How to properly wash and take care of your cooking pot

Whether it is just aluminium, equipped with a non-stick coating, or even anodised aluminium, your cooking pot is one of the essentials of your camp. So, it is a good idea to ensure you take care of it, so that it can support you for a long time in your greatest mountain adventures. To do this, we have some tips and tricks ;)


Clean your cooking pot in river sand
This is a tip from Sabine, our merchandiser. "If, like me, you use a traditional aluminium cooking pot, there is no risk of scratching a non-stick coating by scrubbing the cooking pot to clean it. My tip is to approach a river (you have to think about this when you set up your camp), then, firstly, rinse the cooking pot in it, then to put a handful of river sand in it with a little water. Put the lid on the cooking pot again and shake while turning. Gradually, the sand will remove the food stuck to the wall of the pan. You don't even need a product to clean!"

For a cooking pot with a non-stick coating, things are different: the sand would risk scratching the coating. It is also possible to use plastic cutlery to scrape off part of the residue, or use a piece of wood, cut grass, or even leaves, to scrub the inside of the cooking pot. But we also thought of a very simple little tip, which will make your camp life easier.


Making a special fragile coating mini-sponge
For this, you need:
- 1 sponge specially designed for "vitro-ceramic hob" type coatings
- 1 pair of scissors
- 1 felt pen
- 1 piece of cord or string


Cut off a part of the sponge (approx. 3cm x 4cm), mark a spot on the top with a felt tip, make a whole there and put the piece of cord or string though it. The scrubbing surface will allow you to clean your cooking pot without damaging it. Once the dishes have been done, rinse your mini-sponge and leave it to dry. Thanks to its little string, you will be able to hook it on your backpack, so that it dries while you walk.


Prepare soap flakes for spotless dishes
Although you can use a multi-use organic soap to clean your cooking pot, its weight could discourage trekkers. So why not use the tip of a TicTac box, that is already practical when cooking?

For this, you need:
- 1 TicTac type sweet box, emptied of its contents
- 1 knife
- 1 biodegradable soap (real Marseille soap, Aleppo soap or black soap) to avoid polluting the water and the soil


With the knife, cut up the soap into small flakes and place them in the sweet box, to easily transport them. Perfect for greasing out if required and for washing too.


What do you do for the left over fondue attached to the bottom of the cooking pot?
Anne, Product Manager at Forclaz, also has a tip: "In winter, when we head off to go bivouacking in the snow, we like to make a fondue over the camping stove. Obviously, there is always some left in the cooking pot. Therefore the most practical thing is to start with scrubbing well with plastic cutlery, then filling the cooking pot with snow and to leave it like that all night. The next morning, the snow and ice will have unstuck the remaining fondue, and the cooking pot will therefore be very easy to clean."


Make a cooking pot protection/mini towel, thanks to an old fleece
You will need:
- 1 old fleece, or some scrap fabric
- 1 pair of scissors
- your cooking pot
- the gas cartridge suitable for your camping stove


The aim is a dual one: to have a mini, multi-purpose towel and a cooking pot protection against scratches that the gas cartridge can cause when stored in the cooking pot. The mini-towel must be able to surround the gas cartridge and fit in your cooking pot with the lid on. So it must not be too big. Therefore, for single person cooking, we have created a 40cm long, 23cm wide mini-towel.

- Place your cooking pot upright and remove its lid.
- Cover the bottom of the cooking pot with fabric, cut the ends of the fabric so that the walls of the pot are covered by the fabric up to the top.
- Place the cartridge on the fabric and place it into the cooking pot.
- Once the cartridge is at the bottom of the cooking pot, fold the fabric back over the cartridge and cut it, so that it protects the cartridge well and does not stop the lid closing.