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How we choose: The best kitchen accessories highlighted here were selected based on 41 reviews of 15 products. Our top picks are those that are readily-available in the United States and have received the highest overall ratings from reviewers.

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P-38 U.S. Military Can Opener

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15 reviews)

This is one of those rare opportunities that someone like myself can bring an old invention used in the Military for decades and share it with the outdoor camping, hiking, climbing community, most of which will be learning of this amazing invention for the very first time. I expect that this review will be the most popular of all my gear reviews. Not from anything I say...It is just one of those inventions that once you see it you are going to say I have to have it. The P38 can opener is the lightest and smallest, most durable, multi-use can opener of all time. There is no reason why every man, woman, and child should not be wearing this on their keychain or strapped to their backpack around the world. Yeah, it's simply that amazing.

Reasons to Buy

  • Lightest can opener in the world
  • Smallest can opener in the world
  • Extremely durable
  • Can be put on keychain/backpack
  • Costs less then $1 dollar
  • Has been used for over 100 things
  • Can be used w/right or left hand

Reasons to Avoid

  • You're hearing about it for first time
  • You don't own one yet
  • Why didn't I have this on my last trip

     Originally designed by the U.S. Military,  the original P38 can opener P38 Military Can Opener The  P38  Military  Can  Opener- originally developed in 1942   Dimensions: 1.5" long , 0.70" wide Weight: 0.16 oz. Material: Stainless steel  The P38 Military Can Opener, also known as the John Wayne by the United States Marine Corps because of its toughness and dependability, is an ultra lightweight and versatile manual can opener. It can be placed on a keychain, on army dog-tag chains, clipped to your backpack or even a zipper, and even small enough to fit in your wallet.

Read more: P-38 U.S. Military Can Opener reviews (15)

MSR PanHandler Pot Lifter

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3 reviews)

It works...

Reasons to Buy

  • It works, usually
  • It is light
  • You get warning before it falls apart

Reasons to Avoid

  • It occasionally falls apart

Maybe four and a half stars. The first pot gripper I owned was basically a bent piece of steel designed to fit only the the cheap department store Taiwan pots it came with.  It was replaced by a solid item of cast aluminum that was rock solid and indestructible. I still have it and it has no brand on it. I believe I got it discontinued somewhere. This MSR pot lifter and several fellow travelers like it came along thereafter. The good news is that it is maybe two or three ounces lighter than the cast alternative.  However, the rivets can come apart and in one case they did.

Read more: MSR PanHandler Pot Lifter reviews (3)

Jennings JZ560 pocket scale

user rating: 5 of 5 (1 review)

A compact, lightweight, and inexpensive pocket scale, useful for weighing out ingredients and meals on the fly.

Reasons to Buy

  • Compact, light, and inexpensive
  • 560 g / 20 oz capacity, 0.1g / 0.01 oz resolution
  • Backlit LCD display
  • Protective cover doubles as weighing tray
  • Can be recalibrated

Reasons to Avoid

  • Small weighing platform (compared to kitchen scale)

Menu planning for an international backpacking trip presents a special challenge. Unless you are going to fly in with all your food, you’re going to have to buy some or all of it in country. And to be sure you have enough calories and not too much weight, you’re going to need to do some weighing and calculating. Take, for example, our 2014 25-day Two Families on the JMT trip, or the 10-day excursionin the Wind River range that my wife and I did in 2016. In both cases, I built some complex spreadsheets here in Norway, often building meals from lists of raw ingredients and adding up calories to make sure everyone (8 people on the JMT) had enough to eat for stretches as long as 10 days.

Read more: Jennings JZ560 pocket scale review (1)

Nebo Sports Kamp Kadi Portable Organizer

user rating: 5 of 5 (1 review)

One of the most useful items for car camping that I have ever picked up. Gives a nice organized place to hang a lantern, utensils, paper towels, spices, and even a garbage bag, no matter where you are.

Reasons to Buy

  • Ease of use
  • Works almost anywhere

Reasons to Avoid

  • Weight

I first purchased this item years ago when it was called the Kamp Kadie and sold by Cabela's.  I don't believe they sell it anymore, but I have seen it sell in stores like Wal-Mart as the Camp-Caddy, and on other websites as the Kamp Kadi. As I said in the summary, I believe this has been one of the most useful tools I have used for car camping that I have ever purchased. It comes with several pieces a little over a foot in length.  You will always use at least two pieces.  The main top piece which has hooks for the lantern, paper towels, and utensils.

Read more: Nebo Sports Kamp Kadi Portable Organizer review (1)

Grilliput

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3 reviews)

The UCO Grilliput Grill is perfect for a backpacking setup that is a little cramped for room, but expects the possibility of cooking some fresh caught fish or something of the like. The Grilliput collapses down to nothing and can be kept in a side compartment in a pack or even hung on an exterior pack hook if needed.

Reasons to Buy

  • Amazing collapsing design
  • Perfect height for most pack stoves and burners

Reasons to Avoid

  • A little on the heavy side
  • Threads in screw-in ports could become dirty with extended use.

The UCO Grilliput is an amazing piece of camping or backpacking "kitchen" hardware. The design is perfect, and so far with the unit I purchased last season I see no faults in the workmanship or ease of use when proper care is taken. The height is perfect for a small wood or alcohol burner and it is very easy to set up and break down. The compactness of the collapsed grill leaves much more room than a camp grate would and can slide into most side pockets of packs. The cleaning notch in the end is perfect for scraping grime and soot from the grill bars.  The Grilliput seems as though it will last for a long time, however, I will be sure to clean every nook and cranny of it (including the threads of the screw in legs and end bars) and if someone...

Read more: Grilliput reviews (3)

P-51 U.S. Military Can Opener

user rating: 4 of 5 (2 reviews)

This is one of the best things that ever came out of the military. The P-38 is too small for large hands though.

Reasons to Buy

  • Light
  • Strong
  • Convenient

Reasons to Avoid

  • Small (P-38)

For my hands the P-38 is too small. I actually use the P-51. It was designed for large #10 size cans in a field kitchen. That said, it weighs a few ounces more than the P-38, but is much easier to handle. It’s just as sharp, still fits the key chain.  For those who don’t want it to open in their pocket you can use a center punch and hammer and peen the hoop that holds the blade. It keeps it from opening in your pocket as well as keeps it open while in use. I have these things in my hunting, hiking, mtn biking packs, go bags, and glove boxes in my vehicles.  They both have so many more uses than just a can opener.

Read more: P-51 U.S. Military Can Opener reviews (2)

Coleman Camp Stove Toaster

user rating: 3.5 of 5 (4 reviews)

Coleman camp stove toaster. Compact and user friendly. The design will toast up to 4 pieces of bread at a time. Just place on your camp stove or grill, add bread and enjoy warm toast with some tea.

Reasons to Buy

  • Durable
  • Folds for quick storage
  • Won't rust
  • Toast 4 slices at a time

Reasons to Avoid

  • Flimsy
  • Awkward to fold

THIS IS A REVIEW FOR THE COLEMAN CAMP STOVE TOASTER.I bought this new @ Walmart for a recent camp trip and actually was pretty fleased with the performance. At the price it is a keeper. I removed this product from the box and it made me wonder what kind of cheap metal it was made from? It is steel with chrome-plated finish. Weight 5.oz and 8 3/4" diameter. It can easily fit into a backpack, carry bag or junk drawer. Made in China. This product easily unfolds and fits easily on a Coleman Camp Stove.

Read more: Coleman Camp Stove Toaster reviews (4)

P-38 Can Opener with Blade Lock

user rating: 4 of 5 (1 review)

Best P-38 for keychain, carabiner, or pocket due to blade lock. If packed tight in a container, blade lock is unnecessary.

Reasons to Buy

  • Blade lock so won't cut pants
  • Rounded corner

Reasons to Avoid

  • Blade lock can be annoying if used wrong

The most common P-38 can openers have about a 50% defect rate. The corner by the hole isn't rounded enough and it digs into your hand. You can easily see this in photos that show a bunch of them together.  Another manufacturer leaves a pointy piece of metal by the hole in EVERY P-38 I checked (many) and opening the blade the first time by hand is pretty much impossible. Major quality control problems. The ones with the blade lock don't have these problems. Hopefully there won't be knockoffs that reintroduce those problems.

Read more: P-38 Can Opener with Blade Lock review (1)

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