One of the biggest chores I find with prolonged camping is the clean-up after cooking.
There are a few schools of thought, based on my experience, but I am curious of how all of you manage the issue. Mainly, it takes quite a bit of time and quite a bit of water to clean up after a big meal, and since most of us do not have an EarthRoamer, Unicat or similar with a sink, etc. I thought it would be worthwhile to discuss.
1. Paper and Plastic: Use it, throw the whole thing away, plates, forks, spoons, cups and all. The only think to clean up may be a pot or pan.
Little water wasted
Trash volume goes way up
Not the most environmental thing to do
Quality of the eating experience and robustness of the solution
2. Ultra Simple: Eat out of the bag the food is in with a spork. Have a pot you just heat water in, and is big enough to boil in a bag food, heat water for powdered coffee/chai and tea. No clean-up. Eat out of the bag you cooked in.
The most simple and easy
Almost no clean-up
Limited food types
Simple eating experience (most of the time)
3. Iron Chef: Too bad if it is complicated or messy, we will set-up a full kitchen and eat better (or at least as good) as we do at home. I have used this mindset for years. I am in nature, places I love, so I like to celebrate with good food, good beer, etc.
The best dinning experience
Varied and elaborate food possible
Classy food presentation on titanium or lexan
So much cleanup
Expensive to get the right equipment
Any good ideas on cleanup, food prep, planning, limit water use, etc?