GSI Compact Scraper
Source: bought it new
A double-sided tool, with a hard, plastic edge for more difficult scraping, and a soft, silicone edge to lightly scrape leftover liquid or softer foods. If you like cooking and don't like washing dishes, this is an essential tool to have as part of your camp kitchen, no matter how small or large it may be.
Pair this with some baby wipes and your dishwashing will never be easier. Spending five bucks on this scraper will save you the cost of having to prematurely replace worn-out non-stick cookware.
- Compact size that nests into almost anything
- Durable construction
- Color-coding makes sides easily discernable
- Extends like of non-stick cookware
- Use of lanyard hole makes operation cumbersome
If you like cooking and don't like washing dishes, this is an essential tool to have as part of your camp kitchen, no matter how small or large it may be.
It is a double-sided tool, with a hard, plastic edge for more difficult scraping, and a soft, silicone edge to lightly scrape leftover liquid or softer foods.
This came included with my GSI Crossover Kitchen Kit, and is easily one of my favorite items in my kitchen. Using this scraper saves time and effort when washing dishes, and if your non-stick cookware is slick enough, it makes a tedious and lengthy chore into a short and simple one.
(Scraper is in top right corner of photograph above)
The size (3.5" x 2.25" x 0.125") is large enough to be useful in backpacking cookware, but small enough to nest into whichever cookware set you may own. The .4 oz. weight is well worth it, and far better than carrying soap, a scrubber pad, a drying cloth, and all those accessories.
The shape I wouldn't call anything less than universal (after all, the whole point of a silicone edge is to shape itself to the cookware it's cleaning) though it is uncannily well-fit to the inside curvature of GSI's pots and pans.
Here's the mess left behind from a tuna noodle casserole - the perfect meal with which to put this scraper to the test.
The picture directly above shows me methodically cleaning this pot: first using the hard plastic side to scrape the food scraps burnt to the bottom of the pan, and afterward, flipping it over to the soft silicone side to consolidate the rest the food scraps into a neat little pile, which can then either be packed out or disposed of. I was going to take an "after" photo, but I was test-pitching a tent in my backyard with the vestibules open and the lawn sprinklers went off.
The only foreseeable downside to this item's features would be the included hole to string a lanyard through. Doing so would make the silicone edge awkward to use, but if the sole use of the hole was for transport and/or storage, this would be easily solved.
I should also mention the necessary irony: you will need to clean your cleaning tool, and make sure food scraps don't stick to the scraper. This isn't a teflon-coated piece of equipment, and unless you want to start a microorganism farm, you will need to wipe this down occasionally. Do yourself a favor and don't leave too much time between your cooking and cleaning.
Pair this with some baby wipes and your dishwashing will never be easier.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $3.95
An indispensable camp kitchen clean up utensil. This scraper reduces clean-up time and helps protect non-stick coatings on expensive cookware.
- Helps prolong the life of non-stick coatings
- Less water needed for clean up
- None. It does what it was designed for.
Its hard to get excited over a utensil that scrapes food remnants from cookware but, this tool works great. It has two sides that can be used to remove excess and stubborn baked on food.
One side is a pliable rubber that easily gets into tight radius pot corners to get the scraps out quickly. The other side is harder and made of a nylon composite that allows you to put some muscle into removing that burnt, baked on residue from dinner.
Using the scraper instead of an abrasive pad/sponge helps maintain the non-stick coating on my cookware by not scratching it and rubbing it off. Also, removing as much of the food particles as I can with the scraper helps keep the sponge from collecting food particles and eventually stinking. I also use less water for clean up by removing the excess food particles first.
Overall, this a simple and extremely useful tool that is indispensable for camp kitchen clean up.
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Lightweight, dual-sided pot scraper with a soft rubber blade. Use with your GSI cookware or other pots and pans.
This Compact Scraper gets the pots cleaner, faster. Or use it to scrape the last morsel onto your plate!
Get those backcountry pots spick-and-span with this dual-sided pot scraper. Flexible rubber end helps serve up that last bit of spaghetti sauce or oatmeal. Hard plastic end scrapes stubborn, burned-on foods from your pot. Lightweight and compact for convenient packing.
Clean up your camping pots and pans in a flash with the Compact Scraper from GSI Outdoors. With a little elbow grease, the once annoying chore of backcountry dishes is made much easier thanks to the hard plastic end that powers through burnt-on food and the rubber end that swipes it away.
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