DON'T expect to whip up a six-course gourmet meal from the confines of a tent in the middle of nowhere. When a group goes camping, it’s usually best to stick to the basics—including food. Check this article out from thekitchn.com on some suggestions on how to prepare good, affordable camping food.
Simple meals with a few ingredients are going to be a person’s most convenient option and will, conveniently, be easiest on his wallet.
People generally try to bring all their food in two containers—one bag for packaged and dry goods, and one insulated bag or cooler for anything that needs refrigeration.
People often fill an old soda bottle with water and freeze it the night before we leave so that it will keep the food cold on the way to the site and can later be used as drinking water.
Also, since folks are probably cooking over a campfire, they don’t want any recipes that are going to require precise temperature control or that won’t handle a little bit of char gracefully. Finally, they’re going to want at least one thing they can roast on the end of a stick.
Here are some of favorite things to cook while roughing it.
u2022 Roasted corn on the cob is always a favorite because it’s delicious and preparing it is about as simple as you can get. Just toss the ears on top of the grill complete with husks. You’ll want them just to the side of the actual flames. Turn them every once in a while and don’t worry if some of the outer layers blacken. Fold down a bit of the husk to test the kernels for tenderness. When it’s ready, just fold the husk all the way down and slather with butter or olive oil, salt and pepper, or maybe some cayenne.
u2022 Roasted potatoes are always a good bet. You can wrap them whole in foil and bury them in the coals of your fire, or cut them up with onions, add a little oil, and wrap them in a foil envelope to roast them on top of the grill. The same idea works really well with apples and pears and you could also do peaches and plums (they just don’t take as long).
u2022 Another good cooking method is boiling, which can be done in a small pot, or you can use a percolator to double as a coffee pot and a saucepan (just wash it out thoroughly in between). Oatmeal and couscous are great over a fire. Rice is ok too, but will often take a while to cook. And on the subject of coffee, a French press is probably the best method if you’re particular about brewing faster and keeping grounds out of your cup. If you’re looking for something a little bit grizzlier, campfire coffee in a percolator will provide a bit more of a wilderness experience.
u2022 For breakfast, biscuits are great over a campfire. Mix all your dry ingredients in a big, sealable plastic bag before you leave. When you’re ready to cook them, add the wet ingredients and knead the dough in the bag. Use a flat piece of foil on top of the grill as a baking sheet. The bag method will also work for pancake batter, which can be squeezed out of the bag into a skillet. Either of these will go great with eggs, which you could either transport in their cardboard box, or crack into another bag before you leave.
u2022 Finally, the stick foods. Never underestimate the power of the classics. Roasted marshmallows, especially as part of a s’more, are a must-have. Hotdogs are another good bet. If you want to get a little bit fancier, put together some veggie kabobs.
Technically, it might be easier to use skewers rather than sticks for this, but close enough.
With all this good food, you’ll develop a real taste for woodsmoke three meals a day. And if all else fails, there’s always peanut butter and jelly.