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Old 07-13-2009, 01:04 AM   #1
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Arrow What are your best tips for cooking at the campsite?

What are your best tips for cooking at the campsite? My best advice is to do a little preparation before the camp trip. here few things you can do to make cooking at the camp site a little easier. Wrap corn or potatoes in foil before you go. chop any vegetables or fruits while you are at home and store in ziplock bags or plastic containers. partialy cook bacon and store in foil. reheating it will finnish it off and take less time to cook. This will also save you from making a greasy mess on your griddle. You can also finnish cooking it on your grill so you can leave your griddle free for french toast or eggs to be cooked.


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Old 07-13-2009, 05:15 AM   #2
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Those are all great tips!
Bring foil, and zip lock bags, S&P, herbs and spices in small ziplock bags.
Freeze your meat before you go, it will thaw, and keep the cooler colder.
Before you put a kettle or dutch oven over the fire, rub it down with pure dishwashing detergent on the outside, it makes it easy to clean when you are done.

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Old 07-13-2009, 07:32 AM   #3
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OK.. quick and easy breakfasts.. Pre-make sausage gravy and freeze in ziplocks. Just reheat and serve, you can use English muffins or take pre-baked biscuits(they freeze well too).

Plan foil meals. Season and wrap your meat and veggies in foil, drop directly onto coals to cook. No clean up and tastes great.

Do not over season the foods. Cooking on open fires opens up a lot of flavors. If you over season the foods you can cover some of those up.

Look around for local ingredients. Often wild foods are in the woods around you. They can really add to your pantry when cooking. Just be sure of what you are eating.

By shelf safe milk. Irradiation does not change the flavor of the milk but you don't have to keep it cool until you open it. Often sold in the baby food isle in small boxes. Its great for breakfast cereals or making gravies.

Hang your veggies, fruits in mesh bags. Most will last a very long time out in the air. After all, that's where they grew. It saves space in the cooler.
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Old 07-13-2009, 07:53 AM   #4
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My best tip is to be the cook. Someone else has to wash up.
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Old 07-14-2009, 11:50 AM   #5
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My best tip is to cook as much as you can before going camping, and freeze in ziplock bags. They can act as the ice in your cooler, and take no work to make ready to eat. chili, soup, stew, etc., All are good candidates. No work, and still provide the ice function for the fresh stuff.

If eating tasty stuff is a sin, I am certainly going south.
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Old 07-03-2011, 12:09 AM   #6
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Unless your going to camp and camp often, borrow from a Boy Scout Troop or seasoned campers the items you need. If you break it, they can fix it or you can replace it instead of shelling out a lot of cash. Your first trip should be as simple as possible. Learn and evolve like a caveman.
#1 Spread your work area, eating area out. #2 always have hot water ready for anything from cooking to doing dishes. On the opposite side of the cooking/prep area is the cleaning area. Clean as you cook so you can all eat together. That is the point. #3 Make a check list for each meal #4 know how to use all equipment before leaving home. #5 What is the 1st thing you need on Survivor? Fire, Water, Shelter, food. Fire. Learn how to start it, respect and maintain a fire. Always have water nearby. Everyone has mishaps, minimize this hazard. Can you do these things in the rain. Dry run in the back yard with a grill is easier than warming hot dogs at 2AM with a lighter.
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Old 07-03-2011, 03:00 AM   #7
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I would say the following items are essential if you go camping for longer than 2 days.

Instant coffee, sugar, powdered milk or long life, rusks or biscuits, a few tins like tomato, tuna, beans, instant oats or other porridge for hungry kids, bottled water, protein bars, a few garbage bags, foil, tongs (I always forget mine :( ), insect repellent, paper plates, disposable dish rags, grill brush, toiletpaper, lighter, can opener, first aid kit, rain coats, charcoal or firewood in waterproof containers.
Then obviously your fresh foods and drinks!
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Old 07-03-2011, 03:21 AM   #8
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Don't forget the can opener!

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Old 07-03-2011, 11:09 AM   #9
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KIS(S)....keep it simple. Don't bring your kitchen sink to the campground.
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Old 07-03-2011, 12:13 PM   #10
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KIS(S)....keep it simple. Don't bring your kitchen sink to the campground.
My first aid kit takes just one person to carry...as long as they don't have to carry anything else.

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