- Measure ingredients for each meal ahead of
time and pack in ziplock bags. Label each bag accordingly. Reuse
bags if possible.
- Prepare soups, stews
or chili etc ahead of time. Freeze and keep in cooler.
Reheat for a quick meal.
- Don't forget the
heavy duty aluminum foil. There are many uses for it at
- Be very careful with
gas canisters. Keep upright at all times. Keep outside in
well ventilated area. Check for leakage by putting soap
liquid on all connections. Turn off when not in use.
- Freeze meat before
putting in cooler. Keeps other foods cold and will keep
- 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
- For ease of clean up
and to protect from smoke and fire damage, put liquid soap
on outside of your pots and pans before putting over the
- Block ice will last
longer than cubed ice.
- All items in your
cooler should be packed in watertight bags or containers.
- To avoid unwanted
visits from animals, keep food stored away or hang above
- Apply oil on camp
grill to keep foods from sticking.
- Cans of frozen juice
keep other foods cold.
- Use convenience or
instant foods for quick meals.
- Use fireproof
cooking equipment. Keep handles away from extreme heat and
- To keep matches
dry--dip stick matches in wax and when needed, scrape off
the tip of the match and light. Also keep matches in a
- Use ziplock bags to
store foods like soup, sauces, chili etc. Freeze the bag and
put in cooler. It helps keep other foods cold and when ready
to eat, put bag in hot water to heat through.
- To fix a cooler
leak, apply melted paraffin wax inside and outside the leaky
- Put a pan of hot
water on the fire while you eat so that it'll be ready for
cleanup when you are done.
- To keep soap clean
at your campsite, put it in a sock and hang from a tree.
- Pita bread packs
better and stays in better shape while camping than regular
- Bring energy
boosting snacks such as GORP trail mix, granola bars, dried
fruit, beef jerky etc. for in between meals.
- To cook hamburgers
more evenly throughout, put a hole in the middle of your
hamburger about the size of your finger, during grilling the
hole will disappear but the center will be cooked the same
as the edges.
- Fill gallon milk
jugs or 2 liter soda bottles with water or juice and freeze.
They keep the cooler cold and provide a cold beverage.
- To remove odors from
your cooler, wipe with a water and baking soda solution.
- Use a separate
cooler for drinks so not to open the food cooler too often.
- Replenish your ice
often. Keep your food cold at all times to avoid food
spoilage and food poisoning.
- To keep marshmallows
from sticking together, add a little powdered sugar to the
bag. Brand name marshmallows are less likely to stick
- When making egg
sandwiches using english muffins or bagels, cook your eggs
in a canning ring.
- Consider using a
crockpot. Prepare and start your dinner in the morning
before your activities. It'll be ready to eat when you get
- If you add too much
salt to a recipe, add a peeled potato to the dish and finish
cooking. The potato will absorb the excess salt.
- On your last day of
camp, use your leftover meats and vegetables to make omelets
for breakfast. You can use almost any ingredient in omelets.
Then you don't have to take the leftovers home with you.
- Pre-chop ingredients
such as onion, peppers etc at home. Pack in ziplock bags.
Pre-cook select meats and freeze for quick meal preparation.
- Pack food items in
separate ziplock bags. Saves space. Easy to pack. Resealable.
Can use for trash container when empty.
- Instead of "stick"
or "tub" butter or margarine, try "squeeze" margarine. This
squeeze bottle is much easier and cleaner to use when in the
woods. It is also great for cooler temperature. If it gets
too hard, simply place the bottle in a pot of warm water for
a few minutes.
- Cook on or over
coals (either wood or charcoal). Coals provide a more
steady, even heat without the smoke. Avoid burning your food
and avoid undercooked food in the middle.
- To save room when
packing your camp kitchen, use your pots as mixing bowls.
- Heavy duty aluminum
foil bags take up little room and are great for mixing
vegetables and meats together for easy cooking and easy
- When barbecuing
chicken, grill the chicken without the sauce until it is
halfway cooked, then coat with sauce. The sauce won't burn
onto the chicken and your meal will be more flavorful.
- To get your charcoal
pieces ready quicker, use a charcoal chimney.
- Disposable water
bottles make great dispensers for salad dressings, oils and
- Add a few ice cubes
to aluminum foil dinners or vegetables packets to prevent
them from burning and to keep them moist.
- To easily remove
burnt on food from your skillet or pan, simply add a drop or
two of dish soap and enough water to cover bottom of pan and
bring to a boil.
- Precook rice or
noodles at home. Let cool. Store in a ziplock bag. Just heat
up and add to your favorite dish at camp.
- Use an old large
coffee pot to heat up water for cooking, doing the dishes or
for hot beverages.
- Use a leather/suede
work glove as an oven mitt.
- Check out our
summary of various types of home-made Fire Starters.
- If you are truly
into outdoor camping, invest in one of those airtight bag/sealing systems. Without air,
bacteria doesn't grow (as fast) and cold foods seem to keep better. Prepare individual servings in
airtight bags so you only open what you need. For frozen items,
individual servings defrost faster than large portions. Since the bags are reusable, use
them for your litter. They
are also lighter than cans. Finally, the bags are thicker than other
storage bags and will help cut down, if not eliminate, food odors. -
Submitted by C. Berman
- Use two or four
large coffee cans filled with water and covered with heavy duty aluminum foil as grill
holders. As your meals cook, water heats up for dishes or cleanup. Store in their own
plastic bags to keep soot from other items. Fold plastic bags inside for storage
along with roll of T.P. and other small camping items such as dishcloth,
soap etc. - Submitted by Penny Drozd
Put a rope through the paper towel tube. Tie ends together.
Loop over slat in picnic table or from a low limb
Submitted by Jo Ann Hlavac