Whenever I went out camping by myself, or with my friends and family, I often used to use cook sets from home that were bulky and were not necessarily the best suited to use over a camp fire or over a gas stove. That meant that I made food that wasn’t brilliantly cooked.
Ever since I have bought a camping cook set, I have had great success cooking great food over a campfire and over a gas stove. So to help guide you through the best camping cookware sets out there, here is what you need to know.
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Features that you should consider
What is the bottom of the cook set made out of?
When you think about cook sets, there are many options to choose from. They are:
- Carbon steel
Each kind of cook set bottom provides different types of heat transfer into the pan or the pots that you have. This ensures that your food is cooked to the standard that you want.
Generally, the more expensive the cook sets are, the more elegant the material of the bottom will be. Copper bottom cook sets, for example, tend to provide great heat induction but require frequent cleaning to maintain the bottom. These kinds of cook set are great for cooking on a gas camp stove. What kind of stove that you have will greatly influence your decision on what kind of cook set bottom you will get.
What kind of cooking surface do you want?
Here are the examples of cooking surfaces that you can have for your cookware set.
- Stainless steel
- Cast iron
The reason why the cooking surface is important is because how your food is cooked when you are at camp can determine how great the cookware sets are to use. Cast iron cooktop surfaces are great if you are searing meat, but not necessarily great for cooking vegetables. Stainless steel cookware surfaces are easy to clean but have very poor conductivity.Glass top or no top?
Many cookware sets come with pans or dishes that have glass cover tops or metal covers. There are even many cookware sets that do not come with any kind of top cover at all.
What kind of cook top that you want to go with your cook sets will depend on your cooking style. If you are the kind of person who likes to look through the lid to see whether your food is cooking, then a glass lid is the best way to do that. If you prefer to lift the lid up and smell the food along with looking into the lid, a metal or non-glass lid is the best way of doing that.
Body shape of the cookware.
Cookware sets come with many pots and pans that have varying shapes and sizes. When choosing the kinds of pots and pans that you want to use for your camping trip, you should always consider what kind of food you are going to cook and which kind of pots and pans that you need.
The body shape is also important because the body shape of the pots and pans can determine how much space you have in your bags for other belongings. So while it is great to have pots and pans that are big enough to make a hearty meal near the campfire, bringing a big pot or pan can determine what else you can fit into your bags.
Sides and rim of the cookware sets.
The reason why you should consider this is beacause the sides that you choose for your cookware set can determine whether you can cook your food properly. This also goes for the rims where if you have a slightly rolled rim, you can pour dishes better; whereas if you use a straight rim, you can toss the ingredients better.
Take cookware with high sides, for example. If you have that, you can reduce spitting from simmering liquids. However, with flared sides, cooking liquids are allowed to reduce by increasing evaporation.
Handle types of cookware sets.
What kind of cookware handle for your cookware set that you choose will depend on what you are trying to cook. For example, if you are using an oven at the campsite, then you can use a cook set with a metal or silicone handle. However, if you are just keen to use the stove, then a wooden style handle would do well along with a silicone coated handle.
Now that we have gone through the features that you should consider for your cook set decision, here are now five choices that we have for you. We’ll pick a winner at the end of this list as our recommendation for the best camping cook set.
Top 5 Best Camping Cookware You Shout Checkout
Coleman Rugged 6-Piece Family Cookset.
In this camping cook set, you get three high quality pots and pans that are stored in a nesting position for great storage. That allows you to put this cook set in the tightest of positions in your bag when you go camping.
Not only that, but the pans are non-stick. This should be enough to create a good, small meal for your family in the evenings around the campfire when the sun sets.
What makes this cookware set very good is the fact that this cook has non-stick surfaces. This means that you can clean your pots and pans from your cook sets easily and without fuss.
The slits on the lids are also a feature that sets it out from all the other cook sets on the market today. This allows you to strain food whenever you want to get rid of any liquid that you don’t need from your food. It also allows the steam to escape from the pots and pans easily. The handles are made out of soft rubber. That allows you to hold onto the pans and pots quite comfortably.
- Non-stick surfaces.
- Safe handles that are interchangeable.
- Slits for easy draining.
- Small and compact.
- Handle can tend to fall apart at times.
Boom Dream Complete Camping Cookware Set.
What first stands out when looking at this camping set is it’s extreme compactness. This cookware set is designed so that the frying pan can fit into the pot. That gives you a compactness that you would not expect from a normal cookware set.
This cookware set also comes with its own compact gas burner. No need to find anything else to cook on because all you have to do is attach a gas stove bottle to the valve provided and then you can start cooking delicious food when you are camping.
Another thing about the gas burner valve – you do not need to use a lighter or any kind of device to light up the camp stove. It has it’s very own Pierzo lighting system that makes it safe for you to light up the stove. All you have to do is turn on the ignition, just like any other stove and then start cooking your food.
Plus, with a lifetime guarantee for this little camping set, you can be guaranteed to have some of the best food that you have ever tasted.
- Lifetime guarantee.
- Compactness – frying pan can fit inside the pot.
- Comes with it’s own camping stove.
- Pierzo lighting system allows the camp stove to turn on without a match lighter.
- Comes with small utensil set.
- Not suitable for large groups; can only feed 1-2 people.
Camping Cookware Mess Kit Outdoors Bug Out Bag & Backpacking Gear Hiking Cook set
This aluminium cook set is great if you want a whole range of choices to cook on. The camping cookware mess kit set can be used over a wood fire, camp cooker or a primus. That means that you don’t have to fuss about what kind of cooking method that you have to use.
This camping cookware set comes with the following items.
- Anodized aluminium Non Stick Pot and Pan.
- Pot Cover
- Two Bowls
- Folding Spork and Fork
- Soup Spoon
- Bamboo Spoon Spatula
- Cleaning Sponge
- Mesh bag
All of these items have been made to be lightweight and durable. That means that you don’t have to keep on buying more cookware sets to replace this set because this set will last for a very long time. It also ensures that you can carry the cookware set in your backpack quite easily.
As an added bonus, this cookware set comes with its very own cookbook. That way, you can cook great meals with the rations that you have in your back pack.
- Can be cooked on multiple cooking surfaces.
- Comes with cookbook.
- Has It’s own mesh bag for easy carrying.
- Handles on the cook set can come off loose from time to time.
Here is what is included in this cookware set.
- One aluminium non-stick pot with lid,
- One aluminium non-stick frying pan
- Two bowls
- Two stainless steel sporks
- Two silicone folding cups with lids (BONUS ITEMS)
- One BPA-FREE soup ladle
- One bamboo spatulaone sponge
With this cookware set, you get several pots and pans that are individually made with non-stick aluminium. This allows you to cook without mess and cleaning up is a breeze with this cookware set. Utensils, spatula and bowls are included to make the eating experience worthwhile when you are camping out with your friends.
The great thing about this cookware set is that it is BPA free. That means that you and your family’s health is protected because there are no nasty chemicals that will leach into your food while you are cooking delicious food at the campsite.
This cookware set is mainly suitable for only one adult or two younger people. Either way, this makes a great kit for those who are heading out by themselves and would like that one cookware set that they can use for themselves.
- BPA free
- Comes with utensils and serving materials.
- Only suitable for individuals.
- Some items are difficult to put back into the compact cookware set eg. The cups.
Yodo Anodized Aluminum Camping Cookware Set
The great part about this cook ware set is that this set is a multipurpose set. That means that you can do a variety of actions such as fry, stir-fry and boil. No need to bring anything else because the items that you need for frying or boiling are all in this set.
The handle itself is a heat protective handle that is easy to fold. In fact, this whole cookware set can easily fit into the mesh storage bag to save you space.As well as that, the pots and pans are made out of aluminium and the cooking surface of the pan is non-stick. You can easily clean up the non-stick surface with the Loofah sponge provided.
With utensils provided, this cookware set is perfect if you have multiple people with you when you are camping. All your utensils and bowls can be found in this cookware set.
Based on the five choices that we have provided, the best camping cookware set has to belong to the Yodo camping cookware set.
The reason why the Yodo cookware set has been chosen because it has a good number of pots and pans. It also comes with it’s very own utensils and cleaning kit so that you don’t have to bring anything else from home. A very convenient cookware set for those who want to have everything in one set.
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