We Chose a Backpacking Cooking System

Jetboil Java Kit

There are so many different cooking systems you can choose from that it can make a beginner go cross-eyed as to which one you should choose. Matt and I were checking the cooking systems out at our local REI this past week and finally committed to a cooking relationship with, Jetboil. It surely lives up to its name!

This purchase did not come easily. We researched, checked packing weights, durability, storage, and how fast you can cook for 7 people on the trail. We watched Youtube video’s and found that Jetboil was one of the favorites among backpackers. In one video a Youtuber beat the Jetboil up pretty good by throwing it around and submerging it in water and it still worked.

Matt and I are penny pinchers, who wouldn’t be with 8 kids?  Jetboil is NOT the cheapest cooking system on the market but it’s on the high end. The average cost of a backpack cooking system is around $30.00-$40.00 for the burner and fuel. The Jetboil was $109.00.  You might ask, “Why should a family spend this kind of money on a cooking system?” Let me give you our reasons.

A major factor for our choice was efficiency. Our family is large, and when we need food, we need it fast. We need simple and dependable. A considerable issue for us is that we have TWO Type 1 diabetic children. Hannah and Abbie are NEVER left out of our adventures due to their diabetes, we just adapt to whatever we need to do. The Jetboil was top notch in easy set up, fast water boiling (about 2 minutes!), and dependable so should we need food for either one of the girls quickly, this system could provide that.

Once we bought the Jetboil we came right home and tested it out. We are coffee drinkers so we had purchased the Jetboil Flash Java kit.  It preformed as well, if not better, than we had expected. As we sipped our coffee, we discussed the benefits of this purchase.

  1. It was easily assembled
  2. It boiled water faster than we thought. (Due to being in a controlled environment I am sure)
  3. It came apart well for easy clean up.
  4. The fuel lasted longer than projected.

We tested it again the next day preparing our whole dinner that night with one Jetboil. That little stove just kept on cooking and preformed amazingly well. We cooked just over an hour with it and fed the whole family. We did realize after we had finished we may need two systems, which did not surprise us.

The foods we tried were, Mountain House Chicken and Dumplings, Alpine Aire Creamy Potato Soup, Ramen Noodles, and 3 dried soups from an Amish Market. The prepackaged items were excellent. The soups were a BUST , took too long to cook, and were just disgusting!

I am providing the link to the Jetboil website for the one we chose. Please feel free to ask us any questions about this item. We are happy to share our successes and failures with you. I had some video’s of what we did but the FREE WordPress doesn’t let you upload video. I have them on my Twitter account, Gleason Adventure, @HikeAdventure.

Happy Hiking,

Matt and Brandy




    PERSONAL COOKING SYSTEM | The Flash Java Kit includes a Flash® cooking system, the ever popular Coffee Press, as well as a sample of Green Mountain coffee, allowing you to make Java right on the trail. The Flash® steps up from the Zip cooking system with a push-button igniter, heat indicator, and increased volume.
    This Flash cooking system lights with the click of a button and in just over 2 minutes provides two cups of boiling water for cocoa, coffee, instant soup or a gourmet freeze-dried meal. The newly designed burner secures the igniter, protecting it from bumps along the road. Flash is designed to be one of the safest cooking solutions out there. The cooking cup clips onto the burner, preventing accidental spills, and the fuel canister tripod ensures overall stability. The insulating cozy has a color-changing heat indicator that signals when contents are hot.

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