A memorable camping trip takes more than just a nice meal and if you want to add a touch of nostalgia to your campsite memories, then you better brace yourself for some culinary theatrics. The outdoors will present a completely new set of challenges to your cooking and the way your meals turn out will depend entirely on how close you are going to get your kitchen set up to look like the one at home. Here, we are going to share with you some exemplary tips that can help bring out the chef in you while camping in the outdoors.
The following camping cooking tips will make you look like a genius in front of your family and friend at the campsite:
- Prepare in advance
- Do not forget the necessities
- Have a backup fuel source
- Stick to simple meals
- Pre-cook at home
5 Simple Steps to Cooking at Campsite
How to impress your family and friends with your cooking at the campsite?
Prepare in advance
One of the main reasons women outshine men in the kitchen is because of their mysterious ability to multitask. It goes without saying that some of the best chefs in the business have done a great job of mastering the art of multitasking. If you have been to one of those open-kitchen restaurants, then you’d know what exactly we are talking about. It is amazing how these people can be chopping the spring onions while steering vegetables in a wok and testing the seasoning at the same time. Well, admittedly, this is virtually impossible in outdoor camping setup because of the limited space and the basic kitchen equipment.
If you want to get anywhere near the genius chef you saw in the open-kitchen restaurant, then the best you can do is preparing everything in advance. Have a schedule or timetable of all the meals you plan on cook at the campsite and prepare all the ingredients from your home kitchen. Here, you will have enough kitchen space and equipment to do everything that needs to be done to make the meal as tasty as you’d want it. Chop all the onions, coriander, tomatoes and vegetables and pack them up in convenient Ziplocs. This way, you will only be unpacking and tossing them one by one into the cooking pot or skillet.
Remember to pack all the necessities
By necessities here we mean the cooking and serving utensils which include pots, pans, plates, bowls as well as the required cutlery. Let the period of your camping trip and the size of your squad guide you on this part. If you are planning for a weeklong trip, you will need more than just a pot and a skillet for cooking. Also, think about the type of camping cookware to carry ad ask yourself if it is going to be convenient for your camping needs.
You can easily ruin the fun by not having enough crockery and cutlery and you do not want the lack of a cooking pot or skillet get in your way of displaying your cooking prowess. Ideally, carry stackable cookware that will help enhance convenience without sacrificing storage and portability. Having sufficient supply of all the necessary camping cookware is a step closer to a kitchen-like setup.
Have a backup fuel source
Some of the camping cookstoves are designed to work with specific cookware and if you happen to have this type as your fuel source, you risk ruining your cooking in case you run out of fuel in the middle of your cooking. To prevent such a scenario from taking place, how about you carry a universal cookstove or better still, have cookware that can work with any source of fuel including campfire?
There are so many things you can do to prevent an embarrassment from happening. For instance, if you are going to be using a propane or butane camping stove, you can ensure that you have a couple of extra gas canisters. Alternatively, get comfortable with starting a campfire. Bottom-line is, do not let the depletion of a fuel source interrupt you while there are lots of backups that you can use to complete your cooking. You can be such a great cook but have it all blown into thin air by presenting half-cooked food to your fellow campers.
Stick to simple meals
Whether you are an expert or cooking beginner, the campsite is the worst place for you to experiment. So, save yourself any kind of embarrassment by sticking to simple meals; the kind that can easily be prepared in one pot or skillet like braised chicken thighs. Given the limited supply of kitchenware and the lack of workspace at the campsite, your choice of simple meals will be justifiable and your friends will cut you some slack or give you the benefit of doubt.
Precook at home
Precooking your meals at home allows you to take advantage of the amenities available in the kitchen to make your camping meals even better. Doing so will reduce the workload as you will only need to warm them at mealtime. Furthermore, if you have a spacious camping cooler, it will come in handy to store your pre-cooked food, just be careful to use storage-friendly Ziplocs. Just remember that precooking is only ideal for short-term camping. If you are going on say a weeklong camp, the precooked food is likely to go bad before and cause food poisoning.
Other important camping kitchen gear for delicious food; camping grill.
Camp activities are fun and memorable but the memories cannot be compared to the ones created by amazing meals shared by friends and family seating around a campfire. However, it is not easy to prepare memory-worthy meals at the campsite and the reason being the limited supply of kitchenware. Nevertheless, you can get as close as possible to a nostalgic meal by following our camping cooking tips, which are meant to help you create a kitchen-like environment in the middle of nowhere. Follow the five genius camping cooking tips the next time you are out camping with family and friends and you will be glad you did.