4 Simple Tips for Campsite Cooking

A crackling fire, food on the grate and the smoky smell of grilled grub. Campsite cooking doesn't have to be difficult; in fact, it can be easy and tasty. From preparation to the right tools, take these tips with you for your next camping trip.

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Tip #1: Prepare

If I know I have an upcoming camping trip, I buy specialty cuts of meat, then marinate and freeze them. When it's time to cook them, I drop the whole bag into a pot of boiling water and let it cook for about 20 minutes until the meat is tender, flavorful and moist. Freezing your meals also cuts down on ice needed in your coolers, plus the meals stack nicely.

Submitted By: Craig Phinney

I freeze water in large plastic jugs and use them as large ice blocks when I pack my cooler. The ice keeps the food cold and once it thaws, I use the water to clean the campsite or wash my hands.

Submitted By: Deborah Richards

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Tip #2: Improve Your Campsite Cooking Methods

The cooking possibilities with a 12-inch, cast iron dutch oven is endless. You can prepare main courses, side dishes and the greatest desserts. When everyone else is eating hot dogs, we are enjoying lasagna, chicken parmesan, pork roasts and yummy desserts. Cleaning up is just a wipe out of the pan.

Submitted By: D. Capron

One of our favorite evening meals when we go camping is steak, baked potatoes and vegetables. To cook things faster, I always pre-cook the potatoes at home in the microwave. I then wrap them in heavy duty foil, put them in a sandwich bag and then in the cooler. I simply reheat them on the grill or on the coals with the steak.

Submitted By: Joni Hally

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