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There is no better way to beat the heat than to pack up the family and head to the mountains. There is something so serene and relaxing about enjoying a weekend away under the canopy of trees. One of the aspects of camping that might not be fun for some though is the cooking. The thought of what meals to make and how to prepare them. Especially in areas with a fire ban. So here is a collection with our best tips for cooking while camping.
Luckily, you can cook anything up on that mountain that you can cook at home. It just takes a little more time and preparation.
- Make a food plan. Sitting down and making a food plan can help you know exactly what you want to make and what all prep work you will need to do for each meal.
- Prep everything. If you are planning a meal with lots of vegetables it would be a good idea to chop and dice everything ahead of time. There is nothing worse than trying to use a camping knife while balancing a plate on an old log while you are trying to chop up your ingredients. For easy storage you can place your diced vegetables into a Ziploc bag.
- Pre-make what you can. If you are planning soups, stews, chili, etc., you can make them all ahead of time and just warm them up when you are ready to eat. This will take a lot of the work out of your camping meals. Just like with the vegetables, you can make ahead and store them in Ziplock Bags or Tupperware.
- Pack along the Cast Iron. Cast Iron makes a perfect cooking pot for camping trips. You can easily cook over a camp fire or on a portable stove top. Cast Iron is your best bet for getting everything cooked evenly and quickly.
- Freeze your meats. When camping, it can be a good benefit to freeze your meat. This will help it to stay cooler longer in your camping cooler. Freeze everything that you will not be using on the first night and you should be good to go.
- Have a backup plan. Sometimes it’s harder to start a fire than you may think, or camp may take a bit longer to set up than you had planned. Or even worse, you might be rained out. Make sure to have a back up plan for things that might happen. Quick and easy foods that you can just grab and eat are always a must on a camping trip.
We hope that these tips will take the stress out of your campouts. If you have more tips, we would sure love to hear them! Leave us a comment below!
Like this post on Tips for Cooking while Camping? Don’t forget to also check out our Beginners Guide to Camping