Extreme Cooking Tips And Advice: How To Carry Your Mate Into The Wilderness
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In order to carry your mate gear with you in an expedition or trek you should take into account some important considerations.
Anyone who has ever been in southern South America knows what mate is and that thre are many different types of items used to prepare and drink this beverage. Some are simple and inexpensive, while others are true artwork; some are made out of metal, others in wood, and a few even in plastic. It is true that mate doesn't taste the same on each one of these types of "mate gear", but despite your personal tastes there are some additional things to think about when taking it to the great outdoors.
A metallic jar can be used instead of a kettle as part of your outdoor mate kit.
First of all, never take any kind of mate gear that may plausibly fall into the artwork category; kettles, mate mugs (it is actually called a porongo but that is also a dirty word in some places) and other items made out of silver or with elaborate carvings, engravings and so on are simply too expensive to risk them in a harsh outdoor environment, especially since they cannot be easily replaced.
Then you should choose those items that are lightweight but resistant. Most wood or plastic mate mugs will be left out. Metallic - aluminium or steel - mate devices will be advisable. Where you will place your mate gear within your backpack space may be tricky if you want to have it ready for immediate use, but that is precisely the strong point of mate when compared with other infusion beverages: It can be prepared in a flash, and even while you make a ten-minutes resting stop you can enjoy a sip of hot mate. In order to achieve that you need to have all your mate gear items at hand; this includes the mate leaves or yerba bag, the sipping device or bombilla, the Mate mug and some sort of sweetener, if you like mate that way.
The yerba mate should be carried in a resistent bag or recipient.
The bombilla should be rather short; you will find short and long ones, the latter being used mostly in conjunction with big mates. Short ones can be stored more easily and besides, we recommend that you carry a second one as a spare, since bombillas are the things that usually get lost or break more often.
To all that you need to add a thermo-sealed flask or bottle to keep a quantity of rather hot water at hand. If you carry a metallic flask there will be no risk of it breaking, even if you put it into one of those bags or strap-on backpack pockets so common these days. In this way you will have your flask at hand and whenever you like, you just take it out, prepare the mate and enjoy a couple of hot sips before departing again. Now, try to do that with coffee or tea!
The bombilla should be of the short type.
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