This is a first impression post on cooking with the cooking gear I purchased for my backpacking and camping trips. This test was done in controlled conditions. The items that I carried with me on my trip were the Bushbuddy wood burning stove, my Trangia spirit burner, the Clikstand for the Trangia, the Snowpeak Trek 900 Titanium cookset with its fry pan lid, my BHK Bushcrafter knife, a knife-fork-spoon-cork screw-can opener combi in an Olive drab pouch which is called the “foreign legion 5 in 1 chow set” online which I’ll call FLC for short and the Snowpeak titanium plate.
Some of these will be reviewed separately later. This was tested on one of my outstation official trips. What started out as a 15 day trip to oversee the deployment of an upgraded Hospital Information System (HIS) and migrating our software from Windows server to Linux, thanks to the incompetence of the developers, turned into an extended trip which lasted well over 2 1/2 months with only about 3 short visits back home to Delhi. On the first trip back, I realized that I could no longer put up with the awful mess food. It wasn’t such a big issue for me as I had my camping stuff which was light and portable so I packed up my stuff and also a bottle of organic extra virgin olive oil and some wonderful organic, brown, hand pounded, unpolished basmati rice from Navdanya’s outlet in Hauz Khas and a liter of “spirit” i.e. methanol from the local paint & hardware shop. Search as hard as I did, I could not locate my 1 liter Trangia meth bottle. The next option was to get illegal out of necessity, and fill a bottle of Rail Neer (Mineral water provided on the Indian railways) with meths and drop it into my backpack.
Locally, I got a few garden fresh tomatoes from my friend and some veggies and plantains which she got for me from the nearby market. The plan was to use the Trangia burner for the first part of the trip and then the Bushbuddy (as there were enough trees in the hospital campus) for the final part of my trip. However on this trip I wasn’t able to use the Bushbuddy except for singeing off the remaining feathers of a chicken as I was worried I’d blacken the ceiling of the guest room.
Note: The FLC blade, although so convenient to use later came out from its mountings. Strong as it was, it couldn’t handle the slightest twisting force applied to it sideways in my case at the can opener. I don’t recommend this product any more as it will prove pretty unreliable when you are out and have to rely on it.
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