This is an installment in my series on the new MicroRocket stove from MSR. Other installments in the series include:
- The New MSR MicroRocket -- First Look
- The MSR MicroRocket -- Trail Report #1
- The MSR MicroRocket -- Trail Report #2
- The MSR MicroRocket -- Cooking Report
- The MSR MicroRocket -- Packability Report #1
- The MSR MicroRocket -- Packability Report #2
- The New MSR MicroRocket -- Completed Review
Well, speaking of "real" food. How does the MSR MicroRocket do with real food? Let's run a few tests and see how it does. For our testing, we're going to try cooking Hikin' Jim's favorite: an omelet.
Test Number One: An El Cheapo lightweight 7.25" non-stick aluminum fry pan that I got at a garage sale. It's light. That's about all I can say for it. It's very thin. It'll be hard to not to burn things on this one.
|A 7.25" lightweight non-stick aluminum fry pan.|
First, with a thin pan like this, we'll really need to turn down that flame so we won't burn things. Is the MicroRocket that adjustable?
|A very low flame on an MSR MicroRocket|
And how does it cook? Let's have a look.
|Eggs cooking on a lightweight aluminum backpacking type pan|
|The center's cooked eggs had to be flipped to the outside edge to prevent overcooking|
|Our lightweight, thin pan after a quick rinse. No burned spots.|
Test Number Two: A plain aluminum fry pan from a Trangia 27.
|Eggs cooking in the plain aluminum fry pan from a Trangia 27.|
Yep, that's right. I will use butter to grease the pan, but I'm going to cook in a plain aluminum pan. We're going to get some sticking, but let's see how it goes. First, the fry pan from a Trangia 27 is quite a bit more substantial than the cheap fry pan in test number one. A thicker pan means we can turn the heat up a bit.
|The flame from a MicroRocket underneath a Trangia 27 fry pan.|
|Eggs cooked on a Trangia 27 pan.|
|A Trangia 27 pan after a simple scraping with a spatula|
Test Number Three: A real cooking pan. In this case a Belgique brand annodized 10" skillet.
|A 10" skillet on an MSR MicroRocket|
Now with a real cooking pan (a thick one in other words), I can crank that flame up a bit.
|A much higher flame can be used with proper cookware.|
|An omelet in preparation|
Discussion: It should be obvious by now that for real cooking, you have to have real cookware. A stove, even one with a minutely adjustable flame like the MicroRocket, won't cook a decent omelet on cheap, thin cookware. Don't expect that your paper thin titanium fry pan is going to do gourmet cooking.
But notice even with the cheapest flimsiest pan, I was able to avoid burning. And while I couldn't make a consistently cooked omelet, I sure could make some decent scrambled eggs. This speaks highly of the MicroRocket's ability to maintain a very low yet stable flame.
In terms of cooking, it's up to you as to how thick of a fry pan you're willing to carry. The pan you're willing to carry will have a lot to say in terms of what you can cook.
But, as for the MicroRocket, the MicroRocket's finely adjustable flame can be set such that you won't burn food (if you have a modicum of cooking skill) even on cheap, tinny pans like I used in Test Number One. And if you're willing to bring a nice cooking skillet, I see no constraints at all in terms of what you should be able to cook.
There's my cooking report on the new MSR MicroRocket. I hope you've enjoyed this Adventure In Stoving.