What do high-performance jets have in common with lightweight, durable cookware? Titanium. That’s right, Ti or atomic number 22, for those of you who remember your elements. This striking, elegant, silver metal is revolutionizing a wide range of industries! From aerospace manufacturing, sky writing, golf clubs, pacemakers, and eyeglasses to kitchen gadgets, titanium is the one to beat due to the highest strength-to-weight ratio of all known metals down to the date.
Cookware, especially camping cookware, is reaping the many benefits of this amazing and attractive metal. Until recently, heavy cast iron pots and pans led the pack for strength and durability. Even today, we still love our cast iron pans. Let’s face it, who can resist a juicy steak with fire eggs or homemade cornbread? However, when it’s time to hit the road with the family, titanium cookware will be a welcome new addition to your pack.
Not only is titanium lightweight, it is also scratch, warp and shock resistant and non-porous, making it safe to cook and super easy to clean. It is well known for the ability to evenly distribute and retain heat as well. No oil or water is needed as it prevents the food from burning, that is, unless it is forgotten and left on the fire overnight. Today you’ll find a line of camping products that includes items like compact cookware, small plates, coffee makers, and mugs.
For those of you who are striving to lead a heart-healthy lifestyle, titanium cookware is ideal. The non-stick function requires less oil to cook. Less oil results in reduced fat or calories, all good for health conscious nature lovers.
Worried about safety? Who is not. When titanium is compared to copper and brass, again titanium takes home the gold for sure, so to speak. We know that both copper and brass have been successfully manufactured and sold for decades. However, over time we have found that both have a high ability to oxidize and corrode, resulting in food contamination. Although brass and copper cookware are coated with non-corrosive materials, they simply won’t hold up after repeated washings.
Now you are probably wondering about the cost. Will you pay more for these highly prized qualities? Yes, it will until the competition grows and prices start to drop. Remember the early days of HD projection screens and laptops. In the meantime, consider it a wise long-term investment for yourself and a gift for those who share a delicious meal with you around the campfire.
For those traveling in the comfort and ease of an RV, or county chefs who don’t care about the weight of their cookware, fear not, they have options. Understanding the key benefits of the various materials available will help you select the best cookware to suit your needs, both on and off the road.
Let’s start with hard anodized aluminum. This simple and popular option is an affordable buy for all-field use due to its even heat distribution, light weight, and quick cleanability, especially when non-stick.
Finally let’s consider stainless steel. There is no discussion about the durability of steel. If your pots and pans are going to take a beating, this may be your pick. However, understand that stainless steel has additional weight compared to titanium (45% lighter). You also get low marks for heat distribution as it tends to create hot spots. In terms of performance and suitability, stainless steel falls somewhere between titanium and aluminum.
So, there you have it: camping cookware 101. Now you know that there are a variety of metal cookware materials to meet a wide range of needs. Try it before you buy, if possible. And if you can, slip a small piece of titanium into your backpack. You will be happy you did!