Different Cooking Methods for Camping

Different Cooking Methods for Camping
Campers of all experience levels can cook a variety of meals while enjoying the great outdoors. Whether the menu calls for frying, grilling or boiling, there is an outdoor cooking method to get the job done. And with all the advancements in camp cooking equipment, you can find any cookware for just about any task. Before you know it, you'll be whipping up meals as good, if not better, than you cook in your kitchen at home.
 

Instructions

Difficulty: Easy

Camp Stove

Step 1
Cook food you would normally cook on your home stove on a two-burner propane camping stove. You can fry, boil or saute foods in cookware placed directly on the stove's burner.
Step 2
Place the stove on a stable, flat surface. Use the stove in an area where traffic will not knock it over and out of the way of children or pets.
Step 3
Open up the stove's lid, lock it in place and pull out the fuel hoses from inside. Screw the propane bottles onto the hose fittings and set them in their holders.
Step 4
Turn the heat adjustment knob to 'On' and light the stove using a match or lighter. Place your pan of food on the stove's burner and begin cooking, adjusting the heat knob to control the flame.
Step 5
Cook everything from coffee, soups, meats and vegetables on the camping stove. Turn the stove off when finished.

Using a Grill

Step 1
Pack a small, portable charcoal grill in your camping supplies for easy, outdoor grilling. Select a grill best suited for your cooking requirements. Outdoors and department stores carry everything from disposable, one-time use grills to reusable models with legs.
Step 2
Set the grill in an area that is flat, stable and away from children and pets. Clear the area of any flammable debris such as fallen leaves and branches.
Step 3
Fill the grill with the appropriate amount of charcoal, squirt lighter fluid on it and light. Allow the charcoal to preheat and turn to red coals before cooking on it.
Step 4
Spray the grilling rack with a vegetable oil spray. This keeps the food from sticking and ripping apart when you turn it.
Step 5
Cook everything directly on the grill such as veggies, meats and toasting breads. Place iron cookware on the grill rack and cook any foods you'd normally cook on a stove.

Using the Campfire

Step 1
Light the campfire and allow it to burn down to hot coals. Stack green wood, bricks or large stones on the sides of the fire pit to hold a grill rack. Space them so the rack fits securely on top without tipping over.
Step 2
Spray the rack with a vegetable oil, to keep food from sticking. Place foods such as steaks, hot dogs or burgers on the grill rack and cook as you would on your home grill.
Step 3
Dig out a hole in the center of the hot embers with a shovel. Pile the excess embers to the side of the indentation in the fire.
Step 4
Fill a seasoned, cast iron, Dutch oven with meats, vegetables, stews or soups and seal the lid. Place the oven into the fire hole, cover it with coals and allow the food to cook. Food will cook at the same approximate speed as your home oven.
 

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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