Easy Camping Recipes
and Tips for Great Camping Food
easy camping recipes and camp food ideas here for campfire cooking and
great camping food. These recipes
are delicious and quick to make, and will make everyone feel like very
happy campers! Camping food for all types of weather!
before you try these simple recipes you will need to know how to start
a campfire, and how to make sure that you put it out once you have
finished so that you don't start a forest fire!
those of you who light fires in your fireplaces everyday will know that
there are somedays when the fire just won't start and you scratch your
head wondering how it is that rampant fires destroy homes and
businesses everyday but starting a fire can sometimes be the most
difficult thing in the world.
First of all,
your wood and kindling for your campfires should be dry. The lighter
the feel of the wood, the less water content and the better it will
Place a circle of flat rocks on the
sand away from overhanging trees where you want to set up your camp
fire. The rocks will not only protect your fire from the wind, but it
will also keep the heat in once the flames die down and the hot coals
remain. Finally, the stones also help to mark the area so that people
don't end up stepping on the coals by mistake.
There are 5 things you will need to Make your Campfire:
1) A lighter or matches
2) Paper, cardboard or dry grass
3) Kindling made up of small, dry
4) 1 inch thick branches
5) More solid, larger pieces of wood.
you have cardboard tear it up into smaller pieces stack the cardboard
in a pyramid fashion to get air into the fire. If you have paper,
crumble or roll the pages into cigar shapes, twist into a knot and lay
these into a pile. On top of this you then lay your kindle. Stack it so
that again there is air between the sticks. On top of this, place
thicker pieces of wood, about an inch thick. Once this is lit and it
catches, you can slowly add bigger pieces of wood. However, the biggest
mistake at this stage is adding too much wood, too soon where you
actually end up putting the fire out, and not having enough
You cannot cook over an open
flame for most of the time, otherwise your food is likely to burn on
the outside, and still be raw on the inside. So, how can you tell when
your fire is ready to cook on? Well, first of all you have to
wait until you have red hot coals. And the quality of your coals will
depend on the type of wood you have used.
The best wood for campfires are hard
woods such as oak, maple, juniper etc.
you will need to know how to judge when your coals are ready to start
cooking. Place your hand about a foot over the coals and see if you can
hold your hand over the area for 10 seconds. If you can withstand the
heat, then you can start cooking.
Once you have
finished cooking, and no longer need your campfire, shovel sand onto
the fire making sure that it is completely extinguished.
Camping Cooking Tips
* Freeze bottles of
juice and milk when you pack your ice-box
to keep food colder for longer. When these supplies run out resort to
your dried and can camp cooking recipes.
* Before leaving home,
cook a chicken, leg of lamb or roast
beef to provide cold meat for salads and sandwiches. Also hard-boil a
few eggs to take with you.
* If space and weight is
not restricted, start out with a
supply of fresh fruit and vegetables. Apples, oranges, mandarins and
lemons will last the longest. Onions, carrots, cabbage, pumpkin and
potatoes can survive almost 2 weeks. Store them in string bags to allow
air to circulate.
* Bake a batch of your
favorite cookies, along with packets
of dried fruit such as dried apples, prunes, pears etc. Store in an
* For a quick energy snack
food pack some easy
to make, homemade fruit leather.
* Wash hands well before cooking. Cook everything
East prepared food straight away.
* Sterilize eating utensils by placing in a little boiling
water before use.
* Don't forget to pack the can opener!!!
Useful Camping Food
* Dried beans, rice, peas, lentils and other pulses.
* Dried fruit such as prunes, pears, apricots, apple rings,
* Long-life milk, cream, fruit juice and custard.
* Dried herbs, salt and pepper in small bottles or plastic
zip-lock bags clearly labeled.
* Tinned food such as beans, sweetcorn, sardines, tuna, spam,
Campfire Cooking Methods
With campfire cooking you can :
is done in a heavy pot or Dutch oven once the flames have died down, as
is frying. Although stewing can be done by placing the pot directly in
amongst the coals, with frying it is best to have a metal grill placed
over the coals and then place your frying pan on the top of that.
regards to baking, this can be done by wrapping fish or vegetables in
tin foil and placing them in amongst the coals or you can use a Dutch
oven and place the coals on top of the lid to ensure an overall
Building a Clay or Mud Oven
Some of you may be
lucky enough to be camping next to a stream or river where you have
good access to clay. As a result, you could build yourself a clay or
mud oven from this material.
You will need:
willow branches, or similar, cut at 3 foot lengths
your willow branches and bending them make a dome-shaped frame that
will become the foundation for your mud oven. Ideally you are looking
at an oven that is at least 2 feet wide and 3 feet deep. Leave some
space at the opposite end of your opening for a chimney stack. Into
this opening insert a large aluminum can as your chimney that has had
both the top and bottom removed.
Once you have the right shape
you will need to cover this frame with some cotton sheeting and then
cover the whole frame in 6 inches of heavy clay. Make sure
there is enough clay around your chimney to create a perfect seal.
Allow for this to dry, adding more clay if large cracks start to appear
as it is drying out.
light a fire in your oven so that you burn out the wooden framework and
the cloth that was used to build it. Once this has been burned out,
brush down the oven inside and allow to cool. Next build a fire inside
your oven until you have glowing coals. Push these to the back of the
oven, place in your chicken to roast, or your bread tins etc. place a
flat stone across the entrance to keep in the heat and enjoy the
Campfire Recipes using a Dutch Oven
don't know about you, but I love the food that has been cooked in a
Dutch oven. There is something about the taste that is so different,
and if you get it right, the meat is tender and falls off the bone. I
also like the fact that it is one pot cooking if you are making a
hearty beef stew that can be forgotten about once you have put it in.
There are those who will cook perfect dishes using the oven just on top
of the coals, but I perfer a different method.
Whenever we go camping we always drag
along the Dutch oven. I can use it not only to make mouth-watering
stews, but I also use it to make bread. So how do I do it?
a hole in the ground that when you put your Dutch oven into the hole it
is about 4 inches below the level of the ground and there is about an
inch or two all the way around the circumference of the oven.
removing the oven, light a fire in the hole and wait until the fire has
died down to just glowing coals. Now take your stew filled Dutch oven,
lower it into the hole directly on top of the coals, and back
fill the hole with the soil that you removed.
To get a good
seal on the lid, I usually mix up a dough of flour and water
seal the lid with this before I place the oven in the hole.
6-8 hours you have a great stew that cooked on its own without having
to worry about how it was doing. Camping cooking the easy way! And I am
all for that!
Easy Camping Food Recipes using Cans
EASY CAMPING RECIPES: Crab and Tomato Soup
1 x 440 g tin tomatoes
1 x 170 g tin crab
1 cup orange juice (fresh or store-bought)
1 cup water
Combine soup, juice and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to
the boil. Add crab. Stir through to heat. Simmer for 1 minute. Serve.
EASY CAMPING RECIPES: Bean Soup
1 cup dried beans, soak in water overnight
Drain and add 2 cups of fresh water
Add 2 peeled and cubed potatoes
Add 1 sliced onion
Add some slices of salt pork or bacon
Salt to season and boil for 1 hour.
EASY CAMPING RECIPES: Ham and Pineapple
1 tin of cooked ham
1 tin pineapple rings
Slice tinned ham into steaks. Top with pineapple rings. Cook
in frying pan with a dash of honey and pineapple juice from the tin.
Serve with rice.
Easy Camping Food Recipes Using a Flask
CAMPING RECIPES: Flask Rice and Vegetables
Combine 1 cup of rice with about 1/2 cup dried fruit or
vegetables. Place in a vacuum flask. Add 2 cups boiling water.
leave for 2-3 hours. Serve.
EASY CAMPING RECIPES: Flask Breakfast
Place 1 cup of cooking oats in a vacuum flask and add 2 cups
boiling water. Seal and leave for 30 minutes.
Serve with milk and
Easy Camping Recipes for Cakes and Breads
You can make very quick
breads and cakes when you are camping. All you need is a little
imagination. One of the things kids love to do is to take conventional
bread dough, knock it down and then roll it into a long sausage before
winding it around the stick in a long spiral, before cooking it over
the fire. Camp bread on a stick makes happy memories!
Just make sure that whatever wood the children are using to cook with,
is not from any poisonous tree.
Camp Bread Recipes: Ash Cakes
There are also other quick breads for camp cooking. One of the easiest
to make is the Ash Cake
Take 1 cup of corn meal and add 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Then add enough
boiling water to the corn meal just so that you can then mould it into
a ball. Place the balls into the coals of the fire, just like the
recipe for the potatoes below and leave them in the coals until they
Camp Bread Recipes: Johnny Cakes
Other quick camp bread is the Johnny Cake
Use the corn meal mixed with the salt and water, as for the
Ash Cake recipe, but instead of placing the ball into the fire, pat out
the corn dough so that you have a disc 4 inches in diameter and 1 inch
Now heat up a pan with some butter and fry the corn disc until it is
dark brown on both sides. Once it is cooked you can split the Johnny
Cake open and butter it, or you can leave it whole and serve with maple
Camp Bread Recipes: Camp Corn Bread
Camp corn bread
is made in a
frying pan with your corn mixture being a batter.
Take 1/2 pint flour and the same of corn meal. Add 2 teaspoons of
baking power; 1 level, 1 heaped, and about 1/2 teaspoon salt. Mix dry
ingredients together. Now add 50/50 milk and water until you have a
Pour into a well greased pan and place next to a quick fire. Make sure
that the fire has enough heat that will allow the corn bread to cook
quickly at first, otherwise if not, your bread will be very heavy. Once
the bread starts to rise, you can then slow the cooking process down
and allow your bread to bake until cooked.
A heavy cast iron skillet works really well with this type of bread as
it keeps the heat in.
Other Camping Recipes
EASY CAMPING RECIPES: Instant Asian Noodles
2 packets of instant noodles
4 tablespoons tomato sauce
2 teaspoons soy sauce
Cook instant noodles as directed. Mix in tomato sauce and soy
sauce. Pour over noodles and mix.
EASY CAMPING RECIPES: Sausage Cheeses
12 thick pork sausages
1/2 cup tasty cheddar cheese
Cook sausages in pan until cooked through.
Make a slit in each sausage. Fill with grated cheese.
Place back in pan, slit side up, cover with foil or lid for as
few minutes until cheese is melted.
EASY CAMPING RECIPES: Spanish Omelette
and cube 1 large potato, 1 medium onion, 1 green and red
pepper, 2 rashes of bacon.
Fry lightly in a little
oil over fire in a pan.
Add 6 scrambled eggs. Let
it set. Divide into quarters and
turn over each piece once to cook through thoroughly. Serve.
EASY CAMPING RECIPES: Perfect Baked Potatoes
are 2 ways you can bake potatoes. One of our family favorites is to
take the potatoes, brush with olive oil, sprinkle with coarse sea salt,
add an inch or two of fresh rosemary, cover in aluminum foil and then
back on top of the coals before you cook your meat.
Another way is to leave off the aluminum foil and just throw the
potatoes with this skins on, into the fire. However, in order not to
end up with burnt potatoes on the outside, and raw inside, you will
need to bury the potatoes in amongst the coals and then heap more coals
on top. Buy cooking this way on your camp fire, you will have perfectly
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