Crockpot Cooking for Camping

Crockpot Cooking for CampingCrock-Pot cooking is fix-and-forget food at its finest. Put your ingredients in the pot, then let the low heat slow cook a delicious, tender meal. This makes the Crock-Pot a great way to cook if you are at a modern camp ground. Start a stew cooking in the morning, then go on a hike. By the time you return in the afternoon, you'll have a hearty meal waiting for you.
 

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Electric Crock-Pots

Things You’ll Need:
  • Electric Crock-Pot
  • Propane Crock-Pot
  • Car inverter
  • Propane
  • Heavy-duty battery
  • Vegetables
  • Meat
  • Sauce
  • Spices
 
Step 1
Choose a Crock-Pot that will work at your particular camping site. If you camp somewhere that has an onsight power supply, you can use an electronic Crock-Pot. If you don't have power, bring a propane Crock-Pot. Either one will work if you've decided to go car camping.

For the latter, you can run a Crock-Pot from your car using an inverter, but be aware that it might be risky. A car battery has about 1,000 watt-hours of power, and many Crock-Pots use more than 200 watts an hour. Since Crock-Pot cooking can take several hours, it can deplete your battery, leaving you stranded. Buying the smallest and lowest-energy Crock-Pot will help prevent this, but only plug it in if you have an extra battery or a high-capacity battery designed to run appliances off of.
Step 2
Prep the Crock-Pot ingredients. Chop vegetables and place them in a freezer bag or food storage container. Alternately, you can use frozen vegetables. Chop meat and place it in a second container. Mix your spices together and keep them in a pill bottle or other small container.
Step 3
Turn the crockpot on high and begin layering the ingredients. For most crockpot recipes such as soups and stews, vegetables and carrots and potatoes go in first because they cook the slowest. Meat goes in second and sauces last. Cover the pot when you are done.
Step 4
Leave the Crock-Pot on high for at least an hour. Then turn it down if you want to cook your food slowly. If you are using still-frozen vegetables, leave it on high for 2 hours to give your ingredients more time to heat to a safe temperature.
Step 5
Continue cooking until your food is done. A Crock-Pot recipe can take anywhere from 2 to 10 hours depending on the recipe.
Step 6
Add your spices in the last half an hour. If you let the spices simmer the whole time, the heat will weaken their flavors.
 

Tips & Warnings

 
Turning up the heat speeds up the cooking. Two hours on high heat cooks the food as much as 1 hour on low. Never fill the Crock-Pot more than 2/3 full. Otherwise, it won't get hot enough.
 
Turning up the heat speeds up the cooking. Two hours on high heat cooks the food as much as 1 hour on low.
 
Never fill the Crock-Pot more than 2/3 full. Otherwise, it won't get hot enough.
 
The minimum safe temperature for a crock pot is 140 degrees. Any lower than that, and harmful bacteria can breed in the food. Check the temperature of the food after the Crock-Pot has been on low for an hour to make sure it is hot enough.

Article Written By Isaiah David

Isaiah David is a freelance writer and musician living in Portland, Ore. He has over five years experience as a professional writer and has been published on various online outlets. He holds a degree in creative writing from the University of Michigan.

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