Campfire Cooking


Staying outdoors means you need to get by without the convenience of your trusted kitchen appliances. It’s a good thing there are numerous brilliant camping food hacks you can use for sumptuous meals in the wild. Here are a few of my tips to get you started.


Eating pancakes after a good night’s rest is always a good idea. To enjoy a delicious flapjack breakfast at camp, the smartest thing to do is premix all the pancake ingredients inside a plastic bag then store it in a cooler. When it’s time to cook, you can snip the corner of the plastic bag to dispense the mix in the griddle on top of the grill, This will ensure you’ll have pancakes in no time.


If you’re the type of person who can’t start the day without a fresh cup of coffee, then this camping food hack is made for you. Enjoy a freshly brewed cup of coffee without bringing a coffee maker to the campsite by filling a large coffee filter with a generous scoop of ground coffee. Then tightly tie it with a thread. Now you already have a tea bag-style of coffee which you can drop inside a cup. Just add hot water and sip your fresh brew.


You can also have fresh muffins for breakfast without bothering to bring a muffin tin and an oven. Just whip up your favourite muffin batter recipe and store it in a plastic bag. The next thing you need is to bring a bag of oranges. You make this meal by cutting the oranges in half and scooping out the flesh. You can mash the flesh in cups for fresh juice with chunks. Pour the muffin batter into prepared orange peel ‘cups’ and bake on a grill on top of the campfire until they are ready. Muffins and orange juice, delicious.


Bringing eggs as to the camping ground is just asking for trouble. There’s a big chance that few of them will break along the way. To avoid this, break open the eggs at home, then whisk them before storing in a plastic water bottle and mix with a little milk and butter. Don’t forget to add a little salt and pepper. When you’re ready to cook, just pour the bottle’s contents into a hot pan for some yummy scrambled eggs.


If you want to veer away with messy marinades for grilling, you can simply put a sprig of fresh herbs like basil, oregano, or rosemary over a bed of hot coals to give an herb-infused smoky taste to your favourite grilled meat.


Dress up your ordinary hotdogs by stuffing it with string cheese and wrapping them with bacon. Then place them inside aluminium foil packets before cooking them over the campfire. Rotate the packets regularly for even cooking. As soon as the cheese is melted and the bacon is crispy, you can start unwrapping the foil and dig in.

The key to easy meals when camping is preparation at home and a little creativity. I hope these ideas help.



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Jennifer will travel with others if she has to. She's all about getting out there without any restrictions. She's sharing here experience OnDECK.