How to Choose Camping Cookware
With the continuous innovation of outdoor manufacturers, camping cookers have also made great progress. In addition to the appearance style, they have different materials such as stainless steel, aluminum and titanium. You may be faced with these dazzling products, it is really difficult to determine how to choose to meet your use requirements. We can choose the most suitable products according to our own needs according to the material, cooking ability, storage volume, durability, ease of use and weight.
1. Material of outdoor cookware
1.1 ordinary aluminum
Advantages: light, cheap, good thermal conductivity
Disadvantages: aluminum is easy to react with acid and alkali in food, but this can be avoided by anodizing. Aluminum is soft and easy to break.
Ordinary aluminum, or anodized aluminum, is the main material of outdoor cookers. This material is cheap, so this kind of cookers is also very cheap.
1.2 anodized aluminum
Advantages: Anodizing and hardening treatment adds a thicker coating to the surface of aluminum material, which is three times thicker than ordinary anodizing treatment. This treated aluminum is more durable than ordinary aluminum or anodized aluminum.
Disadvantages: this material often has a non stick coating and needs more careful maintenance; And it will be much more expensive.
Anodized and hardened aluminum is the best material for making outdoor cookers at present. It has good thermal conductivity, light weight and easy to clean, especially when there is a non stick coating. It is durable and corrosion resistant.
It is slightly more expensive than ordinary aluminum cookers. Generally, they like outdoor cooking. Donkey friends who often cook outdoors will be willing to buy this kind of cookers.
Advantages: very light, very thin, very fast heating
Disadvantages: the thermal conductivity is very poor and hot spots will be formed; Very expensive
The biggest advantage of titanium is its light weight, which is the favorite of lightweight equipment lovers. Although it is light, it is still very strong and durable.
However, the thermal conductivity of titanium is very poor, and the heat will be concentrated in the place where the fire is located, so you can't cook delicate food, such as boiled white rice. Most of the time, it is only suitable for boiled noodles.
1.4 stainless steel
Advantages: it is very durable and can be cleaned with steel ball
Disadvantages: very heavy; Poor thermal conductivity
Stainless steel outdoor cooking utensils are very thick and easy to make, but they are heavy. They are generally used by outdoor professionals, such as mountain guides and explorers.
1.5 cast iron
Advantages: it can be used for a lifetime; Natural non stick; Perfect cooking tools can make exquisite meals; It can also be used at home;
Disadvantages: very heavy
Want to bake pizza? Want to cook country firewood? There's only a cast iron pot. This is the ultimate pursuit of perfect outdoor cooking lovers. And it can be used at home.
2、 Choose outdoor cooking utensils
A set of outdoor cooking utensils generally includes soup pot, frying pan, lid, bowl, plate, cup, knife, fork, chopsticks, teapot, wine pot, etc. you can choose the right match to meet your needs according to your preferences, team number, outdoor activity type, weather season, food to be cooked, etc.
When choosing outdoor cooking utensils, you may need to consider the following aspects:
2.1 size and quantity of cookers
You need to determine the size and quantity of cooking utensils you carry according to the number of people eating and the type of food. Most outdoor cookware brands offer a range of cookers with different diameters and capacities for you to choose from. From a small pot for 1-2 people to a large cooker for a large team of 8-12 people.
2.2 thermal efficiency
The color, diameter and height of cooking utensils determine cooking efficiency. The darker the color, the higher the thermal efficiency, the larger the diameter and the smaller the height, the higher the thermal efficiency.
When boiling water, adding a cover can reduce radiation and heat dissipation and improve heating efficiency.
The cover that has a certain depth and can be used as frying pan, plate and bowl after turning over is better, which is more conducive to multi-purpose, reduce equipment and weight.
The pot and lid need insulated handles to avoid scalding you during cooking. This function is very important.
In order to facilitate carrying, the handles of outdoor cooking utensils can be folded, so a considerate design is that the handles can be fixed in the expanded position during cooking, and will not automatically return to the position close to the flame of the stove and be heated or burned. This function is very important. If your stove handle does not have this design, you need to process it yourself to realize this function.
The handle is usually equipped with a heat insulation layer (plastic, rubber, silica gel). If your pot diameter is very small, you need to pay special attention to the size of the flame. Don't use too large flame to avoid burning the heat insulation layer of the handle.
Outdoor cookware manufacturers provide a variety of cookware sets. In addition to pots of various sizes, there can be plates, bowls, cups, knives and forks, etc. a set of cookware can be reasonably packaged into a whole. You can choose a set of cookware according to your needs, or you can buy different sets and build an outdoor cookware system that best suits your needs.