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There are many ways to make simple, delicious meals on your adventure. This guide contains camping cooking tips.
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By 2 found this helpful
April 1, 2008

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.

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!

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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.

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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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By 2 found this helpful
July 2, 2007
  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • 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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By 1 found this helpful
July 22, 2011

Whenever we head to our camper, I always make a couple batches of homemade, dry pancake mix in a ziplock. I will also write on a small piece of paper the wet ingredients needed to finish the pancake batter inside the ziplock, so I know exactly what extra ingredients I will need come breakfast time. 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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Source: I thought of this myself as I am not a morning person and needed something to help me get breakfast on the table faster and easier when camping.

By LisaE from WI

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Brandi M. Seals1 found this helpful
June 26, 2008

There are a few basic cardinal rules when it comes to food safety - especially when conditions are not ideal -such as while camping, hiking, boating, or even tailgating. 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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Keep Cold Things Cold and Hot Things Hot:

Bad for you bacteria can grow on food at astonishing rates in the "hot" zone. The "hot" zone is considered to be anything above 40 degrees Fahrenheit and below 140 degrees Fahrenheit. That is why it is important to keep food out of that range. When you cook anything it should be above 140 degrees. If it is not going to be eaten within two hours, you will need to chill it to below 40 degrees before you pack it for the camping trip. It can always be reheated later. Cold foods will need to be chilled to at least 40 degrees.

Anything that stays within the "hot" zone for more than 2 hours should be tossed or you risk food poisoning.

Clean, Clean and Clean Some More:

You will want the food prep and cooking area to remain as clean as possible. Wash up using soap and water or if that is not readily accessible, bring along some disposable disinfectant wipes. Be sure to keep meat separate from all other ingredients when preparing as you can inadvertently cross-contaminate dishes if meat juices make its way into your potato salad.

Drink Safely:

Water from lakes or streams should never be consumed without pre treating them. You can boil water for a minute to kill the microorganisms in it, or drop in some purification tablets (usually found at any camping supply store). The purification tablets contain iodine, chlorine or halzone and can kill most bacteria, viruses, and many parasites. You will also want to filter the water before it is consumed to remove any large parasites, bacteria, or debris.

Packing the Cooler:

Packing the cooler is one of the most important steps in camping. You will only want to bring along enough food to be consumed within a short period of time. Because coolers are not the most effective at keeping foods at the proper temperatures, it is best to avoid overcrowding the space and leaving food in the cooler for days and days. I would say 2 to 3 days worth of food is all you would want to stock at one time.

The order in which items go into the cooler is also important. You will want to plan your meals in advance and then divide the ingredients up. Items to be consumed on the first day go on top. Food for the second day goes on the bottom. The only exception is meat. All meat products should be stored at the very bottom of the cooler to prevent any juices from dripping down into the food below.

Be sure to use plenty of ice or frozen gel packs. Ice blocks will last longer than ice cubes - so try freezing plastic baggies of water to use in your cooler. Once the ice melts - the food is no longer at the proper temperature and must be disposed of. To keep the ice from melting, resist the urge to open the cooler more than is absolutely necessary. Place it in the shade and wrap it in a blanket to keep the contents cool. Also replace the ice as it begins to melt. I would suggest keeping sodas, juice and water bottles in a separate cooler to cut down on the number of times the one holding the food needs to be opened.

Remember, when in doubt, it is always best to toss it out.

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By 1 found this helpful
July 12, 2006

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, 20061 found this helpful

Tips for cooking when camping. Post your tips.

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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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By 3 found this helpful
June 26, 2013

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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By 0 found this helpful
June 13, 2007

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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By 1 found this helpful
May 19, 2008

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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By 2 found this helpful
March 4, 2009

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 30, 20060 found this helpful

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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July 20, 20161 found this helpful

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, 20161 found this helpful

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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June 13, 2008

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

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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September 6, 20050 found this helpful

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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August 21, 20130 found this helpful

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

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