Back To Basics: How To Make A Portable Kitchen

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My Back To Basics: How To Make A Portable Kitchen is part of my weekly series to help us all be prepared for the unexpected. I recently visited my daughter and her family for four wonderful fun filled weeks. I tried to give my very ambitious daughter a little break by making a few meals each day for her and the family. You know it’s funny how I assume everyone has a Danish whisk, or a hand mixer, or whatever. You know, like everyone even knows what a Danish whisk is.


I had never heard of one until my friend, Melissa Richardson who wrote the book: “The Art of Baking Bread with Natural Yeast” introduced me to one. She has since written another natural yeast book, but she showed me how to use of one of these: Danish Dough Hand Whisk / Mixer 11″ or 14″  I prefer the 11-inch one because the metal whisk end will fit inside a wide mouth mason jar to make natural yeast, salad dressings or whatever. The large one is too large for the jar opening. The large one is great for cake batter, pancake batter or muffins, etc.

Please picture me at my daughter’s home in her kitchen fixing meals without my usual kitchen tools. She has plenty of my favorite kitchen tools, but she had some measuring cups I could not read the 3/4 or 1/4, etc. I know it’s because my eyes are not as good as they used to be, so of course, I ordered her a set of my favorite measuring cups: Measuring Cups 7 Piece with New 1/8 cup (Coffee Scoop) by KitchenMade-Stainless Steel-Nesting set. and my favorite measuring spoons: CIA Masters Collection 6 Piece Measuring Spoon Set

The old ones she had worked great for my daughter, but I could not see the amounts on any of them. My point today is if by chance as neighbors or our community had to gather at a local building, such as a church or school, will the kitchens be equipped with utensils we need. I’m sure we would all make do, but if we can plan in advance we are ready to prepare and serve the meals to feed some very hungry people after a disaster or unforeseen power outage. Or maybe even something worse.

Now I call this my mobile portable kitchen, but I did not put cookware, dishes or silverware in this container. I did put serving utensils and so much more, but I wanted something I could transport very easily. It’s ready when I need it at a moment’s notice. My friend, Lisa and I were talking because we both are prepared chicks and we got to talking and decided this is what we both needed. I did not put any food in this gem because we have critters here in Southern Utah.

But I will tell you this, I am prepared to cook anywhere. I will grab my cast iron pans, paper plates, cups, plastic silverware and I’m good to go. They are placed neatly next to each other right next to my 72-hour kits. This is the one I bought, it’s a Stanley Fatmax on Amazon: Stanley Fax Max.  All we need is the food, a stove and we are good to go! Yes, I can cook anything outside with solar, wood, propane, briquettes, etc.

Mobile Portable Kitchen

Mobile Portable Kitchen

I will tell you row by row what I put in each section. The first top “tool” container/compartment sits on top of the top opening that has my dishwasher liquid soap (in a ziplock bag). I have 2 light sticks and six kitchen knives enclosed in knife sheaths. This section sits on top of the second compartment. A portable kitchen, who can use one of these for camping?

Portable Kitchen

Top Compartment:

Dishwasher soap

Six kitchen razor-sharp knives with protective sheaths, 8″ chef knife, 8″ slicing knife, 7″ Santoku knife, 5″ Santoku knife, 5″ utility knife and a 3″ paring knife. Chef Essential 6 Piece Knife Set With Matching Sheaths, Black

Two light sticks

Two bottle openers

Second Compartment:

Flashlight: batteries do not store well here in So. Utah so I opt for solar flashlights. This is the one I recommend: Goal Zero Torch 250 Flashlight with Integrated Solar Panel

Silpat mat: you can use these inside cookie sheets, but you can also set hot pans on it

Hand-egg beater: Danesco 12-Inch Rotary Egg Beater

Rolling Pin: I use a rolling pin to make cinnamon rolls and roll out my pizza dough, I’m sure a lot of people make pies….

Pizza Cutter: I love pizza baked outside on a cast iron pizza pan: Lodge Pro-Logic P14P3 Cast Iron Pizza Pan, Black, 14-inch

Danish Whisk

3-piece silicone spatula set (12-inch, 9-inch, and 7-inch) Heat resistant to 450 degrees

Two stainless steel whisks: one thing I must say, I bought a set of three whisks from Amazon and ended sending them back because they would have bent just scrambling some eggs. I opted for these: Norpro 2314 Krona 9-inch Stainless Steel Whisk and these: Norpro 2316 Stainless Steel Krona Whisk, 13-Inch

One pancake turner

One slotted spoon

Kitchen shears with sheath cover

(25)  33-gallon size garbage bags

Tongs: short for cooking and long ones to move the hot coals around if you are using a Dutch oven, etc.

Two aprons with pockets

Third Compartment

Measuring cups

Measuring spoons


Salt & Pepper: I decided against storing any other spices besides salt and pepper (this is my disaster mobile portable kitchen) need I say more?

Two bottle openers


Coconut oil: I chose coconut oil because it will last longer than olive oil, or any other oil for that matter.

Vegetable peeler

Hand sanitizer

Baby wipes

Firestarter: Aurora Fire Starter

Fourth Compartment

Collapsible colanders

Stainless steel bowls with lids: five, three and 1.5 quarts. I need at least a 5 quart to make two loaves of bread. Remember the bowl needs to fit in this Stanley Fatmax. I bought these: Cuisinart CTG-00-SMB Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls with Lids, Set of 3

Dish rags

Dish towels

Cloth Diapers: (instead of paper towels), these can be used for so many things. Gerber Birdseye 3-Ply Prefold Cloth Diapers, White, 10 Count

Red silicone hand gloves: heat resistant to 425 degrees Oven Mitts Gloves, Heat Resistant Silicone Gloves BBQ Grilling Gloves for Cooking Baking Barbecue Potholder

Red silicone hot pads

Heavy duty hot pads

Aluminum foil

Plastic wrap

Parchment paper

Ziploc gallon size baggies

Dough scraper: I use this when I make bread, cinnamon rolls and so much more: OXO Good Grips Multi-purpose stainless steel scraper & chopper

Bamboo wooden cutting board with interchangeable plastic inserts: Seville Classics Bamboo Cutting Board with Removable Cutting Mats

I actually added more items to my portable kitchen as I filled it because it had more room than I thought. One thing I added was a rolling pin and a pizza cutter (not shown in picture). It has plenty of room for several spices or small containers. I also added a package of baby wipes and a bottle of hand sanitizer (also not shown in picture). If your family likes spending time in the mountains, by the lake, or just around the corner at the local park, you’ll love having one of these Stanley units.  Stanley is known for quality as evidenced by the great tools they make. If cared for, this unit will last you a long time. Consider buying one as a family and be willing to share for all to enjoy. Get one and start making some memories, besides being as prepared as possible for the unexpected events that come our way when we least expect them. Please let me know if you make a portable kitchen! Enjoy!

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Comments from readers:

Margene has a very similar post to mine:  DIYPreparedness Kitchen

Sammie: I would add a nail brush or 2. One for your nails and one for veggies etc. I just got some super ones from Lee Valley. These are the best one’s I’ve found and much cheaper than those at the kitchen shops etc.

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26 thoughts on “Back To Basics: How To Make A Portable Kitchen

  • February 25, 2016 at 11:52 am

    Where can I find a Stanley FATMAX, like the one you have? I love the portable kitchen idea, and can think of several times, that it would be useful, along with using it in a disaster situation. First thing that came to mind was a camping trip. The organized, and ready to use kitchen, would have made a huge difference several times, rather tan, just hoping I remembered to bring something, and finding out I left something behind. We rarely get to go camping, as my son, and youngest daughter, both work two jobs and my oldest daughter has three. So when we do get to do something like that as a family, we would certainly enjoy it more if we were able to make sure to bring everything we would need.

  • February 25, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    Love the ideas, all in one. That looks super easy to use and very well organized. Everyone should have a portable kitchen like that when they going for a camp 🙂 Good review – Cheers

    • February 26, 2016 at 6:32 am

      Hi Angie, thank you so much for commenting. Glad you like the all in one kitchen! Linda

  • February 26, 2016 at 10:29 am

    This is great! From camping, enduring a short (or long) term emergency or being a super prepared soccer Mom on the go, this portable kitchen rocks! Thanks for the tips and photos!

    • March 4, 2016 at 8:28 pm

      Hi Margene, I will have to go look at yours! I saw one at an emergency preparedness expo. I’m thinking of doing one with first aid supplies as well. Linda

        • March 5, 2016 at 11:50 am

          Hi Margene, I love it! I can’t seem to “pin it”! Is it just me? Can I add your two links to my two posts? I will add your rolling one to my portable kitchen one and your first aid one to the one I am working on right now. I’m so glad you contacted me, I’m now following you! Linda

          • March 5, 2016 at 12:39 pm

            Linda, I believe we think alike! It’s amazing that we both independently created a kitchen box with close to the same items in the same tool box! You certainly can add any of my links. I’m not sure why it isn’t pinning, it should pin! Do you have a FB page as well?

          • March 5, 2016 at 1:59 pm

            Hi Margene, I am now following you on Pinterest, FB and twitter! Woohoo, so glad I met you! I will add your links to my posts, thank you! Here is my FB: I shared your first aid kit on my FB and it’s doing really well! Linda

  • March 5, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    I’m following you too. You have SO MANY great resources and articles!! Thanks so much for posting my article on your FB – I just did the same with your latest post. You are really helping people get more prepared which is awesome!! 🙂

    • March 5, 2016 at 6:00 pm

      Hi Margene, it’s so wonderful that I met you because we are on the same mission to teach the world to be prepared. I am honored to call you my friend, Hugs! Linda

      • March 5, 2016 at 6:30 pm

        Right back atcha sista!!! ~Margene 🙂

  • February 16, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    I would add a nail brush or 2. One for your nails and one for veggies etc. I just got some super one’s from Lee Valley. These are the best one’s I’ve found and much cheaper than those at the kitchen shops etc.

    • February 17, 2017 at 8:19 am

      Hi Sammie, you are so right on that one! I’m adding your comment to my post! My veggie brush is getting worn out, I’m going to look for the brand you mentioned. Linda

  • February 21, 2017 at 3:45 pm


    This is great. I have a separate “portable” kitchen set up for my summer camping. I absolutely LOVE the Bounty with Dawn paper towels! They serve so many uses and at as a fire starter too!

    I prefer the flushable wipes over baby wipes but that personal preference. I also make sure to stock SOS/Brillo pads for fire starting purposes as well.

    Stainless steel bowls need to be added to my kitchen bin! Great idea because you can wrap in foil and cook in coals with them. I also use a collapsible wash tub and store the items in there.

    Thanks for this!

    • February 22, 2017 at 9:08 am

      Hi Kathy, I love stainless steel bowls too! I think the flushable wipes would be a great add! Great tip! I’m going to look for a collapsible wash tub, that would be awesome. Linda

  • July 14, 2017 at 11:06 am

    I missed this post. A similar thing happened to me. I went to my elderly aunt’s house to take care of her after her surgery and was looking for a pizza cutter since I was going to put together a pizza for my daughter and myself. So I asked her where it was and she said, “Pizza cutter? Oh I don’t eat pizza.”

    So we could have used scissors but I couldn’t do that because they weren’t kitchen scissors like I have at home, so I went off and got a pizza cutter and kitchen scissors. She probably doesn’t use them but that works great. I love your set up. I have a 1980s throw back called a Dosko Campmate camp kitchen which is a movable camp kitchen. You can still find them on ebay but they go for big bucks there because they aren’t made any longer. I’m liking your set up a lot, especially the wheels. When we upgrade from what we have, I’ll come back and get the link to yours. I love it!

    • July 14, 2017 at 1:08 pm

      HI, Debbie, oh my gosh I have got to go check out eBay to see your Dosko Campmate! I love your pizza cutter story! Linda

  • July 14, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    I just checked and there are none on now but if you look at youtube, there are several videos of them. The sad thing is that they are no longer made. The design is really nice. But I know mine is on it’s last legs. We used it for many years.

    • July 14, 2017 at 6:56 pm

      Hi Debbie, I will watch for some YouTubes. Thanks for the heads-up. I have trouble on Ebay finding stuff! LOL! Linda

  • September 19, 2018 at 10:54 pm

    All you need is a bamboo steamer and a salad spinner and you’re ready for anything. 🙂

    I have been collecting a few items to make a small portable kit minus pots or pans. You never know when you are travelling, staying in a hotel or motel with a kitchen or visiting friends or family that you might need something or you want to help out and you’re glad to have a few favorite tools of your own.

    I found a book at Goodwill about building, using, organizing a Chuck box. Never heard the term before, but became interested in that style of cooking. Food is life and it’s nice to be able to cook and eat no matter where you are.

    • September 20, 2018 at 1:49 am

      HI Frank, I love your comment as usual!! If I could have fit a salad spinner in the Stanley Box I would have!! LOL! I need to look for that book about the Chuck Box!! It really is fun helping with the cooking wherever I go as well. I LOVE your comment! Keep prepping, my friend. Linda


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