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I dabbled in making pancakes from a just add water pancake mix on my last backpacking trip.  The pancakes turned out alright but left a pretty massive burn on the bottom and on the stove.  Does anyone carry vegetable oil for cooking while on the trail?    

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For batter I like Honey Wheat by Krusteaz .  I carry cotton balls soaked with Canola oil to wipe the pan.  Agave is my syrup of choice, no refrigeration required.  Scorching your pan may also be caused by too much concentrated heat from a small diameter burner.  Usually my second cake turns out better than the first.  Partially because the pan is evenly heated.
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I use an MSR skillet - very slick non-stick. Take oil! You can get a blend of canola/olive oil in packets.
Use an adjustable stove, that you can tune to a low flame, not a super hot stove such as a PocketRocket. Snowpeak's work fine, as does a slower stove like a MSR Windpro.

Oh yeah, oil. More oil. The fat isn't going to hurt you on a trip, especially in cold weather.


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I've got an MSR skillet as well and I've found that oil beads up on it and doesn't spread evenly.  I wasn't sure if I needed to use oil with it or not.  Thanks for the ideas, love the cotton balls tip!

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The oil beads due to the non-stick surface :) Pans at home do the same when new-ish.

Still, the oil will seep under the batter - and give a better texture. I also find that smaller pancakes are better - they cook quicker and are not too thick.


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I always carry a little cooking oil, just in a little plastic squeeze bottle I found somewhere, probably either rei or sportsmans warehouse.  One of my favorite backpacking breakfasts is "apple fritters."  I chop an apple into thick pancake batter (I think Kruzteaz honey wheat is the best instant mix) and drop spoonfuls into some hot oil in a nonstick pan.  Flatten it out a bit, flip after a couple of minutes.  Slather in butter and jam.  Delicious.
You can also use dehydrated apples that have been soaking in a little water for a while.


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I have a bottle of cooking oil in squeeze bottle. I carry generic corn oil. I have used it to help start damp tinder, too. I found the squeeze bottle in a 4 pack of bottles in a ziploc bag near the cosmetics. (3 squeeze bottles and 1 mister bottle)

I like the idea of cotton balls. I bet cotton balls don't leak all over the bag when the bottle pops open, either.

The best Just Add Water pancake mix that I have found is the store brand from Kroger.

I like the shaker bottle Bisquik has for convenience. It does take up a lot of dead space, though. 50% of the bottle is empty so you can add water. It is just enough for me and my son.

My first pancake almost always sucks, too.

Peanut butter and honey on our pancakes, thank you very much.
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I always carry a little cooking oil, just in a little plastic squeeze bottle I found somewhere, probably either rei or sportsmans warehouse.  One of my favorite backpacking breakfasts is "apple fritters."  I chop an apple into thick pancake batter (I think Kruzteaz honey wheat is the best instant mix) and drop spoonfuls into some hot oil in a nonstick pan.  Flatten it out a bit, flip after a couple of minutes.  Slather in butter and jam.  Delicious.
You can also use dehydrated apples that have been soaking in a little water for a while.

This sounds good! Gonna have to try it.

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The wider the head, the best end result.   :D

A small head, like a Pocket Rocket concentrates all of it's energy in a tiny space and usually ends up burning.

A wide head spreads the energy evenly, without developing any hot-spots. Throw in a few drops of oil from a small squeeze bottle and you'll achieve the ultimate finished result........
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I like pancakes, especially when folded and filled with cooked fruit and nuts, dried dates, apples and apricots are fabulous. Here is what I am doing after the same burned pan to half uncooked mess attempt. Take pre-soaked cotton balls or gauze in baggy. I use snopeak pot and fry pan system. boil water in pan, use frypan on top of the boiling water to fry the cakes. Helps with temp and sticking.
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I have a smaller MSR stove, and use a heat defuser to help with even heating of the pan.

I purchased mine from Packit Gourmet - works great for anything that is more than just boiling water.

http://www.packitgourmet.com/Heat-Diffuser-p369.html
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Definitely bring oil. Kids love pancakes so we have to pack along the pancake mix and oil.
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I always bring oil to bake with. As far as the pan I use my shallow baking pan for pancakes it works great. It is already seasoned for baking so you just put a small amount of oil in it and away you go. Pancakes, eggs, sausage whatever fits your urges.
I just love to have biscuits and gravy too. Keep the gravy hot on top of the oven while I bake the biscuits YUM hot biscuits and gravy!


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Not the most original camping atmosphere but I use a teflon pan, which just makes life easier IMHO. I still bring a little bottle of extra virgin olive oil with me for the taste but with a teflon you can use it very sparingly. Also I find it easier to clean because of using it with oil.

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I have a smaller MSR stove, and use a heat defuser to help with even heating of the pan.

I purchased mine from Packit Gourmet - works great for anything that is more than just boiling water.

http://www.packitgourmet.com/Heat-Diffuser-p369.html


Wow really good idea, didn't know this little gem existed. I have one in order.

It will be a good addition to my JetBoil arsenal.


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I have a smaller MSR stove, and use a heat defuser to help with even heating of the pan.

I purchased mine from Packit Gourmet - works great for anything that is more than just boiling water.

http://www.packitgourmet.com/Heat-Diffuser-p369.html

That would be a great addition to a pocket rocket if it truly does distribute the intensity of the heat out. Would be all thats needed to cook things such as pancakes or  quesadilla without burning them.
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Wow really good idea, didn't know this little gem existed. I have one in order.

It will be a good addition to my JetBoil arsenal.

But JetBoil is one of the few systems that has a heat diffuser already built in...

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I just take butter and cook the batter in it, that way you get butter flavor and don't have to melt more on top - saves a step. T-fal makes a 7 inch skillet and a smaller "One Egg Wonder" that diffuse heat well enough to make pancakes over a pocket rocket.
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Always do pancakes on the trail.  Love them, nothing better than to get a few of them going, pick them up, pour some syrup in the middle, fold like a taco and devour.  ;)

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Be VERY WARY of heat diffusers with hot canister stoves!!!!! You can melt the stove!!!!! It concentrates the heat - I know, I warped a Primus stove after using a heat diffuser one too many times. It collapsed, tilted sideways and was done. You can also heat up the fuel canister to a danger point if not careful.
They are best for remote stoves!!


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I successfully made pancakes in the Grand Canyon over an MSR PocketRocket and an MSR Flex Skillet.  I used low heat, put a little olive oil in the pan, and had used the "just add water" mix.  I simply kept an eye on the pancakes and did move the pan around on the stove some to even out the heat.

I carried both olive oil and maple syrup in small squirt bottles.


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Oil you said - YUP in fact I carry EVO for my Pesto
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I always carry a little squeeze bottle of Canola Oil. And my camp pan is a very well seasoned itty bitty cast iron frying pan. Yes, CAST IRON. I ain't no ultralighter! lol! So, 1 squirt of oil on a piece of clean TP, and I give the pan a wipe with every new pancake. Never burns, never sticks.

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