What do you consider to be the best cookware kit?

cnynrat

Expedition Leader
#76
I've heard the collapsible stuff can be a bit hard to clean in the pleats.
Have you had any issues?
No, not at all. The bowls don't have as many pleats - they are kind of a mix of plastic sections connected together by the flexible silicone sections, and when opened up there aren't any pleats. The colander is all flexible silicone, and has some pleats in it but I don't find that I'm usually getting a colander very dirty.
 

BIGdaddy

Expedition Leader
#77
This is what we have:

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl...ages?q=gsi+cookset&um=1&hl=en&sa=N&tbs=isch:1




My sister bought me the set about 7-8 years ago.


We've used the crap out of it.

Comes with two good sized sauce pans, and lids that become skillets, and a cool grippy handle thing, that fits inside.

The largest sauce-pan is easily big enough to boil pasta or cook like 6-8 hot dogs at once.

The frypans are VERY good at cooking eggs
 
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#78
The largest sauce-pan is easily big enough to boil pasta or cook like 6-8 hot dogs at once.
HERETIC!!!!!!
You BOIL hot dogs when you're camping???
Shame, Bigdaddy, shame... :violent-smiley-031:


:D



Thanks for the tip on the collapseable bowls cnynrat, I've been interested in that stuff since first seeing it a couple of years ago. Tupperware actually has some of these products, and that company has one of the best replacement warranties I've ever heard of.
I hate trying to pack my hodge-podge of bowls when I go camping. They do not pack in any sort of efficient manner, drives me a bit nuts when I'm prepping for a trip.
 

BIGdaddy

Expedition Leader
#79
HERETIC!!!!!!
You BOIL hot dogs when you're camping???
Shame, Bigdaddy, shame... :violent-smiley-031:


:D



Thanks for the tip on the collapseable bowls cnynrat, I've been interested in that stuff since first seeing it a couple of years ago. Tupperware actually has some of these products, and that company has one of the best replacement warranties I've ever heard of.
I hate trying to pack my hodge-podge of bowls when I go camping. They do not pack in any sort of efficient manner, drives me a bit nuts when I'm prepping for a trip.
[shrug]Thats how my girls like it. On the other side of my classic coleman 2 burner, I carbonize doggies for my wife and I, on a "custom" grill surface. :)

works well.

[sticks tongue out at adam]:elkgrin:
 
#81
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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!

I Haaaate cooking on anything but cast iron on an open fire.
Back in the day when I used other stuff I would take a bar of soap and rub it over the outside of my pots an pans before I used them on an open fire. it's amazing how easy they clean up. Also sand, dry or wet, will scour almost anything off of any surface. <disclaimer!!!!!> do not try this at home!!!! Horse tails contain a large amount of silicate and make a scouring pad that rivals anything 3M ever made.</disclaimer> I'm sure using horse tails to scrub pots would be frowned on in any but the most remote areas nowadays.
 
#82
We've used the crap out of it.

Comes with two good sized sauce pans, and lids that become skillets, and a cool grippy handle thing, that fits inside.

The largest sauce-pan is easily big enough to boil pasta or cook like 6-8 hot dogs at once.

The frypans are VERY good at cooking eggs
Looks like the GSI Extreme MD, hard anodized set. Note that GSI no longer makes this set, but admitted it was one of thier "high-end" sets. Located it here for $75. Buy now or forever, well, you know the deal.

http://www.usoutdoorstore.com/outlet/gsi-extreme-cookset-md.html
 

Lynn

Expedition Leader
#86
For plates, the unbreakable Corelle stuff. Available at Wal Mart, Amazon, and such http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_4_3?url=search-alias=aps&field-keywords=corelle&sprefix=cor

Or, Melmac from thrift stores. If it's stained, cleaning with boiling water and dishwasher detergent (Cascade) gets the stains out.
Corelle is readily available from thrift stores, too. Especially if you don't mind building a mis-matched service, like mine. :)

Condiments are in the smallest commercial packages we can get, spices are in 35mm film cans,
You know, I've seen replacement lids that turn film cans into salt and pepper shakers, but I don't know that I could use old film cans. They can probably be thoroughly washed, but I just can't imagine putting food in something with that bad of a chemical stink...

I Haaaate cooking on anything but cast iron on an open fire.
Back in the day when I used other stuff I would take a bar of soap and rub it over the outside of my pots an pans before I used them on an open fire. it's amazing how easy they clean up...
The old Boy Scout trick is to coat 'em with liquid dish soap. I haven't tried bar soap, but I'll bet liquid soap is easier to apply. Works great.
 

nwoods

Expedition Leader
#87
Well, bringing back this thread from the dead, I actually found and bought one of those amazing Tefal Bivoack cook sets a while back..... and now 9 years later I'm looking for a replacement pan after my teenager thought aluminum pans would great over a direct flame....and melted the pan.

It appears that Tefal closed up shop in 2013....anyone have a good suggestion for a replacement?
 
#88
Depending on what rig you're driving and how serious you are about camp cooking, the pots and pans you use at home are good (assuming you use decent stuff). Whether in my Lexus Land Cruiser or Pleasureway camping van, I bring an 8" non-stick skillet and a MSR Titan pot. Plates are always disposable as are utensils and cups. But I almost never cook more than heating water in the Titan or cooking some eggs and bacon. I cook over a burner, not a campfire. Coffee is in one of my 20 oz thermal mugs (Yeti or Ozark Trail). I like the KISS approach to the outdoors.
 

Corey

OverCamping Specialist
#90
I updated my cooksets over the summer to GSI Pinnacle Basecamper.
http://www.gsioutdoors.com/explore/pinnacle.html

At first I bought the large set.
http://www.gsioutdoors.com/explore/pinnacle/pinnacle-base-camper-large.html

The smallest pot is too big if all you want to do is heat up a can of soup or chili.
They offer a smaller set too.
http://www.gsioutdoors.com/explore/pinnacle/pinnacle-base-camper-small.html



I emailed customer service there to find out if I could nest both sets together and store it all in the larger kits bag, and sure enough a woman there tested it for me and told me indeed you can.
I am using the smaller kits fry pan at home in the kitchen for eggs, and I have the larger kits frypan in the camping set.

So I have the best of their best all combined into just one bag, so I have many pots to choose from now.
And both sets together weight less than the Magma set I have been using for several years.
I like the GSI set over the Magma since the pots are easier to clean up afterwards too.



Both sets (one frypan only from the large set) all packed away in the larger bag



Both sets all laid out