GSI Gourmet Kitchen Set 11 Review
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As with most GSI cooking gear, the Gourmet Kitchen Set 11 is both handy and practical. The utensils and other cooking gear are easy to use and quickly clean up into one nice zippered case. For anyone who is used to rummaging around the kitchen for 20 minutes the night before a camping trip, you will appreciate the convenience of one store of items (which will of course already be packed in your camping bin).
So what’s included?
The GSI Gourmet Kitchen Set 11 surprisingly includes 11 different items.
- Pivot Spatula (which doubles as a knife)
- Pivot Spoon
- Collapsible Whisk
- 2 Condiment Containers
- Cutting Board
- Camp Towel
- Nylon Case
So what is missing? Outside of this case, I would recommend a good kitchen knife, eating utensils, and possibly a good set of tongs. Did I mention a knife, you definitely need a knife. The GSI Gourmet Kitchen Set will cover most of your remaining cooking needs.
I have had the luxury of using this kitchen set with the GSI Pinnacle Camper, which includes non-stick pans that work great with this set. As this is made for camping, functionality, weight, and packability take precedence. With that being said, I was very happy with the quality of these products.
I found the spatula to be the most practical piece in the set. I caught myself using this for most cooking functions. It also has a relatively sharp serrated edge which is useful in cutting food (such as sausages). Speaking of cutting, the cutting board was sturdier than I anticipated. It is also cleverly labeled on each side with meat and fruit/vegetable logos, to keep E. Coli at bay.
There are; however, a couple downsides to this set. The scraper is small and could have been a little bigger, making a burn on hot pans less likely. I found that I did not use the condiment containers as much as I thought, but could be beneficial for any organized camper using the set to the fullest extent.
The GSI Gourmet Kitchen Set weighs in at just over a pound, so could work for backpacking. But in my opinion, the case is too bulky to be worth jamming in a pack. I have not yet used for backpacking, but I imagine I will take out the most useful items and carry them in a ziploc bag. On the flipside, if you are using this exclusively for car camping, the case is large enough that you can add specific items to customize your cooking needs.
Final Thoughts on the GSI Gourmet Kitchen Set
We all know that GSI regularly puts out quality products for the campsite. The GSI Gourmet Kitchen Set 11 is no exception. If you are looking for a reasonably priced set of kitchen utensils, this is a good place to start. To upgrade for the complete package which includes a knife and kitchen utensils, go with the GSI Destination Kitchen Set 24 (you guessed it, for an extra $10, you get 24 items instead of 11).
For more info on the GSI Gourmet Kitchen set visit www.rei.com.