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KEEPING YOUR FOOD FRESH WHILE CAMPING

Camping isn’t for everyone. That’s a fact. Some people aren’t just built for camping, but it’s also not as tough as you may think. You probably aren’t going to get eaten by a crocodile or start a forest fire. Chances are, the most trouble you’ll face is making sure the food supply you’ll bring will last the entire trip. This is surely going to be a challenge unless you bring a portable refrigerator (which really defeats the purpose of camping, not to mention very expensive). So, here are a few tips you can follow to make sure that your food remains fresh the whole trip.

PLAN YOUR MEALS ACCORDINGLY

When you plan the meals you’ll be eating on your camping trip, always take into consideration how you’ll accommodate all the food you’ll bring. Can your esky keep all your food cold, including your drinks? These are things you need to consider when you plan your meals.

NEVER USE PARTY ICE

If you think the ice that supermarkets or gasoline stations sell is sufficient to keep your food cold, then you’re dead wrong. Yes, it’s easy to buy, but it melts too quickly. Use ice blocks instead. Only use ‘party ice’ as a last minute option to supplement your ice blocks if ever you need it.

USE ICE PACKS TO COOL YOUR ESKY THE NIGHT BEFORE

Cooling your esky the night before you travel can be a big help. That’s because when you transfer the food from your fridge to the esky, the change in temperature won’t be drastic. So, place ice packs in your esky the night before you travel.

FREEZE YOUR FOOD IN ADVANCE

Frozen cooked food can be kept longer and will also provide additional cooling to your esky. When it’s time to eat, just make sure to reheat the food thoroughly. And, remember to eat any perishable food early in your trip rather than later.

USE JUICE CONTAINERS TO FREEZE WATER

Freezing your water a week in advance in large juice containers will make sure you have cold drinking water during your trip. This is especially useful if you plan to camp more than a couple of days as it takes more than a day to completely defrost the frozen water in your juice container.

KEEP YOUR ESKY OUT OF THE SUN

Well, this one needs no explanation at all. Try placing a blanket or tarp over it when you’re camping during the summer. Also, don’t be too lazy to move the esky out of the sunlight.

TWO ESKIES ARE BETTER THAN ONE

Bringing two eskies is a better option as long as you have the space to accommodate. If you’ve got two eskies, you can use one esky for your food and the other for your drinks. By doing so, it will save you from opening the esky all the time, which as you know, will defrost the ice quicker. This is also very useful if you bring along kids who seem to want to drink all the time.

USE SALT TO MAKE ICE

Salt can help freeze water a lot faster. It’s also a more effective “ice” because it’s colder than regular ice. Add a 1/4 cup of salt into the plastic bottle before filling it up with water. Make sure to label it so that no one will accidentally drink it.

How you prepare and store food when you’re out camping is crucial, especially if you’re staying out in the wilderness for several days. Doing what it takes to prevent food spoilage is a must. Heed these tips to keep your food fresh at all times and avoid bacteria from making you and the family ill.


 

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Kimberly Powell
kimberly.powell@dinga.com.au

Kimberly loves camping, cooking, travelling and animals. She's turned her hand to writing to share her experience.