I’ve been doing more camping and I’m finally in the market for new pots and pans. I’m planning a few longer backpacking trips, so I need something compact and lightweight that I can use to cook for myself, but I like the pots that you use. Can you recommend something similar that would work for me?
So you’re tired of using the sticky aluminum camping pots and pans that you bought for pennies at that yard sale years ago? Ready for something that makes cooking a camp dinner predictable, easy to clean up and compact to pack? I got lucky and was gifted a set of titanium cookware a few years ago and it changed the way I looked at preparing meals in camp. I’ve used my pots nonstop ever since and had many opportunities to compare them with the gear my friends use and love, so now I’m back to share my recommendations for the best camp cookware available.
Pros: Entirely stackable with room to add additional accessories. Pot lids are different than most competitors: they’re plastic and lightweight and have tabs on top for easy removal (no handles or potholders needed). Vents on the lids let out enough steam to keep the lids from bouncing or making noise. Cons: Heavier duty pots than some competitors.
Pros: Pltralightweight titanium packs into a mesh stuffsack so it can be dip-rinsed in a creek or packed up to dry while on the move. Cons: the titanium discolors after being heated, leaving a permanent “stain” that some people think makes the pots look dirty. Smaller than you might think – really only serves one person.
Pros: lightweight, easy to clean and totally nonstick. Cons: Silicone-coated handles sometimes get slippery, making it tough to get a strong grip on a heavy pot. Note: I wanted to include the exact pots I use but it appears they’ve been discontinued…but you can still find them here.
Camp cooking is one of those things that seems to be shrouded in mystery. I always get incredulous looks when I talk about how much I love to cook outdoors, and questions like, “isn’t it hard?” and “isn’t it dirty?” but having a nice set of pots makes cooking – even several dishes, even at night and in the freezing cold – rather enjoyable. But in addition to having good tools (and taking proper care of them), it’s just as important to plan what you want to eat ahead of time and even prepare what food you can before you’re out in the field, which makes for minimal work. Taking care of your gear means being prepared with everything you need to clean up too – biodegradable soap, a small sponge, a few paper towels or a bandana, a miniature spatuala and a few trash bags are all things I pack in my cooking gear to help me do a good clean up job.
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