The Magic of Titanium Backpacking Cookware
Most people imagine cooking in the wilderness in a really romantic way. Kind of like this: A couple of trout sizzling over an open fire between a couple of springs of rosemary and lemon slice on a cast iron pan. To the side, a nice big pot of water boiling some potatoes and carrots.
That might happen if you are camping ten feet from your car. But in real life, if you have to carry everything on your back it is going to be more like instant noodles and a cup of water heating slowly on a little flame.
Well maybe it doesn’t have to be that bad, but it could be and I have to admit I’ve been there. The main idea then will be to keep the weight down when planning to backpack. Only experience will tell you what you will be willing to carry in exchange for the type of cooking and food you eat on the trail.
If you are going to only have one thing I would carry something in the range of 600 ml for cup size. That is big enough to do an instant noodles or water for a Mountain House freeze dry meal. 750 ml and you are talking a Mac and Cheese. With measurements well embossed on it, the cup should also have a lid that fits well. Of course with that much boiling capacity, it should make a functional coffee and water cup too.
TOAKS LIGHT Titanium 650ml Pot
Valtcan 750ml Titanium Backpacking Camping Open Fire Pot Cup with Lid and Stuff Sack
For the really disciplined hiker, all you need is one cup that you can cook in and drink out of. What I have found is having both a cup AND a pot are handy in the sense I like to cook my food and heat my water at the same time if possible. And then there could be the pan but keeping with the cup for a minute, if you get a double walled cup you will have a very nice hot beverage holder but you will NOT be able to put that cup over a flame. Only the single-walled cups as listed above are suitable for that. However, double walled cups are lips savers and give a nice comfortable feel to your morning cup of java.
This double walled cup with lid is all about luxury:
I like the Keith products because they are not coated with anything. Just plain Titanium. They have a lifetime guarantee and have passed rigorous standards tests for food grade quality. As with all titanium products, the Keith stuff won’t ever leech and are among the healthiest cooking materials you can use. Here is a list of benefits from the Keith Company regarding titanium cookware:
I am slowly changing all my home kitchenware over to titanium. Starting with the cups….and maybe some utensils.
This pan is really going all out. With a pot and a cup, the itinerant survivalist will live like a king and be able to hold out forever. Of course in the meantime, it can be used at home for healthy results and fantastic heat transfer.