How to Prepare for Outdoor Campfire Cooking

How to Prepare for Outdoor Campfire CookingWhen on a camping trip, or even a picnic cookout, you need to start your outdoor cooking preparations before the trip begins. You won't have immediate access to your pantry or local grocery store, so you will need to think ahead. You can still cook just about anything you can cook indoors, you will just need to bring all your supplies with you. Outdoor cooking isn't hard and preparing for it takes very little time. Continue reading for some helpful tips.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Camp stove
  • Grill
  • Cooking utensils
Step 1
Plan you meals ahead of time. Write down your menu and everything that is connected to it. If you'll be making several meals, break them down separately. List all the items and ingredients that will be needed to complete the meal. Check the items off the list as you gather them. Think about the most basic ingredients, such as salt, seasonings, butter, milk, condiments and so on. You would hate to start cooking and realize you forgot a key ingredient.
Step 2
Make a list of the cooking equipment and supplies that you will need to cook outside. Will you be using a grill, camping stove, or both? Gather them together so nothing is forgotten and make sure that you include any extra supplies to operate them. These would be items such as charcoal, lighter fluid and propane. Check these off your list as you purchase them. You will then be assured that you have everything you need to prepare the meal.
Step 3
Think about what cooking utensils you will need to cook your meal. When cooking outdoors, you can make a wealth of recipes with only a pot and a frying pan. Try to simplify your cooking utensils, but make sure to bring what you'll need to prepare a meal. This includes plates, knives, forks, spatulas and any other essential cooking utensils.
Step 4
Freeze any meat you won't be preparing the first day and store it in your camp cooler. It will keep your cooler stay cold for a longer period of time, and will remain fresh. Thaw the meat several hours before you prepare to cook it.
Step 5
Bring any extra items you think you might need to prepare your meals outside. These are those little things that come in handy, but are usually forgotten. Items such as aluminum foil, cooking spray, plastic bags, can come in handy when making an outdoor meal.

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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