Pack the car and pitch the tent (or take off in your RV!)… But remember your High Quality Kitchen Tools too! Learn all about the products that will make your family outdoor cooking experience a WILD one!
Even if your idea of camping is sitting in your own backyard you’ll find lots of great ideas for outdoor cooking experience, portable take-alongs, and of course a tasty recipe or two as well!
In other words, a bit of Planning before you leave on your trip, can prevent a rotten camping trip! A little preparation makes for a good camping experience.
Your Family Camping Essentials
For a quick meal while camping, brown ground beef, add sloppy Joe sauce, and freeze it in a freezer bag. Throw it in the cooler (it will help keep other food cool too) and then warm it up in a pan over a fire or on a grill. The kids will love the Sloppy Joes.
This can also be done with taco meat; just bring along your shells or tortillas and other desired toppings!
Add a few ice cubes to aluminum foil packet dinners or vegetables to prevent them from burning and keep them moist!
Using a few corn chips as fire-starters is economical and efficient. Simply light them with a match and toss a few on the campfire or barbecue! Works great!
GENERAL CAMPING TIPS
To judge the temperature of a fire, cautiously hold your hand, palm side down, over the fire at cooking height. Count the number of seconds you can hold that position and you will have an indicator of how hot the fire
5 seconds = low
4 seconds = medium
3 seconds = medium-high
2 seconds = high
To clean messy BBQ grills:
Use 1/2 an onion to scrape off grease and burnt on food pieces. You use the 1/2 onion like you would a scouring pad. I didn’t believe it would work myself until I tried it!
To make soot clean easily:
Take plenty of heavy duty aluminum foil on your camping trips. You can make so many things from aluminum foil, including sauce pans, lids, bowls, and even water bowls for your pets!
Use powdered milk for cooking on camping trips, as it is easier to store, lighter to carry and cheaper than regular.
Getting your on-the-road oatmeal is fast if you turn regular oatmeal in a blender before leaving home. Blending makes the oatmeal the same as “instant.”
When getting ready for a camping trip, fill large coffee cans with chili, stew or soup, and freeze. It adds to the coldness of the food in the cooler, plus you can set it at the edge of the campfire to heat, right in the can!
Easy Camping Recipes
APPLE DESSERT PACKETS
12 Large Apples
4 Tbsp Sugar
3/4 Cup Biscuit Mix
3 Tbsp cinnamon (or to taste)
Core and chop 1 apple in fairly large pieces, peeling if desired. Mix 1 tsp. sugar, a few raisins and cinnamon to taste with 1 Tbsp. biscuit mix; stir into chopped apple. Wrap in a piece of greased aluminum foil, leaving
sufficient space for steam. Cook in the embers approximately 30 to 45 minutes (the juice of the apple moistens the dough sufficiently).
Makes 12 packets.
BARBECUED CHICKEN WITH VEGGIES
Heavy duty aluminum foil
6 Chicken Drumsticks (or whatever kind of chicken you prefer)
Peeled and Quartered Potatoes
Green Bell Peppers (sliced)
Your favorite B-B-Q sauce
Tear off a large square of foil — place two pieces of chicken in foil — add a few of each veggie type on top of this — drench in B-B-Q sauce! Wrap up foil very tightly and place in COALS of fire — cook for approximately 55 minutes — carefully take off of coals, unwrap, and enjoy!!
BEEF STEW PACKETS
3 lbs beef, cut in 1-inch chunks
12 bacon slices (about 3/4 lb.)
Place 1/4 lb. of beef, 1 slice of bacon (cut in pieces), slices of onion and quarters of 1 tomato in aluminum foil packet. Cook in embers 30 to 40 minutes.
Makes 12 packets.
BISCUITS & SAUSAGE GRAVY
2 cups flour
2 Tbs sugar
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
3 tbs buttermilk powder
2/3 cp water
You can mix dry ingredients ahead of time, adding wet stuff at the last minute to make slightly sticky dough (mashed up together in a zip lock bag). Flour hands and drop small handful size balls into iron skillet. Cover
with lid or foil and cook 10-15 minutes over hot coals.
1 roll of country sausage (I use Owens)
1/4 cp corn starch (or flour)
Oil or fat
1 can evaporated milk
Water (or use another can of milk instead for a richer version)
Brown sausage in a big iron skillet and scrape it off to one side. Tilt pan a bit so grease collects to one side. Using a fork, stir in corn starch with enough additional oil to keep it creamy. Then quickly add the canned milk & water (enough to make around 2 cups liquid). Add black pepper to taste and remix in sausage. When you eat this you’ll think you’re in Camper’s Heaven!
Have fun camping this summer and don’t forget those high quality kitchen tools!