How to Make Breakfast Potatoes Ahead for Camping


A hot breakfast after a night under the stars gets everyone off to a good start, but cooking probably isn't your idea of a good time while camping. Preparing breakfast potatoes in the convenience of your home ahead of time allows your family to enjoy a hearty breakfast before heading out on a hike, while saving precious time in the morning while camping. Try this simple recipe for home fries that are sure appeal to your camping appetite.

Things You'll Need

  • Baking potatoes, one or two per person
  • Fork
  • Knife
  • Food storage bag
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Wash the potatoes the day before camping to remove any dirt or residue on the peels. Prick the skin of the potato with a fork to allow air to escape during baking.

  • Bake the whole potatoes in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 45 to 60 minutes, depending on the size and number of potatoes. Test doneness with a fork. When the potato is soft on the inside, it is finished.

  • Remove the potatoes from the oven and set them aside to cool.

  • Peel and dice the cooled potatoes and place them in a large food storage bag or airtight container. Store them in the refrigerator until you pack your perishable foods for camping.

  • Keep the potatoes in a cooler with ice until it is time to make breakfast at camp.

  • Melt butter or margarine in a pan and add the potatoes. Cook them over the grill or open fire until the potatoes are browned. Season with salt and pepper and serve with bacon and eggs or as a side with pancakes.

Tips & Warnings

  • Potatoes can be stored in the skin and peel and chopped at breakfast time.
  • For best results, bake large potatoes, such as russet.
  • Boiled potatoes can be used for this recipe, but they tend to be softer and may be mushy during the trip. Bake potatoes also add a distinct flavor to the home fries.
  • Diced raw potatoes can be used, but they will discolor if they are cut ahead of time.

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