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By:    On: 2011-08-22

Unless you intend to eat every meal at a restaurant during your camping trip, you are going to need a decent set of cookware to prepare your meals.  There are many kinds of pots and pans in the camping gear market; it’s important to find the pieces that best suit your needs. You need to be careful which set you buy; many of today’s camp cookware sets are made of flimsy material and won’t hold up to more than one or two camping trips at best. I will cover a few different pieces today and hopefully give you a bit of helpful – and money saving – information.  

Let’s start with the basic pieces I like to have with me, bearing in mind I cook at least three meals a day for 5 people.  As always, feel free to modify these items to accommodate your personal needs.

 

I have a nesting set that I absolutely love and it is always my go-to set, regardless of the length of our camping trip.  My set contains a stock pot, a small sauce pan, a small high-wall pan for frying /sautéing, two small and two large cups which do double-duty for either beverages or cooking side dishes.  There are also two small and two large plates but I don’t use them for eating; they are serving dishes for our camp table.  All of these pieces fit right inside the stock pot along with a metal handle.  Everything is covered with a lid that doubles as a frying pan.  From the picture you can see my set is well loved (translation: beat up like crazy).  These pieces pretty much cover my family’s basic cooking needs for all trips, but there are a few items I add for longer stays.

 A coffee pot can be a camper’s best friend.  Granted, it makes coffee.  But it’s also great for boiling water for dish washing or instant drinks (hot cocoa, ciders, etc.) and soups, for rehydrating things.   I have had the percolator kind, but I prefer the old-fashioned blue enamel kind.  At this point my coffee pot is practically black on the bottom and up the sides, but I call that the color of love.  J  I also bring a flat, two-burner-length griddle, which can be used on my camp stove or on a grate over the camp fire.  I love my griddle; it’s the best $7 I ever spent on camp gear. 

 Last but certainly not least is my cast iron frying pan.  I think my husband suspects I’m having a secret affair with my cast iron.  I can cook anything from pasta to meats to breads and biscuits in this pan.  It is also very versatile when it comes to cooking heat methods.  It’s good on electric burners, propane flames and even straight into a campfire.  Because I feel cast iron pieces deserve a blog post of their very own, I will cover this and the illustrious Dutch oven in the next post of the Camping Kitchens series.

What are your favorite pots and pans?  Do you – like me – have a wish list of pieces you plan to get at some point?  Drop a line in the comments section!  I am really curious about what other people use.

Happy camping!

Jen

Unless you intend to eat every meal at a restaurant during your camping trip, you are going to need a decent set of cookware to prepare your meals. There are many kinds of pots and pans in the camping gear market; it’s important to find the pieces that best suit your needs. You need to be careful which set you buy; many of today’s camp cookware sets are made of flimsy material and won’t hold up to more than one or two camping trips at best. I will cover a few different pieces today and hopefully give you a bit of helpful – and money saving – information. Let’s start with the basic pieces I like to have with me, bearing in mind I cook at least three meals a day for 5 people. As always, feel free to modify these items to accommodate your personal needs.I have a nesting set that I absolutely love and it is always my go-to set, regardless of the length of our camping trip. My set contains a stock pot, a small sauce pan, a small high-wall pan for frying /sautéing, two small and two large cups which do double-duty for either beverages or cooking side dishes. There are also two small and two large plates but I don’t use them for eating; they are serving dishes for our camp table. All of these pieces fit right inside the stock pot along with a metal handle. Everything is covered with a lid that doubles as a frying pan. From the picture you can see my set is well loved (translation: beat up like crazy). These pieces pretty much cover my family’s basic cooking needs for all trips, but there are a few items I add for longer stays. A coffee pot can be a camper’s best friend. Granted, it makes coffee. But it’s also great for boiling water for dish washing or instant drinks (hot cocoa, ciders, etc.) and soups, for rehydrating things. I have had the percolator kind, but I prefer the old-fashioned blue enamel kind. At this point my coffee pot is practically black on the bottom and up the sides, but I call that the color of love.  I also bring a flat, two-burner griddle, which can be used on my camp stove or on a grate over the camp fire. I love my griddle; it’s the best $7 I ever spent on camp gear. Last but certainly not least is my cast iron frying pan. I think my husband suspects I’m having a secret affair with my cast iron. I can cook anything from pasta to meats to breads and biscuits in this pan. It is also very versatile when it comes to cooking heat methods. It’s good on electric burners, propane flames and even straight into a campfire. Because I feel cast iron pieces deserve a blog post of their very own, I will cover this and the illustrious Dutch oven in the next post of the Camping Kitchens series.What are your favorite pots and pans? Do you – like me – have a wish list of pieces you plan to get at some point? Drop a line in the comments section! I am really curious about what other people use.Happy camping!
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