Easy Ways to Cook while you Camp

Before I started camping, I talked to everyone who would listen about my new-found interest. I wanted to research (btw…I’m a thinker-planner personality type…i.e. I gather too much information) to get as many ideas, perspectives and opinions before I began. I researched tents, sleeping bags, air mattresses and lanterns. I googled first aid kits, camp chairs and bear spray. Then the most useful tip on cooking came from Kari while cutting my hair one Saturday afternoon  (Because of course, I talked to my hair stylist too…who doesn’t?). Kari camps with her family (husband, baby girl and two little boys). She encouraged me in my adventure and said cooking was easy! “Just get a campsite with electric and take an electric skillet,” she said. I never thought of that. I was planning to cook over a fire. One pan to clean. One pan for everything! Genious…I’m all about simplicity. So, that’s what I used for years.

Recently though, I’ve stepped out of the box and have tried some new things. I borrowed a friends propane camp stove and found that I loved it, so I bought one! It was great for boiling water for pasta and coffee (an absolute necessity). I also take my crockpot which is great for preparing chicken and can be used to cook several meals at once.

Despite these tried and true camp acoutraments, I’m always on the lookout for new ideas. Here are some fun things I’ve found (but not tried out yet). I’ll keep you posted on reviews.

1. The Wonder Bag, a slow cooker without using electric or gas (So cool!). Can’t wait to get one to try.

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http://www.gocampingaustralia.com/wonderbag-review.html

2. Sea to Summit X-Pot collapsable cook set. Will save lots of space!

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http://www.seatosummitusa.com/product/?item=X-Pot&o1=0&o2=0&o3=100-22

3. Camp Chef camping oven and grill. A great all-in-one.

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https://www.sierratradingpost.com/camp-chef-outdoor-camp-oven-with-grill-propane~p~4979p/

Happy camping and happy cooking! Be adventurous and have fun!

Sheila

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Cool Summer Campout


You can’t beat a camping weekend of warm sun and cool temperatures (rare for a Virginia August). This was my second solo trip and believe me, I made sure I checked out the electrical, water, sink drain and lantern before my husband, Rich, left the campsite this time. You might remember from an earlier post that on my first solo trip, let’s say, “I had issues.”

My goal for this camping trip? Back the trailer onto the campsite, unhitch and set up everything all by myself (with Rich there to help out if needed).  It was pretty funny, me trying to back up. I still don’t get it. Rich sat on the picnic table, waiting patiently for me to do it all on my own. He wasn’t going to intervene, unless I really needed help (I think). The other men however, who were setting up for their wives and families, felt compelled to come to my rescue.  There were two of them trying to teach me how to hold the steering wheel at the bottom. “Right goes right and left goes left,” they said. All the while wondering why my husband was just sitting there watching. I finally did it. I think next time I’ll get a pull-through spot.

My other goals? Relax from a hectic work week, paint a lamp for the camper, try some new recipes and fix the curtain hooks so the curtains would stop falling down.

Relax? Did that…in fact, I fell asleep the first night with the door unlocked, lights on, clothes on and slept through the night. I was exhausted! I also relaxed by the pool with my friend from work who stopped by to check things out the next day.

I’m the type of person who always has a project going…or two or three and so on. This project, repainting a lamp, has been in the works since around April and finally I had a chance to get it done. That’s another reason I like camping…uninterrupted time to work on projects!



The food, oh the food! The recipes from my last post…were delicious…and easy! I had overnight oatmeal with coconut milk, berries and nuts for breakfast (I’ve had that every morning since the trip). For lunch and dinner? I made chicken in the crockpot: chicken hummus wraps for lunch and chicken tacos with lime, chips and salsa for dinner (Yum).

The rest of the trip? Fixed the curtain hooks. The woman who owned the camper before me did a nice job updating it, but she used the wrong glue for the curtain hooks, so I scraped, sanded, re-glued and re-strung the curtains. They’re good as new!

Women (and girls), If you’re wondering if you would enjoy camping? Go ahead, try it! Make it into whatever you want it to be and enjoy yourself! That’s what I do.

AWSOME FOOD (for easy camping)

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It’s Saturday morning in July and I’m once again planning my next camping trip for August. Food is what’s on my mind. Easy food, good food, healthy food (not hot dogs and hamburgers). So I start my search and here’s what I came up with. Keep in mind, I haven’t made these recipes before.  I think it’s fun to try new things while camping, it’s part of the experience!  So try them with me.  Let me know what you think.

Saturday & Sunday morning Breakfast:

Make Ahead (In small mason jars) Oats with Fruit.  Just mix dry ingredients in several mason jars before your trip, add milk the night before, refrigerate in your cooler and voila! You have a healthy camping breakfast the next morning, easy peasy.  https://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Overnight-Oats-Recipe-34698639

Saturday Lunch:

Hummus Chicken sounds good with sliced cucumbers on the side.  Haven’t tried this before.  https://www.kimscravings.com/super-simple-hummus-chicken-salad/

Saturday Dinner: 

I’m taking my crockpot, an easy way to cook while camping, to make Salsa Chicken with Fresh Lime, Avacado, Cilantro and Corn Tortillas.  https://www.gimmesomeoven.com/2-ingredient-slow-cooker-salsa-chicken-recipe/

Snacks:

I’m on a low salt diet, so fruit, healthy multigrain tortillas (low salt) and fresh salsa for me.

Coffee (A must have):

I’m taking fresh ground coffee (probably a Starbucks variety) to brew in my new french press coffee pot.  It’s awsome on an early camping morning.  Here’s a link to my favorite coffee pot.

 http://www.cabelas.com/product/GSI-JAVA-PRESS/1965141.uts?productVariantId=4045128&WT.tsrc=PPC&WT.mc_id=BingPLA&WT.z_mc_id1=04062770&rid=20&gclid=CIHQ4YebndUCFTW3swod7aAOLA&gclsrc=ds

Let me know if you have found this article helpful for your next camping trip!  I’d love to hear from you.

Sheila