This little puzzle has always perplexed me on the hill. Easy enough to cook an egg sunny side up in a large pan with oil, but that entails carrying a larger frying pan than needed up a hill and the problem of waste oil at the end. This method means you can use a 12cm frying pan, just get the lightest you can, and just a smear of oil. I used the spray variety, which would be perfect if you can get your hands on a sufficiently tiny spray bottle to carry it in.
I know this post is probably useless and unseasonal, but it’s too good not to share. It also gives you a few months in order to practice. If you do get out into the hills for a winter wild camp, then this has got to be worth a go.
You will need:
- One egg
- One heat source/
- 12cm frying pan
- Spatula (e.g. MSR)
- Drop of oil
- And the key to this – a lid…. I used the MSR Titan Kettle Lid, but you could always fashion one out of foil.
1 – Heat up the oil.
2 – Carefully crack the egg into the pan.
3 – Lower heat if you have to and put the lid on the frypan. The MSR Kettle lid fits perfectly. The lid is the key to this as it keeps the heat in and cooks the egg all over.
4 – Check occasionally – to ensure you don’t overcook the yolk.
5- In minutes, you’ll find the egg cooked to perfection.
6 – You’ll need some sort of spatula, but using minimal oil you may get away with just tipping the egg out.
7 – Mmmmm
For a suitable mini frying pan, follow this link.