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Old 27 Feb 2013
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Best cooking gear for making *real* food?

I come from a lightweight backpacking background, meaning we have light backpacking stoves that are great at boiling water and then we just pour it in some dehydrated food like oatmeal, freeze dried stuff, etc. OK for short backpacking trips. Crappy for long trips.

Sometimes you just want to buy some raw ingredients from the grocery and have a real (and cheap) meal.

Since a RTW trip is going to be very, very long, I'm looking for some cooking options that will allow me to make real foods with raw meats and stuff. Even stews. Preferably one that doesn't require me to make an actual fire every night.

Any ideas?
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Two parts

1) What you cook in. Something non stick - for easy clean up.

I have not found my ideal, or close enough. What I have tried in non stick lightweight has failed in use. So I am using a stainless steel pot with lid, works except for things like fish, pancakes etc.

2) what you cook with, the heat source. Must be able to control the heat level for simmering/nonburn.

I use a Coleman feather light 422? Using gasoline as that can be bought easily in small quantities. Good heat control, the heat tends to be concentrated in the middle ... you need to be aware of that as the heat in the pot may not be even across the base. Having said that I'm happy with this.

The third consideration is carrying the food ... but that is

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I have yet to find a wet fuel stove that will simmer properly. gas ones are fine. the only way with the wet fuel burners is to be able to change the distance between burner and pot to get a good soft simmer.

Ideally use a small pressure cooker. These will more than halve the cooking times. Therefore they save more than half the gas used.
Do not buy one from Tower, they are very poorly made and have no warranty whatsoever if you take it outside the country of purchase.
I had a small one from prestige (hi dome) which worked fine for over 20 years. also I have a large 23 ltr one from Presto which has also worked flawlessly for the last 4 years.
The tower one blew up after it had been taken off the heat and put aside to cool on the first attempt at use.
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