A good, handy knife - with a sheath - is a must. I have one for cooking and a carving knife for other things that may need cutting; for example, if you're cooking over an open fire and need to peel wood chips from logs to start the fire.
Choose a small, light one in wood or plastic. It doesn’t take up much space but meets all requirements - and can also be used as an extra serving dish!
A handy set of smaller wooden utensils is perfect for stirring pots and turning steaks. Choose wood so you don’t damage the coating on pots and pans.
If you’re using an expedition stove, storm stove or camping stove, gas is needed. If you cook in very cold temperatures, there is a special gas for this (winter gas), to make cooking and fuel consumption as efficient and resource-saving as possible.
With a set of 1-2 saucepans and a frying pan you can cook almost anything. If you are cooking over an open fire, it is convenient to use an open fire pan with legs that you place over the fire (like a griddle pan) or a cast iron pan that you can place directly in the fire.
If you cook directly over an open fire, an oven glove, or a thick kitchen towel, is a must as the pots/pans get very hot - and sooty!
To save space and weight, I always carry small packs of basic ingredients such as salt and oil, so invest in small, lightweight jars that can be refilled.
One of the most important things to have, because of course we don't want to leave any traces behind. Also a good place to put dirty plates etc. if there is no water to rinse off what you used.
Box for leftover food
I always take a lunch box with me in case there is any food left over. I do this because it doesn’t feel great to throw food away - and more importantly because we shouldn't leave food scraps in the wild as, among other things, they risk spreading diseases between different animals.
Reusable zip lock bags
I have a bunch of reusable silicone bags that are perfect for filling with ingredients and taking on a trip. They hardly weigh anything and are an environmentally friendly alternative to disposable bags.
Plates and cutlery
Choose plates and cutlery in lightweight materials such as stainless steel. They hardly weigh anything and are designed to take up as little space as possible.
February 07 2022
are a large part of the energy intake on a trip. A few readily available nuts or a large piece of almond paste (my personal favourite!) can make a big difference to the mood of the group when you’re tired and it's a long way to your planned campsite...or anytime!
I've written a lot about how to cook high-energy food on trips, but not so much about how you can save energy on the cooking itself. I mean the consumption of gas for your stove. This will not be a post describing exactly how much gas you need to bring on your excursion/expedition but I have some great tips and tricks to share that will make your gas last longer and maybe even allow you to carry a little less in your pack.
The aim of this post is to inspire you to dehydrate simpler ingredients that you can use in your cooking and to make it feel like a better alternative to ready-made freeze-dried dishes. I will mostly focus on drying fresh vegetarian produce here, because it's the easiest to do successfully in my opinion and the least risky in terms of bacterial growth if the drying fails. For those who want to delve deeper into the subject, I would recommend Eric Tornblad’s book Torka mat (“Dry food”).