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post #1 of 11
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Hi all,

 

My planning for the camping season includes vaccum sealing up individual portions of crown roast of pork and touchire stuffing from our Christmas dinner left overs.  Come spring or early summer we can drop them into a pot of boiling water (bag and all) and have crown roast out in the middle of nowhere.  how cool is that?

 

Do you do anything like that for your fun camping meals?  I would like to hear what you do to get some more ideas for our trips.

post #2 of 11

Wow. No, I don't think I have room in my freezer for doing things like that. My husband's sister-in-law is very organized with her camping meals, the one time I camped with her, she had some yummy stuff that she obviously worked on at home before freezing and taking. She and my husband's brother do a lot more camping than we do. I have, on some occasions where we were staying where I could cook my own meals, brought food from home to do so. Some of those times though, my husband has either decided he didn't like what I planned to cook that night, or was so hungry he didn't want to wait that long. Last time it happened he ended up discovering my favorite pizza restaurant from my childhood is his new all-time favorite pizza restaurant, so can't complain.

 

post #3 of 11

Depends on the kind of camping we'll be doing.

 

If it's a base camp, where we won't be moving, then we often pre-make meals and store them in boiling bags. Makes meals a lot easier after a long day of outdoor activities. We freeze the meals, and they contribute to keeping the coolers cold. The pre-made meals are interspersed with actual cooking on site.

 

When camping as part of an historical reenactment we cook everything from scratch, using period methods and recipes. Under those conditions, of course, cooking is an activity of its own.

They have taken the oath of the brother in blood, in leavened bread and salt. Rudyard Kipling
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post #4 of 11

If we are car camping, then anything you can bring and keep cool is fair game.  I do a "guys' camping weekend" with college and law school friends in late April every year, and over the 30+ years we've been doing this, I notice that we do drink a bit less and the food has gotten a lot better.  Started out with brats and burgers.  No we have grilled lamb tacos, creme brulee (we brought a torch), thai shrimp curry, seared ahi poke, etc.  There's no power or running water (or any facilities of any kind for that matter), but we have it down at this point.  If we are going canoe camping or back packing, then the first day meal may be something frozen, but after that it is all freeze dried stuff, rice, noodles, etc.  No point in carrying any more than you have to over the portages.  You want to do them in one carry if you can, so we travel really light.

post #5 of 11
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Yes, when we go camping we always have a "base camp" of sorts and there is never power or running water (unless you count the stream nearby LOL)  Isn't if fun to be able to brag up all the great meals you can make in the middle of nowhere with little or nothing though.  :) 

 

 

post #6 of 11

I don't make much in advance as I quite like cooking over a wood fire (or bbq or camping gaz bottle).

It's dark here by 18:00, so plenty time for cooking and eating!

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post #7 of 11

On the last day of a camp, I've made boiled omelets in a zip-locking bag. Don't use the bags with the actual sliding zippers though. They're not water tight.

 

Crack the eggs into the bag, season, add any fillings and mix.  Squeeze out as much air and seal. You can also mix by squeezing from outside the bag, but it's not as efficient. Drop in the pot of boiling water and cook.  Eat it right out of the bag with easy clean up.

 

It's a little slow to cook, but that gives me some time to break down camp some and I have a pot of clean hot water for cleaning up and degreasing  my stove before packing it all in the truck.

 

My precooking tends to run to soups and perhaps a long cooking sauce like a ragu.

 

 

post #8 of 11

Usually, when I go camping, I keep it simple.  I usually take a cast iron skillet and a camp toaster, and make eggs sometimes fried, and sometimes scrambled or omelettes), bacon and toaster for breakfast.  For lunch, we usually roast hot dogs.  For dinner, I typically will put together a spit and roaster a beef pot roast, or maybe a chicken over the fire, and wrap some potatoes in foil and cook them in the coals.  When I am camping somewhere with a lake, I sometimes catch fish and cook them too. 
 

post #9 of 11
Good tips, thanks

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post #10 of 11

I plan meals for camping...but they always seem to revolve around bbq'ed meat!  I think I'm gonna try some new ideas this season.

 

Any faves?  All suggestions are welcome.  Thanks!

post #11 of 11

Try making some popcorn. Great fun if there are kids involved. Just put a good glug of oil into a pan and throw in 2 kernels. Put the lid on, and put over a good hot fire. Something like Oak is good for fire cooking. When you hear them popping, you can throw in the rest of the kernels. Make sure you only put in a few inches. Put your lid back on and shake the pan every few minutes. You will start to hear them popping and once they are done, lid off and begin eating!

Once they have all popped, you can add in some salt, or, my favourite, a bit of butter and some sugar, put the lid on and shake for a minute or so. The butter and sugar will melt to the popcorn and there you have it...fudge popcorn! Better than any cinema can offer!

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