We thoroughly enjoyed the testing process for camping cookware, as these sets are an integral piece of outdoor gear for everyone. Our reviewers made breakfast, lunch, and dinner for several months in these sets, day-in, and day-out. We browned sausages and sauteed veggies for dutch oven lasagna, we scrambled eggs to see how evenly each set cooked and turned those eggs, and many others, into breakfast burritos. We also made pork fajitas, and of course, easy pasta dishes.
Our reviewers created a Boil Test, in which we timed how long each set took to boil two cups of water. Each set bounced around with us in our converted school buses, trucks, duffel bags, backpacks, and plane trips to parking lots, campgrounds, trailhead pullouts as well as backcountry camping and picnics to see how each of the eight sets of cookware compared to each other, side-by-side, in order to bring you the Best Camping Cookware Review.
Finally, we weighed each kit in a few different manners. Because each kit contains at least slightly different components, the overall weight is not that useful. To standardize the features, we weighed each kit's main pot, handle, and lid. To then correct for at least slightly different volumes, we took this weight and divided it by the pot's volume. We found these numbers to be a far more useful way of comparing the weight of different products.