James Stanbury

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The Outwell Feast cook set M has three good-sized non-stick pans that nest neatly in your motorhome locker, but don't buy it until you've read our verdict

Overview

What's the cooking equipment like in your motorhome? We're guessing that you spent ages deliberating over the exact specification of your motorhome, galley and all, but no time at all deciding what pots and pans to pack.

For most people the motorhome touring kit is made up of cast-offs and slightly worn out items from the kitchen at home. While this is a good money-saving approach, is the selection of camping kitchenware versatile enough to help you put good food on the table on tour? 

Storage space is precious in any motorhome, so we think it's time to rethink the pots and pans ad invest in proper camping cookware sets that pack down small in your kitchen locker. 

Smaller pans will also fit around each other more easily on the hob: compact galleys require compact pans, unless you're cooking for a big family.

We decided to assemble a collection of camping kitchenware on the Practical Motorhome test bench, in order to find good value cookware sets that seem ideal for motorhomes.

We checked out the Kampa Feast Non-Stick Eight-Person XL Cook Set at £33.99, the Kampa Chow at £23.99, The Outwell Feast cook set M at £34.20, the Lakeland My Kitchen five-piece pan set at £94.99, the Vango eight-person non-stick cook kit at £50, the Kampa Munch at £28.99, and the Vango one-person non-stick cook kit at £18.  

So, what criteria did we use in our accessory tests?

First we considered the number of pans you get for your money in each set. We also judged how well-suited to a typical motorhome galley the pans might be. We preferred small snd medium-sized saucepans. When it came to frying pans we decided that they should be long enough for a few sausages and rashers of bacon, as well as some eggs and mushrooms – basically the ingredients for a full English breakfast, or a couple of beef steaks.

The very idea made us hungry, but then we considered the total weight and size when packed down for each cookware set. Obviously we made allowances for sets containing more pans, so that we were comparing like with like.

We gave extra marks to sets with removable handles because they tend to nest more easily and take up less cupboard space.

Talking of handles, they should allow effortless grip of the pans to which they’re attached. Insulation was another consideration: some handles get as hot as your soup, which is awkward and dangerous when you're cooking in a small space, with nowhere handy to hang an oven glove.

In this review we shine our spotlight on the Outwell Feast cook set M, which cost £34.20 at the time of our test in early 2016. This may look like a completely conventional Quest set, but Outwell has a few tricks up its sleeve.

Those standard-style pan handles, for instance, can be detached easily from the frying and saucepans to ease storage. Not that this set nests quite as you might imagine. The saucepan fits inside the stock pot once its handle is removed, and the frying pan sits, upside down, on top of the stockpot and its lid to form a hard top to the collection.

Although this is a well put-together set, its main drawback is that only one lid is provided to fit the stockpot and, bizarrely, the frying pan.

Technical specs

MaterialsAluminium, with non-stick coatings
Pack size for storage32cm x 20cm x 15cm
Saucepan3-litre
Casserole with detachable handle1.5-litre
HandlesSoft touch handle
VersatileCan be used on an induction hob
One stainless steel lidFits pot and frying pan

Verdict

As you'd expect from such a famous brand, the Outwell Feast cook set M is a pretty good camping cookware set, sold for a reasonable price. Our only quibbles are that there's one less lid than we need, and that it's a bit unlikely that we'll bother to unscrew all the handles before we hit the road. 

Conclusion

Pros

  • Detachable handles
  • Sturdy set
  • Set will nest neatly

Cons

  • One lid shared between two pans
  • We're unlikely to unscrew the handles every day
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