|The Adventures In Stoving team en route|
|Valley Forge Trail Camp|
Many people seem to think that the only thing a Jetboil Sol is good for is boiling water. I was pretty confident after filing JetBoil Sol -- Cooking Report #1 that I could cook real food on a Jetboil Sol.
So, let's get started. First, let's lay out our tools and ingredients.
|The fixin's for a first class omelette.|
Now, note the small metal pot support attachment just to the right of the eggs in the below photo.
|Preparing the eggs before making an omelette.|
Here, I've emplaced the pot support on the Jetboil burner.
|Pot support in place on a Jetboil Sol burner|
|An MSR Blacklite pan on top of a Jetboil burner. Note pot support attachment.|
|Eggs and other omelette ingredients cooking up on a Jetboil.|
|An omelette, nearly done|
|An omelette, very nicely done.|
|No burnt spots!|
|A nice, fluffy omelette.|
|The bottom of the omelette is cooked very uniformly|
|Well fed, an Adventures in Stoving Taste Test Team member climbs to new heights|
Now, is the Jetboil Sol the best cooking stove I've ever seen? No. But it can be done, and not just in controlled conditions as in Cooking Report #1, but out in the field as shown here in Cooking Report #2.
The thing I notice is that the valve adjustment is danged tricky in the lower end of the range. Like a race horse, the Jetboil Sol really wants to go, go, go. You have to have a deft touch and a bit of patience to adjust the flame and get a nice low flame. But adjust it will.
If you know anything about cooking a decent omelette, you know you need a balance on the flame. Too low, and the omelette is flat rather than fluffly. Boring! Too high, and you'll get a dried out, leathery omelette, or worse, a burnt one. But get the flame exactly right, and you'll have a fluffy, fabulous omelette. I was able to strike such a balance with the flame on a Jetboil Sol. Again, though, you have to have a bit of patience, and you definitely have to fiddle with the valve. The valve adjustment is neither smooth nor continuous.
So, the Jetboil is able to do far more than just boil water, but you do need to practice a bit with it and have some patience.
I thank you for joining me on another Adventure in Stoving,
JetBoil related posts
- Titanium JetBoil Sol -- Caution
- Aluminum JetBoil Sol -- Cooking Report #1
- Aluminum JetBoil Sol -- Trail Report #1 and Cooking Report #2
- Aluminum JetBoil Sol -- Cooking Report #3
- Aluminum JetBoil Sol -- Trail Report #2 and Cooking Report #4
- Final Review: The New Jetboil Sol (on Seattle Backpackers Magazine)