Few things are more satisfying that being camped out in nature, sitting under the stay and chowing down on a delicious meal that you just prepared yourself over the campfire. For some people, however, trying to cook in the wild outdoors can seem a little intimidating at first. That’s because without all of the tools you’d find in a home kitchen, you need to know what you’re doing in order for the food to turn out well and get smoke smell out of house.
Don’t fret though – we’re going to go through some of the most important things that you need to know in order to plan and execute a great meal for you, your friend, and your family the next time that you go camping.
So without any further delay, here are out four camp cooking tips that you need to know before your next trip:
Preparation Is Key
Contrary to common belief, being a great camp cook is 75% preparation and 25% technique. Sure, you need to know how to effectively work a fire in an outdoor setting, away from the comfort of a well-equipped kitchen, but more importantly you need to have the right items and ingredients to succeed. By planning ahead and prepping for your outing, you’ll find it much easier and less stressful to stay fed no matter what the situation is.
What to Bring
Few things are worse than getting all of the way out to your camp site and realizing that you forgot something that you absolutely need. To make sure that you have everything, take the time to create an itemized list well before you go and double check every single line when you’re loading up the car. Things to make sure to bring include a well-stocked cooler, plenty of water, toilet paper and paper towels, bug spray, and plenty of hand sanitizer.
How to Cook
While some people prefer to bring a gas-powered burner with them for their cooking needs, other campers demand the authentic taste and feel of cooking over an open campfire. No matter how you choose to cook, the important thing is that you’re prepared with all of the items you’ll need for your preferred method of food preparation. If you do wind up going with a propane cooker, just make sure that you bring an adequate supply of gas – nothing is more frustrating that running out of fuel and having no other way to prepare your meals.
Aluminum Foil Is Your Friend
There aren’t very many tools or accessories that are going to be handier when it comes to campfire cooking than aluminum foil. With aluminum foil you can cook nearly any type of food in a variety of different ways – even if you don’t have a Germ Guardian keeping your air filtered and clean. That’s because it is one of the most versatile and heat resistant cooking aids out there. Where many materials would burn in direct contact with embers, aluminum foil can hold up in even the hottest camp fire. From creating a layer to keep your meat off the coals, to wrapping up vegetables and putting them well into the heat, aluminum foil is a must for any time of camp cooking.