What To Eat

Step 1:
Planning and Packing

The Camper Box

Menu Planning

Step 2:
Your First Trip

Step 3:
I am tired of Hot Dogs: Recipes

Step 4:
Advanced CampFire Cookery

Step 5:
Cooking on the Road

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Step 1:
Planning and Packing the Food

Everyone is going to be a little different, but let me share some of the things I do when camping to make planning meals easy.

  • Count how many meals of each breakfast, lunch, and dinner you are going to provide. For a typical 2 1/2 day, long weekend that is usually two breakfasts, two lunches and two or three dinners plus snacks and treats.
  • Do write down some sort of menu/ list. It will help, trust me. See what we use.
  • Develop camping favorites that you only have when you are camping or traveling. That way after a few times, menu preparation and packing becomes simple.
  • Make everyone agree on the basics.† Everyone can bend a little and agree on one or two breakfast cereals and sandwiches so you donít have to haul a special meal for everyone.
  • Plan simple foods especially when traveling and augment with the occasional special item.† Our treats are powdered donuts, potato chips, fruit bars, and juice boxes.
  • I do take the time to take and eat fresh fruits and veggies.† A fresh tomato and carrots can save even peanut butter and Jelly

For packing here are a few of my tricks:

  • I pack three Boxes:† They are all either small critter proof or easy to bring in at night.
    • Box One I call my camper box it has silver, plates, cooking utensils, and basic food staples, tea, canned soup drink mix, etc.†
    • Box two my pantry box, It has cereal, crackers, bread, vegetables
    • The cooler in the camper.† If the trip is long, we will take a second cooler.
  • I have a cabinet in the trailer that has a variety of cooking pots and utensils but what I really need is the 2-quart pot with lid, 4-quart pot with lid and frying pan.
  • Do not bother with ice packs. They thaw and then are a pain to store.† Instead, freeze water in Ziploc bags.† Then you can dump the water, dry and reuse.
  • Freeze everything you can.† If the days and nights are going to be warm I freeze everything I wonít need in the first 12 hours or so.† If it is going to be cooler weather, I will watch this or things wonít thaw in enough time to cook.
  • Keep in mind that when the ice in the cooler melts, it turns to water, and that will soak everything that isnít sealed really well.† Wet cheese is gross!†
  • Eat by the weather, this means eat the hamburger first and the peanut butter last.
  • When the weather is warm, I stop at the store often for perishables and ice.†

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