10 Things To Cook When Camping
Having a list of 10 things to cook when camping can make your packing and camping experience run smoothly. If you know what you want to cook in advance, you know what ingredients to pack and what supplies to bring. You can grill food items, encase them in a foil packet, cook over open flame, use a dutch oven for boiling and cooking or even cook food on a stick. Make a rough food plan in advance, and you will be able to travel light, but still have everything you need on the trail. Here is a list of ten things to cook when camping, complete with preparation ideas to get you started:
- Potatoes: You can cook potatoes alongside anything else you are cooking, as they are very versatile. Chop a few and add to foil packets, wrap whole potatoes in foil and bury in the coals, or slice a few for the grill. You can add potatoes to anything you are cooking in a dutch oven as well, doing so will stretch the meal considerably. Potatoes are ideal camping food—they don't require refrigeration and go with just about any meal.
- Eggs: Serve up eggs for breakfast, lunch or dinner. You can prepare eggs in a skillet, or hard-boil a few in a dutch oven. Eggs will require refrigeration, so pack in ice and plan on using the first day if you don't have an RV or cooler along.
- Fish: The best fish is fresh caught—just clean and cook for a great meal. You can prepare fish in a skillet, foil packet or on a grill top.
- Hamburgers: Prepare and freeze patties at home and pack in a cooler. Cook burgers on a grill or a foil packet and serve the up in about a half hour.
- Pasta: You'll need a dutch oven or other pot for boiling, but dry pasta is ideal for camping—no fancy storage required. Add pasta to any meal to expand your cooking possibilities.
- Cornbread: Pack Jiffy mixes with your supplies, they are inexpensive and only require water to make. Cook in a cast iron skillet or dutch oven. Don't have either? Line your camp shovel with aluminum foil and pour the batter inside. Place over hot coals and cook for about 30 minutes for instant cornbread.
- S'mores: The campfire classic! Toss a bag of marshmallows, a pack of graham crackers and a few chocolate bars in your bar to enjoy this classic treat each night of your trip.
- Kabobs: Anything that can be put on a stick will work for kabobs. Use bamboo sticks from home, or soak a stick in water onsite to prepare it for grilling. Add veggies, chunks of meat, fresh caught shrimp and other items for a tasty grilled treat.
- Hotdogs: Cook on a stick or over a grill, and serve in a bun for lunch or dinner, or with eggs for breakfast. Store in a cooler or pack on ice to keep them fresh until you are ready for them .
- Corn: Corn on the cob stays fresh for a few days, as long as you leave it in the husk. you can boil in a dutch over, or cook on the grill or in the coals. To grill or bury, remove the cornsilk, but leave the husk intact. Soak the corn in water for 30 minutes, then place on the grill or on hot coals to cook.