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QUICK GUIDE TO ELEVATING YOUR CAMPING CUISINE

There is nothing like the appetite you get from a day in the outdoors, fishing or kayak fishing. You don’t have to settle for simple meals because preparation, cooking and cleaning gets too complicated. This Quick Guide is all about raising the bar on the way you go about cooking and eating in the outback. Make your life easier, enjoy better food and have a fuller stomach of food you really enjoy when you are out there.

BETTER CAMP MENU PLANNING

Use whatever shelf stable items you can to save on cooler space. Canned food is one of the biggest secrets of the best camp chefs.

Change up recipes you use at home to make them one-pot friendly. There is a whole lot less to clean up afterwards and cooking is simplified.

Look for recipes that have been designed around campfire cooking. Campfire recipes are adapted for cooking in the outback.

Use ingredients that can be used for different meals. If you look closely at restaurants and fast food restaurants, in particular, they are all very good at doing this. You get more variety while having less to prepare.

Related: Really Really Cheap Camping Meals for Everyone on a Budget

USE THE RIGHT CAMPING COOKWARE

Camping cookware is designed to last and take the rough and tumble of the great outdoors. These days there is so much to choose from. From highly durable plastic glassware through to melamine dinner sets that are designed to last a lifetime.

Multi-tools are as complicated as they sound. The best camp cooking utensils are simple but have a variety of uses.

Leave the non-stick frying pans at home. Those types of frying pans can release toxic chemicals when used on a campfire. The best frying pans are made of cast iron. Learn how to love and care for cast iron because it will last for generations.

Portable camping kitchens, especially those with windbreakers totally rock. Campfires are great for sitting around and staying warm but cooking on a portable stove is easy, clean and much more enjoyable.

PREPARE YOUR CAMPING MENU

The idea of cooking might seem good until you are spending more time cooking than you are eating. And then you have to clean up too. The best camp menus are prepared at home. Preparing food at home also means you get to use your kitchen and don’t need as much kitchen when you are out enjoying yourself. Learn to cook when you are camping.

Break down your cooking style into servings. That way you can manage servings and not meals. When you start to think about servings you will find you are more economical with your food and you won’t be wasting food. Wasting food is a really bad thing.

Keep notes during each trip because mental notes are easily lost. Learn from your experience and improve on what you learn by auditing your process.

BLOCK ICE FOR LONGER LASTING ICE

Block ice melts way slower than ice cubes. One block of ice can last several days in a decent cooler. That’s actually another point. Invest in a great quality camping cooler or esky because they will last for years and keep your food and drinks cooler for longer.

MAKE DOING THE DISHES EASY

No one likes doing the dishes at home. Who wants to do the dishes when you are getting away from it all? No one. Make doing the dishes easy by putting everything in one storage bin. If you have detergent (eco-friendly please) and a bit of warm water (solar powered hot water bag will sort that) and swish the storage bin around for a campsite dishwashing machine.

 


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Bill Matthews
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Bill is as green friendly as they come. He's travelled the world, loves kayak fishing and camping.