Camp Cooking Tips

  • 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.
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  • 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 raylene,toronto canada (Guest Post)
July 2, 20070 found this helpful

I am going camping for a week in august we are going with no electricity.
These tips will be handy!!
Here is another on
Rub a small amount of liquid dish soap on outside of pot before using on a open flame. When you are cleaning it the black burn marks will come right off.

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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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By Amy (Guest Post)
July 6, 20070 found this helpful

Check out the Girl and Boy Scout websites, they have a bunch of great recipees. We do banana boats, brown sugar apples and lots more. Breaks up the monotiny of the same old hamburgers and hot dogs. Also try meatloaf patties. Mix your hamb the same as for a meatloaf and lightly patty into hamburger shaped patties.


Peel and quarter potatoes and lay three or four slices on top of each patty. Wrap up in heavy duty foil and grill for about 45 minutes or so.

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