This is a listing of the major pieces of cooking equipment which we have. We are by the way not sponsored or otherwise supported by any of the manufacturers and these are simply the things we have found which work best for us. No endorsement of any product should be assumed or is implied.
You got to eat right. Cooking yourself saves a lot of money and in many cases simply cannot be avoided if you want a meal. These are some of the cooking utensils which we have found to be invaluable. By the way as you will see below (and in the picture above) we do not subscribe to the cook everything in one pot philosophy! Yes, it is possible, but this isn't a two week vacation!
It has a .5 liter fuel capacity which is more than enough for even the most complicated meal. It burns unleaded, kerosene, Coleman fuel, super, and regular gasoline. We use it with unleaded fuel, which works good and for us is very convenient since out bikes use the same type of fuel. One drawback is that unleaded is "dirty" compared to the Coleman fuel or even kerosene, both of which it can also use. Using Unleaded fuel as we do, the stove has a tendency to start burning yellow instead of nice hot blue flames after a while. The way to fix this is to clean the stove, which is very easy to do. Because we use the stove so often we have to clean it fairly regularly, once every three to four months. After a few years you will have to replace the jet and distributor which are readily available from Coleman. If you only use Coleman fuel you won't have this problem, unfortunately this is not available everywhere. Check in Wagga Wagga and you'll see what I mean.
If you are wondering if you read this right, two stoves? Yes, I decided to go ahead an try one of the new generation (the Peak One I bought in 1990) of camping stoves. The Primus is a top quality (did anyone expect any less) camping stove. It uses an external bottle or gas cartridge. We have been using this primarily with gas cartridges, but have also tried it with lighter fluid and unleaded. It basically will burn anything. I was very surprise to see how well it burned with lighter fluid. It packs small, the flame is extremely adjustable (much more so than the Peak 1), robust, and very versatile. We are very happy with this. Oh, and just a side note, with two cookers, dinner gets cooked much faster, and you can eat dinner hot, and have a cup of hot tea at the same time, luxury...
We still carry this around, so that alone says volumes. It is a commercial cookware item and you won't find it in your neighborhood store. It took us a long time to find one, but in the end it has been worth it. It is solid heavy aluminum and heats up very evenly regardless of the heat source being used. Great for cooking everything from stir-fry to pancakes, we even bake bread in it.
This item we found in Australia. It is a tea pot, made in Sweden by Targa. Very lightweight and just the right size for cooking a pot of tea. Works great on a stove or campfire or anywhere else.
Because aluminum plates and cups tend to "pulverize" we have gone to the stainless steel. These are much less likely to create a lot of aluminum dust when rubbing against each other or being used to cut on. Which in the end means you eat a lot less aluminum, which I am sure can't be all that good for you.
Ok, you can cook pancakes in the wok, but they won't turn out as good as when we cook them in the big frying pan. Teflon works great for a couple of years but after constant scrubbing it will start wearing off. We don't care we aren't getting rid of ours yet. Great for heating tortillas, making omelets or whatever.
We carry the usual assortment of pots and pans. For this trip, I have switched to a set of Trangia Titanium cooking set. So far I am very impressed, it heats up extremely fast, is very light and nothing sticks to it. The problem which we have had is that because it heats up so fast and takes very little heat to keep it cooking I need to usually use the Primus stove which can be turned down to a very small flame to cook. The Coleman is simply not adjustable enough for some "detail" work with these pans.
We got tired of having three or more unmatched, un-completed sets of cutlery. So I went out and got two sets of the Victorinox picnic set, which consists of a folding knife which locks in place, a full size spoon and fork, in a handsome red cover to insure that it all stays together. It is the small things in life that matter, and these work great.
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