For trail foodie as I am, the portable backpacking oven is not a luxury, it’s an absolutely must-have device. In addition to pies and breads I can make in it almost anything that can be prepared in oven at home. The Outback Oven became my favorite piece of gear since I tried it for the first time 5 years ago. Unfortunately, some time ago Backpacker’s Pantry has stopped production of Outback Oven. But it’s early to despair. Using gear from your own camp cooking set and some spare parts still available for sale, you can easily make backpacking oven yourself.
- Backpacking stove and fuel;
- Heat diffuser or scorch buster;
- Pot or pan with lid;
- Thermometer (optional);
- Parka Pot – an aluminized fiberglass fabric convection dome. Helps to hold rising heat from the stove.
- Pot gripper – universal removable handle for pot/pan;
- Parchment paper or silicone muffin cups.
How to bake:
- Line the bottom of the pot /pan with parchment paper. Pour the batter into a pot.
- Light the burner and turn the heat to medium low.
- Place the heat diffuser on the stove’s burner. Set the pot/pan on the heat diffuser and cover with lid.Adjust the thermometer on the pan lid. Put Pot Parka over the pan.
- Bake for 15-30 minutes until food is ready.
- Turn the stove off and let the oven stand on diffuser plate for another 5 minutes.
Tips for cooking with portable backpacking oven:
– You can use any stove you have in your camp cooking set, however, stoves with simmer function (ability to maintain a low flame) work best for trail baking;
– Place the oven in a windless area or use a windshield to increase efficiency. Caution: Do not use an oven with a windscreen that encloses fuel tank and stove together (top-mounted stoves);
– Always try new recipes at home for the first time;
– Never leave oven unattended while cooking;
– Watch the thermometer carefully and control the flame to keep temperature out of “Burn” area;
– Use toothpicks or wooden sticks to test readiness – if a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake will come out clean, the cake is ready to be taken out.
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