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Cleaning Pots in the Wild.

Cooking in the wild often brings with it the associated problem of washing up without a sink and running water. Biodegradable detergents are a solution some people choose but it’s not my approach.

In many cases you have all the materials you need already

If you have a fire, take some ash and  water and add them to your greasy pan.

A chemist could tell you that ash and water combine to make a mild alkali and a residue that contains gritty silica

Now since alkali and fat are the principal ingredients of soap this concoction will break down the fat in your pan and the “soap” will help to shift other stuff, especially as the silica helps to scour the pan too

A handful of grass used to scrub this mixture around should clean your pan very effectively and quickly

when you have washed the pan pour the water and residue into the edge of the fireplace, this area will already have been affected by the alkali in the ash. It also reduces the heat in the ground under the fire and makes it easier to extinguish in the end.

Rinse with water and again pour it into the fireplace.

On the next rinse you can pour the water away elsewhere if you wish but not into the water source.

All too often I have seen people washing pans directly in streams or lakes only to pour the dirty water back into the clean source.

Always throw the water well back onto the land, this way the ground can filter out the organic materials, reducing contamination of your source water.

To be really safe, for a final rinse use clean drinking water, or boil the water in the pan.

If I have no ash from a fire, more often than not I scrape the pan clean with a plastic “chef aid” and leave it until I have a fire to clean it properly.

Remember, it is not acceptable to leave food remains all over your campsite. You should leave no trace on the landscape. If you brought it with you you should take it home too.

 

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