How to Choose Great Camping Cookware

Camping Aluminium Cookware Set

Even though modern humans only go back about 200,000 years, our ancestors have been using camping cookware of a sort for millions of years. Ever since the tool was invented humans and their ancestors have been using camp cookware.

The only difference is the hobby we call camping is what they called an average day. But modern camp cookware is a lot more fun than what they had available and if you want to eat, you’re going to need to get some. Here is everything you need to know about camp cooking supplies.

What is Included in a Good Camping Cookware Set

When it comes to camping cookware, certain supplies are vital and others are just nice to have.

Camping Cookware Set on Rock

Here is a list of the essential camp cookware tools.

Absolutely Essential Items

  • Frying pan or skillet with lid
  • Small pot with lid
  • Large serving spoon
  • Large pot with lid
  • Spatula
  • Large sharp kitchen knife

Advanced Camp Cooks

  • Cutting board at least 12″ x 18″
  • Pair of tongs
  • More serving spoons, a serving fork
  • Small paring knife and a fillet knife
  • Ladle
Stainless Steel Tongs

Optional Camping Cookware

There are several pieces of optional camp cookware you could choose to have, depending upon how much room you have and how much you want to spend. It also depends upon how many people you are cooking for.

With one person, a single pot and skillet will probably work fine. With more people, you are going to need additional pots, pans, skillets and perhaps a griddle. Some people prefer to have a coffee pot for making coffee at camp, a Dutch oven and various other camp cookware that experienced camp cooks use.

Cooking Accessories

There are also two accessories that you might need that will complete you camp cookware set. These aren’t actually cookware items, but they are definitely related and absolutely essential to safe and problem-free camp cooking.

Meat on Camping Grill

You are going to need some sort of a camp cooking grill unless this is your first trip and you are only going out for a day or two. A grill is absolutely essential to being able to cook burgers, chicken and things other than hot dogs, baked beans and marshmallows.

You are also going to need something to handle the camp cookware that you are using. The fire will heat up the handles and you won’t be able to grab them like you do at home. The best idea is a pair of campfire cooking gloves but if you don’t have any, then bring along a couple of pot holders or an oven mitt.

The Advantages of Lightweight Camping Cookware

When people think about camping cookware, often what comes to mind is heavy, cast-iron skillets and pots. While these certainly do have their advantages for camping – and actually for cooking food in any setting – there are actually some advantages to cooking with lightweight cookware as well.

Making Food in Ultralight Camping Cookware

Here are some advantages to going light.

  • Lightweight cookware is a great deal cheaper than cast-iron or heavy cookware. If you are putting together gear for a first-time camping trip you will appreciate the price break.
  • Lightweight cookware is also a lot easier to pack if you have to park a fair distance away from your camp site and then haul your gear in. Cast iron almost takes a strongman to carry a significant distance.

Of course, lightweight cookware does have a few disadvantages as well. For example, it isn’t as durable in an outdoor setting as the heavier stuff and it does tend to burn easier. You will have to make the decision as to whether or not lightweight cookware is right for you.

The Best Camping Cookware For Minimalists

When it comes to minimalist camping, cookware can sometimes be a low priority. Some minimalists prefer to actually cook their food without any sort of cookware at all. But for others, they want something that will still allow them to master nature, but cook food evenly and not be at risk for illness. For these people, there are camp cook sets that are designed for the minimalist lifestyle.

Halulite Company Camping Cookware on White Background

For example, the Halulite Company makes a cookware set for about $30 that is extremely lightweight and consists of exactly two things – a cooking unit that also serves as the bowl, cup and storage container, and a spoon-fork combination that you can eat with.

It can contain more than half a liter of food or drink and is insulated with a cover that doubles as a sip top. The cooking unit is separate but this is still an incredible minimalist cooking tool.

Stainless Steel Camping Cookware

One of the popular options for camp cookware material is stainless steel. There are a number of reasons that people prefer stainless when it comes to their cookware.

Stainless Steel Camping Cookware Set on Stimp

First of all, stainless steel does not rust. This is very important in an environment where dampness is a distinct possibility. Stainless steel is also very durable and will not chip or crack. However, there are some negatives as well. Stainless steel doesn’t transfer heat very well unless you get the more expensive kind. Stainless steel with bonded aluminum or a copper base that actually does transfer heat can get prohibitively expensive, particularly for camp gear.

Titanium Camping Cookware

Titanium camp cookware has the major advantage of being extremely light. It is just as strong as anything else, as rust-resistant as stainless steel and has decent heat transfer capability. Titanium is the perfect camp cookware but the problem is it is very expensive.

Titanium Cookware on Bench

If you aren’t planning on using it several times a year to cook with, you probably want to choose something else. In addition, even though it heats up quickly, it doesn’t always heat up evenly and it is very easy to burn titanium cookware, which means you’ll need to replace it.

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