Camping Cooking Tips

Camping Cooking TipsCamping is a great way to spend time with family and friends. With any camping or outdoor excursion, feeding everyone is a main priority. There are several ways to cook and prepare food while at the campsite. For outdoor cooking, a tripod grill works best. The tripod allows for both a slow cooking time and infused smoky flavor. A propane tabletop grill can also be implemented to boil items quickly and provide additional cooking space.
 

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Tripod grill
  • Tabletop propane grill
  • Large cookie sheets
  • Cast ironware: Dutch oven, frying pan, skillet, loaf pan, square pie iron, camping forks and hot dog cookers
  • Stainless steel cooking utensils: spatula, tongs and large spoon
  • Heavy duty aluminum foil
  • Seasoned firewood
  • Fire starter, including dry newspaper
  • Matches
  • Homemade seasoning container including garlic, salt, pepper and onion powder
  • Camp food
  • Hot pads
  • Table or picnic table
 
Step 1
Locate the fire pit at the campground. If one cannot be found, be sure to choose an area away from dry brush and vegetation. Set up the tripod grill over the fire pit. Stack three to eight pieces of seasoned firewood upright, underneath the grill. Make sure that the wood pieces are leaning toward each other to create a tee-pee effect. Place newspaper and fire starter sticks underneath. Carefully light the match to ignite the wood.
Step 2
Place the small tabletop propane stove on top of the table or picnic table. Ignite.
Step 3
Choose the food you would like to cook. Remove it from the cooler and place on a cookie sheet. Keep raw meat and vegetables separate on the cookie sheets--if cooking both. Create a simple seasoning container by combining your favorite seasonings into one. Add garlic, pepper and salt to one container for ease of use and minimal transport.
Step 4
Lay out aluminum foil. Place chopped vegetables or hobo dinners in the aluminum foil. Add butter and seasonings. Double wrap and secure on the sides with a folded seal. If this is the heaviest item to be cooked, place in the center of the tripod grill. Meat, including chicken can be placed around the center of the aluminum foil pack or largest food item. Be sure to keep the lightest weight items near the edge and work inward with the heavy items. Keep the items as far away as possible from the fire by raising the grill to the highest notch. Slow cooking the food will provide a more even and juicy flavor. Using the cooking utensils, flip, press and grab food easily for transfer to a cookie sheet. Use hot pads to prevent skin burns.
Step 5
Cook items, such as eggs, hash browns, bacon and biscuits, in skillets or frying pans. Large stews can be cooked in Dutch ovens over the fire. Loaf pans can be used to make cornbread and homemade bread.
Step 6
Boil water, sauces and heat through canned goods quickly with the use of the propane stove. The propane stove can also be used to heat up small side dishes, such as beans and canned vegetables.
Step 7
Cook grilled cheese, hot sandwiches, beef pies, pizza pockets with a square pie iron. Camping forks and hot dog cookers can also be used to create quick and satisfying meals.
Step 8
Extinguish all fires and shut off the propane stove before leaving cooking area.
 

Tips & Warnings

 
Sort and store cooled and frozen foods by how and when they will be cooked. Keep the items to be used right away on top and items for later on the bottom. A charcoal grill can be used in place of either method. Charcoal or smoked wood chips can also be used under a tripod for added flavor. Keep all food prepared and unprepared sealed until cooking or eating. Keep cooking areas sanitized by scraping off caked on food and washing after excessive use.
 
Sort and store cooled and frozen foods by how and when they will be cooked. Keep the items to be used right away on top and items for later on the bottom.
 
A charcoal grill can be used in place of either method. Charcoal or smoked wood chips can also be used under a tripod for added flavor.
 
Keep all food prepared and unprepared sealed until cooking or eating.
 
Keep cooking areas sanitized by scraping off caked on food and washing after excessive use.
 
Keep propane tanks and flammable items away from open flames. Never leave raw meat out without being on ice or cooked.
 
Keep propane tanks and flammable items away from open flames.
 
Never leave raw meat out without being on ice or cooked.

Article Written By Julie Boehlke

Julie Boehlke is a seasoned copywriter and content creator based in the Great Lakes state. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists. Boehlke has more than 10 years of professional writing experience on topics such as health and wellness, green living, gardening, genealogy, finances, relationships, world travel, golf, outdoors and interior decorating. She has also worked in geriatrics and hospice care.

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