wash the dish or trow it?

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Re: wash the dish or trow it?

Postby Padilen » Tue Oct 04, 2016 7:32 am

I use a combo, some paper if I have a campfire, no cleaning just burn. I use plastic cups I don't drink "hot" drinks. Real silverware, and if I want fancy I have a stainless steel camp set. I do use paper towels and diaper wipes and person hygiene wipes. They help with a "pre clean", and cleaning up after my dog. I prefer the wipes to TP when using pit toilets. But pits are mostly where I work not when camping.

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Re: wash the dish or trow it?

Postby JaggedEdges » Tue Mar 07, 2017 9:58 am

Andrew Herrick wrote:Well ... I suppose it depends on your definition of acceptable hygiene :p My wife and I camped out of the back of a Ford Expedition SUV for nine months straight. We used cheap soft plastic plates, the sort you purchase for $3 at Wal-Mart. We found that a damp paper towel and abrasive pad cleaned anything except greasy plates. For that, we either used good ol' soap and water or a food-safe citrus-based degreaser. Probably not the most sanitary solution ... but we never got sick ;) and we could stretch a gallon of water for days.

Not many nasties survive being dry very long, so just thorough drying will go a long way. UV helps too, so theoretically you can dip 'em in ditchwater and leave them out in the sun to drain/dry and you're good.

However, the soft plastic gives a little cause for pause in case it gets scratches that hold moisture and hence bacteria when the rest of it's dry still.

Now if you're using some kind of tin plate or ceramic, you could rig a rack that's a fire reflector, and they'll probably get hot enough that it's practically autoclave sterile.
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Re: wash the dish or trow it?

Postby PanelDeland » Wed Sep 06, 2017 8:12 pm

Neither!! I use paper plate holders (they come in plastic or wicker) and instead of a paper plate I use a flour tortilla. Then I either eat the "plate" or toss it since birds and critters will clean it up. Cuts down on dishes and makes washing utensils and pans the only clean up. Speaking of which, I need a plow disc. I loaned my last one out and it didn't come back. BTW My dish dry rack is an old onion sack, the mesh kind. I just hang it to dry with the dishes in it. I'll also use it for washing (the initial rinse clean) in a running creek, then it takes less water to clean the dishes.
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Re: wash the dish or trow it?

Postby NorthEGPhoto » Tue Sep 12, 2017 10:25 am

Generally I'll use my fold-able silicone pot and dish set. if I have guests, the paper plates come out. and after dinner, they become kindling for the inevitable campfire. I carry enough cutlery for 2 additionals + meal prep, if there's more than that well I have to break into the spare plastic junk. that is my only problem, since that stuff needs to be packed out.

Considering carrying around a jug of acetone and melting that stuff down into putty - but what to do with that after? unknown.
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Re: wash the dish or trow it?

Postby fornesto » Fri Feb 16, 2018 5:07 pm

With kids, I've found it easier to go with a basic set of lightweight permanent plastic plates and wash them. I don't like hiking over to the campground dumpster twice a day, the smell, or the flies/bees that hang out near trash bags. Just me, though. :)
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