People tend to groan over camp food, as they’re used to having the usual canned goods, s’mores, or load up on chips and junk! However, there are so many things you can do to make the most out of our camp food, putting a twist to it that will make it more delicious and enticing.
But what are the camping recipes out there you can try with the usual things you’ve packed? Read on as I show you five awesome food hacks you can do during your camp!
Wondering where to start when you want to have amazing and delicious camping dishes? Here are five helpful tips to follow:
- Remember to Organize, Pack, and Measure Correctly
This is a crucial step to follow because the food preparation doesn’t start in the campsite itself, but even before you leave the house!
So make sure that you list down everything you’d like to cook and prepare when setting up camp, from your snacks to main meals. Get and pack the right amount of ingredients you need per meal, measuring carefully and packing them in secure ziplock or freezer bags. Pack in heavy-duty aluminum foil, your needed cookware (pots), as well as silverware and things you need for cleanups right after.
You don’t need to pack all the fresh meats and veggies! Having something quick like canned goods can help make food preparation fast and can be used for survival.
- Take Some Snacks and Bedtime Treats
You should also pack in treats, especially when you have kids who are always running around. They can get hungry throughout the most random times and might want to munch on something before heading to bed. Plus, it helps them keep their energy going, which is needed with the many activities lined up for the day.
So make sure that you have some nice treats not just for the kids, but the adults, too. This is where packed chips, some beers, or hot chocolate and nuts will be great as you and your loved ones talk and enjoy the entire day (or night). Pack it in reusable bags instead of bringing the packages to avoid making a mess.
- Go Healthy, Too!
You shouldn’t only bulk up on meats and canned goods. It’s also important to have some vegetables for your meals as well, which keeps everyone healthy and all your dishes fun and colorful while still staying delicious. I make sure to balance our diets and meals with a helping of vegetables or adding them to my meat-based dishes.
From mixing chopped vegetables with rice and omelets down to grilling vegetables with barbecued meats, the options are endless! Plus, it’s possible to pack in fruits and vegetables, provided that it’s chopped and packed safely and in a chiller before using it to maintain its freshness.
- One-Pot Meals and Barbecues Are Your Best Friend
We all know how tedious of a task it is to cook, which is why many people tend to go for canned goods and instant meals. But to make it even healthier and with fewer preservatives, you can cook with ease using pots and grills, which will save you a lot of trouble packing in a billion cookware’s and washing a ton of dishes afterward.
With a ton of one-pot recipes and the campfire for you to grill your meats over foil or grill plates, you’ll save a ton of time and effort having to pack and prepare your food now.
- Prepare Pre-Cooked Meals To Save Time
Last but not least, consider preparing all (or most) of your dishes before you leave for camping. This will help save you a ton of time and effort, plus you won’t need to pack so much cookware anymore. This is best for those who have a ton of activities lined up and won’t have time to cook.
As long as you pack all your prepared dishes properly and have the means to heat them up (wrapping them in foil or packing a pan for it), then you won’t have a problem having a hearty meal that doesn’t involve opening up a can!
Wrapping It Up
There’s no need to spend so much time and money just to get a delicious meal while in the campsite! With your regular ingredients and the unique twists, you’ll be able to have a ton of fun cooking and digging in while enjoying the scenery with your loved ones.
Hopefully, these tips on how to get the most out of camping food gave you an idea of what you can try doing with your family and friends. So don’t wait any longer and look into trying any of these tips now!
If you have any questions or want to share your tips and experiences when cooking, then comment below. Your thoughts are much appreciated!