How do you clean your messkit on the Trail?

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How do you clean your messkit on the Trail?

Postby caedmon » Tue Jul 10, 2018 6:16 pm

I've almost always carried dry foods when camping, but my boys are now in Scouts and that makes for actually cooked food. But being a bunch of kids, their cleanup skills leave MUCH to be desired.

It's got me thinking about the best way of cleaning. How do you clean up after a oatmeal, stew, or whatever on the trail?
-Jack Horner

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Re: How do you clean your messkit on the Trail?

Postby Peter Remling » Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:04 pm

One of the best ways is to scour it with sand. Sand is generally plentiful at the bottom of a stream. Scour the bowls and pots then just rinse them off in the water. Dry or air dry and done . Make sure they are dry before packing them up.
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Re: How do you clean your messkit on the Trail?

Postby Harper » Tue Jul 10, 2018 11:22 pm

Ditto on the sand.

Be careful about your water source for rinsing. You could fill the pot after it is clean and let it boil to prevent organic contamination.

You can also apply soap to the outside of the pot prior to use over a campfire to prevent carbon build up. Be careful that this soap does not get into the food inside of the pot.
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Re: How do you clean your messkit on the Trail?

Postby Udwin » Tue Jul 10, 2018 11:26 pm

I've used a bundle of Equisetum ('horsetail') before in a pinch. It's nature's pot scrubber--has ridges and natural silica that make it mildly abrasive. Carry a bundle or gather fresh.
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Re: How do you clean your messkit on the Trail?

Postby Ruinar Hrafnakveðja » Wed Aug 08, 2018 3:05 am

There is a really neat trick to cleaning greasy dishes. If you have a greasy bowl or what not, all you have to do is take some of the wood ash from the fire and toss it into the bowl. As you rub the wood ash around the vessel, just as if you were washing it normally, the wood ash reacts with the fat/grease to create a kind of lye soap. Seeing as the two ingredients for traditional soap are wood ash and animal fat, it makes sense! It is extremely helpful, especially with cleaning frying pans that have just cooked meats such as bacon or sausage. I can imagine Samwise loving this technique!
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Re: How do you clean your messkit on the Trail?

Postby caedmon » Wed Aug 08, 2018 3:32 pm

Ruinar Hrafnakveðja wrote:There is a really neat trick to cleaning greasy dishes. If you have a greasy bowl or what not, all you have to do is take some of the wood ash from the fire and toss it into the bowl. As you rub the wood ash around the vessel, just as if you were washing it normally, the wood ash reacts with the fat/grease to create a kind of lye soap. Seeing as the two ingredients for traditional soap are wood ash and animal fat, it makes sense! It is extremely helpful, especially with cleaning frying pans that have just cooked meats such as bacon or sausage. I can imagine Samwise loving this technique!


I actually have read about this before, but had forgotten. That one's perfect for on the trail.
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