Cooking at the campground can be done over the campfire or on a camp stove. If you are going to cook over the campfire you need to make sure you have pots and pans with handles that can take the heat. For the recipes I am going to include for a weekend camp out you will need one large stock pot with lid, one skillet or griddle with a Teflon coating, one saucepan (larger if you have a large family) long tongs, ladle, metal pancake turner, metal coat hangers that have been straightened out(1 per person), heavy duty foil, quart size freezer bags with the sliders. You may also want to pack a coffee pot, French press and/or a tea kettle.
Breakfast #1 Egg Omelets In A Bag
Prepare ahead of time. Write each person in the families name on a quart size freezer bag. Crack 2 eggs in each bag. Add grated cheese. Add diced ham. Add whatever else you wish for each persons omelet( spinach, mushrooms, peppers, etc.). Freeze them if you have time. At the campsite you will fill large stock pot with water. When water is boiling place the thawed omelet bags in the boiling water and place lid on the pot for exactly 13 minutes. Remove with tongs and cut open and slide out onto a plate.
Breakfast#2 Pancakes and Sausage ( or bacon)
Prepare ahead of time. Purchase a pancake mix that only requires water added. I prefer Krusteaz Pancake Mix. Measure out the amount for a batch for your family or group. Place it in a freezer bag. Measure the amount of water to go along with the mix and put it in an empty squeeze bottle. (pancake or ketchup bottles work great). At the campsite pour the premeasured amount into the bottle and shake. Spray Pam on your griddle or skillet and you are ready to squeeze the batter into perfect circles. Prepare your sausage or bacon ahead of time and wrap in foil and place in gallon freezer bag and freeze. Then place the foil pack on the campfire grill or the camp stove when you begin fixing the pancakes. You can prepare it at the campsite but you will need two skillets or you will have to clean one before you begin the pancakes. I take butter in a tub and a small size pancake syrup for the pancakes.
Lunches and Dinners
#1 Hobo packs– place one foot sheets of foil on counter for each family member. Spray each sheet of foil with cooking spray. Press 1/4 to 1/3 lb. of ground round or ground turkey into a patty in the center of the foil. Season with Montreal Steak Seasoning. Place thinly sliced potatoes, carrots and onions on top of the meat. Place 1/4 cup frozen green beans on top and fold to meet in the middle lengthwise and then roll over until tight. Roll each end until tight. Place all hobo packets in gallon freezer bag and freeze. Hobo packs can be placed directly over a campfire on cooking grate for approximately 15-20 minutes per side.
#2 Campfire corn on the cob– to prepare ahead pull the husks back from the corn with out removing. Remove the silks. Butter and salt the corn. Add in other seasoning you choose. Pull the husks back up. Place in a plastic bag and refrigerate. To cook place directly over campfire grate. Rotate 2-3 minutes per side. The husks will get charred. When done pull the husks back and use them to hold onto the cob.
#3 Individual Frito Pies–
buy individual serving size bags of Fritos, 1-2 cans of Castleberry Hot Dog Chili Sauce (or any brand of meat only chili sauce), 1 unopened package of grated cheddar cheese. At the campsite heat the Chili in sauce pan. Cut Frito bags long wise down the side. pour chili sauce into the bag and top with cheese. Don’t forget a can opener and scissors. For a variation you can make ahead taco meat and add salsa and lettuce and tomatoes or buy the prepackaged Hunts Manwich Sloppy Joe mix located in the meat section of most grocery stores.
#4 Traditional hot dogs over a campfire are always a hit. With buns, mustard, ketchup, relish and chips you have a great lunch. Add a can of baked beans and s’mores and you have a dinner. You can make traditional s’mores with graham crackers, chocolate bars and roasted marshmallows or try jazzing it up with a peanut butter cup. You can even do make ahead s’mores cones. Fill a waffle cone with mini marshmallows, chocolate chips and mini peanut butter cups. Wrap them in foil and place on campfire grate. Remove foil and enjoy!
Easy Sides and Snacks to take along:
1. Pringles-they don’t get crushed
2. cookies or pretzels (put in air tight containers)
3. Jiffy Pop popcorn-fun for little children, it’s like a campfire magic show
4. Canned baked beans
5. Individual canned fruit
6. Velveeta shells and cheese dinner- boil pasta and add cheese mixture
7. Snack pack pudding
Well, I hope this gives you some helpful ideas, tips and inspiration. Just remember things may not go perfect on your camping trip but make sure everyone participates in some way. Try to keep the focus on the positive. When you are sitting around the fire before bed time have each member of the family say their favorite thing that happened that day and the funniest thing that happened that day. Even if you decide camping is not something your family is going to do on a regular basis you will have created some lasting memories.