Camping can be a lot of fun if you do a little planning before you go. One area that a lot of people struggle with when camping is meal preparation. Here are 5 cooking tips for your next camping trip that will make cooking a meal a lot easier.
You typically don’t have a large work area or a lot of storage for all of the goodies that you are used to using when you cook at home. But if you get a little creative you can recreate a lot of those little conveniences quite easily.
1. Food and Drink Storage
Carrying coolers and bags of ice around can be a pain but it may be necessary as a lot of campsites don’t have electricity. Make sure that you get coolers that have wheels and pull handles or get coolers that are made to keep ice for 3-7 days.
2. Utensil and Spice Storage
Trying to keep up with all of your utensils can be very irritating. Add in salt, pepper, other spices, cooking sprays and it can become very frustrating.
Putting everything in a basket is ok but it doesn’t keep things organized. Plus the basket can get knocked over and your stuff scatters all over the place.
You can ease the pain with a very simple solution. A hanging plastic shoe holder has pockets large enough to hold your forks, knives, spoons and other utensils. You can also organize all of your spices into these pockets and then hang the whole thing from a tree by your prep area.
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3. Camp Kitchen Prep Area
Once you have your tent set up you should start working on your kitchen prep area. Having it shielded from the sun and rain with a tarp is a great starting point. Adding a windbreak around the cooking area can also be very helpful.
You will need a surface to prep food on as well as a storage area for food, drinks and a place to store your dishes and spices (see point 2 above).
Having a dedicated cooking area will make your camping trips much more enjoyable for everyone. Click here for more camp kitchen setup ideas.
4. Cooking Over an Open Fire
Roasting hot dogs and marshmallows on clothes hangers will only get you so far. Sooner or later you are going to want to cook fresh fish that you just caught or maybe some burgers or steaks.
Having the right setup can make the difference between a great meal and a burnt mess. Here are some other tips for cooking over an open fire.
Cleaning up after your meals can be a chore if it is only done by one person. You should make it a group effort to spread the workload.
It also helps to have a tub to wash the dishes in as well as some warm water to help ease the cleanup. Having some dedicated wash rags is also a good idea.
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Camping is a great way to spend time with family and friends. Turn off your electronic devices and spend some time talking to each other without the constant interruptions.
You can really enjoy your time together while preparing and cooking your meals and can even make cleaning up more fun by doing it as a group.
Chris has spent many years working and teaching in the IT field. He enjoys spending time outdoors and learning about new topics. He likes playing golf, spending time at the beach and working on classic cars and woodworking projects.