what do you cook on when camping for the weekend? And is there a way to make toast without a grill?

(42 Posts)
carriedawayannie Sat 27-Apr-13 19:53:02

We are planning for the first camping trip.

I have a two ring camping gaz stove without a grill.

Is it worth buying the gas bottle for this or getting a single burner with an aerosol can?

Is it possible to do toast? Is there a gadget that actually works?

DrSeuss Sat 27-Apr-13 20:16:12

Toast, yes of course. On a barbecue fork.

mummymacbeth Sat 27-Apr-13 22:59:58

B&Ms is currently selling a toaster thing that sits on top of the gas burner and fits 4 slices of bread on it. 2.99. bargain!

If it's just for 1 person, a single burner is manageable. If any more, you really need 2 burners. Plus, the double burners are generally quite flat/low to the ground & much more stable.

carriedawayannie Sun 28-Apr-13 07:07:14

I overheard someone say in a shop the other day say the one burners were unstable - I guess eavesdropping can be productive grin

I am off to B&M today for a toaster thingy!

Slubberdegullion Sun 28-Apr-13 08:22:19

camping gaz bivouac stove with the clicky legs stove fits into the pan. Camping gaz bottles click in the bottom.

This is what we use now (+/- the Cobb) instead of the double burner and mofo gas bottle which is always a swine to pack and gives dh the rage.

Cooking happiness contained in a pan. Used it everyday for 6 weeks bar the few days we ran out of gas and mn had to come to the rescue to help me find a new one in Forrin and it was great, put it on top of a backpacker table and it was perfectly stable.

Other backpacking stoves are available.

Camping toast is more bother than it's worth imo. Embrace bread.

We've got one of the toaster thingys, it takes ages and the toast Is always a bit chewy and goes cold almost instantly because of being outdoors.

Iggi101 Sun 28-Apr-13 08:32:53

But can you grill a burger on the toast rack? Must know this.

rumbelina Sun 28-Apr-13 08:33:50

Fry the bread?

AvrilPoisson Sun 28-Apr-13 08:59:43

Mmumymacbeth- what is B&Ms please?

Ds has stopped eating cereal/porridge, and I've no idea what to give hime this year. (Prob brioche...)

You certainly couldn't grill a burgr on the one I've got, it would take hours and all the fat would run into the gas burner, it is basically a 4 sided pyramid of wires that you lean 4 pieces of bread on.

nilbyname Sun 28-Apr-13 09:08:19

Long weekend camping

Night one-Take with us a pot of stew to reheat and have with bread
Morning-Bacon and eggs
Lunch-cold meat, salad, bread, dips
Supper-BBQ meats, salads, breads

Day 2
Morning-Cereal or Bacon sandwiches or scrambled eggs in a wrap (breakfast burrito)
Lunch-usually out
Dinner-Fish/seafood selection, salads and pasta

Day 3-
Morning-Avocados on toast, cereals.
Lunch-Left overs
Dinner-Cowboy supper (beans, sausages, bacon, bread)

I do find the single burner stoves a bit unstable BTW, if you put them on a table that isn't quite level they can slide and pans slide off them, you need to take a bit of care.

I like the look of the bivouac one Slubber - how big is the pan?

Slubberdegullion Sun 28-Apr-13 09:15:48

Big. Pasta for 4 or 5 big. Lid can be clamped to the pan and has a drainer section. Seive now surplus to requirements.

Slubberdegullion Sun 28-Apr-13 09:17:50

Sieve.

That's a weird word.

Thanks. I'm always torn with camping gear, we are fully equipped but it is all basic, cheap stuff. I'm a bit reluctant to spend on more expensive things when we typically only do one or two weekends a year, but then I think maybe we would go more if we had a better stove, gazebo to cook under in the rain instead of umbrella etc etc.

Kiriwawa Sun 28-Apr-13 09:24:41

If you want crunch, heat tortillas in a pan. You can make tortilla chips, glue 2 together with melted cheese and make quesadillas or (and this is divine), put a little oil in the pan, add a tortilla, some grated cheese and break an egg very carefully into the centre. Pop another tortilla on top and flip after a few minutes so the tortilla is browned on both sides. I also add lashings of chili sauce which is also good if that's your thing.

carriedawayannie Sun 28-Apr-13 13:38:48

Slubber I love that and its a good price atm.

Can you only cook one thing at a time yhough? How do you do pasta with sauce or rice with chilli?

Iggi101 Sun 28-Apr-13 14:06:38

Do some people use a griddle thing over their burners? (Have been researching on Amazon!)
I found a twin burner with grill covered most needs, but "modern' ones are much wider than the space I've got (wonder why?).
Of course you could always have electric hook-up and bring a microwave! <Ducks>

DeepRedBetty Sun 28-Apr-13 14:11:58

Except that the microwave would blow the campsite electrics... otherwise a very fine idea Iggi grin

Lady in tent next to me last year had hookup and was running an electric blanket - now that IS a very fine idea!

usualsuspect Sun 28-Apr-13 14:13:54

We always have ehu and take a toaster. Those toaster things from B and M are a bit rubbish.

Some people take slow cookers.

carriedawayannie Sun 28-Apr-13 16:28:21

I don't think we will be doing EHU. Not this year at least

Slubberdegullion Sun 28-Apr-13 20:42:20

Annie, either take pre-made chilli/stew whatever and add it to the cooked and drained rice (1 pot solution) or with 2 saucepans bring the carbs to the boil and cook for 5 mins or so, then take off heat and insulate if possible (fleece blankets, towels, whatever - it will continue to cook slowly) and then use 2nd saucepan to do the sauce. Before serving bring carbs pan back to the boil so it it piping hot.

Blu Sun 28-Apr-13 20:44:46

I don't bother with toast, but toasted sandwiches done with a Diablo thing over a gas ring, or a pie iron over a fire when I get one, are fab.
Also wraps or chapattis or oat cakes done in the frying pan folded over with mred cheese.

We've just invested in a cadac carri chef gas BBQ, it it is also a pasta pot, a roaster, a hot plate, grill - it's bloody great, and the really good thing is that it weighs less than 4kg and folds up really small too into its own carry bag!

CitrusyOne Sun 28-Apr-13 20:51:59

We have two of the single burners that come in a plastic suitcase thingy- and have cooked veritable feasts on them well, tinned curry and rice

Also, under no circumstances buy the pyramid shaped 'toaster'. I don't know how they do it but they turn bread into something akin to polystyrene ceiling tiles. Just do without toast, and have a sausage sarnie and be done with it. Then you can stir leftover sausages into tinned toms and serve with pasta. Voila, another culinary treat.

carriedawayannie Mon 29-Apr-13 10:36:25

Thanks Slubber - sounds perfect for what we need.

How long does the gas cartridge last? Would it be wise to get a couple or is one enough for a weekend?

The cadac carri chef looks amazing. Dh would love more than me I think. Bit out of budget atm but maybe when we've really got into camping.

I'm seriously considering get a diablo now I've googled it. Would it work with a Bivoua stove though?

carriedawayannie Mon 29-Apr-13 10:41:56

OMG I've just googled a Cobb!

You can roast a whole chicken while camping? shock

cyclecamper Mon 29-Apr-13 11:47:15

My friends have a cob, it is brill!

We cycle camp so always only use one burner - a tripod style with a hose to a small gas cannister is best and most stable. We put it on a plumber's mat so it doesn't burn the grass. We have cooked for 3 of us (2 adults and a hungry teenage boy) like this with no problems (by we, I mostly mean my husband who has developed the idea that I'm not safe to cook whilst camping!)

We have a single slice folding toaster which is much better than the pyramid ones. You have to be quick though - once it has warmed up, it works in seconds!

Otherworld Mon 29-Apr-13 12:14:42

We use EHU and toaster I'm afraid. Am yet to blow campsite electrics.

But Diablo was the reason I'm commenting. We have one. Lovely sandwiches but hard work to do and you always end up burning fingers and cursing the bloody thing!!

mummymacbeth Mon 29-Apr-13 13:32:52

hi Avril B&Ms Home Stores is a chain of cheap shops that sell all manner of home and garden stuff plus some cleaning stuff and food. A bit like what poundstretcher used to be like. They have some good value camping stuff in at the moment.

carriedawayannie Mon 29-Apr-13 13:41:29

Just googled B&M and found this lantern

Its very cheap so would it be false economy to buy do you think?

My DCs have got two lanterns suspiciously similar to those but in orange sold for Hallowe'en by Sainsburys. In order to get them to work you have to wedge the batteries in with tissues, otherwise they come out of their holder (base is too far away from batteries). The on-off button is going a bit on one of them as well. We only use them occasionally and they are fine for that but suspect that they wouldn't last long with regular use. Having said that, we've had some more expensive ones from camping shops that haven't lasted either.

Blu Mon 29-Apr-13 19:03:00

Otherworld - I mmust be doing something wrong, I have never got burnt using our diablo!
And why is it hard work?
I have been considering attempting an apple turnover - a packet of ready roll pastry and slices of apple, - in one.

It would take ages if you were catering for a family of 6 and only one diablo. In which case a double pie iron would be better.

You can do burgers and things on a pie iron, too.

AvrilPoisson Mon 29-Apr-13 21:47:51

Thank you mummymacbeth!
They have a store fairly near me in fact, just never heard of them before. smile

We had a cheapy lantern from Blacks for the children, I think it was 2.99, uses 3 AA batteries, and has been chucked about a fair bit (sounds v similar to the hallowe'en ones, as it's orange)- tbh we don't bother much with lanterns though, we're fairly minimalist campers, and as long as there's light to get into bed with, that's all we need (though that may change, as once they're both reading, they may want to read in the evening, at present no-one reads at night).

I like the sound of the carri chef though Babylon, we'll have to rethink our cooking pretty soon (currently use very low to ground tripod burner as cyclecamper does, but one burner makes things difficult, and the volume we have to cook is increasing as my previously tiny 2 campers grow).

We have headtorches to read with / find the toilet block with and take glowsticks, have one inside the tent so there is a faint amount of light for anyone who wakes and wants it and one on the outside so we can find our tent in the dark.

Milliways Mon 29-Apr-13 23:07:46

We have just got a lotus grill and DH loves it as uses a tiny amount of charcoal and is ready to cook on in 5 mins!

Small charcoal BBQ and a 2 ring burner covers most meals.

Those toaster thingys are rubbish! There was an old thread on here about rubbish camping purchases and they came out top grin

Otherworld Mon 29-Apr-13 23:24:22

I tend to forget on sandwich number 2 that the iron is still hot, then when I come to bend the bread in it gets me! Maybe it's my shoddy technique. All I know is I haven't managed to make one without a burn. And I've tried a few times.

Blu Tue 30-Apr-13 08:05:49

Ah, yes, that makes sense. I am quite cavalier about the neatness of the bread fitting in and whether the crusts are outside etc also v slow so it has probably cooled again by the time I get at it. We only do it because DS finds it an exciting aspect of campfire cooking.

Ineedmorepatience Tue 30-Apr-13 17:25:02

We have given up with toast on camp now, we put some butter on either side of the bread and fling it in the frying pan for a couple of mins. I cant see that it is less healthy than toast really and the kids love it.

If you happen to be camping somewhere with an open fire you can even do it out side over the fire. fantastic smile

charliepop Sun 19-May-13 22:59:27

We have one of these for toast and it's fab. camping toaster

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