OK if I ever come to the USA I want to come camping with you as all that food you mentioned sounds really goodand now Im hungry and need to go eat.Maybe you missed my first post, where I specifically said:
And in my third post, I was able to also provide pictures:
Maybe I am misunderstanding your statement, but I don't believe that a page of help was wasted at all. I asked a question which I thought was clear and concise, that being "What mess kit would be better than the BSA mess kit that I am currently using?". Help was offered, but instead of offering suggestions of suitable replacements for my mess kit, people mistook my request and suggested a series of plastic containers that could never replace the frying pan and pot I currently use to cook with. While I truly appreciate the suggestions that these people have offered, and recognize that they were only trying to help, I do not understand the idea behind plastic as a replacement to such cooking utensils as a frying pan. Plastic is not better, but worse than what I have now.
Now, I don't know about you guys, but I refuse to eat freeze dried foods that I have to pay exorbitant prices for. I like meat. And fresh vegetables. I like to cook stew over an open fire, grill thick cuts of steak, enjoy scrambled eggs and pancakes in the morning. I like to cook brown rice with Sautéed mushrooms and shaved carrots, grilled asparagus and portabello's over an open fire. I enjoy cooking AND eating food way too much to move to preservative filled, precooked meals packed into vacuum sealed plastic bags that only take a cup of hot water to be ready to eat.
In my opinion, that ruins the entire object of camping outside, sitting next to a warm fire under the tree tops, and enjoying a moment of living in a rustic and rudimentary manner. To me, the most appealing part of camping is doing things the hard way. When you move away from something as simple as preparing and cooking your food over a bed of hot coals, to tearing open a plastic bag so you can dump a cup of hot water over a bunch of brittle and dried out nuggets of what might have once been food, you take away everything that makes being outdoors appealing. You may as well just stay home on your couch and microwave yourself some leftovers in that plastic container, because you aren't experiencing anything different, except maybe a rock or two under your sleeping bag.
By the way I like your fire kit,I spy a traditional flint striker which is my favourite fire starting method.
Heres a photo of the traditional fire kit that I put together,The steel strikers and belt buckle striker I forged myself.