Tips for Choosing the Right Food for Camping

Camping food (recipes) selection should be made by preparing a camping food menu. Unless you simply must go lightweight with dehydrated backpacking food and energy bars, preparing a list of food for camping before your trip will allow everyone to rave about your camping meals for years. Here are some recipes (camping recipes) specifically for Dutch ovens.

The dehydrated backpacking food is unnecessary for routine camping trips, and a normal camping food meal is so much better when family camping. And it’s likely that you do not want your family to eat junk for an extended weekend or longer, instead of delicious food made from your camping (recipes) recipes. We like camping and the outdoors. Enjoy a slice of the good life. Live it!

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Camping food ideas start by thinking in terms of planning your meals as if you would be preparing and eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner at home. Purchase your food items before you leave on your trip, and do not forget to bring your spices. A menu or camping food checklist provides you with the food to take camping.

Practically speaking, virtually everything you can prepare at home can be prepared at your campground. If a Dutch oven is not already part of your camping gear, you really should think about purchasing one. It will provide you with an almost unlimited ability to prepare whatever camping food you like. There are literally hundreds of camping food recipes (recipes) that can be prepared this way.

Camping Food Lasts Longer With Block Ice in Your Coolers

Take a couple of coolers with you. One for your camping food and the other one for beverages. Use block ice instead of cubes, because it lasts longer. Just be sure to keep it drained and restocked with a lot of ice. Metal coolers are great, and you can bring along your meat, butter, and eggs. If your family is like mine, pancakes fixed with the real stuff is a lot tastier than just adding water to a mix.

You can use plastic pop bottles, water bottles, or even a milk container to fill with water and freeze it. This functions the same as ice and you have drinking water from home when the ice melts in its own container.

Camping Food Prepared on a Camping Stove

Camping food prepared – just like your meals at home – on a campground stove is easier to manage. Remember to bring plenty of fuel and lots of camping food. Although everybody loves a campfire, many sites do not allow campfires and it is pretty difficult to get the hang of cooking over them. And if the weather turns bad or it starts to rain, that gorgeous campfire is never going to roar. Build a campfire whenever you can for the sheer enjoyment of it.

Camping Food Prepared at Home

Camping food can be prepared at home before your camping trip. After you have planned your camping food menu, chop all of the vegetables and pack them in zip-lock bags. You can do this for your lettuce as well, or purchase the pre-chopped bags at the grocery store.

Some camping food – i.e., your chopped meats – can be precooked at home, and frozen in Tupperware or similar containers. This works great with hamburger, sausage, sauces like spaghetti, casseroles, stews and other food items that do not turn to mush when frozen. This will also extend the time these items will keep. You can even grate your cheese ahead of time or buy the grated packages. Try to store everything in smaller packages because they pack easier in the cooler.

Why not pack your beef and chicken frozen also. The chopped, pre-cooked meats you prepared at home can be used for chili (yum!) or making an omelet with some cheese, onions, peppers, mushrooms or whatever you prefer for breakfast. It all starts with a good camping food menu.


Camping Food & General Camping Tips

Do not use glass containers at the campsite. Paper plates are good with the plastic plate holders. Plastic or other non-breakable cups and glasses are perfect. There are simply numerous items on the market today designed specifically for camping, but you probably want to leave as much dishwashing at home as you can. Be careful with your nonperishable items. Soft packaging will simply get crushed at some point, including your bread and chips. Back to that Tupperware stuff or Rubber Maid or hard packaging.

As mentioned in other articles on this site, the clear Tupperware containers safely store your camping gear, spices including salt and pepper, and non-perishable food items. You can see what is inside instead of digging through everything, and the gear is easier to handle.

Your could use a bucket style container for all of the personal hygiene items and disinfectant, rubber gloves, paper towels, wipes, and towel. Zip-lock bags are great for separating and storing these.

A little menu planning before your family camping trip will save you time in the long run. Preparing your camping food on a campground stove is easier, quicker, and more efficient than using a campfire. My family enjoys a campfire as much as anyone, but start one to experience it. Above everything else, enjoy your family and friends during those campfire chats under a clear and starlit night.