I would love to have your ideas for camping recipes. What kind of recipes do you use while camping that are easy over the open fire? It's getting to be that time of the year and we are avid campers. Thank you.
Giney from Montgomery, MI
I'm getting excited about camping season starting too! I've gotten lots of recipes and ideas from the Boy & Girl Scout sites.
One of our favorites is the "Loafer" Burger. While prepping at home, patty up hamburgers made from your meatloaf recipe. Shape like a burger and when you cook them, place inside foil. Cut up a few potatoes with it and cook. I pre-patty all our hamburgers and place foil between and freeze till time to go. Keeps the cooler colder longer. (03/10/2009)
One thing that we like to do is make bush pies. This is something, for example a cheese sandwich, placed in a bush pie maker, and toasted over an open fire. A bush pie maker is two cast aluminum plates, shaped in a circle or a square, with long handles. They clamp together. It makes a wonderful toasted sandwich. You must butter the outside of the sandwich, the same way you would do to grill a cheese sandwich in a fry pan. We particularly like to put pizza fillings (tomato sauce, salami chunks, cheese chunks, chopped onion) into the bush pie. You can put canned pie filling in them for a dessert type pie. Or you can cook an egg in the sandwich for breakfast.
Absolutely anything that you like in a toasted sandwich can be cooked in a bush pie maker. Your imagination is the only limitation. For other ideas and tips, just google "bush pies".
You can buy these at camping stores, at True Value hardware, and at Canadian Tire. I would expect Walmart and any department store with a camping supply department would have them. Buy a couple of good quality ones -- don't cheap out on the thin ones.
Just as a caution, don't leave them in the fire to overheat. My sons have ruined a couple of cookers by jamming them in the coals and letting them get so hot that they warped, and the contents of course, were charcoal.
Here is another link from Wikipedia for all sorts of other types of cooking:
My friend Karen has a Camping group. There is tons of camping recipes on it.
Two words, Dutch oven. Many boy scout sites have great easy Dutch oven recipes. I've made some delicious meals, with plenty of time to sit and read/relax while the meal is cooking!
Also, we often make "foil meals". You'll need heavy duty aluminum foil. I don't eat red meat, so I use chicken or turkey in mine, but often get stew meat pieces, or round steak, cut into bite sized pieces. Add potatoes, onions, sprinkle with dry onion soup mix, adds a really nice flavor.
Here's the part many people don't do, but I have found to be a great help in not drying out the meal. Add a couple ice cubes to each meal, fold up in the foil, seal the ends well (you'll catch on to the folding technique after a few tries!) and place on a grill for cooking! These are SO good. I've also included other veggies. If you use carrots, onions, potatoes and chunks of beef, will taste like roast and all the fixings!
Happy camping! (Kick the can ice cream is always a hit with my kids too. You can google for a recipe)
Who has ice cubes or a way to keep meat fresh while camping? Do you camp with a refrigerator? When I go camping or hiking, we're out in the middle of nowhere for as long as we can get away from the office, usually a week at least. Accordingly, we only pack one or two days worth of fresh fruits and vegetables, then the rest are dried.
I'll bring some cornmeal, some individual-serving soy milk in vacuum sealed boxes so it doesn't need refrigeration, MAYBE some powdered milk or dried meat (we don't mix dairy and meat products, keeping kosher, so we save space in the backpacks by only bringing one or the other).
We bring eggs in cartons, padded with our clothing to prevent breakage, but we only eat those on the first day because leaving them unrefrigerated for longer leads to spoiling. We make a lot of soups and stews in our lightweight camping pot, and of course lots of skillet fare in our bush pie pan.
We catch fish if we're near a river, and fry it in the bush pie pan, though I suppose you could wrap it in foil -- but then you've got to carry the fishy foil about for several more days, and that can lead to bacterial or insect infestations in one's backpack, which isn't good.
We also pack a lot of nuts, dried fruit, and fruit leather; some matzah, pita, or tortillas; and sometimes we'll bring under ripe fruits that will ripen as we walk, rather than spoil. Also, we bring a few bottles of spices. You never want to go camping for a week without salt!
Finally, don't forget at least one canteen per person, and refill it EVERY chance you get. Get a proper stainless steel canteen, not plastic or the harmful variety of aluminum. (03/12/2009)
Thank you all for the great ideas. I am also looking forward to the camping season. We RV camp a lot with grandchildren, love making those memories for them. Always looking for new recipes to try. Happy camping to all.
From Dallas Texas (03/13/2009)
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