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How To Care For Your Camping Cookware

Metal cookware might appear incredibly durable, but treat it carelessly and it won't be long before your pots and pans look as if they've been used for punting and putting instead of cooking. By following a few simple tips, you can keep your cookware looking new and lasting through many years of culinary adventures.

Dos and Don'ts

  • Never cut with a knife inside nonstick cookware. Use only nylon or wood utensils
  • Always separate the gripper from the hot pot, and don't store it loosely inside a pot when transporting
  • Don't let cookware boil dry
  • Unless boiling water, adjust your stove's flame to a medium heat for frying and cooking. Avoid letting the flame climb the sides of the pot.

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Cleaning and Care

  • If your pots and pans are coated, wipe them clean with a soft, soapy sponge and then rinse with warm water. If they are made of uncoated stainless steel, Titanium or aluminum, then a bit more elbow grease will be required.
  • Prolong the finish on cookware by using only non-abrasive scouring pads. Do no use steel wool, scouring powders or other abrasives.

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Storage

  • Raw metal scratches Teflon, so place a paper towel, or other soft, thin towel between pots to prevent them from damaging each other.
  • Be aware that storing a stove inside cookware can lead to residue and fuel-tastes that are less than appetizing. A far better alternative is to pack food inside cookware.
  • Carry your cookware in the middle of your pack and as close to the back as possible to minimize damage. Most people drop their packs on the bottom or outside (front).

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