Camping Cooking Tips

There are many ways to make simple, delicious meals on your adventure. This guide contains camping cooking tips.
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April 1, 2008 Flag

I have a few camping tips for cooking. I also would love it if you will share some of your recipes you have. It is always nice to get tips on food they are hard to find for camping.

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We bought a Pie Iron and this little pie maker is great. I guess what a lot of people do is buy one for each person in their family. This way you can each cook maybe one meal with everyone cooking something different. What I would love is the recipe for pizza because I have heard it is great!

There are recipes on the inside cover of the pie iron for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. You can also go to http://www.pieiron.com/ for recipes.

On the night before you leave, have a leftover night if possible. Everyone has something left over from another night they like. This helps to avoid bringing home a lot of food you usually have to toss. As each person can just chose something they like leftover from dinner two nights before.

One other thing we bought (I can not for the life of me remember the name but I will describe it as best I can):

It is a lot like a grill, however it works a little differently. You set up a tripod over the spot they designate for campfires, the grill is hooked to chains on the tripod. It is set so you can raise and lower it. You can cook as close or as far away to the fire. This is great in the fact it allows you more ways to cook different things the way you need to cook. Also it locks in place to avoid accidents. It comes apart and does not take up a lot of space which you know you never seem to have enough of.

I hope this helps somebody I know a lot of people know about these things but when we first started camping we did not know much and it worked on the we learn as we go principle. Talk about your good times! Well the time is coming soon. Have fun camping this summer, I know I can not wait!

By Darlene from Fairview, PA

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June 7, 20080 found this helpful

S'mores are so over done according to our kids, so we have been doing banana boats as of late. Take a banana and unpeel one strip, do not remove. Make a cut down the length of the banana and slightly pull apart. Place mini marshmellows and chocolate chips in the slit. Fold peel back and wrap in foil. Place in the coals of the fire while you are eating your meal. When it is time for dessert, you will have an ooey gooey treat.

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July 2, 2007 Flag
  • By using lids whenever possible, you will greatly reduce the cooking time required for many foods.
  • Prepare soups, stews or chili etc. ahead of time. Freeze and keep in cooler. Reheat for a quick meal.
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  • Bring energy boosting snacks such as trail mix, granola bars, dried fruit, beef jerky etc. for in-between meals.
  • To save room when packing your camp kitchen, use your pots as mixing bowls.
  • Use a leather/suede work glove as an oven mitt.
  • To tenderize tough cuts of meat, as for stew, add a little vinegar to the water in which the meat is being boiled.
  • A little dab of butter in oatmeal while it's cooking will make the pot easier to clean.
  • To cut down on grease in camp food, fry meats in a fine dusting of salt in the fry pan instead of fat or shortening.
  • Sprinkle a few drops of water on sliced bacon to keep it from shriveling in the pan.
  • To remove onion or fishy odor from your hands or pots, rub a little vinegar on them and rinse with cold water.
  • Put a pan of hot water on the fire while you eat so that it'll be ready for cleanup when you are done.

By Babbie from LemonGrove, CA

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July 5, 20070 found this helpful

We just came back from our yearly camping trip. We cooked on both the campfire and a single burner propane stove. We made corn on the cob (dampen and wrap in heavy duty foil and set right in the hot coals for about 40 min or so), BBQ chicken, bratwurst, hamburgers, hot dogs, bacon and eggs and pudgie pies (butter the outside of two pieces of bread and fill with whatever you want and put the pie iron right in the fire. We did pizza sauce with a slice of velveeta cheese). The possibilities are endless.

One pot meals are ideal for the single burner. Hamburger Helper or macaroni and cheese come to mind. We also took little fruit cups from the dollar store for the kids and of course marshmallows. One idea for smores is to forego the graham crackers and chocolate bars and just use Fudge Stripe cookies and smoosh the marshmallow between those. Happy camping!!

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July 20, 2016 Flag

Camping Food Ideas

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This is a guide about camping food ideas. There are several things to consider when choosing the best foods to take on a camping trip.

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July 20, 2016 Flag

Tealight candle burning in the dark

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This is a guide about camp cooking with tealights. Depending on the type of camping you like to do, there may be several methods that work well for cooking your meals.

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July 22, 2011 Flag

Whenever we head to our camper, I always make a couple batches of homemade, dry pancake mix in a ziplock. I never use mix from a box and already having the dry ingredients waiting for me saves me time in the morning when I have to feed my hungry crew.

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June 26, 2008 Flag

Cooking over a camp stove

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There are a few basic cardinal rules when it comes to food safety. These rules will keep you and your family on the right track and help avoid a trip to the emergency room for food poisoning.

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June 13, 2007 Flag

This tip is for use when camping outdoors. Get a ziplock bag, add a few eggs (w/o shell) into the bag, add shredded cheese, chopped onions, etc., whatever you like in your omelets.

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July 12, 2006 Flag

For camping, my husband (who is Chinese) and I only took a small wok, camping stove and one pot for cooking equipment.

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June 30, 2006 Flag

Tips for cooking when camping. Post your tips.

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June 26, 2013 Flag

Crack eggs into a jar or container and store in fridge or cooler. You don't have to worry about broken shells and will save on space because you have no cardboard container. They will come out individual as you need them.

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June 12, 2007 Flag

When cooking over an open camp fire, place a stick or one strand of spaghetti across the top of pot to keep it from boiling over.

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June 30, 2006 Flag

Use canning rings to make round egg patties for egg sandwiches. Just put a canning jar ring on your skillet, add the egg contents inside the ring and cook until the egg has solidified. Apply a little cooking oil to the ring to prevent sticking.

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May 19, 2008 Flag

Instead of throwing away plastic coffee cans, wash them out and store them. Then when you are going camping use them to fill up with: flour, sugar, noodles, rice, cereal and other dry goods.

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March 4, 2009 Flag

Camping is a great family time but you always don't have lots of room for cooking and storage. I make what we call a bag salad. You cook all your favorite ingredients (pasta or potato salad) and put in a ziplock bag.

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June 13, 2008 Flag

These are my favorite potatoes for the summer! My mom used to make them when we were little! I have found that when going camping or if I am going to be busy and will not have time later.

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June 19, 2007 Flag

I plan meals ahead of time for my camping trip, buying any food Items I can on sale and freezing meat. I also prepare and freeze some items to save on the amount of ice I'll need to buy and the room needed to put in ice while still keeping the food safe to eat.

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August 21, 2013 Flag

A pot cooking over a fire.

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This page contains camping recipes. Good food is always appreciated when you are staying out of doors.

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September 6, 2005 Flag

If you organize your meals by measuring ingredients ahead of time you can save yourself a lot of time. It makes meal preparation a snap and ensures that you don't pack a lot of extra ingredients.

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