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Cook Out with Five of the Best Camping Cookware Sets

Updated on November 14, 2010

Just because you're taking an outdoor vacation doesn't mean you can't cook a proper meal like you do at home. Granted you won't have a refrigerator to take along, but you can bring some necessities in a cooler and with a good cookware set you can enjoy some quality cooking.

Personally I think Amazon has been a definite help when deciding on a product you've never used before. You can check out lots of different products and more importantly, read comments and reviews from people who have used them. This is especially important if you're going to be using what you buy away from home - you want things to work. If your cookware fails, you'll either be eating cold food or no food at all! Here are a few tips for buying:

· Make sure that the cookware you buy has tight fitting lids because this can save lots of fuel. The heat will be concentrated on the food and will not be lost unnecessarily. Tight lids can also protect your leftover food from flying or crawling insects.

· Choose durable cookware that is versatile and has the strength to handle many camping trips. Expect that there will be different weather and terrain conditions in the outdoors so your camping cookware must be sturdy

· Portability is obviously very important in camping and backpacking gear so have cookware that is light, compact, versatile, has tough handles and easy to clean surfaces.

My 5 choices for camping cookware follow; I think they're must-buys because they meet what I think are the crucial criteria above.

Stansport Premium Quality Stainless Steel 7 piece Deluxe Family Cookset
Stansport Premium Quality Stainless Steel 7 piece Deluxe Family Cookset

Stansport Premium Quality Stainless Steel 7 piece Deluxe Family Cookset

If you want durable, light and efficient cookware that can easily absorb heat, then I suggest this 7 piece Deluxe Family Cookset, This set is made from excellent quality steel and the pans have heavy duty bottoms for a even heat distribution. To me, what makes this ideal camping cookware is the fact that it has a single detachable handle which you can use on all the pans and pots that are included in the set. When you travel, all the pieces can nest together so they are incredibly compact The whole set only weighs 9 pounds and it is composed of 4 quart, 3 quart, 2 quart and 1 quart pots, a 10-inch frying pan, a universal lid and a detachable handle. Pretty much perfect for all family camping trips. As long as you have your portable camping stove with you and your favorite foods, your camping or even road trips will be a satisfying adventure.

Open Country Weekender 6-Person Cook Set
Open Country Weekender 6-Person Cook Set

Open Country Weekender 6-Person Cook Set

If you prefer deeper and larger camping cookware for your family’s needs, then this 6-person cook set might be ideal. You can easily whip up dinner for 6 people with this set as it includes a 4 and an 8 quart aluminum pot, a 10-inch nonstick frying pan with detachable handle, a 9-cup coffee boiler complete with lid and spout, 6 8-inch plastic plates and 6 8-ounce plastic cups. Seriously, what else could you need (well ok, don't forget the spatula). Compact and portable, the set can rest inside the 8-quart pot. All of the pieces are also easy to clean, they're durable and a good buy for families that like to camp together.

GSI Outdoors Bugaboo Mess Kit
GSI Outdoors Bugaboo Mess Kit

GSI Outdoors Bugaboo Mess Kit

If you're more of a minimalist, then this Bugaboo cookware set will suit you just fine. The set includes a dual-use frypan, 1 quart pot, and a bowl and cup, a Diamondback Gripper and it comes with a mesh bag for quick drying. The removable handle secures well and won’t fail you. All of the metal bits have a non-stick coating for easy cleaning and for even heat distribution. In spite of the pieces’ bulky appearance, the whole set is nicely compact as the pieces nest inside each other. As you would expect, the set is also lightweight at less than 2 pounds. So overall the whole set is compact, light, easy to clean and well constructed. And I guess I can throw this in there - it looks really good too.

Texsport Black Ice The Scouter Hard Anodized Cook Set
Texsport Black Ice The Scouter Hard Anodized Cook Set

Texsport Black Ice The Scouter Hard Anodized Cook Set

Another set for the more minimalist camper, this Texsport Black Ice cook set is practical for 1- or 2- person camping trips.The cookware is tough; really tough. The anodized surface is resistant to scratches and it's tougher than stainless steel. My very expensive favorite cookware set at home is anodized aluminum and it conducts heat very evenly and well (unlike un-anodized aluminum). You get the same excellent conduction with these anodized pieces. And you won't have to worry about cleaning, as the triple-coat quantanium surface on the inside of each piece makes it non-stick. You get a 7-inch fry pan, a 1 quart pot and a 1.5 quart pot and two lids. The pans have folding wire handles so you don’t need to detach and attach handles like you do on many other camping cookware sets. The handles fold down flush against the surface of the pots, making them compact for travel. The whole set weighs only 2 pounds so when you put the pieces altogether, they can fit into the large compartment of your backpack.

 

Brunton Vapor Non-stick aluminum Cookset
Brunton Vapor Non-stick aluminum Cookset

Brunton Vapor Non-stick aluminum Cookset

This Brunton three-piece set of cookware is one of the nicest looking and efficient cook sets you can find. Every piece has non-stick coating so you don’t need to worry about clean up or your food sticking and burning. It's perfectly sized for camping trips for 2 or 3 people.

It's very easy to clean and packs together nicely so it will not take up much space when you are backpacking or hiking. What most people like about this set is the fact that every piece conducts heat well and evenly so you can get cooking and eating very quickly. You will save a lot of butane or propane gas in your camping stove if you pack this cooking set when going outdoor camping. And did I mention this whole set weighs only 1 pound?

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    dragonjimm 

    7 years ago from Alabama

    Nice article.

    My Troop has three of the Open Country sets. Two are several years old. They've been used on both open fires/coals and camp stoves. Other then the nonstick surface on the frying pan, have survived quite well.

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    Dennis 

    7 years ago

    Camping cookware I personally prefer is the durable and light weight types. Definitely they are not glassware. I've tried to bring just one kettle and try to make steamboat on top of a hill, it was a mess. From there, I've learnt to be smart by using a portable one.

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