If you have an ice chest / or plenty of room in your refrig in camper, I suggest making casseroles ahead of time and them re-warming them for a nice meal. Bake potatoes ahead of time and them fry them up along with sausages / eggs for a yummy breakfast. I have also taken canned soups along for a quick lunch along with sandwiches. Making cookies /cakes ahead of time (freezing them) this makes for a good snack too. (05/16/2007)
Check out these sites they have some easy recipes - go to - www.chuckwagon.com - look over the campfire recipes . or check out www.ilove pickles.org they have plenty of recipes there. Some pasta salad would be easy to make, throw in some tomatoes and dinner is done. Enjoy the camp time with your family, it is memories that will last a life time. more people should try camping it is so fun. (05/17/2007)
Pre cook some hamburger meat with taco seasoning at home, bag it in a ziplock bag. Bring along to the campsite with lettuce, taco chips, tomatoes, cheese and a vinagarette dressing. Wah Lah...taco salad. Kids love it. (don't forget sour cream). Enjoy. (05/17/2007)
You could invest in "pie irons". They are about $10 each. We have 2 for our family of 4. You butter the iron and then put in two pieces of bread with whatever fillings you want and cook them over your campfire. There are many possible recipes. Our most requested is pizza sauce with pepperoni and cheese. You could also do ham and cheese or even pie filling with cinnamon. You could also soak some corn on cob (in the husks) and cook them over your fire. There are a lot of web sites with camping info and recipes. Some are devoted to pop-up campers. I am jealous :) We have been camping for years with a two room tent because we can't afford a camper but we have a great time none the less! Have fun! (05/17/2007)
By Cindy S.
I can't wait to hear more ideas! We just received as a gift, a tent trailer from our pastor at our church. It's an 81' but very well maintained and was refurbished a few years back. My daughter is itching to get going in it! I can't wait to try it out! (05/17/2007)
My family and I love to make scrambled eggs in a ziplock bag. Put 2-3 or more (depending on how many you have in your family) and put whatever you want in the bag...such as; chopped onions, shredded cheese, chopped ham, or whatever you like. It takes about 5 minutes (use a potholder) to hold the bag. Remember to crack the egg just as if you were cooking on the regular stove. The boys love this. I hope this helps for your breakfast meals. (05/17/2007)
We have a family of 7 and this was always a big thing to hunt out different recipes. We now have 14 grandkids added to that so it's still an important but fun, job. I do shish-ke-bobs at times. What ever kind of steak meat is on sale or sometimes even clearance, I cube and soak overnight in a zip lock baggie of A-1 or some other sauce. Soak the larger sized wooden sticks in water then spear on the meat and/or veggies. I do some that are nothing but meat. Double bag these (with a tiny cube of potato at the sharp end to keep from piercing the bag) or use a plastic container if you have one that will fit these and put in the cooler. I try to zip lock baggie most all my food items so I can have more cooler space. Even though we now still use nine large coolers! Many times we'll take deli type lunch meats, hoagie buns and have cold sandwiches for lunch when it's usually super hot out. Sometimes we opt to make those in the evening if it's still muggy out. Make the sandwich, wrap in foil and toast on the fire or grill. I could tell you so many more ideas!! Wonder if you can email me directly? (05/17/2007)
For something quick and a little different we use Johnsonville brats. They have a bunch of flavors and are already cooked. You may also want to look into a sandwich maker/pie iron. Then you can have any type of warm sandwich like pizza and the only thing you need in the cooler is cheese. We also love to make cheesy chicken foil packs but they take longer. Thaw and bring cut up chicken with you. What you do is take 2 large sheets of foil and make an x out of them one on top of the other for each person (adult) eating. Then spray with a non stick cooking spray. Cut up any veggies (we use red onion and peppers) and red skin potatoes none of these need to be refrigerated if you use them at least your 2nd night out. Put half of the mix on the packets then lay the chicken on top for each then fill with the rest of the veggies. Add a half a can of cheddar cheese sauce and fold it up. Bake on hot coals for around 40 min on each side. (05/17/2007)
There is a section devoted to camping foods. They sound great and there are things you wouldn't think of eating/cooking while camping.
We had a popup when I was a kid and we went camping all the time. We had a propane stove with 3 or 4 burners and my mom would just bring stuff frozen in zip lock bags that would stack easily in an ice chest; spagetti sauce and things like that. (05/17/2007)
One of my favorites was always "Campfire dinners" - take 2 layers of heavy duty foil for each serving and put in the middle:
1/8-1/4 lb uncooked, ground hamburger
small cut up pieces of carrots, potato and onion.
Salt & Pepper
Seal the foil in small packets and set on a grill over charcoal or wood fire for about 40 minutes (varies depending on the heat). Turn occasionally.
You can do similar meals with Chicken, potatoes, and mushrooms, or anything else you like at home that might be adaptable.
You can make and freeze these ahead, then throw in the cooler to thaw over a day or so. (05/17/2007)
Couscous would be good. It is quick, and easy. You can make it savory (broth instead of water with added veggies and meats) or sweet (with apple juice instead of water and raisins). I like to make it with tomato juice instead of water, topped with salsa and cheese. You can eat it cold too; it is great with vinaigrette dressing, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes and feta cheese as a Greek style salad.
RE: The post from Bonnie:
Make sure the zip lock bag is made for boiling. It usually takes 12 - 14 minutes in hot boiling water. I've done this before and it's delicious. Add anything you would like in an omlette that you would order in a restaurant. Onion, green peppers, mushrooms, tomato, black olives, cheese, ANYTHING you like. Bon a petite.
I used to take my crock pot with me. I would make anything from meatballs and sauce to ribs. Have fun I miss camping so much.
I always make soup from a packet. Usually all you do is add water and your choice of meat. (05/18/2007)
We like to make Pizza on the grill when we're camping. We used to buy the pre made pizza shells like Boboli, but now it is hard to find the small ones and they are expensive. I discovered that making pizza dough is really very easy. I put a bunch of toppings in a bowl and let the kids make their own. Even the little ones love it. Then they bring it to dad who puts it on the grill for about 7 minutes and everyone loves it. Crust:
In large mixing bowl combine:
2 cup + 2 TBL AP flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp Baking powder
2 tsp Olive Oil
2 tsp Dark Corn Syrup
1/2 cup + 2 tbl water
Mix until thoroughly combined - Dough will be very stiff. makes enough for two (2) 12 pizza pies. The dough is ready to use as-is No need to rise or kneed. Divide the dough in half, shape into a round ball and roll out paper thin.
This is a St. Louis style crust. Thin and dry like a cracker. We love it.
By TC in MO
Try chicken cordon blue. Buy some canned chicken breast 1 jar Alfredo and lunch ham. wrap chicken in ham and pour warmed Alfredo over it serve on a base of chicken flavored ramen noodles. (05/19/2007)
I always use the pie irons, it's not camping if you cant cook it over a fire. Our favorites are the hot ham & cheese, pizza's, and pie's (my favorite is cherry with powdered sugar!) but we also make bagel sandwiches for breakfast. You cook the egg in the pie iron, toast the bagel with hot dog forks over the fire, and we bring microwave bacon and warm it up on the hot dog forks too. Put it all together and add cheese. We make taco ones too! Using the pie irons just butter the pans and add crescent roll dough or bread and add taco meat (I pre make it but you can cook it first on the stove or campfire). Then when it's brown add all the toppings all over the top and eat with a fork. It's so good! (04/14/2008)
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