Camp Like A Champ!
With limited cooler space, eating like a champion while you get your camp-on presents its fair share of challenges. Keeping uncooked foods at a safe temperature is just as important as hitting the right nutritional targets to fuel all that fun in the sun! To keep your outdoor food fare at safe temperatures, load up your cooler wisely!
More cooler tips:
- Saran wrap or place Tupperware containers in zip-locked bags to prevent melting ice from leaking in
- Freeze water bottles, wrap in aluminum foil and layer them at the bottom of your cooler. (Not only are you chilling the cooler, when it melts you have extra water!)
- Know where the nearest location to restock ice is
- Invest in an Extreme Cooler for extended trips / trips where there will be nowhere to restock ice
- Keep your cooler out of the sun (and insulated, if possible.)
- Less Is More! Pack more snacks that don’t need to be refrigerated or are pre-cooked for maximum food safety
Cooking In The Great Outdoors
If you’re not lucky enough to have a grill at your campsite or have your own double burner, you can still eat great over a campfire! A couple tools of the trade for cooking over a campfire:
- Cast iron skillet with oven mitt
- Deep aluminum pans
- Oven-safe cookware from home (pots, pans, muffin tins, etc.)
Fuel up for a day full of fun with one of these quick recipes done over a small fire.
Maybe it’s just us, but we love a protein-packed breakfast! All you need for this tasty campfire recipe is an egg muffin tin (could be reusable or disposable), a non-stick spray/oil/butter, a pre-cooked deli meat like ham (pictured), turkey or other, and your eggs! We wouldn’t be opposed to melting some cheese on top too after your eggs cook through. 👍 Pair with some jarred salsa or hot sauce.
Talk about eating great in the outdoors! We absolutely love the ingenuity in this recipe for french toast over the fire. For simplicity’s sake, we suggest mixing your eggs, milk, vanilla and cinnamon together before you pack for your trip. You can also pre-wrap and cut your loaf of bread. That way when it’s time to get cooking this recipe is as easy as stuffing the slices of bread, pouring on your mixture and letting it ride on the fire until fully cooked. It’s not a quick recipe, but it is served with sugar, syrup and sliced strawberries – so we’re pretty sure it’s worth it!
We really do love anything on a stick, and these cinnamon roll-ups are the perfect example. Simply wrap pre-made dough around your skewers, dunk it in the cinnamon sugar and gather round the fire to cook. Hit it with that icing at the end for a breakfast (or dessert!) of champions!
Enlisting the same skewer + fire technique, you can also cook sausages, bacon, kabobs and more!
We’re not big on a midday fire, so for these recipes all you have to do is pop into the cooler and get your lunch on so you can get back to the fun A.S.A.P.!
There’s practically nothing more convenient and delicious than a well-stuffed sandwich wrap. Not only are the possibilities endless if you have a cooler (think cold cuts, cutlets, veggie sticks and hummus, etcetera), but there are other combos you can utilize in your wraps that don’t require perfect refrigeration! Nut butter and fresh fruit with fun ingredients like granola, coconut flakes, chia seeds, slivered almonds, fruit preserves or – if you want to have some fun – chocolate chips, sprinkles, marshmallows, crushed crackers/cookies, caramel syrup and more.
Dried meats, cheese, crackers, nuts, seeds, fresh fruit, cut veggies, fruit preserves and more – for a lunch anybody can get behind you’ll just need enough space in the cooler for a few of your favorite cheeses. Not only does a lunch like this provide a wide range of nutritional benefits (protein, healthy fats, carbs and a world of vitamins and nutrients), it also is incredibly fun to graze until satisfied! Most of the ingredients require no refrigeration too – always good when cooler space is limited!
The world of salads is a booming one! Sure, you could go with a classic pre-made choice like cole slaw, chicken, egg, tuna and the like, but with so many super yummy make-ahead choices like broccoli salad, avocado salad, corn salad, asian slaw, cauliflower, noodle and more out there we implore you to explore the possibilities! Not only are these foods great fresh out of the cooler, but smack em’ onto some bread and you’re in business!
Excellent Camping Grab & Go’s:
- Other Non-Refrigerated Goodies
- Muffins and cakes
- Snack food and energy bars
- Dried Fruit
- Nuts & Seeds
- Fresh Fruit
- Fresh Vegetables
- Canned Foods
Celebrate a long day of activities with a hot meal made fresh over the fire!
We love this thorough how-to on making your own portioned and campfire-friendly mac and cheese! Not only is this great for classic M.A.C., but you can use the same method with all types of pastas and other sides! Think penne alla vodka, cheesy potatoes, vegetable medleys and more! If you can stir it (important for ensuring your food cooks evenly), it will work in these and other aluminum pans!
For this fun camp-cooking method, just layer up the ingredients of your choice and let the fire work its magic. Using this method you can make the nachos of your dreams, french bread pizza, and practically anything else you feel like transporting to your campsite. From Philly cheesesteak to salmon and veggies, as long as you have a good wrap with your aluminum foil, the possibilities are endless.
Perhaps the king of all campfire cooking methods is a cast iron pan on the fire. As long as you (and no one else at your camp) grabs for it without an oven mitt, the possibilities are endless, not to mention you miss out on the waste of the aluminum pans and foil. The only downside is cleaning up afterwards, but with most campsites offering a wash sink these days, a cast iron skillet is worth the investment!
Employ any of the foil, kabob or cast iron methods for these tasty treats!
Stuff, heat.. DEVOUR!
Everything you love about s’mores in dip form!
Think a “campfire style” banana split!
Have any favorite camping recipes we should know about? Tag us with #BestMarket, we would love to see!
July 2, 2019