would include a bit more oil that what the small, clear bottle holds for anything longer than a weekend trip. For comparison, the container is smaller than many contact lens wetting solution bottles.

In the top or lid of the storage bag is a Velcro pouch holding the scrubbing pad and a micro fiber towel. Not quite visible is a mesh panel at the end of the pouch to aid in letting any moisture out from a damp towel or scrub pad.

Product Specifications
Major Dimension: 12 piece
Weight: 9.6 oz.
Dimensions: 7.30'' x 3.70'' x 4.30''
Material: Copolyester, Nylon 6-6 and Polyethylene
Product Use: Car Camping, Gourmet Backpacking
Includes: Compact Scraper, Scrubby Pad, Cutting Board, Pivot Tongs, Pivot Spoon, Pivot Spatula, Spicer, Soap Bottle, Oil Bottle, Camp Towel, Tote

The Takeaway
I think this kit is a fantastic addition to my gear, with the minor point of the 'oil container' appearing to be too small for me.

I have to rate this at 4.5 of 5 stars, and would definitely recommend it to my friends.

Compact, self-contained kitchen utensils and and cleaning items. What's not to like?
  • GSI Crossover Kitchen Kit, in storage bag. $30.24 from Amazon.
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If you have comments, suggestions or corrections, please post them so we all can learn. And remember, Some Is Always Better Than None!

NOTE: All items tested were purchased be me. No products have been loaned in exchange for a favorable review. Any items sent to me for T&E will be listed as such. Suck it Feds.

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