Cooking on while camping can be extremely challenging. Nonetheless, there is no substitute to eating a freshly-cooked meal after venturing onto a difficult camping trail. After all, the best camping memories are shared around the table.
If you want to bid goodbye to cooking dilemmas, below are some of our top cooking tips for campers.
Prepare Meals Beforehand
You don’t really want to bring all your cooking tools and ingredients when you are out on a camping trip as this can add up to your baggage. However, you also don’t want to serve frozen meals for your family. Well, don’t worry because you can always get the best of both worlds.
Firstly, create a simple meal plan for the rest of your trip so you can gather all the ingredients before you head out to your camping site. Marinade meat items and keep them in a zip lock. If you are planning to include potatoes or slow-cooking dishes in your meal plan, cook them at home so you won’t have to waste too much energy on the camping grounds.
Speaking of efficiency, you should also wash vegetables, fruits or any food items on your list before setting out on your trails so you won’t waste water. This is especially true if clean water is not accessible in your camping site.
Stick to Your Cooking Necessities
Building a camping kitchen runs on one principle: simplicity. No matter how much you want to bring all your kitchen tools with you, you need to stick to the essentials. Leave the juicers at home and make sure you are packing only your cooking necessities, which mainly include your cooking pan, spatula, knife and cooking stove.
Lastly, Keep Your Meals Simple
Camping may require you to cook meals that can supply you with the energy you need to last difficult camping trails, but it doesn’t mean that you should stick to over-the-top menus. Again, keep it simple so you won’t spend too much time preparing meals. Choose meals that are healthy and easy to prepare so you can optimize your camping experience.
Although it may require time and effort, building a camping kitchen is not rocket science. By following these cooking tips for campers, you can set foot on difficult trails without worrying about camping in hunger.
Chris is a travel writer based out of Vancouver. When Chris isn’t busy with his day job as a project manager for an insurance firm, he’s outdoors. Chris has previously written for MEC Blog and Outdoors Magazine.