What do you consider to be the best cookware kit?

overlander

Expedition Leader
#61
Mark, I'm following all the things you are going to do to the 110 and kit you are going to buy upon your return. I want to camp with you ! Maybe the 2010 Natl Rally in Moab ?
Hey thanks! When it the natl rally? Moab is one place my family is looking forward to seeing and I have talked it up so much.

My goal is safari camp style camping, and the kitchen is the heart of it all. I'm going with the Snow Peak set. My father-in-law is very handy with cabinet and woodwork, and I'm going to enlist him to make a removeable custom kitchenbox to fit the 110s' wheelwell, that can be removed and hung on the side of the vehicle via the external rollcage.

Can someone tell me what the dimensions need to be for storage of a stowed snow peak cook set?
 
#62
Bringing this thread back up.

The Snow Peak cookware set. :chef: Good reliable place to purchase ??

Google doesn't offer many hits so I was hoping someone could make a recommendation.
 
#67
I'm a big fan of GSIs Hard Anodized stuff, I've had it for several years and it still looks new. The Wok is great and I've noticed my gf has moved several unused pieces from the extra kitchen box to the kitchen at home.
 

paulj

Expedition Leader
#68
A 10" GSI HA dutch oven gets regular use at home on the stove top and oven, along with occasional use while camping with coals.
 
#69
I'm curious about some of the newer high end pot/pan setups.
I know most seem to be designed to be used over some for of camp stove, but how do they do over an open fire?
I know in the past some of my older cheaper stuff got blackened pretty badly, and I couldn't get it all off.
 

Corey

OverCamping Specialist
#70
I am going to have to say Lodge cast iron.
I have used my old stainless steel Paul Revere cookware for years camping as seen in post 40 in this thread.

I recently bought a Lodge 10" Dutch oven and 10" skillet for home, and then bought an 8" Lodge Dutch oven and skillet for camping.

Have used all four at home and no more food sticking to pans, and omelets and fried eggs slide right out of the skillet onto the plate.

I also have the Lodge 20"x10" grill/griddle to add to my camp kitchen set.

I can not believe I did not get into cast iron earlier.
https://secure.lodgemfg.com/storefront/product1_new.asp?menu=logic&idProduct=3923
https://secure.lodgemfg.com/storefront/product1_new.asp?menu=logic&idProduct=3946
https://secure.lodgemfg.com/storefront/product1_new.asp?menu=logic&idProduct=3943

I will probably only carry one of the Revere pans now for heating up water for the French Press.
 

paulj

Expedition Leader
#71
Cast iron and enameled steel (the inexpensive speckled stuff) are probably the best choices for a wood fire. You definitely don't want anything plastic on the handles.
 
#72
You definitely don't want anything plastic on the handles.
I would agree with this!
I have a grill that has it's fold-out legs that I place across one side of the fire and use that to support a pot or pan. I have used normal "kitchen" cookware before with wood or plastic handles, I just keep the handles pointed away from the center of the fire. Of course, my past record of keeping the handles from getting burnt or melted is not perfect... lol
I have been pretty good though!
I do hate trying to clean the blackened bottoms of the pans though, have not been at all successful in that regard.
I have little experience cooking with/on cast iron. This thread has definitely gotten me interested in trying though!
 

cnynrat

Expedition Leader
#73
We have a set of the Cuisinart nesting cookware shown here in our trailer. It's really well made cookware, everything nests inside the largest pot, and comes in a nice travel sack. Very happy with this choice. I think this product may be discontinued, but you can still find places on line with stock on hand. Seems to be quite popular with the boating crowd.

We supplement the nesting cookware set with a nice non-stick frying pan for things like eggs where that seems to work well. You can often pick up good quality pans for reasonable prices at restaurant supply stores. If the menu dictates we sometimes bring a large griddle that covers both sides of a typical 2-burner stove. Works well for things like pancakes or french toast for a group.

We've also become a fan of silicone collapsible bowls and colanders such as this one (from Amazon). They work well and store very compactly.



Add in a dutch oven or two and we're ready to go!

We mostly use paper plates to save on clean up. As long as you are permitted to have a campfire the trash isn't an issue. We're planning a week in the Maze this fall where there are no fires allowed, and no water. So we're trying to assess the tradeoff between hauling the trash from eating on paper, or carrying the water for cleanup for a week.

As a side note we've had an older set of the T-FAL cookware for our slide in camper for ten years or so. It cooks pretty well, and although it doesn't see daily use it's holding up well.
 
#75
I have to say, I'm impressed. I just bring a cheap saucepan and teflon frying pan, along with a big stock pot from target (we're fond of making mashed potatoes or pot-bottom eggs for a group of 6 or so families). For plates and bowls and such, it's plasticware from target or ikea. A lot of stuff came from thrift shops as well. We have a whole mess of silverware -- a couple of $5 sets from Ikea. The one splurge is a set of insulated coffee mugs from REI. Oh, and a great potato masher: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00004OCL9/

If anything gets lost or broken, it's all cheap to replace.
 
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