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Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: Santa Rosa, CA
fry pan cooking on 06/01/2014 19:13:48 MDT Print View

I recently picked up an msr flex skillet and want to try planning meals around using a frying pan.

So far I can think of pancakes, bannock, muffin mix (any kind of baking really), bacon, eggs, sausage, fried rice, stir fry with chopped vegetables, fry potatoes, ect. And fish I catch of course.

What are some good foods and recipes for cooking on a fry pan?

I will mostly be cooking over wood fires with it.

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: fry pan cooking on 06/01/2014 22:12:06 MDT Print View

Lo Mein is always good!

Marko Botsaris
(millonas) - F - MLife

Locale: Santa Cruz Mountains, CA
Re: fry pan cooking on 06/01/2014 22:17:58 MDT Print View

You had me a pancakes, bacon and fish. Do you really need anything more - except maybe bacon and trout pancakes?

But seriously with a frying pan and if you are allowing yourself those kind of provisions pretty much the sky is the limit. I bet you could do a nice pizza. Preferably one with fish and bacon on it. You could do a frittata - possibly a good way to cook for multiple people with a bunch of available ingredients. You would have to flip it probably, but that's not too hard with the non stick.

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: Santa Rosa, CA
Re: Re: fry pan cooking on 06/01/2014 22:48:55 MDT Print View

Pizza sounds good. I was also going to do quesadillas.

Marko Botsaris
(millonas) - F - MLife

Locale: Santa Cruz Mountains, CA
Re: Re: Re: fry pan cooking on 06/01/2014 23:26:49 MDT Print View

Maybe sourdough rolls. That would be kind of a homage. Also good. I don't know if you could do that kind of backing without out a lid, just something I'd like to eat. But probably a pain.

Edited by millonas on 06/01/2014 23:29:20 MDT.

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: Santa Rosa, CA
Re: Re: Re: Re: fry pan cooking on 06/02/2014 00:21:29 MDT Print View

I actually plan on doing pizza next weekend.

Something like this: http://bushcraftusa.com/forum/showthread.php/64494-Bannock-Pizza-Camp-Cooking-Recipe

Stuart R
(Scunnered) - F

Locale: Scotland
Re: fry pan cooking on 06/02/2014 06:19:37 MDT Print View

The only drawback of the MSR Skillet is that it does not have a lid. A lid really helps to keep the heat in when dry baking bannock or scone, so I made my own from aluminium sheet. You could also make one from thick aluminium foil - search for "Disposable catering tray platter" for a good source.

I also use it to make main meals like paella and risotto and here the lid keeps the liquid from evaporating.

MSR Skillet lid

Charles P
(mediauras)

Locale: Terra
Re: fry pan cooking on 06/02/2014 07:51:38 MDT Print View

http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=76681

a few good ideas.

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: Re: fry pan cooking on 06/02/2014 08:16:37 MDT Print View

"so I made my own [lid] from aluminium sheet."


Looks great. A real, recessed, lid.

Got a MYOG thread somewhere?

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: Re: fry pan cooking on 06/02/2014 08:35:25 MDT Print View

I've found that the whole key to making a good frypan lid is in using aluminum sheet that is exactly the right thickness.

--B.G.--

Marko Botsaris
(millonas) - F - MLife

Locale: Santa Cruz Mountains, CA
Re: Re: Re: fry pan cooking on 06/02/2014 08:36:49 MDT Print View

Nice to see that lid again Stuart! Might be pretty hard for the average person to reproduce, if I remember. If his cooking is as good as his craftsmanship I might have to invite myself to dinner sometime.

Edited by millonas on 06/02/2014 08:38:09 MDT.

Stuart R
(Scunnered) - F

Locale: Scotland
Re: Re: Re: Re: fry pan lid on 06/02/2014 10:01:50 MDT Print View

MYOG links here:

http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=74524

http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=87906

I've got bannock bread down to a T now, even if I say so myself. I mostly use the bread flour mix that is sold for breadmaker machines: 5 1/2 scoops of flour to 2 scoops of water, mix, squish by hand for a few minutes, flatten into a disk, put in skillet or on a plate in a poly bag for 30min to rise then 12min in the skillet with lid on a very low heat. The key is VERY low heat (the skillet is quite thin Al), so low that you need a windshield to prevent the flame from blowing out - I use a canister stove and this consumes 3-4g gas per bannock.

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: fry pan cooking on 06/02/2014 10:42:30 MDT Print View

I've used a lid on the MSR skillet, but I also own like every pot in the series..oops. I don't remember which lid I used though - it might have been for one of the 3 Liter pots. Anyhow, heavy duty foil, 2-3 thickness also makes a decent lid.

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: fry pan lid on 06/02/2014 12:07:59 MDT Print View

Thank you Stuart.

I found some aluminum.

Now I'm looking for a liter of patience.

Alex Wallace
(FeetFirst) - F

Locale: Northern California
plastic bits and fire on 06/02/2014 15:14:28 MDT Print View

I have the smaller "Quick" skillet from MSR, which is identical to the Flex skillet except for the diameter. I haven't used it over a wood fire due to concerns of melting the plastic retainer clips at the handle base. I guess it's about the same as cooking over a stove, but it seems like it would be hard to keep the plastic bits away from hot coals and flames. Any insight?

As for food, I regularly fry up some of the shelf stable bacon first so that the pan gets a nice coat of fat for my Krusteaz "just add water" blueberry pancakes. Works great in the MSR skillet, but be sure to keep the heat real low if using a canister stove.

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: Santa Rosa, CA
Re: plastic bits and fire on 06/02/2014 15:26:40 MDT Print View

Alex, I would put it in at the edge of the fire, not directly in. An probably only on coals. Should be easy to keep the plastic handle away.
If you were using it over a grill above the fire with lots of flames I could see it being an issue.

Alex Wallace
(FeetFirst) - F

Locale: Northern California
Re: Re: plastic bits and fire on 06/02/2014 15:36:34 MDT Print View

Thanks, Justin. That's what I figured. Let me know how it turns out in practice.