When you camp in the great outdoors, one thing for certain is that you are going to get hungry. Cooking as camping is an interesting and delicious experience if you prepare your supplies and game plan ahead of time.
Bring along a camping stove in favor of having to make a campfire. Camping stoves are compact, convenient and more easy to control than building an open fire. Many campers favor aluminum pots and pans because they are lighter to carry than stainless steel and conduct heat well. Bring along a fry pan, a stew pot and lid and a coffee pot, along with a non-electric bottle and can opener.
Don’t forget cooking utensils and dishware, including an insulated mug with a lid that can be used for coffee, soup or any liquid beverage. Regular campers like to invest in a spork, a fork and spoon combo, to cut down on the amount of tableware to carry. Don’t forget to include a sharp knife for cutting vegetables and meats.
Bring bottled water to cook in or boil stream water for a full three minutes to kill any bacteria or microorganisms. Water can also be made potable for cooking or drinking by using iodine tablets or drops.
Always wash your hands prior to preparing campsite foods and don’t eat out the same pot as other campers. Divide your stew, soup or chili into individual bowls. Plastic bowls with resealable lids are great for anything from oatmeal and cereal to beef stew.
Camping doesn’t lend itself well to leftovers with no refrigeration available, so consume what you make at each meal and discard the rest to avoid food poisoning. Fill a pail with water to wash your dishes with a little soap and water, using leaves or sand before hand to wipe out any food residue.
Virtually any meal you enjoy at home can be recreated at your campsite. But instant mashed potatoes, canned corned beef, canned stew, canned vegetables, rice and canned chicken are all easy cooking ingredients which can be heated and served quickly. Carry milk, juice and water in antiseptic packaging or bottles with resealable caps and open only as needed. Eggs make an economical camping meal, versatile enough to fry, scramble or blend with flour to create breakfast pancakes.
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