Never Miss Good Food When You’re Backpacking. Get Yourself A Backpacking Cookware!
Tired and beaten from traversing long and winding trails all day long? Refuel with food! Need pots and pans for that savory dinner? No problem. We’ve got the best backpacking cookware for you!
Every human needs to eat, but every backpacker needs to eat MORE. Of course, with all the activities we do and the places we explore on foot, we should have enough energy to sustain our bodies.
Have you been backpacking for long or are you a newbie to the outdoors? If you’re a seasoned backpacker, perhaps you’re reading this article to scout for the best backpacking cookware to replace your old one.
If you’re a newbie to backpacking, you’re lucky to have come across this awesome piece (yeah, self-proclaimed) because you’ll definitely need a backpacking cookware sooner or later, you just don’t know it.
So, let’s see what food you can pack if you lack a cookware. There are the dehydrated foods, canned foods, sandwiches, and wrapped biscuits. Do these foods look appetizing to you? At first, it will (probably ‘cause you’re too hungry, and any food tastes fine when hungry) but trust me, your buds will get fed up with the dry taste.
How about a Dutch oven chili? Camping burrito? Beef stew? Wouldn’t you want to eat something similar to the dishes you eat at home while you’re away at an isolated place?
That’s where the backpacking cookware comes in. You can cook a variety of food anywhere and anytime with a backpacking cookware.
Before we lead you to our genuine reviews of the best backpacking cookware in the market, you should know what to look for in a backpacking cookware first.
Things To Look For in A Backpacking Cookware
Backpacking cookwares are made up of a variety of strong, durable materials.
- Uncoated aluminum:
However, aluminum oxidizes and prone to scratches over time. In contrast, the anodized aluminum cookware is resistant to scratches, dents, and oxidation.
Cookware made of aluminum are lightweight and conduct heat efficiently.
- Stainless steel:
Though stainless steel cookwares lack protective coating, it’s more durable and scratch-resistant than aluminum. The only con of stainless steel pots is that it doesn’t distribute heat as evenly when compared to an aluminum pot. It will definitely cook your food, but at a relatively slower rate.
If weight is an issue to you, you should go for a titanium cookware. They’re extremely lightweight, thin, and corrosion-resistant. Due to its compact form, your pot will heat up easily. It also does a superb job of distributing heat evenly all over the cookware.
- Cast iron:
Cast iron pots are very durable and best used for baking and pressurized cooking. However, they’re too heavy.
We, backpackers, know that weight is a critical factor when choosing what to bring. We can’t afford to bring a cookware as heavy as half the weight of our packs.
That being said, you should opt for lightweight cookwares such as aluminum and titanium materials. But if you have space to spare, you can bring a stainless one or even a cast iron cookware.
In camps, we don’t have much access to water. Thus, it’ll be a hassle to bring cookwares that are hard to clean and where food sticks. Opt for cookwares that are non-stick and has a coating. You just have to be careful not to scratch the coating.
4. Pot size
For solo and pair backpackers, a small pot will do. For groups of 4-5 backpackers, a large-sized pot is the way to go. Either way, you should opt for a medium-sized cookware to stay on the safe side because you won’t always go solo, right?
5. Tight lids
Look for cookware with a tight-fitting lid to maximize fuel. A tight-fitting lid will save you time, fuel, and prevents splatter. Some cookware sets feature a particular lid for each pot while some have one cover that fits all.
6. Lifters or grabbers?
Cookware can either have a handle for lifting or a detachable grabber. Opt for cookware that features either one so you can pick up your cookware safely. Most cookware sets come with a grabber for all pieces. The only con of a grabber is that you have to hold on to it while cooking continuously.
The Best Backpacking Cookware of 2017
The Yodo Camping Cookware Set is made from anodized aluminum which is more durable, non-stick, and corrosion-resistant than a regular aluminum pot. Since it’s made of aluminum, heat from the camping stove, fire pit, and coals will easily transfer to the pot, saving you more cooking time.
Furthermore, the cookware set is ideal for a group of backpackers. It features four individual pieces of cookwares – a pan, a large pot, a medium pot, and a small pot. Having fried eggs for breakfast? Use the pan. Planning to stew beef for dinner? Use the large pot. It’s a very versatile cookware set.
The storage design of the set is also very compact – just stash each one on top of the other and pack the arranged set inside the mesh bag provided and you’re ready to go.
The set also includes five bowls, a wooden spoon, a serving utensil, and a loofah for cleaning the cookwares.
See the cookware set being tried out below.
The MalloMe Camping Cookware is a tiny compact cookware that’s ideal for a solo or a pair of backpackers. It’s super lightweight at just 14 ounces and features a small frying pan and a small pot both constructed from anodized aluminum. The frying looks like it can really create some fantastic scrambled eggs.
The set also includes a foldable stainless steel spork, a serving utensil, a wooden spoon, and two plastic bowls.
Overall, the set is a very handy one, and best serves one to two persons.
See the cookware in action below.
The 4-piece G4Free Outdoor Camping Cookware is also made from anodized aluminum and fitted on top of each other for a presentable stowaway. They have folding grabbers just like the first two cookwares on the list, but unlike them, this set doesn’t come with free utensils.
What I like about this set is the deeper dish bowls have measurements etched on the aluminum which is absolutely helpful for people who are having a hard time approximating volumes of liquids for soups and other dishes.
Also, the largest pot is deep enough to boil a lot of water (Uhm, for bathing purposes). However, the pots don’t have a lid so the heat escapes - cooking time is prolonged.
They say that this cookware is ideal for one or two persons, but I think it’s also perfect for a small group.
Check out the wonderful pieces of the cookware in the video below.
The Bisgear Camping Cookware features a small frying pan and a medium-sized pot. It also includes A LOT of extras – a wooden spoon for rice, 2 plastic bowls, a serving utensil, a foldable spork, a loofah, a knife, a carabineer, and lastly (the highlight of the set), a mini stove with piezo ignition.
Forget your plan to purchase just a cookware set because, with this one, you’ll also be getting a stove burner.
If you’re impressed with this set and you plan to purchase it, get yourself a Coleman Butane/ Propane Mix Fuel as well for the mini stove.
The frying pan and pot are both made from anodized aluminum that’s very durable and scratch-resistant. The cookwares are tiny and best used by one to two persons.
Are you curious about the mini stove more than the cookware set? View the video below!
The RioRand Portable Cookware Set includes a tiny frying pan and a deep dish pot. The deep dish pot doesn’t come with a lid, but you can use the frying pan as a lid – just flip the pan and fit it on top of the pot. However, if you cooked in the pan before using the pot, you have to make do without a lid.
I find the deep dish pot to be a unique feature of this set. Though it has a small diameter, it’s really deep and tall, and will definitely boil water in just a couple of minutes.
Unfortunately, the set doesn’t come with wooden rice ladles and other utensils. It’s hard to find miniature utensils that will fit backpacking cookwares because they’re not the standard size and you have to look for small ones that will fit inside the pots to save up space.
See how to use the pan as a lid in the video below.
Cooking is easy peasy when you’re at the comforts of your kitchen beaming with all kinds of silver pots and pans, but it’s a mess when you go alfresco. The purpose of backpacking cookware, ladies and gentlemen, is to save us from that big probability of messing up and also to allow us to cook comfortably like we do at home.
The main points to consider when eyeing a backpacking cookware are: versatility of the cookware, lightweightness, compactness, and made of a material that’s easy to clean, non-stick, and corrosion-resistant.
All of the qualities mentioned fits the profile of the Yodo Camping Cookware Set. Also, the individual pieces of the set have just the right size - not too small nor too big. Though you’re travelling solo, with a companion, or with a group, the set will answer to all your cookware needs.
Truly, a backpacking cookware will make you feel like you’re cooking at your own kitchen. They’re lightweight, won’t take much space in the pack, and most importantly, you won’t miss good food when you’re backpacking.
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