How Camping Cookware Works

Washing and Storing Camping Cookware

No matter how far from civilization your outdoor adventure takes you, somebody's got to do the dishes. In the wild, washing up sometimes requires creativity. If it's possible and practical to wash your cookware with soap and water, warm the water in your cooking pot and use biodegradable soap. Allow as few food particles as possible into the wash water. When you're done, strain food particles out of the water and carry it well away from your campsite and any water sources before scattering it on the ground.

Instead of soap, you can use sand and snow to scrub your pots and dishes, followed by a hot water rinse to melt away traces of grease and kill germs. Boiling water alone is sufficient to sanitize your camping cookware if a scrubbing would scratch non-stick surfaces. Well-seasoned cast iron cookware has a non-stick surface that you can just wipe clean. If scrubbing is necessary, use coarse salt. It scours away food that's stuck on and adds seasoning to the next meal.

When you're ready to pack up and move on, a layer of cloth between nested cookware prevents scratching of non-stick surfaces. Store your cookware in a stuff sack to keep it from transferring fire blackening to other gear.

Thoroughly wash and dry all of your camping cookware when you return home. Nest sets together and store in a cool, moisture- and humidity-free place.

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