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Old 01-02-2014, 12:07 PM   #1
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Cookware and such

Looking at options for cookware for our Escape. I would normally just use odds and ends; however, I'm thinking about nesting cookware that might fit better. I was looking at the Texsport Black Ice, but wanted to get some input from others. Anyone have any favorites/thoughts when it comes to cookware?

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Old 01-02-2014, 12:22 PM   #2
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Cooking with backpacking cookware is challenging IMHO - things burn really easily, the handles are flimsy, and the pans are small. We prefer a small set of "regular" pans which nest somewhat - I think we have these or something similar: REVERE 8-pc Non-Stick Aluminum Cookware Set : Amazon.com : Home & Kitchen
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This will likely evolve into personal choices depending on how you cook! I started with the aluminum stuff left over from my backpacking/tent camping days; we're now using a nicer nesting set of stainless steel that I got at REI. Pricey, but so much better for cooking than aluminum! I still carry one small aluminum pot, and a larger teflon frying pan, and a medium sized dutch oven. It's the other cooking stuff that you'll want to consider, too...steamer basket, strainer, whisks, cocktail shaker...

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Try looking at nesting sets for boats, like this site.

Nesting Stainless Steel Cookware Sets, Non Stick Cookware | Galleyware Company
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Old 01-02-2014, 12:51 PM   #5
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Those sets from Galleyware look excellent... But, for the moment, we're making do with various extras.

We did finally ditch the old enameled metal plates and plastic bowls, and got some corelle. Weight isn't quite the issue it used to be (even car camping we used to be careful of weight to avoid overloading the kitchen bins).

I need to come up with a good way of storing the plates and other things in the overhead cabinet so they're always accessible, efficient in terms of space consumed, and stable "in flight".
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Old 01-02-2014, 12:56 PM   #6
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I avoid putting heavy stuff in the o/h cabinets. I utilized the under sink for pots/pans and wheel wells for enamel plates. Paper and plastic goods go in my o/h bins.
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Old 01-02-2014, 01:08 PM   #7
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I've looked at the Magma cookware and wondered whether it was worth the price. I use stainless at home and it's a bit heavy; however, the marine grade or REI camping grade stainless might be more do-able (I'm convinced ours was made for body-builders). Thanks to all for your answers as it really helps in the decision-making process to know what other find useful ... and why.
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Old 01-02-2014, 01:11 PM   #8
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We bought this nesting set of Magma cookware a year ago. Though pricey, it is very high quality. Lots of pots too. We actually eliminated all our other stovetop cookware, and a couple mixing/serving bowls too. It really is nice and compact when nested.

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We bought this nesting set of Magma cookware a year ago. Though pricey, it is very high quality. Lots of pots too. We actually eliminated all our other stovetop cookware, and a couple mixing/serving bowls too. It really is nice and compact when nested.

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Thanks. I may have to give Magma/stainless a closer look.
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Does anyone use cast iron? I know it is heavy, but it's what I mostly use at home.
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Does anyone use cast iron? I know it is heavy, but it's what I mostly use at home.
I have ceramic lined cast iron cookware and do take at least 1 pot and pan in the trailer ...... The oldest ones are about 46 yrs old . Should add they are none stick ...
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We mostly use cast iron at home too, but find it too heavy and bulky to use in the trailer. I know a few others do bring a piece or two.

Those Magma pots have heavy bases, and cook very evenly.
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I love my cast iron frying pan. It's all I use at home. (Have all sizes) We
always have a medium sized pan in our trailer. In my opinion, once they are seasoned, they are virtually a non stick pan. I always have my eye open for old ones at garage sales and thrift shops.(My wife would say I'm a bit obsessive!!)
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Looking at options for cookware for our Escape. I would normally just use odds and ends; however, I'm thinking about nesting cookware that might fit better. I was looking at the Texsport Black Ice, but wanted to get some input from others. Anyone have any favorites/thoughts when it comes to cookware?

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Hi: CADreamin... We have found that IKEA Welcome to IKEA.com - IKEA is a great source for all things small, reasonable, and all round great for camp ware. The little plastic flip-top trash container fits under the stove in the cupboard and the S/S pots with glass lids are still with us and not too badly marred. Alf
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I mention this out of experience for those who carry items under the sink. Last summer while traveling with my 13' Scamp, I had stored a couple of small, but heavier items under the sink. I hit a hole on the interstate that could not be avoided. The trailer bounced. Evidently, something under the sink flew up and broke a PVC bowl and pipe fitting to the drain. That evening, when using the sink, water came from out of the area on to the floor. Used a small plastic waste basket to catch the water so I could use the sink. Thankfully, this occurred on my way home.
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Pressure Cooker

Never used one before but now I find our 5L pressure cooker to be indispensable. Saves mucho propane!
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Does anyone use cast iron? I know it is heavy, but it's what I mostly use at home.
We have a large collection of (old!) cast iron that is how we cook most everything at home and when camping (OK, we don't carry it on our motorcycles, but we also try really hard not to camp when motorcycle touring!)

In our old home built camper that we carried on our UniMoG we had a specially built shelf complete with tie downs to keep our two cast iron pans (in purpose built denim bags, which will definitely be used again in the Escape) from moving about in the cupboard. We'll be figuring out a way to do something similar as soon as we get our trailer!
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Check out T-Fal Ingenio cookware. The handles come off and everything nests. Hard to find but I use it at home and love it. Have some pieces for the trailer too. Can sometimes find reasonably priced sets on Ebay.
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Old 01-02-2014, 06:52 PM   #19
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Hi: CADreamin... We have found that IKEA Welcome to IKEA.com - IKEA is a great source for all things small, reasonable, and all round great for camp ware. The little plastic flip-top trash container fits under the stove in the cupboard and the S/S pots with glass lids are still with us and not too badly marred. Alf
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Great idea Alf! We have an IKEA not too far from us and I'm always looking for an excuse to "visit". Why is it sometimes the most obvious answers elude us ... Thanks for reminding me about IKEA.
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Hi: CADreamin... Great minds think IKEA... " Start the car... START THE CAR!!!
I to am guilty of staring at the "Big Picture" and missing the "Thumbnails". Always glad to help. Alf
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