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Jetboil Joule Camping Stove

I’m a big fan of the Jetboil brand and they have now added the Jetboil Joule to their range, I have a Jetboil Flash which I often take walking and camping.  The downside of the Jetboil Flash has always been as the name suggests that it is primarily for boiling water which it does very quickly.  However this means it’s not possible to cook with.  The New Jetboil Joule however is designed for cooking!

Jetboil Joule

 

About the Jetboil Joule

Jetboil have kept everything that I love about the Jetboil and built on it.  The whole system (including the fuel) packs away inside the pot so everything is really compact inside the 2.5 litre pot for carrying.  They have now inverted the fuel bottle which both allows every last drop of fuel to be used and also helps preheat the fuel for more efficient output which Jetboil say will match the efficiency of a liquid/multifuel stove.  It also has a new simmer mode so that you can effectively cook a dehydrated meal or other foods in the pot.

Click here to buy the Jetboil Joule

Specifications

  • Weight: 720g
  • Volume: 2.5 L
  • Dimensions: 165 mm x 203 mm
  • Water boiled: 24 Liters per 230g Jetpower canister
  • High 10,000 BTU output
  • Inverted canister design with Liquid Feed Regulator
  • Thermo-Regulate technology, consistent heat to 10°F/-12°C
  • Convenient and reliable push-button igniter
  • 2.5 Litre FluxRing insulated cooking vessel
  • Stable locking handle that folds for storage
  • See through lid with built in strainer

Click here to buy the Jetboil Joule

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Lightweight Camping Stoves

In this post we round up a selection of the lightest weight camping stoves.  Each has different attributes and may suit different purposes so the best advice is always to be prepared, consider what you would be cooking, do you need to carry water for cooking (in addition to drinking!) or will you be able to get water at the location, can you eat out or use a stove at your location – ok so perhaps thats not quite the attitude but the lightest weight stove would be the one you don’t need to carry!

Vango Ultralight Stove

A lightweight stove is invariably going to be a compact stove that screws directly into a gas bottle.  The Vango ultralight is the lightest of our selection at just 72 grams.  The pot supports fold away making it easier to pack and there is a flame adjuster so that you can control the burner, at the time of writing £23 so lightweight doesn’t have to be expensive.

Vango Lightweight

MSR Pocket Rocket

MSR are synonomous with camping equipment and particularly cooking stoves.  Their Pocket Rocket weighs in at 85g and neatly folds down for storage.  It has been available for some time and is a firm favourite among campers.  At the time of writing priced at £30.

Pocket Rocket

Jetboil Sol Titanium

The Jetboil Sol Titanium is our wildcard choice, its all very well us saying a stove is 72g but of course you need to bring all your cooking pots and accessories on top of that.  The Jetboil range is a new breed of stove which includes a large (0.8litre) cooking cup, the stove and small gas canister pack away into the cup making it easy to carry.  Without the gas canister the weight is 245g, currently priced at £160 (but the titanium version is top of the range, others are available).

Jetboil Titanium

Cooking Accessories

If you’re just taking a gas stove like the MSR Pocket Rocket don’t forget your cooking equipment, at a minimum you’ll want a pot, a spork (for both cooking and eating), and probably a mug for a nice cup of tea.  If you can afford it Titanium will be both lightweight and strong for all the accessories.  A great option is the MSR 0.8l Kettle.  You won’t get much lighter than this at 118g, and it can be used as a pot, a mug or a bowl with a tight fitting lid and a none drip spout.  At £50 its a great investment but if you don’t want to stretch this far Aluminum is an option, not a strong as titanium, but much cheaper and still light.

MSR Kettle

What are your tips

What tips do you have for lightweight camp cooking?  Any favourite meals, must have equipment or other cooking secrets?  Share away in the comments.

 

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Grower’s Cup Coffee

Sometime when your out on the trail or camping the only thing that will do is a “proper” coffee.  There are numerous solutions on the market, stoves with coffee plungers, the Handpresso and more.  But today we’ve found something a little more compact.  The Grower’s Cup Coffee Pouch.

Growers Cup Coffee

The picture above may look like a normal coffee pouch but it’s not.  There is a filter inside the pouch.  Pour in hot water straight off the stove into the top and the water will pass through the ground coffee and the filter, then you pour your coffee from the side of the pouch.  This makes a simple way to make up to 3 cups of high quality coffee without having to carry a host of specialist cooking equipment.

The coffee available in 5 brews – Bolivia, Mexico, Honduras, Ethiopia, Nicaragua.

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Handpresso Wild Hybrid Outdoor Set

Are you a fan of coffee, can you not bear to be without the luxury of a fresh espresso even when camping?  Then for a little luxury in your outdoor life try Handpresso.

Handpresso

The Wild Hybrid Outdoor Set contains the most versatile portable espresso maker that Handpresso have produced. As a Hybrid it allows you to use either E.S.E. pods or ground espresso coffee. Find your inner barista with ground espresso coffee, or insert the E.S.E. adapter and enjoy the ease of use that coffee pods bring. Handpresso Wild Hybrid brings versatility and quality together in one neat package.

The Handpresso generates a 16-bar pressure with the hand pump, you add hot water from your stove or thermos, an E.S.E. pod or ground coffee, and prepare high quality espresso with the push of a button. No battery or electricity needed.

The Outdoor Set includes

  • 1x Handpresso Wild Hybrid
  • 1x Outdoor Case
  • 4x Unbreakable Cups
  • 1x New Thermo Flask with integrated thermometer
  • 1x Napkin
  • Instructions

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Cooking

Beyond the Beaten Track Flameless Ration Heater

Beyond The Beaten Track

Another of the companies that I met at the Outdoors show was Beyond the Beaten Track.  Their stand showcased a range of wet and dry meals and also a flameless ration heater that really caught my eye, but more on that in a bit.  At the show I tried a lamb hot-pot, from their wet meal range.  I was really impressed, you wouldn’t know that you were eating “camping food” it tasted better than some of my own cooking! and much less effort than home cooking.

As mentioned I was really impressed by the Flameless Ration Heater, this is effectively a plastic sleeve which you insert the whole wet meal pouch into, add a little water (40ml) and it activates the chemicals within the ration heater to heat your meal.  It gets very hot and gives you a piping hot meal within minutes.  I think this is a great alternative to carrying dry rations and a stove, if you’re concerned about weight but want great flavour by removing the stove and carrying this you can afford a little more weight on wet rations.

Flameless Ration Heater

Beyond the Beaten Track sell all their products online with free delivery on orders over £50, they also offer day ration packs, which contain 3 main meals and plenty of drinks and snacks to keep you going for 24 hrs (just check which ones come with a heater / require a stove).

What’s your favourite camping meal?

So that’s the range from Beyond the Beaten Track and their flameless heater, but I want to know what your camping food recommendations are, have you tried the range from Beyond the Beaten Track?  If so what’s your favourite meal of theirs, or do you prepare your own homemade camping meals or snacks?  Leave a comment and let us know.

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Grasshopper Foods Hopper Pots

IMG_1052 In my recent visit to the Outdoors Show I stumbled upon the Grasshopper foods stand.  Grasshopper foods create a range of dried soups and porridges which you just add hot water to, at the stand I tried one of their porridge’s, the plain porridge with cane sugar.  If I hadn’t seen them pour boiling water into the pot I would have been convinced that the porridge was made with milk!  It had a creamy texture but not too sweet.

IMG_1053

Their range of porridges includes –

  • Porridge with Cane Sugar
  • Fruity Porridge with Coconut and Date
  • Fruity Porridge with Cinnamon and Raisin

More recently they branched out into soups, with similar “Just add Water” instant cup soups which are 100% natural and free from artificial colours, flavourings or additives.  The special ingredient in their soup is oatmeal.  The oatmeal gives their soups a thicker texture which they say gives it a comforting and homemade feel.

The range of soups come in three flavours –

  • Herby Soup with Tomato & Basil
  • Creamy Soup with Mushroom & Chive
  • Spicy Soup with Lentil & Coconut

What we were really excited by though was their hopper pots, like a grasshopper these pots hop!  The Hopper Pot contains the same amount of soup or porridge as the full-sized pots but they are vacuum packed in a “Hopper Pot”, the pot reminds me of a bendy straw, when you buy it it is just 4.5cm high, but when you open the vacuum seal it hops up to 7.6cm, giving you plenty of space to add water.

The Vacuum sealed Grasshopper Porridge
The Vacuum sealed Grasshopper Porridge

I think these hopper pots would be perfect for anyone considering outdoor activities, if you’re hiking you can throw one in your rucksack alongside a lightweight stove and you won’t need your heavy pots and pans.  Alternatively if like me you hate washing up or have a timeline to keep too you can just add water, eat and recycle.  I remember back to when I was camping for the Tour of Pembrokeshire cycle event last year, it was a real hassle to get up and cook porridge on the stove and clean up and head off quickly to the event.  I think if I had a Grasshopper pot next year I could just boil some water in my Jetboil eat and then be straight on my way!

Once opened the Grasshopper Porridge pot expands
Once opened the Grasshopper Porridge pot expands

Grasshopper Foods have a store locator on their website, it looks like most Waitrose branches stock them, or they sell them online in cases of six

Have you tried the Grasshopper Pots or want to?  Let us know how you found them and where you used them, anyone up mountains or have other uses for them?

The Porridge pot at full height
The Porridge pot at full height
And in the time it takes to boil water a tasty pot of porridge
And in the time it takes to boil water a tasty pot of porridge

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Lifeventure Titanium Mug

Lifeventure Titanium Mug

If like us you can’t function without a proper brew, but want a lightweight but strong mug for backpacking we have just the cuppa for you.  The Lifeventure Titanium mug is a solid titanium design.  Manufactured out of titanium makes the mug extremely lightweight at just 54g.  Holding 450ml of water, or tea!  This is a good camping sized mug, (you don’t want one too big or out in the elements your tea will just get cold!

Additionally the handle folds giving you that all important extra storage space.  The mug is on the Duke of Edinburgh recommended kit list.

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The Essential Camping Cookbook: or How to Cook an Egg in an Orange and Other Scout Recipes

Essential-Camping-Cover

Where better to go for camp cooking ideas than the Scouts!  Nick Allen is a professional chef and has been a lifelong Scout from the age of 6.  Now an Assistant Scout Leader he has cooked for many a Scout expedition and even several Jamborees.

His book – The Essential Camping Cookbook: or How to Cook an Egg in an Orange and Other Scout Recipes is put together from this experience with not just his own recipes but celebrity recipes including Peter Duncan, James May, Levi Roots, Richard Branson, Bear Grylls and more.  The book has 192 pages and contains clear to follow recipes, ingredients lists and beautiful images.

Book Synopsis

Drawing on the know-how and expertise of the Scout Association, this inspirational cookbook takes the art of eating outdoors to a whole new level…How to Cook an Egg in an Orange is perfect both for beginners in al fresco cooking as well as seasoned campers. There are step-by-step guides to explain all the essential techniques needed to make a glorious feast whether you’re at a festival, camping, ‘glamping’ or just on a day trip to the beach – including how to cook backwoods-style, without conventional equipment, on open fires, in pit ovens and using improvised utensils. Alongside traditional campfire favourites, you will find recipes for curries, spicy stews, couscous, exotic BBQs, risottos and delicious one-pot dishes. Now turn to the popular campfire songs at the back and your outdoors eating experience will be complete!

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GSI Spice Missle

GSI Spice Missle

The GSI Spice missle proves that camp cooking can be good!  The “Missle” contains 4 compartments, 2 work as a salt and pepper shaker, and 2 hold spices.  Included are removable labels, and large and small screens for different sized spices.  The containers screw together which provides a tight waterproof container keeping spices dry and fresh.  The dimensions are just 1.5″ x 1.5″ x 4.0″ with a empty weight of 2.1 oz.  So small and portable to help you give your cooking that extra flavour wherever you may be!

Spice holders

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Primus Express Lander

Primus Express Lander

The Primus Express Lander is one of the Smallest and Lightest Stoves we have ever seen.  As you can see from the picture above it folds up into the palm of your hand.  Despite its small size once you fold out the legs it is really stable.  The Express Lander is the Liquid Fuel Version of their popular Express Canister stove.  It’s size and weight, just 176 g (6.2 oz) makes it perfect for backpacking when you want a reliable stove but no weight.

Features

  • Weight: 176 g (6.2 oz)
  • Dimensions: 105 x 82 x 50 mm (4.1″ x 3.2″ x 2″)
  • Output: 1500 W (5200 BTU/h)
  • Manual
  • Boiling Time: 4.5 min
  • 1-4 People
  • Burn Time: 120 g/h