Campfire Cooking

CAMPFIRE COOKING TIPS: HOW TO MAKE BETTER TASTING MEALS

Camping entails living the simple life. However, there’s one aspect of the experience that campers still struggle with — campfire cooking. The absence of modern cooking appliances seemingly makes the task of creating meals much more complicated. Don’t lose hope, though. It’s very possible to cook delicious and tasty meals without exerting too much effort. Here are some tips on how to make better-tasting meals while camping.

PLAN YOUR MENU AHEAD OF TIME

It’s important to plan your camping menu ahead of time. Once you’ve decided on the meals you want to prepare, you’ll have enough time to research recipes, purchase all the ingredients and familiarise yourself with prep and cooking times. If you’re organised, you’ll also be more methodical and level-headed when it comes to the cooking process. There will be less stress when it’s finally time to do some campfire cooking.

DO MEAL PREP AT HOME

Do as much meal preparation as you can while at home. You can slice ingredients, pre-mix batter and marinate meat, among other techniques. Since you still have access to all your cooking tools, appliances and pantry, you can ensure that your meals will be tasty and flavourful. When it’s time for campfire cooking, all you need to do is place your steak or chicken over the grill or pour your mixture into a pan and let it cook.

SIMPLE COOKING METHODS

You don’t have to use complex cooking methods to create delicious camping meals. When it comes to campfire cooking, it’s better to stick to simple cooking methods or techniques you’ve personally mastered. Since you’re unable to cook in the comfort of your own kitchen, you’ll be able to create better-tasting meals with simpler methods.

PROPER COOKING GEAR AND TOOLS

Though it’s best to pack light, make sure you have cooking gear and tools suitable for campfire cooking. This includes skewers, roasting sticks, knives, a skillet, Dutch oven, grill grate and cooking board. You also need heat-resistant gloves. It’ll be hard to cook delicious camping meals if you’ve been injured or burnt.

HEAVY-DUTY ALUMINUM FOIL

Apart from the usual cooking tools, heavy-duty aluminium foil is one of the most versatile tools for campfire cooking. It allows you to cook different kinds of meals—from something simple as hot dogs and burgers to casseroles and paella.

BUILD THE RIGHT FIRE

Of course, for great campfire cooking, you’ll need to build a safe fire. Usually, campsites have a designated fire pit. If there isn’t one, you need to find a good location — one without dirt, grass, debris and low-hanging branches. You should also have enough firewood and avoid cooking when there’s a strong wind. These may sound like common sense, but there are people who give it a shot, only to end up resolving a fire emergency instead of cooking a delicious meal.

Nothing beats a home-cooked meal. It’s easy to prepare delicious meals if you have modern appliances, cooking tools, refrigeration and a wide variety of ingredients. However, campfire cooking doesn’t have to be a miserable experience. You don’t have to settle for bland and uninspired meals. With these tips, you’ll be able to improve campfire cooking skills and create better-tasting dishes.

If a campfire is too much trouble, try a portable cooking stove for convenience.

 


 

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John Steele
johnsteele@dinga.com.au

John loves cooking at home and outdoors, travelling, fishing and discovering a new life. He's got loads of experience he wants to share while he adventures through retirement.