Cooking at camp is quite different from cooking in a kitchen as camp cooking requires more patience and time. But cooking at camp has its own pleasures and if you follow some simple camp cooking tips, you can make this even more enjoyable.
Items you will need
Pack these items as these will surely be used during cooking:
- Aluminum foil
- Fuel for stove
- Salt and pepper
- Energy boosting snacks for in between meals
- Kitchen trash sacks
- Knife, Can opener, Scissors
- Dishes, Plates, Cups, Forks, Spoons
- Cooking Utensils
- Plastic cutting board
- Charcoal briquettes (if you are going to cook on open fire)
- While starting fire, make sure that you are at a safe distance from it. Always keep a container of sand nearby you to extinguish fire in case it becomes out of control.
- When cooking, cover pots to cook the food faster. It will also keep dust and bugs away from food and save fuel as well.
- If you are using grill to cook something, always apply some oil to grill grate to prevent food from sticking.
- If you are cooking food directly on coals, wrap food items with aluminum foil to make them airtight and prevent them from burning.
- Stoves should always be used in well-ventilated areas. Be extra careful with gas canisters and always keep them upright.
- You can also prepare some items in advance which you are going to use in different dishes. For example, you can prepare soups and sauces.
- Also measure ingredients for each meal in advance and pack them in ziplock bags. Do not forget to label each bag.
- If you are going to use vegetables like onions, carrots and peppers on first day of trip, chop them at home. But if you do not have a plan to cook them soon, leave them whole and chop them when you need.
- Use pita bread for cooking at camps as it is easier to pack than loaf of bread.
- Separate cooler should be used for drinks so that food cooler does not need to be opened too often.
- If you have mistakenly added too much salt in a dish, add a peeled potato to dish and finish cooking. Potato will surely absorb excessive salt.
- Use leftover vegetables and meat in making omelet on last day of camping. In this way, you will not have to take leftover things with you again.
- Add ice cubes to vegetable packets to keep them fresh and moist.
Tips to be Followed after Cooking
- While eating food after cooking, put a pot of water on fire so that you can have hot water for cleanup.
- To wash your dishes, use baking soda or sand instead of taking a dish wash bar or lotion.
- If you have food burnt in a pot or pan, fill the pan with soap and water and bring to a boil.
- Leftover food should be stored away from reach of animals. You can also hang food above ground level.
- When going back home from camping trip, re-wash all cooking equipment and dry it before storing.
- Last but not the least; try to leave your site in a better shape than it was when you came here. Do not spread trash. Instead go ahead and pick pieces of trash spread by someone else.