Your trip-mates will probably laugh when you break these out.
At first glance, they seem like unneccesary luxuries, and over-engineered ones, at that. The laughing will stop when these things go into action.
You can't make pancakes without a spatula, so that's an easy one. The spoon isn't just for serving, it's also graduated inside for measuring ingredients, and the curve at the tip of the spoon matches the corner of an MSR pot so you can scoop up every morsel.
The strainer is the sleeper of the set. Sure, you can pour the water off your noodles by cracking the lid, but how many times have you dumped a batch of spaghetti in the dirt? Use the strainer and you won't loose a single noodle.
This set is light in weight, cheap, and safe for use on non-stick pots. As a bonus, these aren't light because they are diminutive in sizethey're full-sized tools that are designed to fold in half for compact storage.
- Alpine Spatula: Serrated edge cuts soft meats and cheeses easily.
- Alpine Spoon: Calibrated for common measurements.
- Alpine Grater/Strainer: Curved ridge fits pot rims for efficient straining while holes work as an excellent cheese grater.