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As you may know by now, we’re having our kitchen renovated, but what you may not know, is that we still have a minimum of 3 weeks left before we have a sink, dishwasher and stove to cook on again! One of the things I had put off before the renovations began, was fully putting together a food plan – the renovations began suddenly and we scrambled for a few days as we figured out a more permanent solution to takeout! Of course without a sink or dishwasher, we needed a place to clean our dishes and though, we’ve mainly been using disposable dishes, we do need to use real cooking utensils and cookware. Fortunately for us, Hubs spent plenty of time camping in the swampy marshes of Georgia and I spent many a hot and tepid summer, camping under the Florida sun. Hubs and I put our heads together, and we put together a suitable outdoor kitchen, where we can cook, clean and safely get rid of the food bits leftover in the pans. Once we figured out how to set up our outdoor kitchen, we stopped into Target and picked up packs of, Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge, Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge and a Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Soap Dispensing Dishwand.
The Scotch-Brite™ Brand products that we picked up at Target, have been, absolutely essential in maintaining not only our dishes, but my sanity. One of the things I love about Scotch-Brite sponges, is that the Scotch-Brite Heavy Duty Scrub Sponges are green for Heavy Duty and the Scotch-Brite Non-Scratch Scrub Sponges are blue for Non-Scratch, so I never have to guess if I have the right one! The same thing goes for the Scotch-Brite Heavy Duty Soap Dispensing Dishwand! Isn’t that convenient?
The Scotch-Brite Heavy Duty Scrub Sponges (green) help you clean baked on food 50% faster than competitor sponges and they’re perfect for: pots, pans, oven racks, grill racks, tools, tires and sinks! Yup, you can use them outside of the kitchen too!
The Scotch-Brite Heavy Duty Soap Dispensing Dishwand (green) also allows you to clean up food that’s been baked on, 50% faster with its heavy duty scrubbing surface and it’s great for cleaning: pots, pans and oven racks! A nice little bonus is that you can control the soap with the dispensing pump.
The Scotch-Brite Non-Scratch Scrub Sponges (blue) allow you to safely clean non-stick cookware without scratching and you can use them on these surfaces: counter tops, cook tops (I’ve been looking for something non-scratch to clean my cook top for years), tubs, shower tile, windows and dishes.
So earlier I talked about safely getting rid of food bits and yes, you need to properly dispose of them. The last thing you want is to walk up on, is a sneaky raccoon or a pesky coyote finding what’s left of last night’s grub!
Temporary Kitchen Setup
- Choose a spot away from your camp or house and dig a small trench for pouring out dirty dishwater
- On a table, setup two large bowls, one for washing and one for rinsing
- Add a small amount of dish soap to one of the bowls of water along
- Set out a Scotch-Brite Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge and a Scotch-Brite Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge
- Setup a second table (unless your table is large you can just set one table up)
- Setup your camp stove and have your camp cookware nearby
- When you serve food, scrape as much of the oil/food etc. onto the plates to eliminate as much mess as possible
- After cooking, allow your cookware to cool until they are just warm
- Depending on the meal you cooked and the type of cookware you used, grab either a Scotch-Brite
- Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge or a Scotch-Brite Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge
- Place the cookware in one of the bowls of water, and use either a Scotch-Brite Heavy Duty Scrub
- Sponge or Scotch-Brite Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge and clean up the cookware (remember green for heavy duty and blue for non-scratch)
- Rinse your cookware in the clean water
- Pour the used dishwater into the shallow trench
- Dry the cookware thoroughly, taking extra care if you used cast iron
- Wring out your Scotch-Brite Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge or a Scotch-Brite Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge out, and allow to dry on a foam plate
Since we’re at home with an outdoor kitchen setup, we’re using both our grill and camp stove – we saute on the camp stove, while barbecuing and baking on the grill. To make the Italian style biscuits and gravy, you will need to be able to saute and bake, which can all be done on a campfire if that’s all you’re working with.
Italian Style Biscuits & Gravy
1 Jar of your favorite marinara sauce
5 Italian sausages, sweet or hot
1 Can of flaky canned biscuits
Prepare your fire with your preferred method
Heat up your pan
Place the Italian sausages on the pan and turn every couple of minutes
Take a piece of foil double it, and fold the edges over to give it extra stability
Place the canned biscuits on the foil and place on the fire (but not over direct flame)
Once the sausages are almost done, break them open and chop up the meat while still in the pan
Pour the marinara sauce over the meat and allow it to heat up
Once the biscuits are finished remove from heat, break the biscuits in half and give them a generous helping of the Italian style gravy and serve
How do you wash your dishes when you go camping? Visit this site to see what other bloggers have done with their Scotch-Brite Scrub Sponges. Be sure to checkout this Cartwheel offer before heading to Target: from 8/23 to 9/3 get 10% 0ff Off 9 Pack of Sponges!