Camping is fun and quite enjoyable.
There are plenty of easy ways to spruce up one-pot meals without harming your journey too much. If you’re planning on cooking, at least two days in advance, try doing multiple steps ahead of time and just assembling before leaving home. For example, chop all vegetables you plan to use into individual baggies, then just dump them together into boiling water when you go to cook them.
The following list will help make campfire cooking easier:
- Use beer cans as pot stands; they stay longer and can support heavy pots better than rocks.
- Don’t trust food to stay on top of forks. Use chopsticks, wooden skewers, etc.…
- Duct tape is your best friend; use it to secure pots and to avoid spilling water when boiling over the fire pit.
- Keep extra tinfoil around for creating makeshift baking dishes or cooking vessels should the situation require it.
- Avoid cooking with delicate flavors or anything that you’d be sad about burning. I’ve never seen anyone burnt out on chicken after tasting their first one ever, but some things are just bad memories waiting to happen (elderberry sausage stuffing).
- Cooked food generally stays warm longer if wrapped in foil. Wrap individual portions to avoid wasting; if it looks like too much, don’t take any chances and return what you can’t use to the fire pit.
- Pasta: drain and rinse one or two minutes before done, then dump into boiling water when ready to cook over a campfire. This will save time and energy; if you end up having to add more than three additional minutes of cooking time, add some cold water at the beginning, so it doesn’t get soggy.
- Avoid letting uneaten food cool off for too long in your campfire cooking vessel, regardless of how delicious it was when cooked! It’s probably still good but not worth getting sick over! If you’ve got a few extra dollars to spare, try getting a can of powdered stove fuel and a collapsible cooking pot. This is the only way I’ll ever eat instant noodles again. Wash your food thoroughly beforehand, then just dump in some water, dried vegetables, seasonings from those little plastic bags you’re probably not supposed to bring with you anymore into your new cooking vessel and boil for as long as indicated on the packaging!
Good luck, have fun! And remember: if you’re going to fall asleep around campfire flames, it’s best not to do so while holding an open container of anything hot!