Dirty Dishes

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  1. mangorockfish

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    Just read Watcher of the Woods thread about squirrel hunting and his hobo brunch in the Outings, Trips, and Expedition forum which brings me to my question:
    When you're out on a day hike and fix something to eat, what do you do with your dirty dishes? Do you try to clean them where you are somehow, do you put them all in something and take them home to clean, what do you carry them in if you take them home? This has me puzzled. Thanks
     
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    I wash mine out with hot water and biodegradable camp soap, pretty much like I'd wash them at home. Just takes a minute. If something's really stuck, I'll use a stick and leaves to scrape it out but doesn't happen often as long as you season your cook pots.
     
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    It takes very little water to clean up a pot. If I have more than one I just scrape out as much food as I can then wash the cleanest one first and pour the soapy water into the next dirtiest one. Soap is just for cutting the grease. Then I rinse with hot water the same way.
     
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    When water is available, I wash my dishes on site as soon as I'm done. I usually give them a look when I get home too just to be thorough. If no water is available I do the best I can until I get home.

    Also, I usually take a plastic grocery bag to take dirty items home. Usually...
     
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    For day trips,I usually wipe out any remaining food with a leaf or stick, scour with some dried dirt or sand, then rinse.
     
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    Day hikes I wipe the pan and bowls with a wet wipe then stuff them into a big ziplock bag along with any garbage, wash when I get home. Don’t see a need to spend time heating water and washing if I will not be using the utensils for another meal.

    If I am going to prepare another meal later in the day I will spend the time to wash up using hot water and some Doc Bonners soap.
     
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    My dog does the dishes. They look like new when she's done licking them.
     
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    I try to carry a small pack of wet ones or a ziplock with baby wipes for cleaning out pots and then rinse.
     
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    I'm with the Bag It group. Do 'em later. On a day trip with just one meal planned, it's only a single small pot or pan, which also serves as a plate or bowl. A plastic grocery bag just like the ones I use for trash.
     
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    Pot scraper, instant towels. I use a sign makers squeegee/scrsper as a pot scraper, it's hot pink, hard to lose, I buy instant compressed cellulose towels off Amazon, for hard to clean off burned on crud I use sand or dirt and my hand, then clean with water, rinse & repeat as necessary. I also wash my dishes again when I get home in the dishwasher before putting them away.
     
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    Eat out of a can, throw the can on the trail.

    Or, make sure not to overcook and burn stuff, rinse a bit, scrub with a handful of sand, rinse a bit, dry it, then pack up, take a nap.

    Or just eat jerky, nuts and some cheese and put the wrappers, if any, in my pocket, take a nap.

    Generally can't use an old time favorite anymore due to severe drought - catch trout, cook on a green stick grill over a very little fire, scuff a hole for the bones, make sure the fire is cold, take a nap.
     
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    I truly hope you're kidding.

    I rinse out with water, give em a wipe with a bandana or woolen wash cloth, throw them in my garbage bag and wash them when I get home and dump the trash properly. ;)
     
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    Years ago I would get some cordage and tie it to my Sierra cup and throw it in the creek, clean in a little bit!
     
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    Of course he's kidding.





    No one could nap THAT much!
     
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    LOL!!!
     
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    I let 'em for the missus to do. :18:
     
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    If water is available I wash them, if not, I scrub them out with dirt and wait till I get to water.
     
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    I always have a little Dr. Bronners soap with me, so if there is water, I'll wash them.

    Otherwise, I scrub them with dirt, then wipe the remaining dirt or dust out with a kerchief.
     
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    Depending on the meal, knock of the majority of the stuff with a stick, wipe with some tp and a quick rinse with some water. If on a float tripx I'll wash everything water side. The sand does great at getting off anything that may be stuck on the pan.
     
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    Just lick (or was that Like?!!) the pot/plate clean. LOL

    If it is a day trip with only one cooked meal, then bundle up the dirties in a plastic bag (zip lock or just a shopping bag) along with any trash and deal with it at home.

    Multi meal trips …. scrape out and scour with natural materials (leaves, sticks, sand etc.) as much as possible, clean out with a bandana or similar, then scald with hot water and dry. If absolutely essential use a few drops of bio-degradable soap, rinse with cold water and finish with a scald the same.

    OJ
     
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    I eat out of paper plates and wash them in the fire .
     
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    Gravel and/or sand makes a great dish scrubber.
     
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    If I cooked, that means I have a fire. I clean my pots, etc... WITHOUT water. I use it for rinsing only.

    This may not be for you, but here is my method. I grab a handful of pine duff (the stuff below the top layer of needles) and scrub the inside of the pot starting at the rim and working down. I add more duff as needed and continue to the bottom. I dump the duff into the fire, and either wipe or rinse out the pot. voila.

    The duff absorbes any grease or liquid and is only mildly abrasive (unlike sand). When enough is used, it falls out of the pot almost still dry. Usually a bandana wipe will get rid rid of any dust.
     
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    I use pine cones in a similar method. "God's Brillo Pad," I once heard.
     
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    I usually clean them in the Woods. Just warm a little water, and scrub With some scotch heather or Crowberry.
    Access to water is no problem here.
     
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