How to Freeze Food for Camping

How to Freeze Food for Camping
One of the advantages of camping is that you can eat as expensively or as cheaply as you desire. Planning your camping meals is much like planning your weekly meals at home. The only difference is you will be eating them in the woods and not at the kitchen table.

Preplanning is the key to success in any camping trip. The better you plan, the more likely you will have everything you need at the campsite, including food. Freezing certain foods before camping assures a cold cooler and reduces the chances of food spoilage. You can then use the frozen food as it naturally defrosts inside the cooler.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Plastic freezer bags
  • Wax paper
  • Marinade
  • Cooler
  • Drink bottles
Step 1
Write down a plan of the all the meals you are serving at the campsite, including breakfast, lunch and dinner. Create a menu, listing the ingredients of every meal. This will help you remember everything at the grocery store and lets you know what you can freeze beforehand.
Step 2
Form hamburger into patties before going on the trip and freeze them all together in a plastic freezer bag. Separate the patties between sheets of wax paper for easier removal and stack them on top of each other inside the bag. Hamburger has a tendency to thaw quicker than solid meats and clumping them together inside the bag keeps them frozen longer.
Step 3
Pour a marinade into the plastic freezer bag with meats such as pork, chicken or steaks. The extra fluid forms a solid frozen block around the meat, keeping it frozen and cold longer. You will also have the extra benefit of the meat slowly marinating as it thaws.
Step 4
Freeze packages of your breakfast meats such as bacon or sausage before going on the camping trip. These are quick to defrost once removed from the cooler, making for easier use. Though these meats do not require freezing to maintain their freshness, freezing the meet helps preserve the cold environment inside the cooler longer.
Step 5
Place packaged meats in original packaging inside the home freezer. Freeze foods prior to the trip such as hotdogs and lunchmeats that you do not plan on eating the first day. The lunchmeat stays fresh longer and the hotdogs act like a block of ice inside the cooler.
Step 6
Freeze bread items such as hotdog and hamburger buns, as well as biscuits before the trip. They are quick to defrost, remain fresh longer once frozen and are less likely to get smashed if frozen and not fresh.
Step 7
Freeze any drinks such as water, or juice before the trip, as suggested by the United States Department of Agriculture. These will slowly defrost in the cooler, helping keep it cool longer and reducing the need for more ice. When hiking, you can grab a thawing drink bottle and have a cold beverage during your walk.

Tips & Warnings

Use meats as they thaw and adjust your menu accordingly to assure you do not eat spoiled food and get sick in the woods.
Freezing large containers filled with water and situating them inside your cooler, keeps everything frozen and cold longer. These will not melt as quickly as bags of ice.

Article Written By Joyce Starr

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.

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