Camp Cooking Tips

14 Camp Cooking Tips You Need to Try

Most of us go camping to escape the stress of the daily grind. It’s a break from the pace of day-to-day life and a chance to relax in the peace of nature. However, campsite cooking can sometimes bring its own set of headaches. Limited food options, a lack of cooking gear, and the hassle of trying to prep food in the wilderness could quickly turn your camping trip from a vacation into a nightmare. But that’s why we’ve come up with this list. Gone are the days of cheap hot dogs on roasting sticks. Follow our camp cooking tips below, and enjoy a delicious camping trip.

  1. Plan your meals ahead of time. This is usually a no-brainer, but it’s worth mentioning. Measuring ingredients and packing items specific to each meal together can save a lot of time. Use zip-lock bags to keep dry ingredients dry and wet ingredients from leaking.
  2. Freeze your meat. This is two-fold tip. First, the meat will keep longer, which is perfect if you’re camping for more than one night. This mean you won’t have to eat all the meat on day one to keep it from going bad. Take fresh meat for the first day and frozen meat for the following days. Second, the frozen meat is a great way to help keep the temperature down in your cooler.
  3. Always keep a supply of aluminum foil. Just a good idea. Aluminum foil can keep food warm, cover food for later use, or provide a method of cooking over the open fire. It’s a must-have for campsite cooking.
  4. Use heavy-duty aluminum bags. These are great for quick and easy cooking. They take almost no room at all and allow you to mix your meat and vegetables together. Aluminum bags can be used to cook on a camp stove, oven, or over the fire, which keeps your cooking options open. Also, clean-up is very easy.
  5. Chop your meat and vegetables before you leave. Prepping food at the campsite can be a pain. Doing all the work at home will save a huge amount of time and help avoid the mess at camp. Chopped meat and vegetables should be stored in plastic bags as mentioned above. This will avoid contamination and keep your vegetables nice and dry.
  6. Dutch Oven Cooking Over Fire

  7. Select and take only the cookware you plan to use. By doing this you can make sure that you dont forget important pots, pans, skillets, grills, or whatever you use to cook with. Keeping your cookware down to only what you need will save space and time when it comes to mealtime. We recommend bringing a cast iron skillet or Dutch oven as your go-to cookware. Cast iron is incredibly durable and versatile, so you can easily use one dish for all three meals.
  8. Heat your cleaning water while you eat. Once you have completed the meal, fill a hot water pot with water and start it warming on your camp stove or over the fire. This way you won’t have to wait for it to warm up for cleaning after your meal.
  9. Put everything you can into squeeze bottles. Pancake batter, scrambled eggs, condiments, oils, dressings—you name it. Putting these foods into squeeze bottles will save you from using extra utensils and make cooking much easier. Plus, if the bottle ever gets cold, you can simply place it in a pan of warm water. No squeeze bottles lying around the house? You can also use disposable water bottles instead.
  10. Test your camp stove before you leave. Really, nothing can be worse than finally getting to your destination with a bunch of travel-weary people who are ready to eat and then discovering that your stove won’t light. Make sure your stove is clean and that your propane tanks are full (or full enough). Need a reliable camp stove? Check out the Pro 60X or the Pro 90X.
  11. Coat the outside of pots and pans with dish soap before cooking. This helps immensely with clean up. Any food on the outside of the pan simply falls right off when you wash it. Just make sure you don’t apply any soap on the surfaces you’ll be cooking on—that wouldn’t taste great. All you need is a thin layer.
  12. Keep food locked up. Nobody wants animals picking through their food, especially bears. Either keep your food in a chuck box, high in a tree, or in your vehicle. This will protect you and your family, as well as the local wildlife.
  13. Always cover food while cooking. Covering pots and pans will not only keep insects out of your food, but it will also help your meals cook faster. This can also save you space on packing, as you won’t need to bring the lids to all your cookware pieces.
  14. Use a little cooking oil on the camp grill. Natural cooking oil will keep your food from sticking to your grill and help keep your cast iron seasoned. Plus, it will keep clean-up to a minimum by preventing a bunch of burnt-on food.
  15. Try cooking with your Dutch oven on your camp stove. Dutch ovens aren’t only for over-fire cooking or charcoal briquettes. They’re also great for stoves with a heat diffuser plate. You don’t have to wait for charcoal to heat up, there’s no ash to clean up, and you have total control of the heat output. For breads and other recipes that need a little extra heat from the top, try a Dutch oven cover to create convection circulation.
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