Sunday 16 November 2014
Galley Gear Review: Nice Nesting Pots and Pans
"You see your dreams come true, this I promise you..."
No matter how big the boat, every boat is too small.
Especially the galley.
When it comes to boat galleys, to paraphrase James T. Kirk...
Space is the final frontier.
NextBoat*'s galley has more storage capacity than Whiskeyjack's galley, but "more storage capacity" is a relative term. That is like saying that your humble scribbler here is taller than the average 9 year old child.
That doesn't make me a giant.
Ergo, maximizing space is paramount. The more stuff you can fit into the existing space, the more comfortable your life in aforementioned space.
Hence my interest in a set of nesting cookware.
Every year at the boat show I look for a deal on cookware. I like the quality of the Magma set...
...but I don't like the inventory- there are four pots, but only one pan, in the 10 piece set. Those of you who have read any of the Two-Burner Tastiness recipes understand that I'd rather have two pans, and one less pot, but that isn't an option.
So, my search continued.
Until early this summer.
Wandering through the camping department of my local Canadian Tire, last June, I made an impulse buy.
(why am I not surprised? - ed.)
I had just picked up the bottle of lamp oil I needed, and on the shelf right beside the lamp oil was the camp cooking gear. There were the usual speckled enamel suspects, the stuff that looks rustic and rugged, right up until the moment you actually use it, but in the midst of the sea of stamped-in-China-great outdoors-nostalgia-ware was a SALE ! tag, under a carton of cookware that looked...different.
So I bought it.
Yeah, I'd never heard of "Lagostina" either.
No, those not-shrimp, not-prawns, not-crawfish, not-lobster things? Those are LaNgostinOs.
Which can be cooked in a Lagostina pot.
Here's the deal: Lagostina is an Italian firm that has been manufacturing stainless steel cookware for decades. Their "Campeggio" line is their, as the name implies, line of camping cookware, but while it is compact in size, it is not compact on quality.
These pots and pans are constructed of 18/10 stainless, with three ply (stainless steel/ aluminum/ stainless steel) bottoms for even heating. fold down the handle on the large stock pot and ...
Keep going and in rapid succession you get...
Two, count 'em, TWO pans...
...Two stock pots...
...Two lids that fit both pots and pans....
... and a grip-anywhere, go-anywhere insulated pot/pan handle that is both ambidextrous and has hooks for removing hot pot lids, like when you are steaming Langostinos.
Both pots are graduated, which is a nice touch...
...for measuring the exact amount of liquid for boiling langstinos
Also included is a mesh carrying bag... that was promptly repurposed forother uses aboard.
After 5 months of use, both SWMBO and I can confirm, we LOVE this stuff.
All pieces heat evenly, the bottoms don't warp when warm, the handle is substantial, the construction is solid, the non-stick is real non-stick, and, mosti importantly...
... These were the ONLY pots and pans we have used for the last 5 months, and we haven't needed to buy more. Cooking for 2-4 on a 2 burner stove? This is all you will likely ever need. It is all we have needed.
Here's an example:
Cracker crusted pork chops, "Booker T" mashed potatoes and peaches and cream corn- two burners, three pots, from one nesting cookware set.
Oh, and a bottle of Ramblin' Road DPA.
Surprisingly, although less than half the price of the smaller one-pan Magma nesting set, the Lagostina cookware comes with a 10 year warranty, compared to the Magma's I year warranty. I am impressed. Retail price at our local Canadian Tire Store was $119.99 cdn.
The only challenge is where to find it outside of the Canada.
If anyone wants a set, let me know. I'll pick it up for you and ship it out- for actual cost.
Thanks for checking in, and please,
"Talk the Dock!"