Campfire cooking can be a little tricky. I have great news! IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE! Campfire cooking can be made much more simple with a little work. I have compiled some information and steps to help you spend less time during your camping trip cooking, and a little more time making memories!
1) Get Organized!
First, make a meal plan for the trip. This can be aselaborate or as simple as possible. For example: Friday Dinner: Cheeseburgers, Saturday Breakfast: Eggs & Bacon, Saturday Lunch: Sandwiches & Chips,etc. In constructing a meal plan, you can decide what items you need to pack, buy, and what you will need to cook those items.
Next, when packing your items, pack similar items together. For example: All meats go in one cooler, drinks in another, etc. For other items, you may consider a reusable shopping bag to help packing go a little smoother.
2) Prepare at home!
There are so many ideas on preparing for camp meals at home. From pancake mixes to salads to marinades & sauces, the information is out there! The LVL Cook Book will have some of these ideas included.
Chop up vegetables, pre-cook rice, and make your marinades, sauces, and salad dressings prior to leaving. That will save you a ton of time at your campsite! You could also pre-scramble eggs and store them in a container for cooking later. This idea also applies to washing veggies, grating cheeses, etc.
Do you know how to start a campfire? How many times have you gotten to your campsite and realized that everything was so wet that you couldn’tget a fire started, or it had rained while you were there and you weren’t prepared?
If you are new to fire-starting, there are a ton of tutorials out there. You might be surprised on your campground to also strike up a new friendship if you ask a neighbor for help.
You can bring your own firewood, kindling, matches, etc in something that will help keep moisture out to prevent the wet effect! If you are one of those people that forgot your firewood (like me) LVL has you covered! You can buy firewood at the service center, guard house, and at the LVL Market & Grill!
Safety is key when starting a fire. Be sure to follow the rules on your campground concerning fires. Keep them in designated areas only, and know if there is a burn ban in place. It’s always good to ask when arriving or checking in to prevent the spread of fires on the campground.
4) Foil can be used for just about everything!
There are a ton of uses for aluminum foil! From cooking to food storage you can find a use in a lot of cases for aluminum foil.
Learn how to use it, and make sure it is one of those essential items when you go camping. Not only can you cook in it, but it also doubles as a plate or bowl, cutting back on paper plate usage or washing dishes. This will give you more time to spend with your family, and will cut your cleanup time by a lot!
5) Get the right gear!
Will you have a grill at your site, or will you need a camp stove? What if it rains? Make sure that you account for these issues before they arise on your camp site. Have a back up plan just in case the weather surprises you!
Make a list of the cooking utensils and other necessities before you go. Check when packing up the car that you have those essentials such as skillets, forks, knives, spoons, etc. If you forget those things, your trip may not be as fun as you’d expected. Being prepared with the right equipment will also save you time and money. You’ll be able to spend more time with your family instead of driving from a remote area to the nearest Wal-Mart to get what you already have at home, but need to feed your camp.
This includes the items that you will need to consume your meals. Whether you choose to go with disposable items, or those that you wash after use, it’s much easier to plan ahead and make sure you have the right gear.
Camp cooking doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming. Yes, it does take a little more time to prepare prior to the trip, but while camping, you’ll be surprised at how much easier things will go if you take the time to prepare a little bit. Once you get into the habit of pre-camp preparation, the trips that follow will go much more smoothly, allowing you to make memories with your family that will last a lifetime.