Camping Cooking Tips

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When considering cooking on a camping trip, it's important to remember that block ice is better than ice cubes, and that cooking over an open fire is best achieved through hot coals and not open flames. Learn about tinfoil as a great cooking tool on camping trips with help from a recreational kayaking instructor and outdoor adventurer in this free video on campfire cooking.

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Terms of camp cooking, you made a decision to go out and spend sometime in the woods. Great decision. Happy campers have happy stomachs. So spending a lot of time to plan how you're going to cook, whether you're going to cook on an open fire, whether you're going to get a camp stove or something like that. Are you bringing a cooler? If so, what's in that cooler? Block ice is going to last longer than cube does. Do you have beverages that you want to keep cool? One of the things that you want to do on a camping trip is keep your beverages in one cooler and your food in another cooler because you'll be opening the beverage cooler more often. Lots of little tricks like when if you're cooking on an open fire. Put some liquid soap on the outside of your pot, makes it easier to clean to get it off. Make sure that you don't get any of that soap inside because we don't want to clean new up. Now, there's a lot of different tools that you can buy to help you with your cooking. Okay? Handy dandy little toaster things kids love this. Lots of fun, too. Cast iron, big pots, long handled spatulas, good cook mitts if you're cooking on an open fire, that way you can move around, touch some of these hot hot objects without burning yourself. So a lot of planning. Now, when it comes to cooking on a open fire, flame is the thing that you don't want to cook on. You want to allow time for the fire to burn down and get down to coals so it's a nice, even temperature. The closer to the coals the more direct over them, the hotter your fire is going to be. So you can control where or how fast something is going to cook. Tinfoil is a great campfire tool. I've done whole meals where you can just wrap the whole meal up in tinfoil and put it down inside in the bed of coals. Whole chickens, potatoes, carrots, all kinds of great feasts can be just put inside tinfoil and just left there to cook. Kind of like a crock pot almost. So tinfoils is a great consideration. Now, just because you're in the woods doesn't mean that your food should be bland. One of the things I love is this cheap, little Indian heat meat kind of meals. Two box for about 600 worth, 600 calories of great stuff. Very easily eat, inexpensive, easy to prepare, no big messes. So spend some time in your supermarket looking for things that you like that might be easy to cook. Now again, because you're out in the woods doesn't mean that things need to be bland. Bring a spice kit along with you, salt, peppers, the hot and spicy kinds of things. Spice it up a little bit. Don't forget the magic dust, okay? If it's a seasoning that you like at home, it's going to be even better on an open fire. And of course don't forget the snack food, okay? Lots of great snacks. Happy times are made around the campfire by happy stomachs. So put some work into shopping and it's fun. It's a great time, oh, look at that, almost, almost perfect. Lot of times you can feed your troops quickly, efficiently which is a little bit of work. You'll be surprised how involved people want to get when they're looking at, you know, the preparation of the meal. So happy trails, safe eating.

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