There are a number of different steps you can take in preparation of your camping food prep. In this camping roundup, we breakdown what cooking tools you will need, how to create easy and delicious camping meals, and what top camping recipes are on the Death Valley camping cookbook. You will also learn how to prepare a variety of meals for a family or larger camping group, as well as tips and suggestions for entertaining during your trip. This information is presented here in a simple to understand format so that you can quickly and easily follow along and prepare meals when you get back from your trip.
Easy Camp Food Prep Ideas
The first step to food prep is to gather your equipment and prepare your desired items. To begin this process, you will need a large pot with at least three quart capacity, a medium saucepan, a microwave safe container to hold raw ingredients, a rack in which to stand the raw ingredients, aluminum foil, and a pizza cutter. Some items may already be in your own kitchen and others may require a visit to your local sporting goods or department store.
Step one is to preheat your oven or microwave and preheat your gas fire pit to bring the water to a boil. Then, you will add all of your dry ingredients to your prepared pan or sauce pan, except for one fourth of a cup of almond milk or half. It is okay to use other types of milk, such as soy or rice milk, as long as you follow the manufacturers’ directions. Almond milk is preferred due to its high content of fat, which allows it to thicken sauces quite nicely.
Next, you will add your prepared food to the pan or sauce pan and allow it to heat up. Once the food is ready, remove it from the heat source and slice into smaller pieces. If necessary, add more oil to the pan or sauce pan to further thicken the mixture. You may want to serve this breakfast mix by itself or divide it into portions and reheat some of it while you are preparing your other meals.
Need Enough Shopping
The last of our camping food prep tips involves shopping. In order to prepare a delicious meal, you do not necessarily have to go to a major discount or grocery store to stock up on items. Many campers like to cook a full meal in their outdoor kitchen when they head out for the night. Camping stores usually run out of food long before midnight, which means that the meals that you make in your kitchen can keep you warm and ready for the next day. If you prefer to stock up on fresh produce or carry some dried fruit along with your meals, you can also do so at a regular grocery store. Just remember to buy these items in small quantities because they will spoil quickly.
Another of the important camping food prep tips we have for you is to avoid using any cooking oil or fats while you are on your camping trip. Doing so can cause your food to stick to the grill, resulting in a burnt and unappealing steak or chicken. It is also crucial that you leave out all the grease, such as that left behind by grilling meat and use a stainless steel utensil to scrape it all off. If you are planning on carrying snack items like bars of chocolate or peanut butter, be sure that you have left out all of the sugar and calorie bars, too.
Keep Fruits And Vegetables
In terms of store-bought meals, you can bring plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, cheeses, crackers and breads. You can also stock up on tinned items, tinned juices (such as tomato or lemonade), dried fruits, granola bars and tortilla chips. All of these items are easy to prepare and you will find them all displayed at the store near the produce section. If you have some space at home, you can even prepare food in the comfort of your own kitchen. If not, feel free to prepare meals in your own campfire and serve them to your family and friends!
In the event that you are unable to find fresh and tasty ingredients at the local store, then you might want to check out the Internet for a variety of recipes and side dishes. Be careful though because there are many recipes online that aren’t as healthy as they sound, simply because there are no nutrients in canned or boxed foods. To avoid spoiling your favorite foods, try making your meals the night before and refrigerating or freezing them overnight. You can also bring your own grill and cut all of the ingredients that you would normally have brought with you to go camping.