Tips on Camp Cooking

Tips on Camp Cooking
To get the full experience of camping, you must be comfortable with a campfire. Whether you are camping by way of a luxury motor home, a pop-up camper or a simple tent, cooking a meal by using the campfire is an experience that will prove to be unforgettable. In this article, you will learn how to cook breakfast, lunch and dinner on the campfire using very little equipment and very hot coals.


Difficulty: Easy

Step 1
Prepare fire. In order to be able to cook efficiently on the fire, you must get the coals hot and the flame low. Arrange the firewood in the center of the pit and build a hot fire. Keep the fire hot by adding small sticks and twigs consistently. Place only one or two large logs on the fire. The goal is to get the logs to burn down into hot coals.
Step 2
Prepare breakfast. There are a few variations of breakfast foods that can easily be prepared on the fire by a novice camping cook. With a cast-iron skillet and a little oil or butter, eggs can be fried. Simply set the skillet right on top of the hot coals and watch your eggs sizzle to perfection. To prepare bacon, wrap a few strips of bacon into a sheet of heavy aluminum foil. Set the foil packet of bacon near the hot coals, but not on top. Check the bacon often to avoid its burning in its own hot grease.
Step 3
Prepare lunch. Roasting hot dogs on a campfire is synonymous with camp cooking. Hot dog roasting sticks can be purchased in the camping department of your local sporting goods store, or you can easily make one by straightening out a wire clothes hanger. If you prefer hamburgers for lunch, form hamburger patties and wrap them in heavy aluminum foil. Place the foil packets under the hot coals. This process will take some time, so be patient when cooking. Check the hamburgers frequently.
Step 4
Prepare dinner. A campfire dinner does not have to be hamburgers or hot dogs. Steak, potatoes and corn on the cob are easy fixes that provide a healthy meal for campers and a meal that tastes great, too. Prepare the steaks by drizzling a small amount of oil and salt and pepper. Wrap each steak in heavy aluminum foil and position the wrapped meat under the hot coals. Baked potatoes take too long when "baking" them in the fire. Simply slice the potatoes into thin slices, drizzle a small amount of oil and season with salt and pepper. Wrap them in heavy aluminum foil and position the potato packets under the hot coals. Wrap the corn on the cob in heavy aluminum foil and place it over the hot coals, turning frequently.

Article Written By Angela Robinson

My family and I are avid campers. Having grown up in the Ozark Mountains, I have an appreciation of the outdoors. It has always been a big part of my life. As an adult, I enjoy taking my son to the places that I explored as a child. As a freelance writer, I enjoy most of all, sharing my knowledge, thoughts and experiences with the world.

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