Cast Iron Is What Your Camp Cooking’s Been Missing


For those of us not already familiar with the cast iron pan, it’s a bit like a unicorn: mysterious and probably heavy.

It also seems counter-intuitive to the “lightweight and efficient” principles of camping that have been drilled into our heads.

“Cast iron is the original camp cookware. Long before anyone had even heard of Teflon-coated aluminum, people were cooking with cast iron,” says Michael van Vliet, who, alongside his girlfriend, Megan McDuffie, traveled the country in a two-door hatchback for a year, stopping to enjoy the wild while whipping up delicious meals.

Cast iron is easy to care for and naturally non-stick. Photo: Courtesy of Fresh Off the Grid

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