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DIY Cooking Kit: The Zebra Pot
I have quite a collection of gear, like anyone else that spends time out doors, it accumulates quickly. Depending on what I have planned for the day or week, guides me on which gear I’m going to pack.
Over time I have started to create “Kits” for different areas of gear and necessities. It is the same concept as having a “First Aid Kit” or a “Survival Kit”, only applied to different survival requirements. This article is my “Cooking Kit” or specifically a kit I put together using a Zebra Pot.
Zebra Pots are nothing more than fancy billy cans made from stainless steel. The one pictured in is a 12 cm size and holds around a quart of water. It is just the right size for one or two people at meal time or a few more for hot chocolate or coffee.
Because the pot lid is rather loose, after removing the plastic handle clips, I made a drawstring bag to keep it all together. The bag itself was up cycled from the leg of an old pair of cargo pants, some paracord and a lanyard toggle. When cinched down, the bag keeps the lid secure on the pot. The bag serves double duty as a place to store the contents when the pot is in use.
Zebra Pot Contents
These pots come with a small nesting bowl that resides just under the lid. These can obviously be used as a dish or cup and pressed into service as a Dutch oven. In my kit this is where I store a few things that are needed at cooking time.
Primarily I keep some extra fire kit here. A disposable lighter, magnesium rod and matches are my choices. Additionally, I keep a pocket knife, water purification tablets and a carabineer in this dish too. The carabineer is a nice thing to attach the pot handle to a cord when hanging over a fire.
Cooking Gear & Supplies
In the pot itself, is where my standard rations are located with a stainless steel cup. I like to keep instant coffee, tea, and sugar here. My kit usually is utilized for hot beverages when I’m out and about. However, I do keep a cup of uncooked rice and a can of chicken in the pot as well. Both these food items keep for a very long time and I don’t have to think about what I’m going to find after a month of not looking in the pot. The food is a just in case insurance policy for unplanned extended outdoor time.
Having your cooking gear set up as a kit, creates just one item to move between packs. I change out packs frequently, so just grabbing designated kits make it simpler. I know that the minimal items typically needed are contained in the package. I also try to create a little redundancy in each kit, thus additional fire starters in the cooking kit.
This is just one of my ideas that have evolved over time. With a little creativity and experimentation, I hope others will take this idea and improve on it.
Be safe and enjoy your outdoor time!
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