Buying Guide for Camp Kitchen - When it comes to camping or hiking every bit of space in your pack is valuable and each ounce can adds up to more weight that needs to be carried around. Simple items such as pots and pans, plates and bowls, even utensils can take up an unnecessary amount of space that you can ill-afford to give up.
Here are the items available to help you decide what you can take and the benefits of choosing certain items over others...Read More
Pots and Pans:
Grabbing the pot or pan from your cupboard before heading out isn’t the best idea. They are probably heavy, awkward to haul around and will vary on whether they work on an open campfire flame.
When camping or hiking, you should obviously consider the food you are bringing and how it is prepared. This may require you to bring different sizes. Buying them in a package or from the same company increases the chances that they can be stored and packed easier.
Most Pots and Pans are going to be stainless steel but a lighter option would be titanium. They are more expensive but can drop the weight down in your pack considerably.
One major benefit to camping pots and pans are the handles. They are removable so you can use one for all plus you don’t have the added bulk of a handle. It can make closing a pack harder and leave less room inside for additional equipment.
Most pots and pans on the market are designed for the kitchen. Camping pots and pans are designed to be used over an open flame.
Plates and Bowls:
The plates and bowls that you take when camping are very durable and packable. They are made with lightweight plastics or metals such as stainless steel. They won’t be glass or made with materials that are easily breakable or heavy.
Some plates and bowls will even be collapsible so you can fold them down and slide them with ease into your pack.
Camping Plates and Bowls will also tend to be more stackable and packable ensuring that less weight is used in your pack.
There are so many variations to utensils that it’s hard to pinpoint the best one for any specific occasion. Here are some of the features you can expect to find.
• Hard Anodized Aluminum - lightweight and slimmer than household utensils, encased in a shell around the aluminum to ensure strength. Safe, long-term use.
• Nylon – Food grade nylon which is very durable and lightweight