Cookware Buying Gear Guide
The Right Cookware
CLEANING AND CARE
soap on the outside of your pots.
Only does this if you are car camping and cooking over a
fire. Introducing this much soap in the backcountry would not
be following Leave No Trace ethics.
dishwashing soap on the outside of your pot (make sure you donít
get inside) makes for easy cleaning of the soot that will accumulate
on the outside. Just
take a small amount and put a thin layer on the bottom and sides of
the pan. Make sure also
you donít get any on the handles.
a small cooking and cleaning kit to pack in with your cookware.
Your cooking and cleaning kit should include a small pot
holder, a can opener, cheesecloth packed in a Ziploc bag, a very
small scrub pad, a small sample sized bottle of a unscented,
bio-degradable, low-phosphate dish cleaner, and a small sponge. Use the potholder to pack around your stove or two pots that
might be banging around making noise and driving you nuts. Make sure you get a quality can opener that is small and
durable. To make a
small scrub pad, take a standard pad that you can buy in the
supermarket and cut off a 2Ē X 2Ē piece.
Do the same for a sponge.
You can take an old travel size shampoo bottle to store your
dishwashing soap. Make
sure to pack your scrub pad, sponge and soap in a Ziploc bag.
Consider sealing your small bottle of soap with wax before
going on a trip. These
bottles tend to leak as the soap doesnít allow for a good seal,
and can make quite a mess. You
can use the wax from a survival candle to reseal the bottle in the
field. When in the backcountry, you can use the cheesecloth to
strain any food bits out of your gray water.
Shake out the food bits into your waste bag and keep your
cheesecloth stored separate from your scrubbing gear.
sand or ashes to scrub your pot.
Ashes and sand have been used for centuries as a cleaning
agent. Take a small
amount of clean dry sand and scrub away with a cloth.
Unless you have a really sticky mess, the results may
heat and water to clean your pots.
If you have scooped out that stew and everyone is eating,
fill the pot with water, put a lid on it and bring it to a boil.
As soon as it is boiling turn the heat off and let the pan
soak. Water is a
powerful solvent and when combined with heat and steam can power off
even the nastiest mess. Use
the same pot of hot water to wash your plates and other dishes.
not using soap for cleaning. If
your traveling less than five days and you are in the backcountry,
consider forging soap altogether.
Hot water can keep the pots clean during this time.
soon as you get off the trail and back at home, properly clean your
cookware set and allow it to thoroughly dry before storage.
Nothing is worse than finding a crusty cooking kit after a long day