Campfire Cooking Tips: It’s camping, so you want to cook like a professional chef! Whether you’re camping under a large slab of woods or a roaring backcountry fire, there’s nothing quite like cooking over an open flame or in potentially unspoilt, unknown surroundings with little or no cooking aid with you. Cooking over open flames has to be one of the most satisfying kitchen experiences you can experience, and once you’ve tried it, you’ll never go back to the microwave or to pre-cooked meals again. Of course, it’s not always simple to create a great camping meal from scratch – there’s a lot involved when it comes to planning a camping meal – but if you put your mind to it, you can come up with an excellent camping meal that’s both easy and yummy. Here are some campfire cooking tips for a healthy and easy campfire meal:
Campfire Cooking Ideas. A great campfire cooking idea is to make beef stew, a dish which is relatively easy to prepare, doesn’t require a lot of fancy ingredients, and can be cooked on a range top grill (the kind you see grilling pork or beef at outdoor cafes and restaurants). You can either make beef stew by following recipe directions found in cookbooks or on the internet, or you can buy beef stew in bulk and make your own. If you’re handy with a grill, you can even roast spare ribs or chicken in addition to beef to make a really tasty stew.
Campfire Cooking Schedules. The best camping meals are hearty affairs that don’t require much prep work. In fact, preparing meals at night can sometimes be a challenge, as it’s difficult to find any storage space. However, once you have everything set-up, it s a good idea to start shopping around for the ingredients you’ll need to prepare these meals as soon as possible. While you’ll definitely need to stock up on some essential ingredients like flour, sugar, salt, eggs, and butter, don’t forget the essentials: meat, vegetables, and perhaps a few spices to bring on the flavor.
Campfire Cooking Sizes. Camping requires more storage space than most regular household kitchens, and so it’s a good idea to determine how much room you have to work with. The size of your campfire will ultimately determine the size of your stove to build. For example, if your campfire consists of six adults and eight children, it’s a good idea to allow about four inches clearance on all sides of the stove to avoid any spillover from one individual to the next. You’ll also want to avoid placing two big pots on the stove at once because it will cause it to overheat, which can cause burns and result in a burnt bottom when you attempt re-heating.
Choosing Your Camping Tools. Obviously, you’ll need to bring along a frying pan, a large non-stick frying pan, and a wooden spoon. Other necessary tools include a spatula, a wooden spoon, tongs, and a large wooden spoon. If you’ve never cooked out in an open campfire, it’s a good idea to practice by making your first meal in an open campfire, using the same recipe you wish to cook. This will help make the entire process go more smoothly and you’ll have confidence that you know what you’re doing when you take your first bite of a hot meal.
The above is just an overview of some of the items you’ll need to pack properly when going camping in the woods. Obviously, you’ll need to pack a frying pan, a long-handled spatula, and a wooden spoon. Other items may seem easy enough, but you never know how the weather is going to be – or if there are going to be any extreme conditions. Therefore, preparing for camping in tough weather by packing the right camping recipes will make the camping experience more enjoyable for you and your family.