Camper Meal Planning

Camper Meal Planning

Eating outdoors is half the fun of camping, but it takes some planning. Consider not only the weight and bulk of the food you carry but also its caloric content (hauling a pack may burn 3,200 to 3,800 calories per day, more than twice what’s needed to swing in a hammock).

Camping Tent
Camping Tent

Also consider store-ability. Among the foods that won’t spoil if left UN-refrigerated for a few days are hard cheese, hard salami, jerky, sliced carrots and celery, margarine, frozen bagels, and pita bread.

Try new camping foods at home; a campsite is a poor place to discover than an anticipated delight tastes more like sawdust.

Plan major meals in advance and pack all the ingredients in double plastic bags for extra protection. Use color codes to distinguish breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. Place colored paper between the inner and outer bags or mark the bags with indelible pens.

If you are tenting, anticipate rainy days when you won’t want to cook outside. Take along a few one pot add-hot-water dinners to heat at the tent door. For cold, rainy mornings, fix a breakfast that doesn’t need cooking. Dried fruit, rich breads, cheese and smoked fish.

Camp Baking

Cherry Cupcake
Cherry Cupcake

Camper meal planning needs to include sweets, right? Indeed! An inexpensive 1-1/2 quart ring mold (for gelatin) and a camp stove can be used to bake quick breads and biscuits. Mix the dry ingredients in a plastic bag at home. Add water in camp; hold the bag shut and mix the contents by squeezing and kneading. Slit the bag slightly and squeeze the batter into the greased mold.

Set the mold on the stove, centering its hole over the burner to avoid burning the dough’s edges adjust the stove to the smallest possible blue flame. Cover with an upside down frying pan or aluminum plate.

If your stove produces only a wide spreading flame, nestle the ring mold inside another of the same size to distribute the heat more evenly. If wind keeps blowing the flame to the side, rotate the stove often.

Baking time depends on elevation but averages 80 percent of the baking time for a package mix. Longer if you remove the cover often to check progress.

See also: Cherry S’mores Recipe

Camp Cooking

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Camper Meal Planning

For the camper meal planning, know that a lightweight camp stove is faster, cleaner and easier to cook with than a fire. It also causes less wear and tear on the landscape. If you do use a fire, spread the coals out for low, easily controlled heat.

You can devise cooking pots from 1, 2 and 3 pound coffee cans that nest inside each other. Pack pliers to lift the hot cans.

Supermarkets sell many freeze dried foods at about half the prices charged by camping stores. Combine instant macaroni, noodles, or rice with instant soup mix for a satisfying camp meal. Other standbys, such as powdered fruit drinks, instant potatoes, individual oatmeal packets, spaghetti dinners, and puddings work well too.

Remember that freeze dried meat needs more cooking than other ingredients. Place the meat in cold water (20 percent more than the instructions call for) and bring to a boil; then add spices, if called for. Continue boiling for five minutes before adding other ingredients.

Because water boils at lower temperatures in high elevations (about 1 degree per 500 feet), you must boil foods longer. Experiment with cooking times.

Cooking with a stove inside a tent can cause headache, nausea, dizziness or even death from carbon monoxide. In bad weather set the stove just outside the tent door under the rain-fly overhang while cooking from inside the tent. Some tents are designed with vestibules for this purpose.

Caution: Always refuel a stove outside the tent and away from all open flames. And don’t ever throw used fuel containers in the fire.

Do also check out our Digitized Vintage Camping Recipe e-Book on Etsy!

Food Storage for Camper Meal Planning

  • Remove powdered foods from their original containers and re-package small quantities in double plastic bags. Between the two layers, slip in an identification label and the mixing instructions.
  • Transfer spices from large containers into clean prescription bottles or plastic film canisters. Label the containers and lids.
  • To protect eggs, carry them in a container filled with pancake mix or flour.
  • Snowbanks provide cool storage. Put food in secure containers and bury it deeply.
  • A stream can serve as a refrigerator. Put the food in well anchored waterproof bags.

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Camping Breakfast Recipes

Camping Breakfast Recipes

Camping season is almost upon us! For die-hard campers, it never really ends. Following are some delicious recipes to fuel you up for your busy outdoor camping excursions.

Camping Breakfast Recipes

Delicious & Hearty Camping Breakfast Recipes

Campfire Eggs

On a 3-day camping trips? Save the remainder of the bacon from these camping breakfast recipes for the next day’s breakfast.

Ingredients:
8 slices bacon
1-1/2 cups frozen hash browns
Sweet onion
Salt and pepper to taste
6 eggs or 1-1/2 cup liquid egg substitute
1/3 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar or Colby cheese

Farm Fresh Eggs
Farm Fresh Eggs

Directions

  1. Cook bacon in heavy skillet until crisp. Remove and crumble bacon. Pour off all but 2 tablespoons fat.
  2. Slice as much onion as your family likes very thin. Add to the pan with the potatoes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Return to heat and fry until potatoes are lightly browned.
  4. Beat together eggs, milk, 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Pour over browned potatoes in skillet.
  5. Cook without stirring until mixture begins to set. Using a spatula, lift and fold partially cooked eggs so uncooked egg flows underneath. Continue cooking for about 4 minutes until cooked but not dry.
  6. Arrange crumbled bacon on top, sprinkle with cheese.

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Breakfast Tortilla Wraps

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon butter
Eggs
Milk
Cheddar Cheese or American Cheese
Bacon
Large flour tortillas

Directions

  1. Beat your eggs together with a small amount of milk.
  2. Melt butter in pan or spray with cooking spray, and add eggs.
  3. In another pan fry your bacon in strips and drain.
  4. After the eggs are cooked, add a spoonful or two to each tortillas, some  cheese and a strip or two of bacon.
  5. Roll up the tortillas and eat!

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Sausage on a Stick

Ingredients:
1 12-ounce package fully cooked smoked sausage links
1 package refrigerated bread sticks

Directions

Spear sausage on stick or hotdog fork. Coil one bread stick dough around each sausage link, pinching ends. Rotate slowly until bread is browned.

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Pineapple or Apple Pancakes

Ingredients:
8 slices canned pineapple
2 large apples
Complete pancake mix (using water)
Syrup

Directions

  1. Mix up your batch of pancake mix according to the directions and prepare as usual.
  2. Place one slice pineapple slice OR sliced apples on pan or griddle.
  3. Pour 1/4 cup batter over slice. Cook on the first side until it starts to bubble on top, then flip and brown the other side.
  4. Serve with syrup or sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture. This is especially good when using apples.

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Camping Breakfast Recipes
Camping Breakfast Recipes

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May all your camping days be filled with sunshine!
May all your camping days be filled with sunshine!