3 Ways You Didn’t Know Your Stainless Steel Bottle Could Make Camping Easier

It's no secret that I'm a bit of a stainless steel water bottle fanatic.  I've literally owned every single brand in most every style. I love knowing that I'm saving money, reducing trash and avoiding endocrine disrupting chemicals by skipping disposable water bottles.  But my devotion to stainless steel goes way beyond that with its amazing durability and function in extreme outdoor situations.

Boil Water for Coffee and Tea

I'm not gonna lie: coffee is a must for me.  And just because I've landed in the wilderness without my trusty kettle, doesn't mean I should have to live without it, right?  It's happened before and I hated it.  That is until it hit me during our last camping trip that I just might be able to heat water in my Klean Kanteen.  I tried it over an open fire and it actually worked – oh happy day!

After I brought the water to a boil, I poured it over my coffee cone filter into my insulated bottle for the perfect cup of coffee. Those are some serious points for the single-walled, un-painted bottles!

WARNING: Don't try this at home.  Oh wait – I meant to say that you shouldn't try boiling water in your insulated bottle, and also be sure to take plastic caps off so they don't melt.

Cook Hot Cereal, Rice or Pasta

Cooking is not really my thing.  So I thought my sister Joanie was crazy when she suggested we try “thermos cooking” sometime.  I was blown away to learn that foods like rice, pasta, and hot cereals can be easily cooked in my favorite Klean Kanteen insulated bottle.  And while those particular foods turn out the best, I've also heard that you can also make soups and stews too.

Single Serving Recipe

I tried this recipe with rice and oats and I was pleasantly surprised to see that it went off without a hitch!

  1. Preheat the interior of your insulated bottle by filling with hot water (this way, the heat in the boiling water you add with your food won’t spend its energy having to heat up the bottle first)
  2. Boil enough water to fill your insulated bottle for cooking
  3. Measure out a 3:1 ratio of water to cereal and 2:1 ratio for rice and pasta (I used 3 cups of boiling water with 1 cups of oats)
  4. Add cereal, rice or pasta to the bottle
  5. Pour in the boiling water and stir well
  6. Cap the bottle and let it sit until softened and water absorbed.  Rice and pasta will take about the same amount of time your normally would.  Steel cut oats and other whole grains will take longer and are best suited for overnight cooking.

The great part about cooking in an insulated bottle is that it saves energy and you don't have to stand over the stove to keep an eye on it.

Keep Your Kefir Smoothie Cold for an Energy Boost

Chilled Kefir Smoothie for Camping with Klean Kanteen by thesoftlanding.com

It's always exciting to finally make it to your camping destination, but setting up camp for multiple families always drains me. This is where yummy kefir takes center stage for me.  You just can't beat the protein packed, probiotic filled energy boost.

My favorite way to prepare a kefir smoothie for travel is to blend it with blueberries and a little stevia, then freeze it in ice cube trays.  Just before we pile in the car and head out, I fill my wide mouth insulated bottle with the cubes and put the lid on snugly. The cubes will melt just enough to create an icy slush so that it's perfectly prepared for my after-camp-set-up refreshment.

As you can see, my teenage son is on board with a nice, chilly smoothie after sweating through the camp setup too 🙂

This post is sponsored by Klean Kanteen and Green Sisterhood.

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15 Responses to 3 Ways You Didn’t Know Your Stainless Steel Bottle Could Make Camping Easier

  1. Green4u September 10, 2013 at 11:36 am #

    I feel silly for never thinking of pouring boiling water in the insulated containers first to heat it up!! Thanks for teaching me something new!

    • The Soft Landing Sisters
      The Soft Landing Sisters September 10, 2013 at 11:57 am #

      Isn’t funny how we get set in our ways? My sister Joanie had to try to convince me before I would even try it! So glad I did. ~Alicia

  2. Kirsten McCulloch September 10, 2013 at 5:23 pm #

    What fantastic tips – I love the cooking one especially. We are planning a 3-4 month long camping trip with our three kids next year, so I am collecting tips like this! Bookmarked 🙂 (actually, pinned, but it’s the same thing only better!)

    • The Soft Landing Sisters
      The Soft Landing Sisters September 10, 2013 at 7:06 pm #

      Thank you so much Kirsten! I’m so impressed that you’re undertaking such an extensive camping trip! Do you homeschool your kids like we do by chance? ~Alicia

      • Kirsten McCulloch September 10, 2013 at 8:49 pm #

        No, but we will be for that period, and in fact for the whole second half of next year, if it all works out. The plan is to spend six months in the States, visiting relatives and friends, camping/road tripping for about 3-4 months of it. BUT, if the Australian dollar continues to drop, it could put a crimp in the plans!

  3. Anna @GreenTalk September 10, 2013 at 5:48 pm #

    Such a great idea especially for breakfast on the go. Throw it in a wide mouth Klean kanteen bottle.

    • The Soft Landing Sisters
      The Soft Landing Sisters September 10, 2013 at 7:07 pm #

      Yes I thought Joanie’s idea was brilliant and the wide mouth bottles are best by far for cooking in. ~Alicia

  4. Kristina Greene September 12, 2013 at 9:18 am #

    I am new to camping, tried for the first time this summer. I’m with you on the coffee. We used instant and it did not do the trick. I’ll have to remember this next year!

    • The Soft Landing Sisters
      The Soft Landing Sisters September 12, 2013 at 4:43 pm #

      Oh yah Kristina – don’t take my coffee away! I’ll be anxious to hear how that trick works for you next year.

  5. Brenna September 12, 2013 at 10:19 am #

    These are great suggestions, and ones I never would have thought of! Pinning for my next camping adventure!

  6. Betsy (Eco-novice) September 15, 2013 at 4:09 pm #

    Brilliant. My sister used to cook steel oats overnight in an insulated stainless steel thermos. Stainless Steel beats plastic and glass again!

  7. Sweet Greens September 17, 2013 at 12:57 pm #

    These are so true! We use ours for camping all of the time!

  8. Karen Lee September 20, 2013 at 10:23 pm #

    Love making Kefir slushies! Great tip!

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