A cooking pot that collapses down into a flat disk? Sign me up! Building off their X-Series of camp cookwear, Sea to Summit combined a flexible pot with a hard anodized aluminum base to create a cooking vessel that won’t take up a ton of room in your pack.
The walls of the X-Pot are constructed from a flexible, heat-resistant, food grade silicone. Sturdy and easy to cook in when open, the pot collapses down into a flat disk when not in use. The base of the pot is made from a durable 3-series, hard anodized aluminum—a great heat conductor for quick cooking.
Silicone is a synthetic rubber made of bonded silicon (a natural element abundant in sand and rock) and oxygen. This flexible yet strong material can go from freezer to oven (up to 428 degrees Fahrenheit) without cracking, is nonstick and stain-resistant. Back in 1979, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration determined that silicon dioxides—the basic elements in silicone cookware—were generally recognized as safe to use, even in food-grade contexts. Silicone is not toxic to aquatic or soil organisms, it is not hazardous waste, and while it is not biodegradable, can be recycled after a lifetime of use.
A BPA-free translucent lid features a built-in strainer and locks on to the two ribbed silicone handles of the X-Pot for secure food transport. The underside of the lid features a handy pot holder for serving or even eating out of the pot.
The Sea to Summit X-Pot retails for $49.95 and will start shipping March 2015.