Camping is one of our favorite summer activities and we are willing to bet that it is also yours. There is nothing more fun than feeling the smell of green and fresh grass, listening to the murmur of the forest when the summer breeze arrives and enjoying the taste of the delicious barbecue cooked in a bonfire. It is amazing to go camping with friends and family and the taste of the food cooked outside in a wood forest is absolutely charming.
Today we will have a little fun and we will talk about how to prepare easy meals for camping (we can not eat only barbecue, right?). Do not wait to find elegant recipes, when you go camping, want to return to nature and give up the comfort and elegant food of your home. No, let’s talk about how to make basic foods with some pots, a grill, spices and fire forests.
In general, people who go camping like to relax, that’s why we think of easy camping meals that can be cooked quickly and do not require a lot of work. Nobody wants to cook for hours when others play or rest on the grass.
Camping is to have fun and spend time with your family and friends, not to stir the pot. In addition, these simple ideas of camping meals can involve the whole party: someone must go to collect forests for the fire, someone must bring some fresh water from the source spring, someone needs to clean and peel the vegetables, someone needs to prepare the food, and so on.
Camping and cooking under the clear blue sky and sleeping in a tent, tucked into a sleeping bag are not actions that anyone can do. However, if you decide to do it, you do not need super skills to get out of camp. For example, if you are a 9-to-5-year-old boy, whose only daily occupation is sitting and looking at the computer screen all day, it can be a little frightening at first, but you can still do it. You only need to do an investigation first, but this is not difficult, since the Internet is right in front of you, all day.
There are two main ways to cook delicious dishes while camping:
- bring the necessary ingredients from the house and cook them at the campfire.
- to collect the ingredients of the forest or to hunt and / or fish your dinner
A beginner camper should definitely start with the first option, but in time, you can also try the second one. This way you are having fun and training to live in nature in case of a big disaster like the zombies that take over the planet or something like that. Well, it’s time to start our journey through the best camping meal ideas.
During this part of the article, we will introduce you to a few delicious and easy meals for the camp, for breakfast, lunch and dinner, which are easy to prepare and do not require an investment of more than $ 20 in ingredients.
Grilled sausage and corn with beans and rice.
You can already smell the sausages in the fire right next to the corn, right? Yes, it is a very tasty recipe for dinner or lunch that does not require a lot of time to cook.
You will need the following ingredients:
- Sausages that you can buy in any supermarket or you can prepare them at home if you like to prepare food at home;
- two or three of corn that you can pick up in the way of a field, or you can buy in the store
- A little rice: we recommend boiling in a variety of bags because it is the easiest way to cook rice when you are camping (or at home).
- a can of beans
- Tabasco sauce
- Other spices that you like (oregano, rosemary, etc.)
- Salt and pepper (be careful with these as the sausages are already seasoned)
You will also need a grill, a piece of aluminum foil, wood and fire. To prepare this royal dinner, you must start the fire for about an hour before eating and let it burn until only charcoal remains. When the heat is medium (you will not want to burn your food), place the grill over the fire and let it burn for about five minutes. After this, put the aluminum foil on top and then the sausages and corn on top.
Aluminum foil serves as a hot dish that uniformly transfers the heat of the charcoal to foods that are cooked well and slowly. The juice of the sausages will be combined with the corn, creating an incredible mixture of flavor and flavor.
In a camp stove fed with propane, you should put the rice in boiling water and, when everything is ready, you can mix all the ingredients and add the necessary spices. And that’s it, a simple, easy and exquisite meal to camp. Of course you can be creative and add some mushrooms near sausages and grilled corn, or you can add a salad; Everything is possible when camping. Make a good meal.
Potatoes and other vegetables on the grill
Potatoes are a universal food when camping. They are easy to pack, transport and unpack. You do not need a cooler to keep them cold and do not need special conditions during transportation. In addition, they are extremely simple to cook on the grill and do not require constant supervision.
To prepare some of the best easy camping meals you have ever had, you will need the following ingredients and items:
- Potatoes (as many as you want) – No peles
- Water to wash the potatoes very well.
- a tube of aluminum foil
- forests and fire
Wash each potato really well until there is no dirt on the skin, cut it in half, add the seasoning and wrap the potato in aluminum foil. Place this package between the shiny charcoals and cover it to make sure the potato is well cooked on all sides. To make this dinner even more delicious, you can add one or two cloves of crushed garlic under the blade of your camping knife. Of course, potatoes are not the only vegetables that facilitate camping meals, you can also add tomatoes to your grill, avocado, zucchini or whatever else you want.
If you are the kind of survival family, you can even grow these vegetables on your own. In this way, you will learn to grow vegetables in case some kind of global disaster occurs.
As you can see, cooking at the camp is not only a rewarding activity, but also a way to train yourself to live in nature. Develop your survival skills and you can test yourself to see if you are able to feed through your own strengths. That’s why it’s important to leave your grocery store at home sometimes and try to trust the food you can find. The best example we can offer now (since we are talking about grilled vegetables) is the mushroom.
During the summer, you can find many species in the forest, and some of them are large enough to feed an adult man. You just need to know how to make a difference between those who are poisonous and those who are good at eating. In addition to not picking up those you do not know, there are other ways to see which fungi are toxic:
- Do not pick up those that look very good. Poisonous mushrooms are always more attractive than edible mushrooms. They put on “special clothes” to attract credulous victims.
- If the fungus has a pungent odor when you choose it, do not take it.
- If it starts to turn blue, once you have picked it up, do not eat it.
- Put a little vinegar in the water when it boils, the toxins will turn blue.
If you start to feel bad after eating mushrooms and do not have any medication, drink milk. Milk cuts the effect of the toxin and allows it to recover faster. Even so, do not be superficial about this, seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Pancakes – the best of easy camping meals
We know, it does not sound very masculine or survival, but, oh! How nice it would be to wake up to the smell of freshly backed pancakes! You do not need super ingredients and you can even mix the dough before leaving your home. If you decide to take the ingredients, they are easy to carry. You will need to:
- flour (white or wheat)
- baking powder
If you want to keep the idea of survival, you can give up milk, eggs and baking powder and still end up with a very tasty breakfast. You will also need something to grease the bottom of the pan, but you can save some fat when you handle the sausages.
If you want to make the smoothie from home, you can put it in a zippered bag and freeze it. This way, you can store it in the fridge and when you want to make the pancakes, the dough will be ready. You can even cut a corner of the bag and use the bag as a measuring cup for the dough. Simple and efficient!
Imagine waking up in the morning, birds singing in the forest and fresh air in the morning with the sweet and familiar smell of pancakes. This is absolute heaven!
Grilled fish: cooks the food you catch
This is one of the easy camping meals that really make you feel like a true survivor. If you know you are camping near the water where there are fish, you must do this! We even encourage you to leave any fishing gear at home and test your survival skills. Of course we also recommend bringing other foods with you, in case you do not catch anything.
So, before you can really make the fish, you have to catch it. For this, you will need a fishing line and you can improvise one using the following elements:
- A hook that you can make with a sharp twig, pins, clips or broken pop-tops. You will need to bend the element that you use in a hook so you can catch something;
- Now you will need the real line. For this, you can use any string you have around or a piece of paracord (if you have a paracord bracelet). If nothing comes to mind, you can use a shoelace or you can untangle some strings from a piece of cloth. You can also use tall grass.
- The bait: now that you have your super sophisticated fishing gear, you need to attract the fish with something. Fish are attracted to almost anything, so you can use pieces of meat, leaves or colorful pieces of plastic. Use anything that looks like fish food.
- The place: now the fish are not as easy to fool as you might think. If you do not fish in the right place, you can stay a long time without success. You have to go where the fish is, which means shady areas like the ledges of the banks, inside the aquatic plants, under the trees that stick out, or under and around the rocks.
When you feel the fish bite, do not try to take the water line very fast, because it will break and you will lose your dinner. Try to have a piece of cloth or a bucket nearby to use it as a container and get the water line really smoothly. Now that you have your fish, you can return victorious to the camp and put other members to work. After the fish has been gutted and cleaned really well, it is ready to cook. Now there are two ways to cook fish on the grill: roasted and smoked.
If you decide to go with the roasted version, try to find a bifurcated branch and keep the fish inside. Try to make a place of retention with twigs and sticks that you find around to keep the fish in place. Of course, if you have a grill it does not make sense for the branch unless you want to continue your survival training. Using the branch, make sure the fish is exposed to the fire on both sides until it is ready.
If you want to do it smoked, you will need fir. Pack the fish in spruce and put them directly on charcoal. The fir tree will catch fire, smoking and softening the fish inside. Make sure the fire is not too strong to burn everything and ruin all your efforts.
If you want to complete this and transform it into one of the easy camping meals that you would put in a book, bring some lemon and some spices. Of course, you can add some grilled vegetables next to the fish and some salad. After a day of trying your survival skills, you can finally rest and enjoy an amazing dinner.
Scrambled eggs: the best of easy camping ideas
Eggs are a very nutritious food and should not be ignored when you leave camp. We know what he’s going to say, how can someone carry eggs in a backpack, following a trail? If you take the car, maybe you can save some of them, but otherwise it is impossible. Well, the solution is to break them before leaving home.
Do not worry, we will not make you cook the tortilla from home, you just have to make the mixture. Mix everything you want to put in the tortilla such as bacon, pepper, salt, tomatoes, onions, parsley, etc. Put everything in a ziplock bag and store it in your refrigerator. The mixture will stay fresh until you are ready to cook it. When you want to make the eggs, simply get the bag, open it and place the contents in a pan that was previously heated over the fire. Stir everything until the eggs are ready and enjoy while you admire the beauty of nature.
There are thousands of other easy camping meals with simple ingredients and incredible flavor. Camping should be a period of relaxation and connection with nature, so the food should be so easy to make. You will discover new flavors and textures in nature and we invite you to try it at least once in your life. When you are camping, it really does not matter if you are not too involved in survival training and in learning new skills.
You will learn new things and acquire new skills anyway, so do not be afraid to leave the computer screen at home and enjoy nature a bit. If you’re not in an extreme camp, that’s fine, you can also have comfort in a tent. You just need to know what to bring with you. When it comes to food, camping is easy and fun. Try it and you will see!