The Do’s and Don’ts of Camping Cooking

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Camping should be all about enjoying the outdoors, resting in the simple life, surrounded by nature and relieving from all that everyday stress. There are many reasons why you should go camping. For example, a good-old fashioned camping trip affects your overall mental and physical health. This fantastic activity provides with hours of enjoyment and a great opportunity to connect with your loved ones, as well as with nature. But, many campers often make rudimentary mistakes which actually can ruin the whole trip. If you are considering going on a camping trip, there are some do’s and don’ts, like knowing which camping cooking equipment you should bring with you, how to prepare your food, etc.

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Besides the good quality, waterproof tent, the proper lighting and the first aid kid, it is crucial you have the proper camping cooking equipment with you. Believe me, you don’t want to find out that your cooker doesn’t work when you’re six hours drive away from any means of sorting out the problem. This is why you need to test your cooking gear by putting it through its paces, especially if it’s new. Do keep the equipment simple. Since food and drink are obviously one of the most important parts of camping, I suggest you don’t carry too much camping cooking equipment. Do bring utensils, like a couple of wooden spoons, a heatproof spatula, tongs and cutlery wrapped in tea towels. You can store these utensils in a large plastic container with a lid.

Save Space

To prepare the food you’re bringing with you, do bring matches or a lighter to start fires and newspapers that you can use as fire starters. Sometimes, it’s wet to start a campfire, so we advise you to bring a camping stove with you. Do carry a chef’s knife (which needs to be in a knife carrier or wrapped in a towel), small paring knife, vegetable peeler, cutting board, lots of aluminum foil, paper towels, a set of prep bowls, plates, and mugs. Okay, so you have your food and your eating plates, but what to bring for the cooking part? Don’t take anything big that will only occupy a lot of space in your backpack. Do bring a multipurpose pan, lidded small pans for boiling water, a small skillet for frying, and metal skewers if you want to cook some sausages and marshmallows.

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Bring a Small Cooler

There is no refrigeration while camping, so the smart thing to do is bring a cool box. Don’t pack your food in your backpack, pack it in a small cooler that can fit in your car easily. Everyone adores the pleasure of outdoor cooking but don’t let it go to your head. You have to take the proper camping cooking equipment with you and plan out your daily meals before you go.

Camping is an idyllic way to connect with nature, but remember that with it comes to a great responsibility and the fact that you have to bring everything you’re eating and drinking and the right tools and equipment to prepare and serve it.

 

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