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 Picking The Right Cookware


  • Paint them black.  If your cookware does not have a black outer finish you can easily and cheaply put one on.  Go to any hardware or home improvement store and pick up a can of black oven paint.  Adding the black coating to the outside of your pots (don’t get the paint on the inside) will help your cookware heat up faster.

  • Use a large coffee can to boil water.  Need to boil up some water but you don’t want to cover that new cookware set in soot?  A coffee can or other large steel can makes an excellent pot for yeoman’s work.

  • Use the lid from that coffee can.  Need a small cutting board?  Well the lid from the coffee can makes an excellent cutting board.  When you are done with your trek you can put the can and lid into their respective recycling bins.

  • If you are baking, frying or using a pot for a oven, consider raising your pot off of the heat source.  Raising the pot from the heat source allows cooking at a lower temperature and helps prevent burning your food.  A steel tuna can, with the inside edges filed to prevent cuts, cleaned and the labels removed make an excellent riser to protect your gingerbread when cooking.

  • Mark measurements on your pots.  When you get your cookware at home take a high quality measuring cup and pour ¼ cup, ½ cup, 1 cup, 2 cups and so on into the pot.  Scratch a line on the inside of the pot at the ¼ cup mark, the ½ cup mark, the ¾ cup mark, the 1 cup mark, the cup mark and so on.  Now you won’t need that measuring cup when you are out in the field.  If your pot has a no-stick finish, take high heat paint which you can buy at any auto parts store and paint a small mark on the outside of the pot.

  • Pack a ¼ cup-measuring cup with your cookware.  Find a good quality stainless steel measuring cup at a specialty kitchen store.  If you can find a cup with a small spout and no handle this will work even better.  The stainless steel will stand up to the rigors of the trail and is easy to clean.  The small measuring cup will take up very little room, and can be used for precise measurements when your making your chicken and coconut curry.

  • Purchase your cooking stove at the same time.  When considering a cookware set either bring your stove with you or purchase one at the same time.  The ideal stove should fit nicely in your 1.5 to 2 quart pot.  If it will fit in a 1-quart pot, it may be too small to do larger duty of heating for a couple of people.  If it won’t fit in a 2-quart pot the stove you have selected is probably to big.  When sizing your stove remember that this does not include the fuel bottle, which will have to be store separately.  Already have a stove?  Than take it with you to size up your cookware.  By putting your stove in your cookware you save room, protect the stove, and know where it is at all times.

  • Make one-dish meals.  Do you hate cleaning or cooking?  Would you rather be watching the sunset then scrubbing pots?  Consider making a one-dish meal and eating right from the pot.  Saves time and saves cleaning.

  • Take only what you need.  If you are going on a solo weekend trip, consider taking just a single pot.  It saves space and weight when you are out in the backcountry.

When buying cookware there are a number of options you need to consider.  However equipped with this information you are now more educated on the right cookware set to get for your needs.  There really is no right or wrong answer.  If the cookware meets your culinary needs, is within your budget, and doesn’t take up your entire backpack when out in the backcountry then you have made a good choice.

If you have more questions, you can always contact us and one of our editors will gladly try to answer your questions.  As we try to remain agnostic, we may not be able to answer questions on the lines of brand X versus brand Y.