Good Food Makes Camping Even More Fun!
Whenever my family goes on a camping trip we generally look more like we are a “meals on wheels” packed into a Subaru station wagon rather than a family going camping. My 2 boys argue about who is going to carry the “baby” (water melon). Stalks of celery. bags onions, and bunches garlic are stuffed into every nook and cranny of our vehicle. We bring along boxed red and white wine, frozen steaks, 3-4 different kinds of cheeses, fresh eggs, home made yogurt, and kinds of other gourmet foods.
To simplify our gourmet eating habits, we usually only cook for dinner. My favorite camping breakfast is a bowl of home -made granola topped with fresh full cream yogurt and fresh seasonal fruit. Lunch is usually raw nuts and fresh fruit that we have picked at a local farm or found foraging in the woods.
Preparing good food for camping outdoors really is not complicated. I eat much healthier whenever we are camping out in the wilderness or at our favorite regional camp ground. There is something about living in the outdoors that makes food taste even better. I never stress about what we are going to cook for dinner. It’s the highlight of the day that we all look forward too.
Countless people stress out about what type of food for camping trips is proper. My belief is that anything a person can prepare at home, a person should certainly be able to cook on the trip if you improvise. Having the correct food storage and cooking equipment like an adjustable Coleman white gas stove makes the job even easier. I keep all of our camp kitchen dry ingredients in clear plastic Rubbermaid storage bins sold at Walmart.
The ideal fresh foods for camping are effortless to come up with as long as you possess the proper storage equipment such as a large portable ice chest or cooler, adjustable camping stove, and an well organized camping pantry.
Hard To Believe Food That You Can Enjoy On A Camping Adventure
- Chocolate Raspberry Cake. We have the ability to make cakes with a steamer that is placed inside our wok. The dark chocolate cake is wonderful! Do a Google search for steamed chocolate cake. It’s out of the scope of this article.
- Gourmet Cheese Omelets. We make bistro quality omelets in an old fashioned caste iron griddle. We obtain fresh organic eggs obtained from local farmers, yellow onions, all kinds of peppers, and occasionally cut teeny bits of salmon or bacon in addition to some grated mozzarella cheese.
- Organic Tropical Fruit Granola. For brunch, I make crunchy organic mixed fruit & nut granola in a stainless steel wok. This granola tastes every bit as good as what you can buy at an organic grocery store and it’s about a tenth of the price. I use old fashioned rolled oats, 100%Grade B Maple Syrup, dried coconuts, sun flower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chopped almonds, dried raisins, dried peaches, etc.
- Bone On Chicken Soup.We use an entire chicken cooked in our pressure cooker. The best flavor comes out of the bone marrow and not the chicken. If you have never made chicken soup on a camping trip with an entire chicken, you have to try this on a camping trip. Our pressure cooker does double and triple duty on our camping trips.
- Hot Popcorn. For an evening snack, we make gourmet popcorn in our wok. Who says that a wok is for Asian cooking? Our wok is as useful as the pressure cooker and it will always be a major part of our camping equipment.
- Chicken & Vegetable Fried Rice. There is no need for a rice cooker when a pressure cooker will do the same function. We use left over chicken to make our stir fried rice dishes.
- T-bone Steak & Grilled Onions. Beef steaks are easily prepared and ready in minutes with a Lodge cast iron griddle. As we traveled outside of the Bay Area, we are able to find more free-range beef thus giving us the opportunity to eat more t-bone steaks while camping than we do at home.
- Grilled Lamb with caramelized onions and potatoes. Boil the potatoes in water before you grill the lamb and onions on a cast iron skillet.
Do not become overwhelmed with trying to serve foods that you are not familiar with while camping as it’s easier to stick with foods that you normally prepare at home. It’s not a good idea to reinvent the “wheel” when on a camping trip. For example, if you really enjoyed barbecuing at home, then you’re going to find an easy way to do this while camping. Bring along food that you already know how to prepare and enjoy eating.
Breakfast food for camping is easy whether your cook or just want to eat a bowl of granola topped with yogurt and fresh fruit. We don’t spend a lot of time preparing breakfast. Sometimes we just eat fresh fruit. Whenever possible, we try to find locally picked fruit. We enjoy fresh fruit so much that find u-pick blue berries, cherries, peaches, etc. Sometime we are able to find our own wild blackberries and huckleberries.
7 Best Super Foods For Camping
- Dried fruit & raw nuts.
- Coffee & tea.
- Chia seeds.
- Dried beans and legumes.
- Hard dried cheese like Romano & Parmesan.
- Dried pasta.
- Canned chicken
Before you leave for your camping trip, put together a food check list for camping and a daily meal plan.
If you notice that you are going out to eat frequently, then you are doing something wrong. Take a step back and evaluate your food choices and methods of preparation. Stick to easy to prepare foods.
6 Essential Spices For Camping Trips
Good food needs proper seasoning or it will taste bland. My kids notice when I don’t add a dash of salt to their oat meal. It really makes or breaks a meal.
- Salt & Pepper
- Cayenne Pepper
- Dried Onions
- Dried Garlic
- Italian Seasoning
As long as you bring versatile cooking equipment that you are familiar with, preparing meals camping trips enjoyable and fairly easy. Stay away from meals that take a lot of preparation time and space. It should take you more time to eat a meal than to prepare a meal.