I will be going on a two-day campout with my family over the weekend. As I started going through my checklist of things to do this morning, I realized my previous list of time saving items was missing a few things.
So, here is an additional list of tips.
1. Select and take only the cookware you plan to use. By doing this you can make sure that you donâ€™t forget important pots, pans, skillets, grills or whatever you use to cook with. Keeping your cookware selection down to only what you need will save space and time in finding everything when it comes to mealtime.
2. Light your camp stove before you leave. Really, nothing can be worse than finally getting to your destination with a bunch of travel weary people ready to eat and your stove will not light. When you check your stove, clean it up a bit and also check you propane tanks. Donâ€™t want to run out of gas either. Rely on dependable camping stoves. It is better to opt for trusted brands like Camp Chef for your camping stoves.
3. Coat pots and pans with dish soap before cooking. This helps immensly with clean up. Any food on the outside of the pan simply falls right off when you wash it. I gave this tip to my brother-in-law once. He made the mistake of thinking, â€œIf it works so well on the outside of the pan, I bet it would save even more clean up by coating the inside of the pan.â€ I am not sure how he came to that conclusion, but consider yourself warned. This does not taste good and may completely ruin your day. Only use a thin layer on the outside of your pan.
4. Keep food locked up. Nobody wants some animals ravaging their food. Especially bears! Yes, I learned this lesson the hard way. Either keep your food in a chuck box, high in a tree, or in your trailer. Otherwise, you will be wasting a LOT of time driving back into town to restock your camp menu. The closest towns expect you to do this, by the way, and price their products accordingly.
5. Always cover food while cooking. Covering pots and pans will not only keep insects out of your food but will help your meals cook faster. If you didnâ€™t bring lids for your cookware, use aluminum foil. This will decrease cooking time and also save you on fuel as well.
6. Use a little cooking oil on the camp grill. I prefer any natural cooking oil. I donâ€™t like anything that even mentions any strange additives. Oil will keep your food from sticking to your grill and help keep your cast iron seasoned.
7. Cook with your Dutch oven on your camp stove. I had always used charcoal until a few years ago when a friend suggested I just put my Dutch oven on my camp stove. I didnâ€™t have to wait for the charcoal to get hot. I didnâ€™t have to clean up the ashes. And I had total control of the heat. This has saved me a ton of cooking time. I was always worried about the heat distribution being uneven by doing this, but have found that most items cook just fine in a Dutch oven when cooked only from the bottom. The cast iron conducts the heat really well to cook from 360Â°. For breads, and other recipes, that need a little extra heat from the top I use a Dutch oven cover to create convection circulation. And not matter what I am cooking, I will use a heat diffuser under my dutch oven on a camp stove.
Good luck and happy cooking.