Cooking in the wild is both a challenge and a pleasure, but can go wrong if you don't know what you're doing! But with the right tools and little well placed knowledge, you can easily become Gordon Ramsey of the forest!
There are various options for you to consider when you're camping. One option is freeze dried ready meals, which have the benefit of being easy and compact, but are also notorious for a certain tastelessness, as well as being heavy on salt and carbohydrate. Making proper food in the Great Outdoors is actually easier than you'd think.
Cereal can be a great option - repack it in smaller ziplock bags for ease of use. Pre packaged hot cereals can also be good. Powdered milk can be used for both of these. Other ideas are egg sandwiches, French toast, hot chocolate or tea.
A good bread substitute is crackers or crispbreads like Ryvita. These are ideal as they do not go stale as quickly as a normal loaf of bread would. There are various types of cheeses that do not require a fridge, and peanut butter, jams and jellies can all be easily stored. Canned meat can also be a good option.
For dinner you can get a little more creative. You can buy some great rice or noodle ready dishes which can be whipped up on your stove in no time at all. There are also some fantastic meals that you can make from scratch; coming soon from Mountain Warehouse: our pick of the best camping recipes. Watch this space!
Measure ingredients for each meal ahead of time and pack in ziplock bags. Label each bag accordingly. Prepare soups, stews or chili etc ahead of time. Freeze and keep in cooler. Reheat for a quick meal. Cover pots whenever cooking outdoor. Food will get done quicker and you will save on fuel. Also helps keep dirt and insects out of your food. To avoid unwanted visits from animals, keep food stored away or hang above ground level. Use a separate cooler for drinks so not to open the food cooler too often. Add a few ice cubes to aluminum foil dinners or vegetables packets to prevent them from burning and to keep them moist.
Camping equipment for cooking
Grill and stove: This can make your cooking experience a walk in the park. Our Double Burner with Grill is perfect for toast, bacon, sausages and much more. It is also compact, and very easy to store. Our Uno portable stove is also a popular choice; lightweight, with an adjustable heat controller and a carry case, it's all you'll need to cook up a storm this summer!
SAFETY TIP: Don't operate a stove near your camp fire; make sure you use your stove in a well ventilated, open area and certainly never in a tent.
We offer some great family picnic sets for ease of use on the go. If you're driving to your destination, a pack like our 4 Person Family Picnic Set would be useful, as it comes complete with all the great camping tableware you'll need.
If you're backpacking and need to lighten your load, our 4 person Cutlery set could do the job.
Other helpful equipment: Our folding toaster, Enamel Plate, 2 person party cookset and Coffee Mug could all make a difference to your journey into the wild!
So for covetable camping cuisine; bring the essentials, get creative and most importantly - let us know about any great recipes that you come up with!