11 Best Tips To Cook That Will Make You A Happy Camper
A happy camper always has a satisfying tummy! Just because you are in the wilderness, in the middle of nowhere, does not mean that you cannot have great tasty food.
Cooking at the campsite seem to be like a difficult – even daunting – task, with the limited kitchen equipment and only a campfire or at most a small grill as heat source. But, the rewards of a delicious, warm meal make it all worth it.
You might love these tips so much that you will be making them even when you are not at the campsite!
Ever feel like you are low on energy in the middle of your hike? Snacks like trail mix and energy bars are lifesavers. They will give you that extra boost you need to make it to the campsite.
Be sure to pack a few bags of your favorite snack and keep them in easily accessible places in your backpack or pockets so you can grab them quickly on the road.
1. Trail mix
A camping trip is incomplete without at least a handful of trail mix! If you want to customize your own special combination, here are some tips:
2. Granola bars
The bar form of this snack makes it very ideal for a mid-hike snack. There is, of course, a plethora of granola and energy bar grandsthat you can choose from, from the highly processed to protein bars to health bars full of seeds and nuts. Please be sure not to litter – keep the packaging and dispose of them properly later.
If you want to know exactly what goes into your granola bar, here is a recipe for healthy 5-Ingredient Granola Bars.
3. Energy bites
These No-Bake Energy Bites are another convenient snack that you can simply pop into your mouth whenever you have hypoglycemia along the way. The easy to make balls are made up of oatmeal, toasted coconut flakes, peanut butter, flaxseed, and honey. They can easily be customized with your favorite chocolate chips, dried fruit, nuts, or cereal.
Once you reach the campsite, the real culinary adventure can begin! Aside from having delicious food during the trip, cooking over an open fire can make for some great bonding moments for you and your companions.
The limited kitchen will also be an interesting challenge, so be creative and do not be afraid to improvise!
1. “Just pitched” meal
2. Sausage and Peppers Foil Pack
Sausages are easy to pack and if you have a grill at the campsite, try this delicious recipe for grilled sausages and peppers cooked in a foil pack. The foil packaging seals in all the juices and flavors. Better still, no pans to clean!
If you go fishing on your trip and have any fresh catch, foil pack cooking is great for this as well. Here are some great foil pack cooking ideas.
3. Campfire muffins
Yes, you read that right. Campfire muffins – cooked in hollowed-out oranges! It sounds too good not to try. Step-by-step instructions, as well as a recipe for campfire eclairs and toasted angel food cake with campfire berries, can be found here.
4. Picnic pie
This picnic pie, sometimes referred to as festival pie, is great because it is hearty and meaty, something very substantial and filling. It is also sturdy, so it is easy to pack and bring around without worrying whether it will survive the trip.
Picnic pie is also meant to be served cold, so it is easy to make ahead at home and just throw into the cooler to be enjoyed later.
5. Omelette in a bag
One of the most interesting camping food hacks we have ever come across is the omelette in a bag. Before leaving for your trip, all you have to do is fill a ziplock bag with two eggs, chopped veggies, cheese and some seasonings. Be sure to seal it up well and keep it in your cooler.
When you’re ready for a delicious breakfast at the campsite, drop the bag into a pot of boiling water and leave it for 12-13 minutes.
6. Ready-made options
If you are really not up for cooking at the campsite, there are some good options, too. Try some ready-made food that you can either reheat or rehydrate. The Mountain House Breakfast Assortment is a bucket with packs of scrambled eggs and bacon, scrambled eggs and ham, granola with milk and blueberries, and hashbrowns with scrambled eggs. All you have to do is add water, and it boasts of a 30-year taste guarantee!
The sweet life
After the essentials are under your belt, indulge in a little dessert.
Here are some things to keep in mind when preparing and choosing food to bring on your camping trip:
- Bring nutritious food that will sustain your energy levels and satisfy your hunger. Be sure that your food is packed with the nutrients you need to replenish after a long day of physical activities. (source)
- Hydrate! Bring enough clean water and refill whenever possible. You lose a lot of water and electrolytes when you sweat it out on the trail, so be sure that you keep yourself hydrated.
- Consider food sensitivity issues. Be aware of any food allergies before you eat nuts and the like. Also pack food that does not easily spoil. Nothing is worse than having tummy issues while camping.
- Spice it up! Pack travel-sized spices in Tic Tac boxes or pill organizers. Just because you are in a remote kitchen doesn’t mean your food has to be bland. (source)
- Meal prep like a pro. Get your ingredients chopped and sliced up before hand whenever possible, so all you have to do at the campfire is mix them together.
- Repackage ingredients into ziplock bags to save space in your backpack. Label these clearly with meal name, date, and cooking instructions. Organize these bags into gallon-sized bags by meal type, so each time you cook breakfast, lunch or dinner, all you have to do is take out one bag with all you need. (source)
I’m sure you can’t wait to go on your next camping trip to try all these delicious recipes! Which ones are you most excited about?
Do you have any favorite camping food hacks that were not mentioned here? Share them with us in the comments section!