There’s nothing like cooking a meal under the stars with your family and friends to keep you company! While taking in all the fresh air and sounds of nature, you can enjoy the warm glow of the fire along with your favorite drink.
In addition to nutrition, it is also important to focus on simplicity when cooking outdoors. This is the reason why so many campers look for easy meals for bonfires. This way, you do not need to spend hours kneading in a hot pot to get a good meal. Just like anything in life, it is important to make sure that you are prepared properly. This means that you should choose your recipes that will help you make a shopping list for food, kitchen equipment and other supplies.
Benefits of cooking outdoors.
Cooking outdoors is beneficial for everyone. When you are camping, preparing your meals over open fire is the most realistic way to cook. Wood is much more accessible than other forms of fuel, and you can set your fire anywhere.
Another advantage for those who travel in motorhomes or motorhomes is that you will not need to be locked in your mobile kitchen just to prepare a breakfast, lunch or dinner. Why sweat in the kitchen when you can let the breeze blow that hot air? Not to mention the fact that your caravan does not smell like food!
For many, the simple fact that they can enjoy nature while cooking is enough to persuade them to cook outdoors at all times. Grilling your food is healthier than frying it and a grilled menu can be very versatile when you open your mind to new possibilities. Last, but certainly not least, your campfire will cost much less than cooking with gas or electricity.
Possible risks or disadvantages
Any kitchen environment presents its fair share of risk. In the same way, each cooking method also has several disadvantages and dangers. When it comes to preparing meals on open fire or hot coals, burns are the most obvious danger. Whether you burn a part of your body or a piece of clothing catches fire, it is always important to get away from the fire, make sure it is not on fire and treat the burns immediately.
Another risk is that of climate. Strong winds and rain can make cooking outdoors unpleasant. If you have a tarp that can be secured away from the ground, you can continue cooking even in the rain. Just make sure it is not so low that it gets hot or burns!
Another possible danger is that the fire gets out of control. This often happens when campers do not follow proper fire safety guidelines or when excessive alcohol consumption occurs and campers become reckless. It is possible that all grilled foods have a similar flavor because they are prepared in the same way. That said, if you use slightly different methods and cooking equipment, you can create some variety in terms of preparation.
Tools and equipment needed.
The key is to make sure you have everything you need without adding unnecessary clutter. Look for items that serve more than one purpose. Billy Can, for example, can be used to boil water, make tea, heat canned soup and even make stews.
It’s good to have a frying pan and a cast-iron pot, but remember, they can weigh a little! The pot will need a lid to cook, and these meals are very similar to those prepared in a slow cooker. Do not forget a tripod to support the pot on the fire. Use the pan to fry eggs and other breakfast foods! You will also need resistant and heat resistant gloves to handle these pots and pans. Welding gloves do quite well in this regard.
A waffle iron is ideal for making all kinds of sandwiches. It is perfect for families with children, and you can make delicious sandwiches to take on your walks! Do not forget the toasted toasts! This is a great way to let everyone prepare their own food. You should also include your basic barbecue tools like a grid where you can place your meat and turn the grid without having to turn each piece of meat individually. This is particularly good for the fish!
Never underestimate the importance of fire safety! It is not only important for you, but also for your loved ones. Speaking of which, keep children away from the open flame. Sparks can fly, and they are the most vulnerable.
Never use substances like gasoline to light a fire. This is how some of the most unfortunate accidents happen! Use long matches to light the fire and avoid the use of normal lighters. You can use special lighters for barbecue, but always be careful and keep the lighter away from the flames. Prepare the fire area by placing bricks around the edge and pack sand around the bricks as well.
Do not build a big fire as this increases the risk. Instead, make a large area of fire and use half to cook and the other half to maintain a fire for a steady supply of fresh and hot charcoal. Be sure to extinguish the fire with sand or water before leaving the place or lying down. Never leave the fire unattended! Always have a burn kit handy just in case and make sure you understand the basic burn care. Help children roast marshmallows or any other food over the fire to avoid accidents.
Easy recipes for cooking outdoors
Cooking at the campfire is more versatile than many people may think. By simply using the right techniques and ingredients, you can enjoy new and exciting meals every day!
These are some of the easiest recipes and, remember, the ingredients can often be modified according to your personal preferences.
Easy aluminum food
- 1 pound boneless and skinless chicken breast (cubed)
- 2 onions (chopped)
- 8 ounces of fresh mushrooms (sliced)
- 1 yellow pepper (without seeds and sliced)
- 1 red pepper (without seeds and sliced)
- 4 cloves of garlic (sliced)
- 4 small potatoes (in cubes: it is not necessary to peel them if you simply make sure to wash the skins well)
- ? cup of olive oil
- Juice of 1 lemon
- Allow a total of 1 hour and 10 minutes for this meal.
- Use a large bowl to combine chicken, mushrooms, onions, peppers, garlic and potatoes.
- Pour the lemon juice and olive oil over the ingredients and make sure to mix everything so that all the ingredients are well covered.
- Divide the mixture evenly in 4 portions.
- Place each portion in a generous piece of aluminum foil and cover each food pack with another piece of foil (to act as a lid). Roll the edges of the two pieces of aluminum foil to make sure each package is properly sealed.
- Wrap each package in another layer of aluminum foil. This ensures that the content will not spill if the sheet is damaged a little.
- Cook the packages in the coals for approximately 40 minutes or until the potatoes and chicken are completely cooked.
This is a quick and easy meal, perfect for packed lunches or even for breakfast!
You can prepare some of these delicious sandwiches in less than 10 minutes.
- 2 tablespoons Butter
- 2 slices of bread
- 1 egg
- Cheddar cheese
- Place your toaster on the coals so you have time to preheat.
- Meanwhile, prepare your sandwiches. If you are camping with several people, you may prefer to use a larger flat lid or two toasters to make the cooking process faster.
- Prepare your sandwiches as you would any other toasted sandwich. With only one exception – butter the outside of the bread! This helps to give an extra flavor to the sandwiches, acquires a great golden color and prevents them from sticking.
- Place the sandwich in the toaster or on the flat top and cook until ready. If you use the flat top, you should flip the sandwiches. If you use the toaster, you will have to flip it from time to time to ensure proper heat dispersion and even cooking.
- Feel free to add whatever you like to your toasted sandwiches! You can even use leftover BBQ meat, chicken and mayonnaise, egg and bacon, or you can even add a little tomato and onion to your grilled cheese!
Grilled sausage with green beans and potatoes
Allow about 45 minutes to prepare and cook this delicious and nutritious meal.
- ? pound of fresh green beans (cut in half)
- ? pound of red potatoes (cut into quarters)
- 1 large onion (sliced)
- 1 pound smoked sausage (cut into pieces about 1 inch long)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon butter
- 1/3 cup of water
- Prepare your fire and place the grill on top to warm it.
- Place all your food on a piece of aluminum foil and season with salt and pepper. Cover it with a little butter and oil before sealing the sheet and leave only a small opening in the top.
- Pour the water into the opening and then seal the sheet completely.
- Place the foil package on the grill and let it cook for about 20 to 30 minutes. The sausage should be golden brown and the vegetables cooked.
Baked potatoes baked
This meal will take approximately 45 minutes to prepare from start to finish.
- 8 large potatoes (peeled and diced)
- 1 bunch of green onions (sliced)
- 10 ounces condensed mushroom cream
- 1 cup of cheddar cheese (grated)
- Black pepper and garlic salt to taste.
- ? bacon cup (cooked crunchy and crumbled) – optional
- ? sautéed mushroom cup – optional
- ? Butter cup
- Prepare your fire and place your grill on top.
- You will need 8 pieces of aluminum foil, and each one should be greased with vegetable oil spray.
- In a bowl, combine the potatoes, green onion, cheese, soup and bacon and mushrooms if you plan to include them.
- Season with salt and pepper and then divide the mixture into 8 portions. Add the butter on top and fold the closed sheet.
- Cook the packages on the grill for about 15-20 minutes. You’ll know it’s ready when the potatoes are fully cooked.
Satisfy your sweet tooth with this delicious dessert.
It takes just over 30 minutes to prepare and cook.
- 1 can of sliced peaches (29 oz)
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon – optional
- ? white sugar cup
- 1 package of yellow cake mix (9 oz)
- 4 teaspoons of margarine
- Remove half of the juice from the canned peaches and pour the remaining half and the peaches in a saucepan. Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar over the peaches and then add the cake mix. Put the margarine in the center of the dish on top of the cake mix.
- Place a lid on top of the pan and cook on the hot grill or use your flat surface like a stove. You should make sure that the temperature is medium to low and let it cook for about 10 minutes without lifting the lid.
- Remove the pot from the heat and leave the lid on. Let it rest for another 15 minutes before removing the lid and serve.
Good old-fashioned barbecue
Barbecues have to do with personal preferences. You can choose everything from the type of meat, the seasoning and how well it is cooked. The classic seasoning consists of three simple ingredients: salt, black pepper and red pepper. You can also take some marinade packages for easy use.
All you need to do is prepare the marinade according to the instructions and let your meat absorb it! You can grill your meat over the embers, or you can use barbecue forks to cook things like sausages. Do not forget all the important extras, like the garlic bread and the salads of your choice.
- French breads (as many as you want)
- Butter softened)
- Crushed garlic)
- Cheese (optional)
- Make cuts in your bread, but DO NOT cut them completely. You want to make each cut about 2 fingers of the next.
- Mix the butter and garlic (for every 7 ounces of butter, you should add about 1 tablespoon of ground garlic).
- Add a small amount of garlic butter between the slices.
- Add a small amount of cheese between the slices if desired.
- Rub the remaining garlic butter on the outside of the bread and wrap it in aluminum foil.
- Handle as you would with your BBQ meat, but make sure the embers are not too hot. Turn and check regularly to make sure the bread is well toasted and the cheese melts.
Easy Potato Salad
- Approximately 2? pounds of potatoes (peeled and cubed)
- 5 eggs
- 1 large onion (chopped)
- Parsley or chives to decorate finely chopped (optional)
- Place your peeled and chopped potatoes in a pot of water with a little salt and bring to a boil over the fire. Keep a lid on the pot to speed up the process.
- At the same time, boil the eggs in a pot with water for 10 minutes.
- When the potatoes are cooked, drain the water and allow it to cool for a few minutes.
- Peel the hard eggs and remove the yolks from the egg whites.
- Put the cooked potatoes and chopped onion in a bowl and cut the egg whites into pieces before adding them to the bowl.
- Add the mayonnaise and stir gently so you do not mash the potatoes.
- Crumble the yolks with a fork.
- Sprinkle the crumbled egg yolks over the salad and cover with chopped parsley or chives.
This recipe is versatile, and you can use chicken, veal or even pork if you want.
- The meat of your choice cut into small cubes (approximately 2 pounds)
- Salt and black pepper
- 2 butter spoons
- 2 medium onions (each cut in 6ths)
- 5 cloves of garlic (crushed)
- 1 tablespoon of tomato paste
- 1/3 cup of all-purpose flour
- 10 cups of water or broth
- 2 bay leaves
- one? pounds of medium potatoes (in quarters)
- 4 medium carrots (cut into 2-inch pieces)
- 2 stalks of celery (cut into 2-inch pieces)
- 7 tomatoes (canned, peeled and lightly crushed to help mix well with the stew)
- 2 – 3 teaspoons of red wine vinegar
- This recipe will take 3 hours or more to prepare. Make sure you start the fire and, once the embers are ready, light another side fire so you always have a fresh supply of embers to keep the food cooked!
- Sasona the meat with salt and pepper.
- Heat a little oil in your pot to the fire.
- Sauté the meat in the oil until golden brown.
- Drain the excess oil and leave the meat aside.
- Melt the butter in the pot and add the onion. Cook until golden brown.
- Add the garlic and cook for about 1 minute while stirring.
- Add the tomato paste and stir well.
- Add the meat and spread the flour on top before mixing well.
- Add the water or the broth and let it simmer.
- Tie the thyme, parsley and bay leaves in a bundle with twine and place it in the pot as if it were a tea bag.
- Add salt to taste and cover to cook. This takes about 90 minutes.
- Remove the fat from the top and add the rest of your vegetables.
- Cook uncovered and stir occasionally until sauce thickens and all vegetables are cooked (approximately 1 hour).
- Remove the herbal pack.
- Add the vinegar and add more salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve and enjoy!
Guidelines for safe food preparation
To ensure that the food you are preparing is safe, you must follow some basic but vital hygiene guidelines. First, always be sure to wash your hands and clean under your nails before cooking. Spend time outdoors, so you never know what you can contact during the day or night.
Check all your food before cooking. Smell the meat, inspect the fresh products and check the expiration date on the cans and packages. Well-cooked meat is always the safest, especially for children. The same goes for eggs. If you drop any food on the floor, throw it in the trash. Never try to wash the food and put it back on the grill! There is not a “5 second rule” when you’re outdoors!
When you cook outdoors, you should take the opportunity to feel at home in the company of nature! In the same way you would experience and improve your meals at home, you can do the same with campfire cooking. Simple seasoning of your meat with a little salt, black pepper and red pepper or paprika will do the trick. You can also add other flavors including various herbs and spices.
Add them dry or fresh, depending on availability and preference. Only a little spice can completely transform your meals! It is also important to remember that the recipes are not written in stone. They are open to interpretation and can be adjusted by substituting, adding or eliminating several ingredients according to their preferences.