Getting ready for your first camping trip? Worried about what to cook?
If you’ve never camped before, even though you’re a seasoned ‘indoor’ cook you might find outdoor cooking over a campfire a bit intimidating but it doesn’t have to be!
Cookware & Utensils
Before we delve into cooking you’ll need to think about some cooking essentials to pack for the trip. You probably don’t need to purchase all new cookware (but a set of cast iron cookware and a dutch oven can sure come in handy) as some things can be cooked with just aluminum foil or wooden skewers.
At the minimum you’ll need some basic cookware. You need non-teflon coated pans with non-meltable handles.
A saucepan with a lid
a fire grate
Serving spoon and ladle
oven mitts or potholders
That’s just for starters. You also need eating utensils. Non-breakable bowls, plates and cups, wooden skewers, aluminum foil, storage bags/containers, matches, manual can opener.
Food on Sticks
Some foods can be cooked on a stick or skewer. If using a stick from nature you’ll want to cut a live branch from a tree. Do you know your trees? Steer clear of pine/cedar and stick with hardwoods such as oak, hickory or ash.
When cooking on a stick or skewer you’ll want to keep the food moving so as not to burn. Not everyone likes their marshmallows burnt to a crisp!
What can you cook on a stick?
Those with a Scouting background will remember not only S’mores but hotdogs, bacon and even biscuits. To cook a biscuit on a stick you take the canned biscuit and ‘squish’ it around the end of the stick and cook over the open flame until golden all around. When removed from the stick the hole is perfect for butter and jelly.
Bacon can be wrapped around the stick and cooked over the fire.
If you’ve brought skewers you can cook other foods too such as shrimp as well as kabobs. Kabobs are a good way to get some vegetables in their tummies. Everything tastes better that you’ve cooked yourself!
Food in Foil Packets
Lots of foods can be cooked in foil packets. Everything from chicken and fish to potatoes and more. Foil cooking works best when you have coals vs an open flame as they require a more steady cooking time and a longer temperature.
When morning comes around you can make breakfast burritos. You cup the foil somewhat while you pour in an egg, some ham, cheese etc. Wrap it up and place in the coals (or on a grate). When it’s done you can pour it onto a flour tortilla and wrap it up.
One of our favorite breakfasts outdoors is day old doughnuts, sliced like a bagel with a pineapple ring sandwiched in-between. Wrap this in foil and heat over the morning fire. It’s delish!
Cooking what you Caught
Those fish you caught can be cooked on the grate, wrapped in foil, or cooked in the skillet you brought.
Once you get the hang of cooking over an open fire you’ll find that you can cook almost anything. When you add a dutch oven to your arsenal you’ll find that you can cook casseroles, chili, and even desserts!