Tenting Meals Concepts: Tools, Suggestions, and Recipes

Tenting Meals Concepts: Tools, Suggestions, and Recipes

I like tenting, however staying organized and ready round mealtimes is just not at all times simple. Right here I’ll share what tools I’ve added to my campfire cooking equipment, some suggestions for tenting kitchen group, and a few solutions for straightforward tenting meals for household dinners (and my favourite breakfast!).

  • By Jess Dang
  • Might 10, 2022

Our household went tenting this weekend, and it’s certainly one of my favourite issues to do with the children. They’re happiest after they’re outdoors, carrying nothing however their underpants, our bodies lined in filth, and so tenting actually is the right exercise for them.

I didn’t develop up tenting, however having gone to varsity in California, it’s just about a requirement. I keep in mind shopping for my first sleeping bag at REI my freshman yr, and it has been used many, many occasions since that day 22 years in the past! (Critically, the place does the time go?)

I’ve handed down that very same sleeping bag to my youngsters, who, not like my husband and me, could have so many household tenting recollections. 

On this submit, I’m sharing my favourite tenting cooking tools, suggestions for staying organized and transporting meals to the campsite, and a few solutions for straightforward tenting meals.

Tools I’ve Added to My Campfire Cooking Equipment

This yr, my youngsters’ appetites have grown collectively massive sufficient that we may now not use our backpacking tools to cook dinner meals that would feed all 5 of us, so I began to purchase some cooking-while-camping tools. Listed below are my favorites.

First, this desk. It principally permits you to create an organized kitchen / prep & cook dinner station open air, and I don’t know the way I ever lived with out it. It even has a bungee twine to place a roll of paper towels by way of. I significantly find it irresistible a lot, and it folds up so compactly that I can hold it in our cleansing closet at residence.

I additionally purchased this 2-burner transportable tenting range. I’m all for idyllic campfire cooking, however I dwell in California, the place so many campgrounds don’t permit campfires due to wildfires. Plus, I even have 3 youngsters, who after just a few hours of enjoying with filth and sticks resemble feral animals and have to eat ASAP. This range can match some large pots and pans, ignites simply, and most significantly, cooks issues shortly!

I haven’t purchased any further pots and pans as a result of proper now we’re simply automotive tenting, and I can simply use what I take advantage of at residence.

Suggestions for Tenting Cooking Group

Anybody who has gone on a automotive tenting journey is aware of that roughing it in nature one way or the other nonetheless requires quite a lot of packing and stuff (please inform me it’s not simply me!). Except you propose on foraging, you’ll have to herald your individual meals and naturally, the tools to cook dinner that meals. Nonetheless, there are just a few tips I’ve found for staying organized and saving house.

1. Use stackable plastic bins

I like packing all of the nonperishable elements up in stackable plastic bins. You may even manage it by meal to make discovering the whole lot simpler when you get to the campsite. I’ve discovered that the sweater field from the Container Retailer is the right dimension for our meals (and s’mores provisions!).

2. Pre-crack eggs

One other trick I’ve been utilizing to reduce house is pre-cracking all of my eggs right into a plastic takeout container. We do breakfast tacos each tenting journey, so eggs are at all times on my record of issues to carry, and transporting them pre-cracked is a lot simpler.

3. Portion out condiments

My final little trick includes utilizing these containers, that are additionally my go-to for packing college lunches. As an alternative of packing containers of peanut butter, the jelly, the ketchup, the mustard, or no matter your loved ones’s important condiments are, I simply scoop or squirt what we’ll want for the journey into these snack containers.

Recipes for Simple Tenting Meals

Simply since you’re out in nature doesn’t imply it’s important to be caught consuming baked beans from the can. Whereas there’s nothing mistaken with merely heating up a boxed soup or making ready a easy spaghetti with jarred marinara, if you’d like some meals which might be a bit extra flavorful and filling after a day of climbing or enjoying within the woods, listed below are just a few of my favourite choices. 

For those who do the meal prep earlier than you permit residence, you’ll reduce elements and tools that you must carry alongside in your journey, and make these simple tenting meals even simpler.

1. Tex-Mex Pasta with Spiced Lentils

We do quite a lot of pasta whereas tenting, and I particularly love doing a bean-based sauce. This one is nearly like a chili and actually hits the spot after a day of climbing. Measure out your spices earlier than you go so you’ve fewer issues to pack!

2. Soyrizo Breakfast Tacos

As I discussed above, breakfast tacos are at all times on our tenting meal plan. The recipe under is tremendous simple, and you’ll simply pack the bitter cream and sizzling sauce within the containers I discussed earlier. You may, after all, do chorizo as a substitute of soyrizo, or simply use black beans, which is usually what I do as a substitute.

3. Foil Packet Hawaiian BBQ Sausage

These candy and savory packets of sausage and veggies are a perfect tenting meal. They’re gentle on elements however pack large taste. Chop the veggies prematurely and convey them alongside in your journey for straightforward meeting (make sure that to retailer them in an hermetic container to stop leakage!). For those who’d relatively not cope with making an attempt to cook dinner rice on a tenting range, swap it out for couscous or positive bulgur (often known as quick-cooking bulgur), each of which simply require soaking in boiling water, much like the method for making tea.

4. Foil Packet Italian Sausage and Peppers

One other simple foil packet possibility is these packets of Italian sausage, potatoes, peppers, zucchini, and onions drizzled with basil pesto. Given the very completely different taste profile from the meal above, you received’t really feel such as you’re consuming the identical factor two days in a row, however get to reap the benefits of the straightforward cooking technique a second time. You should definitely make the pesto prematurely or purchase pre-made pesto.

Right here’s to exploring the good open air and never stressing concerning the meals!

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