If you haven’t yet – check out my full Packing List for my current whole kit list.
This post is specifically on my Cooking Kit.
I tend to only prepare and eat foods that only require boiling water. It keeps meal preparation simple and clean.
Where it’s packed:
When bikepacking, I keep my cooking kit in a Salsa Dry Bag (150g) strapped with a Voile Strap (29g) onto a Salsa Anything Cage (156g) on one of my bike forks (front tyre). I strap my cup to my seat bag on the back of my bike to allow it to dry out (and because it looks cool). This fork bag still has room in it to pack small snacks or things like tea and coffee which I would probably want to access at the same time as requiring to boil water. I also chose the fork bag because of the easy access. I can bring it with me into a hut or tent in bad weather.
What’s included and weight:
Kathmandu Backpacker Stove Titanium (with bag) – 84g, 70mm x 55mm.
I’ve had this stove for about 10 years and use often. It’s tiny too! It boils water relatively fast but I do have to ensure that it is shielded from the wind. When hiking, I carry a wind shield but in the effort to keep my kit compact, I now choose to rely on using things in my environment to help me shield the wind. You can only use this stove with a Butane Canister. I would probably exchange it for a multi-fuel system when I start going overseas just in case certain fuels aren’t available. I’ve also used this stove as part of my emergency kit when I’m 4WDing because it’s so small and light.
Gas bottle, Isobutane / Propane Fuel Mix– 200g (when full)
This is the smallest gas bottle I have packed so far so I’m not sure how long it will last. I’ve used it to boil for 4 meals so far it’s now down to 163g. I only boil water for dehydrated meals, hot drinks or to purify water. I use a thermos to carry hot water that I have boiled at breakfast rather than boil again at lunch time (because I’m a coffee fiend) to save on gas.
Sea to Summit X-Kettle – 192g, 165mm wide & 20mm deep
This kettle is great for compact hiking! It can safely boil 3 cups at a time (it has measurements on the side). There is a X-pot version that we also have but I found it’s a bit too big for single person camping unlike the X-kettle which is a perfect size. If I had a hiking/bikepacking partner I would look at packing that instead. We use both when 4WD camping because its nice to be able to boil water and cook at the same time (on a 2 stove system) but still not take up space in the ute. Remember to wash everything when you come home – moisture gets trapped in the folds and goes mouldy quickly when not using every day.
Sea to Summit X-Plate – 82g
It’s a bowl that you can use for all foods up to 500mL (also has measurements). I pour my hot water into it to hydrate meals too. I even use the back as a chopping board (careful not to cut too deeply)! I also use another one as a dog bowl, not only on adventures but even for car rides. So handy, it’s compact but still sturdy.
Metal cup – 80g
I tried using the Sea to Summit X-cup but found at night I was longing to wrap my hands around something warm to warm both hands up while I sipped my peppermint tea.. It doesn’t transfer the heat like a normal cup and I decided for comfort reasons, I needed a real cup. I bought my metal cup from Kmart. It’s sturdy and cost me $3 so I don’t mind throwing it around. I also boil cups of water in it over the stove if I just want a quick reheat (if the thermos didn’t keep my water warm enough on a particularly cold day). No points for being compact but I’ll live. I use a carabiner to hang it off my bag.
Light my Fire Plastic Spork – 10g, 170mm x 35mm
I have just converted from using light weight clip in cutlery (a fork, knife and spoon that clips together) to a single plastic spork. Since I really only use cutlery to eat mushy foods (rice, pasta, porridge, lentils etc) I realised I didn’t really need to carry cutlery. I am worried my spork may break as it feels a bit flimsy. It is a fork on one end with a serrated edge and on the other end is a spoon. Was really handy when I got stuck a few weeks ago with Tesla (my border collie) on a ride that was way longer than planned. We ended up sharing baked beans together and I spoon fed him because he was so tired. I will keep you updated on the spork life span.
Flick knife – 66g
This was in my emergency kit but I have moved it to cooking gear as I was using it more than expected. It could be exchanged out for a lighter one. I used it the other week to free my bike chain from vines that were covering the trail.
Flint – 20g, 80mm long, width of a Bic pen
To light gas stove. This flint also came part of my Bob Cooper Survival Kit. It can be used when wet (as I found out when I dropped it in my tea recently). It does take me longer to light stove so there is a possibly losing more gas than when I’m using matches. I think it’s all just a practice thing. The flint has broken off from it’s handle a few times now which makes me think there is a possibility of losing it. The handle has a whistle. I have tied the blade that you use to grind the flint on to make a spark to the handle of the flint with a piece of string so I won’t lose it in the dark. I keep it in the Stove bag.
Matches (included in emergency kit)
I keep these in my emergency kit to overcome issues mentioned above with the flint.
Scourer – 2g
Tore a piece off a full size scourer to wash the X-plate and spork. Easy to use even without water.
Bin bags – 2g per bag
Never forget bin bags! Always take your rubbish with you! Only dispose in actual bins. I use doggy poo bags because they have been made to be water tight and they are small – I try to choose consumables that don’t create much rubbish.
Overall Weight: 1.08Kg