Over the past two months, numerous day trips as well as a couple overnight trips
have been taken. In total, I would approximate that about 25 meals have been cooked
in an assortment of the pots and pan in this cook set.
On a 3 day car camping trip to Allegany State Park, the Optimus Terra cookset was the sole
cookset for a group of three people. On this trip, temperatures ranged from around
30 F (-1 C) at night up to around 60 F (16 C) during the day.
During the numerous day trips, temperatures have ranged from as low as 5 F (-15 C)
up to 65 F (18 C). During all of these trips, the cookset was used with a Brunton
Optimus Nova multifuel stove.
After two months of use, I have to say that I'm quite impressed with the
Optimus Terra cookset. I've cooked everything from spaghetti, eggs and sausage
to boiling water for coffee and Raman noodle soup. The pots show minimal wear and are holding
up great. The DuPont Teflon coating isn't scratched, but I have been quite careful
to only use rubber spatulas and plastic utinsils. Cleanup has always been easy
with both the Teflon coated pot and pan as well as the non-Teflon pot. I've never
had the need to do anything but boil water for noodles or raman in the non-coated
pan, a quick scrub with some camp soap makes it good as new.
Packing the cookset after use is a simple affair and everything is held quite securely
in the cozy. I have noticed no rattles while carrying the cookset so I do believe
that this is the quietest set I've ever used!
During the car camping trip, I tried cooking some more complicated meals. I made
spaghetti one night and used the non-coated pan to cook the noodles while the
Teflon pan was used for the sauce. I really appreciated the pot cozy here since
I only had one stove -- it allowed me to keep the sauce warm while I boiled the noodles.
I also used the cozy when we cooked raman for lunch. I am still learning how long
I need to leave food in the cozy for it to completely cook, but the cozy seems to work
really well. Raman was quite easy -- as was instant stuffing. However, I did have some
slightly under cooked noodles for macaroni and cheese one day.
The grooves on the bottom of the pans are one of my favorite features. The Optimus
Nova multifuel stove I use has serrated pot support arms and they fit perfectly in the
grooves on the bottom of these pans. This makes for a very stable cooking solution --
so stable that I didn't have to hold the pot with the pot grippers when stirring.
My only two minor complaints have to do with the pot cozy design and the plastic
pot grippers. The problem I have with the pot cozy is the fact that the smaller
frypan, which is used as a lid, does not fit inside of the cozy with the pots. This
means that all condensation and food splatters hit the top of the pot cozy
when it is closed around the pot. Thus far, it does seem to clean reasonably well,
but I would rather not worry about it. With respect to the pot grippers, I appreciate
the plastic design since it doesn't scratch the Teflon coating. However, they do not
feel very secure when lifting a large pot of water. I haven't dropped anything yet,
but I really don't want to spill boiling water on myself or anyone else.
Overall, I have been really happy with the Optimus Terra cookset. While I do
have my minor complaints, its performance has been outstanding thus far.
My likes and concerns can be found below:
- DuPont Teflon coating works great!
- Ridges on the bottom of the pots make these pots very stable.
- They really don't rattle during hiking!
- The inside of the pot cozy / stuff sack tends to get a little dirty.
- The plastic pot grippers seem a bit unstable with a full pot of water.
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