Cooking while camping isn't always as easy as it looks, especially if you don't have an expensive RV with a full kitchen. For most, camping out of a pop-up or a tent can make cooking a little stressful and requires some extra work. See below for some tips and tricks to help you make cooking a breeze.
When cooking outdoors, you can cook on the open fire pit over some fire wood, or you can bring a tri-pod to help keep your food up and over the top of the fire. This will help prevent burned food and ensure your food is cooked thoroughly all the way through. You can also invest in a small travel grill. You can find small grills that use a mini propane tank to heat and cook your food. This is perfect if you are camping with only a couple of people. A larger surface grill may be better for you if you are camping with more than 4 people.
Create a Kitchen
Just because you don't have that RV with the full kitchen doesn't mean you can't create one with the space you have. Use a picnic table that you can use just for cooking and food prep. Line the table with a plastic tablecloth and add a pop-up shelter to cover it (optional) to help protect the food from bugs.
If you don't have an extra picnic table around to use, look to invest in a pop-up camp kitchen that has a folding table, an area to hold your cooking utensils and plates, as well as enough surface space to cook and prep food. Look at your local camp store for a pop-up kitchen or at least a folding table you can take with you on your next camp trip.
Bring Take & Toss Supplies
When camping, you don't want to lug around a ton of supplies, but some are essentials. Cook with aluminum pans whenever possible so you can just toss them when you're done with them. Cleaning dishes out of a spigot in the middle of the campground is not exactly ideal, so the less dishes you have to deal with, the better. Also bring along plastic forks, knives, spoons, cups and paper plates. For cooking, you'll want to use good metal utensils and bring at least one sharp knife to cut through meat (or any other tough foods).
- Aluminum foil
- Plastic zipper bags (lunch, quart and gallon size)
- Paper towels
- Cleaning supplies
- Heat resistant gloves
Cooking while camping may not always be easy, but you'll get it done and find what works best for you and your family. Try not to stress too much, your camping meal doesn't have to be gourmet. To learn more about what to bring, talk to suppliers when you buy camping cooking supplies.