Family Cooking By Campfire


If you’re the adventurous type of person, you’ll definitely enjoy spending time in the great outdoors and sleeping under the stars. Yet, it can be a challenge if you have to whip up a meal since you won’t have any access to your favourite kitchen appliances. Still, you can easily master campsite cooking like a pro with a little practice and by following these simple tips. It helps if you can cook in the first place.


The kinds of cookware you can bring with you to the campsite depends on how you’ll get to the campsite. If you’re going to have easy access to your car, then you can bring your cast iron cookware with you.

There are three types of cast iron cookware that are great for camping, including the cast iron pan for frying eggs and meat, the Dutch oven for cooking soups and stews and baking biscuits or cornbread, as well as the pie iron that can be used for simple dishes like grilled sandwiches.

But if you’ll travel without a car and have to put all your stuff in a backpack, you will be very limited to what you can bring. This means you can only bring light cookware made from aluminium or titanium, for example. Rolls of aluminium foil may also be used as improvised cookware.


Almost all campers use the classic campfire when cooking outdoors, but this can be tricky since you can’t control the flames compared to the usual cooking when using a stove. You’d also likely to encounter challenges before you can start a fire.

If your campsite has a wet climate, the chances to build a fire can be slim because of the damp air. On the other hand, those who’ll stay in a national park that has strict rules may stop you from collecting firewood or lighting a fire.

You can also bring a portable stove with you. They are very dependable since they can be used even in wet-weather conditions. There are two types of portable stove. One is the usual two-burner propane type that can be folded like a suitcase. On the other hand, the other kind of portable stove is a single-burner that utilises small canisters. The latter can be easily carried when packed up.


The meals you’ll cook during your camping trip will also depend if you are camping with a car or not. If you have the luxury of driving your own vehicle and parking it near your campsite, then you can bring any ingredients with you want. However, if you’ll opt to be a backpack camper, you might have to limit your options to preserved items since you must pack light.

Campsite cooking like a pro takes a bit of practice, but you can easily manage to make decent meals. It has taken me years of camping to know exactly what I need depending on the trip. Mind you, I am big on backpacking, so I am used to getting by without much.



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Jake Taylor
Jake Taylor

Jake is a global traveller who has recently called Australia his home again. If he's not travelling, he is writing about it and his experience.