Hiking/camping cooking package…

I know myself how difficult it is deciding what kind of stuff you need to buy when planning a hike or camping trip.

Especially when it comes down to cooking utensils etc…..there’s such a huge variety available, that I normally come back home with nothing in hand and my mind spinning with choices!

So here’s a great, well-priced package of everything you need to cook and eat during your hiking.

It contains a very reliable stove, utensils and fire-starter.

FireSteel fire lighter
Weight: 29g
Originally developed for the Swedish military, it functions in the dark, in the wet, and when the wind is howling up the fjords.
Made of magnesium alloy and stainless steel.
Offers at least 3,000 strikes.
Built-in emergency whistle.
Dimensions are 77 x 24 x 14mm.
Price: C$12.50

Stainless steel cutlery set, on a handy O ring to hold everything together.
Price: C$7.50
Weight: 45g

Weight: 935g
This super-efficient woodstove recharges your phone, camera, and other small USB-compatible devices. Via a thermocouple, heat from the flames converts to electricity and loads an internal battery to top up your gadgets. It also powers a 2-speed fan, running a stove so lean and mean that less than 60 grams of dry wood boils 1L of water in under 5 minutes. The BioLite CampStove happily burns twigs, pinecones, wood pellets, and other biomass. Keep your gizmos charged without endless hand cranking or worrying about cloudy days. Campers and preppers rejoice.
Made of stainless steel, aluminum and plastic.
Maximum continuous power output for USB is 2W at 5V. Peak is 4W at 5V.
Charging times vary depending on the device and fire strength. For reference, 20 minutes of charge time typically powers an iPhone® 4S for 60 minutes of talk time.
Pot weight limit is 3.6kg.
Includes stove, fire-lighter, instructions, stuff sack, and USB cord for internal battery charging. USB cables for individual devices not included.
Battery requires intial charging via USB and recharging if the stove is not used for 6 months.
Price: C$130.00
MSR Alpine 2 Pot Set

Weight: 601g
Stainless steel is robust, and the pots can be scrubbed out with sand or pebbles, but this set is intended for ongoing hard use and expeditions rather than delicate haute cuisine.
Made of 0.5mm, 18-8 stainless steel.
Stepped bottom prevents warping.
Minimalist design employs a pot holder rather than attached handles.
Set includes one 1.5L pot, one 2L pot, a pot handle, a nylon stuff sack, and a lid that fits both pots that can also be used as a plate.
Price: C$48

There you go!

This package costs a total of C$198.50…a very reasonable price indeed, for items which are designed to last many years.

Note also that as per my recent post here about the dangers of using aluminium cookware (leaching of aluminium residues into your food etc), I have chosen stainless steel utensils and cutlery, so you don’t need to worry about ingesting aluminium from your cooking pots!

All these items are available from my favorite hiking suppliers, MEC.

😉

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Cooking in the wilderness…where do we go from here…?

Like hikers and walkers the world over, all of us rely on lightweight cooking utensils that are easy to carry and easy to wash.

And unfortunately, these characteristics are only available, at present, with aluminium (or if you’re in the USA…aluminum!) cook ware.

All my pots, pans etc are made out of this stuff, aside of one or two stainless spoons I carry, out of habit more than anything else.

But what I noticed a few days ago when I was drying my pots gave me one hell of a fright….take a look at those photos below….it’s a paper tissue that I used to wipe dry my cooking pot.

 

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And no, that isn’t dirt or anything else on that tissue….the pot was sparkling clean, with just a little water left on it’s surface……that is aluminium residue coming off with every wipe! So every time we cook in our pots, a little of that aluminium gets mixed into our food….

And you should know that aluminium residues coming off during cooking have been implicated in several problems, including Alzheimer’s disease.

So what do we do? In short, that’s a damn tough one to answer!

Throw away all our aluminium pots and pans, and what do we cook in then?

Unless we buy stainless steel stuff, but of course, that’s gonna make a change to how much we can carry, as I think I’m right in saying…correct me if I’m wrong somebody….that steel is heavier than aluminium, weight for weight.

Did someone mention Teflon? That’s been implicated with cancer recently…!

Anybody have any ideas?

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