unjonharley wrote:My friend saves cat litter jugs for me to carry kitchen-food water off playa
It only took one and a half last time..
I think you said this at some point last summer, so I started saving all my cat litter jugs too. It worked very well for that last bit of water in the evap pond on pack out day.
TT120 wrote:For my first time, I'm going to KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid). I'm just bringing my 2 burner Coleman camp stove and a couple skillets and pots. Lots of Mountain House freeze dried food.
TT120, this is a great way to go! Especially for your first year out there. I'd never tried the Mountain Houses tell our first year, when one of our camp mates brought some. I'd be lying if I said I didn't love them!
Though, I would recommend looking at the nutrition facts on those Mountain Houses. Some of them tend to lack a lot of vitamins and minerals. So since I've figured that out, I like to supplement my Mountain House with a Cliff Bar. I really like the oatmeal raisin and white chocolate with macadamia nut. Cliff bars have a lot of calories and vitamins.
But some weekend, try eating just this stuff for two days and see what it does to your stomach. My girlfriend digestive track is not a big fan of this diet for very long.
Something else I really like to have with a Mountain House is a V8 Bloody Mary. I use V8 vege juice because of all the vitamins. Its kinda funny, when I'm camping I love V8! But in default, I gag just thinking about it.
As for essential kitchen equipment:
-We found that STURDY paper plates/bowls are the way to go. Save one of your beer boxes and make it your "burn box" throw your old paper plates and bowls in the burn box. And burn at one of the public burn pyres.
-Forks/spoons/knives, each individual is responsible for bringing their own fork, knife, spoon. They are also responsible for keeping track of it and cleaning it. If each person is responsible for they're own stuff, they tend to take better care of it. (also, most people in camp don't mind cleaning their own utensils with their mouth, then wiping down with a wet paper towel, creating almost no gray water)
-For Boiling Water, a tea kettle. They are perfect! Most have some sort of measuring lines on the inside. They have a lid so dust doesn't get in while you boil. And they can be set directly on almost any heat source. Also, if you don't use all the boiling water right away, leave it in the kettle since the lid will keep the dust out.
-Paper towels for cleaning pots and pans. Clean a pan as soon as it cools down, but don't let it sit for ever, the longer the pans/pots sit the more 'cacked on' what ever it was becomes. Splash a little bit of water and soap in the pot/pan, then clean with a paper towel, then empty into gray water. Second, splash some a little more water in, and try to wipe out all the soap. Lastly, get a paper towel really wet, and rinse pot/pan again.
-For a small camp of 1-4 people, 1 pot and 1 pan. Its pretty important to have a lid for both or 1 lid that fits both. Nothing sucks more than trying to cook during a dust storm and ending up with really dusty food. I've also found that during a dust storm is a great time to sit back, cook a *real* meal, then hang out and relax.
-If you are bringing food that needs to be kept cold, have 2 coolers. 1 for drinks, and 1 for food.
-In our camp almost everyone starts the day off with Mimosas, Screw Drivers, or V8 Bloody Marys. Juice + booze offers lots of calories and carbs to help get your motor going.
At last years burn, we had a pretty big camp, so I brought a coffee maker, but it seemed that no one wanted coffee at the same time. We ended up wasting a lot of coffee. Then I saw a lady I work with using one of these "pour over coffee makers". Its really cool cause it just sits on top of mug, then you put a filer in the cone, add some coffee depending on the size of the mug, and then pour really hot water threw it (tea kettle saves the day again).
This isn't something I have yet, but will be adding to my camping gear. Not just my Bman camping gear.
Something else that hasn't been mentioned yet is a fire extinguisher. Always have a fire extinguisher in your kitchen.