Maybe you haven’t been camping before, or you’ve always gone with friends who have done the cooking for you, or you’ve been allergic to camping stoves until now. Don’t get me wrong, Mac and Cheese is a staple, but we’re here to give you a few creative ideas on how to bring your inner gourmet chef to the campsite.
If you have never used a camping stove before, make sure your practice before you head on your adventure. There is nothing worse than setting up camp, hungry after a day of hiking and exploring, and not being able to light your only way to cook food. Head into your backyard, read the instructions on your stove or watch tutorial videos, and make a practice meal so you feel confident in your ability to feed yourself and your friends once you get away from civilization.
Preparation is the biggest ingredient in cooking while camping. First start off by researching meals you may want to cook, either by Google or getting an app for your phone. You’ll have to bring all of your ingredients, so often times cooking with less ingredients is key.
Whether car camping or backpacking, make sure all food is stored properly. Check restrictions in your chosen area to see if you need storage units like bear bags or bear canisters, and continually check that you are picking up all garbage. Not just for your safety, but for the safety of the ecosystem around you, from flora to fauna. P.S. Bears can rip off doors of cars, keep that in mind. Listen to restrictions and warnings, they are there for a reason.
Some of our favorite camping recipe apps:
1. Trail Chef App [$2.99]
All recipes are available offline and can meal plan by day, physical activity, or caloric intake needs
2. Camping Recipes App [$1.99]
Offers recipes based on primary ingredient, course, and method of preparation
Our Favorite Recipes
1. BBQ Chicken Foil Packs
Very few ingredients and easy cleanup are the key to a relaxing night around a campfire. These Chicken Foil Packs are the best of both worlds, plus they can be pre-made at your house so all you have to do is light your stove or fire and go. Recipe courtesy of pillsbury.com.
- 4 boneless skinless chicken brests cut in 1-inch pieces
- 2 cups barbecue sauce
- 2 cups drained pineapple tidbits
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1 small red onion, diced
Cut 4 large sheets of foil; arrange singly on a flat surface. In a medium bowl, toss together 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut in 1-inch pieces, and 2 cups barbecue sauce until chicken is fully coated. Divide chicken pieces evenly among sheets of foil. Divide 2 cups drained pineapple tidbits, 1 bell pepper, diced, and 1 small red onion, diced, evenly over chicken on foil sheets. Bring up 2 sides of foil over chicken so edges meet. Seal edges, making tight 1/2-inch fold; fold again, allowing space on sides for heat circulation and expansion. Fold other sides to seal.
After you get your fire or stove going, bake 40 minutes or until juice of chicken is clear when center of thickest part is cut (at least 165°F). To grill, place foil packs on preheated grill. Cook 10 minutes. Turn packs over; cook 10 to 15 minutes longer or until juice of chicken is clear when center of thickest part is cut (at least 165°F).
2. Giant Oreo Skillet Cookie
Two ingredients, one skillet. We aren’t sure what’s harder, not eating the entire thing or getting melted chocolate off of your skillet. Recipe courtesy of thekitchenmagpie.com.
- Tube of Cookie dough
- Bag of Oreo’s
Take your Pillsbury cookie dough of choice and press into the bottom of the cast iron skillet. Chop or break up as many Oreo’s as you can fit onto the top of the dough. Press the Oreo’s into the cookie dough slightly. Bake for about 17 -20 minutes, watching carefully to see when the cookie finally reaches a beautiful golden brown. Cool and serve.
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