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July 16, 2010

I am looking for ideas for good campground food.

By Nathan TenNapel from Sioux Falls, SD


July 18, 20100 found this helpful

I have several old favorites we have used while camping over the years, it is all according to what type camper and equipment you have. Ours is a motorhome, fully stocked. I love chicken leg quarters I get on sale and freeze. I pop however many we need into our crockpot, seasoned with dried rosemary, thyme, a dash of salt and pepper, and cook all night. Next day, use the juices to make a nice thick gravy, and have over rice,with biscuits (We go to Hardees or somewhere for breakfast and buy our biscuits extra for our meal and take them back with us.) and corn on the cob.


Can't beat it anywhere.

Another recipe we love is Bubble & Squeak, a one pot layered, simmered meal of chopped cabbage, sliced potatoes, and a kielbasa or polish sausage cut into wheels. Layer until you use it all up in a large pot or frying pan. Add 1/2 to 1 C water, cover and simmer until potatoes and cabbage is done. Recipe will feed Pharoe's Army, my family says, about 6 or 8: if you have a large cabbage and potatoes, will feed about 12 at a potluck dinner. Only one pot needs cleaning, no sticking or messes.

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July 20, 20100 found this helpful

We always stayed in tents and cooked on the campfire. On our first night we would always have foil dinners. We would make them at home and put them in the ice chest. Tear off a long piece of heavy duty aluminum foil and lay out on counter. Wash and slice a potato into round slices about a 1/4 inch thick. Lay in the middle of the foil. Add chopped celery and sliced carrots. Make a hamburger patty from ground beef or a pre-frozen patty.


Lay on top of vegetables. Slice an onion into slices about a 1/4 inch thick and lay on top of hamburger. Add salt and pepper. Bring edges up around mixture and fold down to seal on all sides. You can place these directly on the campfire to cook. Check periodically to see if they are done. You can substitute chicken breasts for the hamburger.
We always liked this for the first night because everything was already prepared and all we had to do was cook it.

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September 5, 20160 found this helpful

We like foil dinners we call Hobo Stew. I make them in foil pans purchased at the Dollar Store, makes it easier to handle especially when there is juice involved in the recipe. Take beef cubes and add to the pan (we do individual pans and make each one to the person's taste).


Cut up a potato and add along with cut up carrots, celery and mushrooms if desired. Add beef broth to come up half way through the pan. Cover with foil and place on the campfire grill for about an hour. Make biscuits on a stick and you have a complete, filling meal after a hard, fun day at camp.

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February 21, 2020

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July 16, 2010

I would like to get recipes and storage ideas for camping and RV-ing.

Lynn T from Central AR


Camping Food Ideas

Scones can be made with no fridge ingredients.


  • 3 cups self raising flour
  • 1 cup UHT cream
  • 1 cup lemonade

These are a nice quick treat, you can add cheese, bacon bits, etc. to make them savoury or just serve with butter and jam for sweet. (05/26/2008)

By monica

Camping Food Ideas

I find that Suddenly Salad is a great, inexpensive make-a-head and serve cold side dish. I found a coupon for a dollar off of 2 in the Sunday paper and Walmart had them on sale for $1.19 each. I always see them advertised in circulars. (05/26/2008)

By heather

Camping Food Ideas

I always have my cast iron pot and lid. You can bake anything in the hot coals like our ancestors did. It keeps food warm for a long time, too. Try roast, fish, stew, soups, chili, or a big pot of hot chocolate, too. (05/28/2008)

By Cariboo Lady

Camping Food Ideas

I always have electric skillet when camping RV or tent either one. Most sites these days have plug-ins unless you get a "primitive site" which has neither. I's also a good thing to have poly hot pot or other electric coffee maker, especially if it's the tall kind. You can heat corn on the cob inside one or make hard boiled eggs. I've done both!


If your good at camping like my mom was, then you can wow everyone with fried canned biscuits! They taste great. Everything cooked outside is better. Lightly grease the skillet and put in canned biscuits. They will darken, but won't rise. Good tasting, too.

Eggs: boil a few at home and keep cold until snack time or time to make tuna sandwiches. Break them into a storage container and freeze. If you plan on using 4 for breakfast then break 4 into a Ziplock or something. Make French toast at home then when it cools put it back in the bread sack until you need it then reheat it in the toaster!

Nobody I ever knew likes to shop at camp stores. A lot of times in the town nearest the campground we stopped and got things we would either eat that evening or in the next couple of days, even ice cream. Plus campground store prices are normally higher then other stores. You might keep in mind, too, that the kids or grandkids really don't need a Popsicle everyday or any of the candies because Saturday night we will all drive to town for an ice cream sundae.

Don't use round containers if you can help it, your space is better used with square ones. We always parked close to the shower house/wash house/playground so my mother used her tiny RV bathroom/shower for extra storage. The short walk to the RR didn't kill anyone.

Another thing that is expensive at camp is firewood. One of our first "jobs" when we got their was for my sis and I to gather kindling and wood for that night, or pay their price for only a few sticks.

One last thing: if you like to leave your coffee cup on the picnic table at night you might thank me for telling you that overnight, a coffee cup will collect a variety of bugs. Turn it upside down. Early morning coffee doesn't have to start with a scream when you look down and see several winged creatures drowned at the bottom.

Happy camping ! (05/28/2008)

By melody_yesterday

Camping Food Ideas

Two ideas: homemade Bisquick-like product, and also when we hit a washboard road it vibrated our rig so much, I will always have padding under our cupboard items to prevent breakage. (05/28/2008)

By Kim Churchman

Camping Food Ideas

Ziplocks are amazing. Let's say we plan to make pancakes, measure out all dry ingredients and put in one bag. If it is a really short overnight then I put all wet ingredients in another (make sure your seal is tight!). I put my meats in them, Ziplocks, with the marinade I want or spices for rub, that way I do not have to carry the spice containers with me. We used to camp with a family that used old Pringles or Lay's round-ish empty containers to repack for space savers. She would mark on them what it was and what to do with it. Their kids even had snacks doled out in their own personal containers. They had secure lids and kept the bugs out they said. Make sure to have fun and experiment. (05/29/2008)

By Joanna Hughes

Camping Food Ideas

I'm not sure how primitive you will be, but you can cook lots of things at home and wrap in foil to be reheated over an open fire. We really like to make what we call a hobo meal. In a piece of foil put your hamburger patties, potatoes (sliced), carrots (sliced), onions (sliced), and or any veggies you might enjoy and seasoning. Wrap the foil tightly and lay these in the coals around a hot fire. It takes about an hour to cook. Enjoy.

By Carol

Camping Food Ideas

Don't forget to bring solar lights/lanterns, you know the ones in your yard. Some even have on/off switches on them. Charge them during the day and set around during night. You never need to replace batteries camping and people/kids feel safer being able to see around the camp at night. Save a couple for the kids to carry around, also. (06/25/2008)

By Tonsie

Camping Food Ideas

If you use ice chests use block ice (not cubes), it will last much longer. And freeze some water in plastic milk jugs, you have drinking/food water as it melts. (06/25/2008)

By Tonsie

Camping Food Ideas

Oh, mouthwash in a spray bottle, sprayed around camp keeps skeeters and such away and you can use on yourself. Fyi, rubbing alcohol in sprayer is the best and cheapest bug killer and it's good for emergencies. (06/25/2008)

By Tonsie

Camping Food Ideas

Best idea! Marinade shrimp the night before, put them on skewers. Wrap in plastic wrap and then foil. Freeze. They will thaw and you can cook them on the grill, or over the fire with the long hotdog skewer thingy. Yum! (07/11/2008)

By j*me

Camping Food Ideas

Our favorites mostly come for the Handy Pie Iron, as well. We make anything from sandwiches to eggs to pies in these. We also bring along a mini propane BBQ which we cook any meat or my all time favorite veggie pockets on. To make the veggie pocket you just wrap your favorites in foil (broccoli, cauliflower, peas, onions), add butter and salt and you have yummy veggies. Happy camping! (07/18/2008)

By Beka

Camping Food Ideas/breakfast

I have been camping for 40 years and every year gets better and better.
I prepare some of my meals at home and put them either in containers or zip bags.
My favorite is: Sausage gravy and biscuits.

Brown 1 lb of sweet and 1 lb hot sausage in a roll. Add a couple splashes Worcestershire sauce, black pepper, hot sauce, a tsp. of beef flavoring, and a splash of browning sauce.

Once browned, sprinkle 1/2 cup or so of flour over top and mix well. Cover meat mixture with water (just to cover it) and let it come to boil to thicken and it is done. Put in container or bag.

Prepare store bought biscuits and place in zip bag and you have your breakfast. A good hearty one to keep you going all morning.
Enjoy! (08/28/2008)

By Sharon

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