Outdoor Cooking Tips

There are as many ways to enjoy food and fun in the great outdoors as there are wonderful things to do and see. Below are some pre-trip ideas, cooking methods, and handy tips to make your next campsite cooking experience an open-air taste sensation.

  • Measure dry goods for each meal, pack in zip lock bags, and label.
  • Chop vegetables (onions, peppers, carrots, etc.) and pack in zip locks.
  • Prepare snacks (veggie sticks, trail mix, energy bars, etc.) and pack in zip locks.
  • Resealable boxes of broth (beef, chicken) store well and come in very handy.
  • Pre-cook noodles, rice, etc. for quick reheating at the campsite.
  • Block ice lasts longer in your cooler than cubes.

Here’s a handy checklist of supplies to make sure you don’t forget a thing.

  • heavy duty aluminum foil
  • zip lock freezer bags in several sizes
  • disposable plates/bowls/hot-cold cups/flatware
  • coffee/cocoa/tea cups
  • salt/pepper/sugar/dry spices
  • powdered milk/can of evaporated milk
  • coffee/filters/cocoa mix/tea bags
  • paper towels
  • trash bags
  • can/bottle opener/corkscrew
  • plastic flexible cutting board
  • metal cooking utensils – tongs/spatula/grill forks/serving spoons/hot dog-marshmallow sticks/knife
  • metal measuring cups/spoons
  • serving bowl(s)
  • plastic tablecloth/table cloth clips or weight
  • leftover food storage container
  • pot-pan with lid/skillet
  • foil cooking tins
  • non stick cooking spray or spray bottle filled with oil
  • oven mitts/pot holders
  • dish pan/bio-degradable dish soap/dish towels/sponge-scrubby
  • strike anywhere matches
  • butane stick lighter
  • fire starters

Don't Forget

Now you’re cooking!
You’re prepared and ready to cook!!

There are several methods of campsite cooking to choose from – try one or try several. Some camper favorites include:

  • Barbequing/Grilling – the possibilities are endless. Burgers and dogs, chicken, ribs, steaks, fish, veggies, fruit – even pizza!!Did you know…to BBQ those burgers evenly all the way through, poke a pinky size hole in the center of each burger. The hole will close as the burger cooks and everyone will enjoy a perfect patty!!
  • Foil pouches are neat treats and time savers, too. They are the perfect method or cooking with a campfire. On a large piece of heavy duty foil place your seasoned meat, veggie pieces (sliced, julienne, etc.), diced potatoes, and a pat of butter or oil. Add an ice cube or two, fold and seal all edges tightly, and place on the grill. The pouch contents retain their moisture and flavor. Serve pouch on plate and watch their eyes light up.
  • Dutch oven – a Dutch oven is a deep cast iron or aluminum pot with a tight fitting lid that doesn’t allow steam to escape – thus delivering a moist and flavorful dish.
  • Crockpots offer set and forget one pot style campsite cooking. Simply assemble your recipe ingredients in the Crockpot in the morning and go enjoy the day. When you return home you’ll be greeted by mouthwatering smells and a ready to go supper.Before using the Crockpot method outdoors, be sure to check with your camp hosts about hungry wild animals in the area. If its bear or other critter country crock potting is not for this trip!!
  • Feeling adventurous?? Try an old scouting standby – the box oven. It’s said to work well and turns mealtime into an educational science project.

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