I’m not much of a camper, but I do believe in being ready for the end of the world. So when the opportunity came to me to review camping cookware, I jumped on it with both feet. If shows like The Walking Dead or The Last Man on Earth have taught us anything, is that survivors need to be prepared for everything. Part of that preparation comes in the form of how you will cook your meals.
Whether you’re fleeing from the undead or having to outrun a nuclear winter, it’s important to have durable cooking supplies that travel as easily as you do. Let’s face it, the last thing you want to worry about while outrunning the latest radioactive hoard is whether your or not your culinary supplies take up too much room in your ready bag.
In this post, I review three sets of lightweight camping cookware that are great for the outdoor enthusiast or for those preparing for the end of the world.
In keeping with my end of the world theme, I wanted to cook something that survivors would be able to find in the wild. I decided to go with something easy to cook and that would fit most people’s post apocalyptic dietary lifestyle: meat and eggs. For my test, I used cow meat and chicken eggs, but you could easily substitute the meat for squirrel, groundhog and the eggs for turtle or snake. (Note: avoid eating or cooking with anything that has either been infected with any sort of zombie virus or has been exposed to radiation.)
Since I was unsure as to who I would be cooking for–I’m assuming that some picky eaters will survive–I wanted to try and cook my eggs a few different ways. In each test, I hardboiled as many eggs as I felt would fit in the pot and tried to fry one in the pan. (Note: I did use regular butter for my test. If no butter exists in the future, you can probably use margarine. That stuff never expires.)
finessCity Non-Stick Titanium Pots
If you’re looking for simplicity, you can’t go wrong with the finessCity non-stick Titanium pots. I used the 800 ML “pot” to fry an egg and cook my meat. The egg I fried was the only egg where the yoke didn’t break, and the meat didn’t stick to the pan. The non-stick of the finessCity Titanium pot really lived up to its name. I did use a tablespoon of butter to fry the egg and the meat was marinated in oil so that may have helped. But their non-stick design makes clean up a breeze.
I was able to boil two eggs in the 1.25 L pot. I could have boiled three but that would have been pushing it. I was afraid adding more eggs would have caused uneven cooking. The last thing you want to worry about when living in the apocalypse is whether your eggs cook evenly.
The finessCity Non-stick Titanium pots don’t come with any bells or wills. Their compact, lightweight design would be great for the hiking, camping or the urban survivalist. These pans do come with a microfiber carrying case, which would be a nice luxury to have after civilization.
Terra Hiker Cooking Set
One of the nice things about this cooking set is that pot was deeper than the others. The Terra Hiker Cooking Set comes with a pot (they call it a cauldron, which is awesome) that is 166x89 mm. If you don’t understand millimeters, just know that I was easily able to hard boil six eggs at the same time. The eggs cooked evenly without boiling over or splashing too wildly. six eggs would give you enough energy to run from any hoard for at least a couple of hours.
The Terra Hiker cooking set has one thing the other sets don’t: a kettle. Now, this may sound like a small thing, but don’t overlook the benefits of a hot beverage on a cold day. When you need a pick me up in the morning, a steaming cup of coffee will perk you up. And on a cold night in the winter, hot chocolate would warm you up like a hug from those not fortunate enough to survive.
This set also comes with a cleaning loofah, two plastic bowls, and a wooden serving spoon. The overall design provides enough equipment to cook for 2 to 3 people. Or, if you are a heavy eater, like I am, it is enough equipment to cook for yourself.
MalloMe Camping Cookware
This was probably my favorite set of all. Not necessarily because it was the best set or because it cooked the food more evenly. I loved this set because it came with gadgets. And even in the apocalypse, it’s important to accessorize. Sure, it came with the traditional pot and pan. There was even a lid. But this cookware and mess kit also came with:
Stainless steel spork (and who doesn’t love a good spork?)
Stainless steel cutlery
From the moment I opened the box, my kids wanted to play with just about every gadget and gizmo that came in the pack. I’ve had to stop my kids from fighting over the survival bracelet. It’s almost like they want the world to end. So adorable. I had to keep the firestarter, a flint-and-steel doodad, away from the youngest to make sure she didn’t start a mini end of the world in our own home.
As far as the cooking test went, the MalloMe Camping Cookware performed as well as the others. I would only give this set a slight advantage because the lid fits on both pot and pan.