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Whether you’re backpacking in the wilderness, pitching a tent or revving up the RV, outdoor cooking is a huge source of worry. To ensure things go smoothly, planning is absolutely crucial. In fact, with the right set of tips, tricks, and tools, churning out amazing camping food is actually pretty simple. It’s just important to do your homework beforehand.
Today, we’re breaking down the answers to outdoor chefs’ most burning questions. From camping meals, snacks and special recipes to cookware, prep work and more, we’ve got all the pointers you need to become a Michelin-star camper in no time.
Oh, and don’t forget to pack your Carbon Steel Frying Pan. It’s sure to come in handy!
When packing for your trip, utility and practicality are of utmost importance. Even if you’re hauling a camper, space is limited, so bringing along the entire kitchen is just not possible. Instead, opt for your most versatile cookware.
We recommend bringing a high quality carbon steel pan, preferably in a larger 12” variety. So, why is carbon steel the best for outdoor cooking?
Sometimes you’re limited to the nature of your campsite. If you’re truly vacationing ‘off the grid,’ then you’ll have to build a campfire and cook food over an open flame (Have you read our article on How to Build a Fire While Camping?).
However, if you have the luxury of modern appliances, why not take advantage? Consider bringing along a simple gas burner, induction cooktop or portable stove. These essentials come in a wide range of sizes and are available at a variety of price points
So, which is best—induction, gas or open flame? Let’s weigh the pros and cons.
Despite today’s many options, we still recommend a good old-fashioned campfire. To enjoy the great outdoors is to give up some of life’s conveniences. In this case, the opportunity to ‘unplug’ also imparts that signature smoky flavor associated with outdoor cooking. As always, flavor is king!
When cooking outside, planning is so important. At home, it’s easy to reach for the spice rack or for some fancy cooking utensil. But once you’ve pitched camp, supplies are limited. To execute a solid recipe, there are some vital points to remember:
We’ve already mentioned that prep-work is the most important aspect of camp food. So, what should you bring completely pre-made, and what kinds of dishes require beforehand prepping? The answer is—the more, the better!
The fact is, camping is about enjoying nature, family, friends and good food. Nobody wants to slave over a hot campfire the entire time. So, the more you can accomplish at home, the more time you’ll have to let loose later.
Here are some tips and tricks for make-ahead camping snacks and more.
Camping has never been so culinary! Come back soon for more Made In meal-prep tips.
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