Camping and RV Articles > Camping and Outdoor Cooking Tips

Camping and Outdoor Cooking Tips


The Camping Source Cooking Tips

Creating campsite meals and treats is fun for the whole family.

There are as many ways to enjoy food and fun in the great outdoors as there are wonderful things to do and see. The Camping Source shares pre-trip ideas, cooking methods, and handy tips to make your The Camping Source campsite cooking an open-air taste sensation.

  • Measure dry goods for each meal, pack in zip-loc bags, and label.
  • Chop vegetables (onions, peppers, carrots, etc.) and pack in zip-locs.
  • Prepare snacks (veggie sticks, trail mix, energy bars, etc.) and pack in zip-locs.
  • Resealable boxes of broth (beef, chicken) store well and come in very handy.
  • Pre-cook noodles, rice, etc. for quick reheating at the campsite.
  • Block ice lasts longer in your cooler than cubes.

Here’s a handy checklist of The Camping Source supplies to make sure you don’t forget a thing.

___ heavy duty aluminum foil
___ zip-loc freezer bags in several sizes
___ disposable plates/bowls/hot-cold cups/flatware
___ coffee/cocoa/tea cups
___ salt/pepper/sugar/dry spices
___ powdered milk/can of evaporated milk
___ coffee/filters/cocoa mix/tea bags
___ paper towels
___ trash bags
___ can/bottle opener/corkscrew
___ plastic flexible cutting board
___ metal cooking utensils – tongs/spatula/grill forks/serving spoons/hot dog-marshmallow sticks/knife
___ metal measuring cups/spoons
___ serving bowl(s)
___ plastic tablecloth/table cloth clips or weights
___ leftover food storage containers
___ pot-pan with lid/skillet
___ foil cooking tins
___ non stick cooking spray or spray bottle filled with oil
___ oven mitts/pot holders
___ dish pan/bio-degradable dish soap/dish towels/sponge-scrubby
___ strike anywhere matches
___ butane stick lighter
___ firestarters
And don’t forget the:
___ BBQ grill/smoker
___ propane/charcoal
___ firewood (in case none is available)
___ grill top for campfire ring
___ dutch oven
___ crockpot (use only if camping in a “wild animal safe” area)
___ propane stove


Now You’re Cooking

You’re prepared and ready to cook!! There are several methods of campsite cooking to choose from – try one or try several. The Camping Source recipe page offers great ideas using these methods. Some camper favorites include:

  • Barbequing/Grilling – the possibilities are endless. Burgers and dogs, chicken, ribs, steaks, fish, veggies, fruit – even pizza!!

    Camping Recipes
    Did you know…to barbecue those burgers evenly all the way through, poke a pinky size hole in the center of each burger. The hole will close as the burger cooks and everyone will enjoy a perfect patty!!
  • Foil pouches are neat treats and time savers, too. They are the perfect method or cooking with a campfire. On a large piece of heavy duty foil place your seasoned meat, veggie pieces (sliced, julienned, etc.), diced potatoes, and a pat of butter or oil. Add an ice cube or two, fold and seal all edges tightly, and place on the grill. The pouch contents retain their moisture and flavor. Serve pouch on plate and watch their eyes light up.
  • Dutch Oven – a dutch oven is a deep cast iron or aluminum pot with a tight fitting lid that doesn’t allow steam to escape – thus delivering a moist and flavorful dish.
  • Crockpots offer set and forget, one pot style GoCamping campsite cooking. Simply assemble your recipe ingredients in the crockpot in the morning and go enjoy the day. When you return home you’ll be greeted by mouthwatering smells and a ready to go supper.

    Before using the crockpot method outdoors, be sure to check with your camp hosts about hungry wild animals in the area. If it’s bear or other critter country crockpotting is not for this trip!!
  • Feeling adventurous?? Try an old scouting standby – the box oven. It’s said to work well and turns mealtime into an educational science project.


Tips and Tricks

So now you’re an expert. Take along these general Camping Source tips:

  • Clean your grill by rubbing it with a fist size ball of aluminum foil.
  • All items in your cooler should be contained in watertight zip-loc bags.
  • Cover cooking pots – the contents will heat quicker and the lids will keep foreign objects out.
  • Use frozen slices of bread when preparing a “brown bag” lunch – when you’re ready to eat, the bread is defrosted and fresh.
  • Clean out your fridge or cooler by making omelets the last morning of your trip using all leftover meats and veggies.
  • Keep marshmallows from sticking together by adding some powdered sugar to the bag.
  • Swap Hershey’s chocolate with Peppermint Patties for a refreshing twist on the s’more.
  • Remember to leave the campsite and fire ring as clean or cleaner than when you arrived.


CommentsComments DiggDigg BookmarkBookmark StumbleUponStumble
© 2017 The Camping Source.com. All Rights Reserved.