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 for those without experience. Here are some of my tips on how to make better-tasting meals while camping.
PLAN YOUR MENU AHEAD OF TIME
It’s essential 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 preparation and cooking times. You will be more methodical and level-headed when cooking because you are organised. 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 meats at home, for example. This way, you will have access to all your cooking utensils, appliances and pantry. When it’s time for cooking on the campfire, all you need to do is place your prepared meat over the grill or pour your mixture into a pan and let it cook.
SIMPLE COOKING METHODS
You don’t have to use sophisticated 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.
PROPER COOKING GEAR AND TOOLS
Though it’s best to pack light, make sure you have the cooking gear and utensils you need for campfire cooking. You may want to bring skewers, roasting sticks, knives, a skillet, Dutch oven, grill grate and cooking board. A decent BBQ utensil kit should have you sorted.
HEAVY-DUTY ALUMINUM FOIL
Apart from the usual cooking tools, heavy-duty aluminium foil is exceptionally versatile. From something simple as hot dogs and burgers to casseroles and paella, aluminium foil will help you get the job done.
BUILD THE RIGHT FIRE
Of course, for excellent 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 suitable 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 suggestions may sound like common sense, but some people 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. Cooking on a campfire takes a little experience. With these tips, you’ll be able to improve campfire cooking skills and create better-tasting dishes.
If a campfire is too much trouble, you can always take a portable cooking stove with you.
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