Skottle Cooking Tips and Tricks

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The TemboTusk team introduced the Skottle Grill (pronounced Skaw-Til) to the US market in January of 2015. The design is derived from South Africa where farmers would convert old harrow discs into cooking griddles for use in the field. We picked ours up at Overland Expo and since then have become big fans of the design's simplicity and ease of use. After a year of cooking with the TemboTusk Skottle, we have come up with the following tips and tricks.

Cooking

The first thing new Skottle users should understand is the cooking disk is made from carbon steel and should be treated the same way you would treat your favorite cast iron skillet. We have two keys to cooking with the Skottle, preheat and cook in batches.
    Overland Expo, Tembo-Tusk, OutdoorX4, Overland Journal, Camping, Camp Chef
      Overland Expo, Tembo-Tusk, OutdoorX4, Overland Journal, Camping, Camp Chef
    • Although it is great at retaining heat, carbon steel is miserable at conducting heat. As such, the first key to cooking with the Skottle is to properly preheat the cooking disk before food is cooked. Rushing the preheat this can result in the seasoning/oil directly above the burner burning off before the cooking surface is up to cooking temperature. To properly preheat the Skottle ignite the burner and adjust the output to low heat. Allow the heat to transfer through the steel for several minutes before you add food.
    • Now that the Skottle has been preheated, it is time to start cooking. Our second key to cooking with the Skottle is to not overfill the cooking disk. Not only will your food pull heat from the steel disk (that is how it cooks) but having too much food will actually trap steam and make things soggy. Instead of piling a mountain of food onto the Skottle we will cook meals for large groups in batches. We have found that this not only results in a better finished product but we can usually cook everything in the same amount of time.

    Cleaning

    The great thing about cooking with the Skottle is you can treat it the same way you would cast iron. To maintain a well-seasoned non-stick surface, you should never use soap during cleanup. We always follow these steps when cleaning our Skottle:
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      Overland Expo, Tembo-Tusk, OutdoorX4, Overland Journal, Camping, Camp Chef
    1. Heat a little water with the cooking disk after you have finished the cooking. 
    2. Scrub the surface, using a Dobie Cleaning Pad, to remove any bits of food stuck to the surface. 
    3. Rinse the surface with clean water once the food debris has been thoroughly scrubbed.
    4. Thoroughly dry all surfaces with a towel.
    5. Apply a protective coating of vegetable or flaxseed oil using a paper towel, making sure to apply oil to both the cooking surface and underside. 
    6. Reignite the burner and adjust to medium-low heat and heat the Skottle until the oil just starts to smoke then turn off the burner.
    7. Rub the cooking surface one last time with the paper towel and let it cool. 

    Storage

    Overland Expo, Tembo-Tusk, OutdoorX4, Overland Journal, Camping, Camp ChefNow that you are done cooking it is time to protect your investment for the next trip. We tried to carry our Skottle in a reusable grocery sack for a couple of trips but found it didn't do a good job of protecting the cooking surface from scratches and dust - duh... We have since invested in Jack Covers' Skottle Shell to store our Skottle while we travel and when we are at home. The Shell is made from the same heavy-duty material as their Hi-Lift jack covers and is designed to carry the Skottle disk, burner, propane canister, and legs.






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    Author
    Beau Johnston is the Co-Founder of Living Overland and the Editor in Chief for Toyota Cruisers and Trucks Magazine. Beau is an avid outdoor enthusiast who enjoys exploring National Parks, fly fishing, and camping with his wife (Krista) and their two dogs.

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