Nothing brings people together like a campfire or good food. Combine the two, and the results can be amazing!
For all of us, the fondest childhood memories arefamily camping trips. Spending endless hours in the water, exploring the woods throughout the campground, riding bikes to everywhere and then wrapping up the day with lots of laughter to gather back at camp for dinner. There is magic in the way that cooking a hotdog, over an open flame, turned it from a dull old hot dog to a gourmet affair.
I think it’s difficult to tell whether the hot dog tastes better being cooked over a campfire or if it is a combination of the experience and the exhaustion from a day in the sun that affects the taste.
With all my experience I have here prepared some cool camping food tips that can be highly beneficial for you if you are planning to go camping, and don’t forget to visit a camping equipment store to get all the that would require while camping.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money you can opt for an affordable camping gear as well, so let’s get started now: –
Tip 1: Plan in advance
In general, when it comes to cooking, there is one thing that I dread, and that’s the 4:00 panic; you know – when you are done work, you know you have to stop at the store, and you have no idea what you are feeding the family for dinner. When it comes to camping, trust me… there is nothing pleasant about having to decide at the last minute what you are going to make and then hunting down the items you requireto pull it off.
Before heading out on a camping trip, it is essentialthat you outline a meal plan and try to do as much prep in advance. To make things easier you can get the vegetable chopping done at home, so then I’ll be able to spend more time on the water later.
Tip 2: Grill Packets
When you are camping, aluminum foil can be your friend! It can be used as a pan, as a way to wrap remains, as a serving dish… the list goes on and on. But one of the essential things is to create that one-dish-wonder as you would at home with a crock pot or a casserole dish.
Isn’t sweet when you hit that dreaded 4pm panic I mentioned, and you realize you have done the work in advance? Now, picture that when you are out in the kayak in the middle of the lake, and you know you don’t have to hurry back because you did all the work at home. You need to throw it on top of the grill for a few minutes and voila… dinner is served.
But that is not the only benefit to grill packets! Since everything is chopped in advance, and the grill packet is working as your pan as well, you have very little else that you need to tote along with it. So, if you are camping and you’ve prepped in advance, all you need to do is grab your grill packet, something to keep it fresh, and a utensil to get it on and off your campfire.
Tip 3: Cook Once – Enjoy Twice!
Leftovers are not something that is wrapped up to go in the cooler until someone – or, no one – eats them. I plan for leftovers when I’m camping. But not in the “everyone grab a cold. hot dog sort of way.” For instance, if I am planning on grilling up chicken, I will look to grill extra in advance. Then on night two, I repurpose the chicken into an extra meal.
Tip 4: Tortillas, Flatbread, and Wraps…
Soft tortilla shells, flatbread, wraps, and even pre-baked pizza crusts are all items that store well and very valuable for throwing together a quick camping meal.
As you can tell from the Chicken Quesadilla recipe above, tortilla shells make for a suitable way to repurpose camping leftovers into a whole new meal. But there are so many other methodswhich are useful and are easy to pack and store. From making breakfast burritos to transforming leftover burgers into quesadilla burgers, the opportunities are endless.
Grilled pizza is one of my family’s favorites. At home, I generally use my favorite homemade pizza dough, but when we are camping flatbread is a great substitute. Load your toppings on the flatbread, grill for a few minutes until the toppings are warm and flatbread starts to turn golden brown, and dinner (or a late night snack) is ready in minutes.
Wraps are another good substitute; I’m a firm believer that you can make a good wrap out of just about anything… you need to be innovative. These are great to pack up and take with you when you are out for a paddle, hike, or bike ride.
Tip 5: Get Everyone Involved!
Preparing meals when camping can be fun. From preparing separate grill packets and finding cooking sticks, to table setting and clean up, regardless of age, there is something everyone can do to get involved. Delegate tasks, so the whole family takes part in the meal preparation course. Not only will it lighten your workload, but it will alsobuild a more unforgettable camping experience.
Plan Your Next Family Camping Getaway
See if my theory is accurate and if the food tastes better when cooked over a campfire. With lots of camping meals to try, it’s time to start planning your next family camping trip. Book a site, plan your meals and hit the road. When you are preparing, don’t forget to give yourself a night off from cooking and try some of the local cuisines. This is also a perfect time to pick up some craft beer from the brewery or store near your campground to pair up with your campfire masterpieces.