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.
1) 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.
2) 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!
- 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)
- Boil enough water to fill your insulated bottle for cooking
- 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)
- Add cereal, rice or pasta to the bottle
- Pour in the boiling water and stir well
- 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.
3) Keep Your Kefir Smoothie Cold for an Energy Boost
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 🙂