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What's the best and easiest food to make while camping?

We are going camping with a group and each family contributes to the potluck dinner nightly. I love to cook but haven't been camping in ages and have no idea what to make....Any suggestions that everyone will like? ( I was going to make a lentil soup and freeze it but that's already taken.) We'll be there for 4 nights. I need main dish, salad and dessert.

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Asked by Anonymous at 10:20 PM on May. 19, 2010 in Food & Drink

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  • Chili dogs... : ) YUMMERs and interactive if you use a fire to cook the dogs.

    Baked potatoes, and a meat is also an easy cook. : )

    Answer by Skepticchick at 10:22 PM on May. 19, 2010

  • Potato salad is easy and always a crowd pleaser. With camping simple is always best. We used to do this for years with the pot luck business. If you want to put a little money into it steaks are easy to do on the grill, otherwise hamburgers and hot dogs are easy. You can marinate some chicken legs and thighs and put them on the grill. Baked potatoes are great for cooking over a fire too.

    Answer by beckcorc at 10:24 PM on May. 19, 2010

  • What does "camping" mean? In an RV? Do you have a cooler? Are you hiking your food and water in 7 miles and you have a primitive site?

    I do dehydrated foods because when we camp, we hike deep into the woods away from toilets and cars and coolers. I dehydrate veggies and beef and then make a reconstituted beef stew. It's light weight.

    Eggs don't need refrigeration- just a hard case. Breakfast for dinner is easy: add water pancake mix and scrambled eggs, fruit slices.

    Burritos are good but a little heavy to hike in with: canned black beans, tortillas, jarred salsa, fresh veggies to grill, wax coated cheese will keep for 4 days without a cooler.

    Answer by ecodani at 10:29 PM on May. 19, 2010

  • i would try something that i could make ahead of time and either eat cold or be able to warm over a fire just to make it easy. something like the above said, hot dogs would be my first choice. you could do a potato salad or cole slaw, chilled fruit salad. you could make shish cabobs (spell check lol) with some raw veggies and meat and cook them over the fire.

    Answer by secondtyme520 at 10:34 PM on May. 19, 2010

  • Mountain Pies. Get a mountain pie maker. Do you know what they are? You can make so many things with them too. You can make pizza sandwhiches. My personal fave is making ones with canned fruit. All you need is 2 pieces of bread and your inside ingredients. Don't forget to melt butter on the outside of the pie maker or coat your bread in butter, just like making a toasted cheese....or they'll stick!!!

    Answer by MissHeidi0304 at 10:34 PM on May. 19, 2010

  • I make most of our big meals in my cast-iron dutch oven, over the fire. Anything I'd throw in the crock pot at home I throw in there, and more. Meat, veggies, potatoes, and then I'd just serve some fresh fruit along with it. We don't do desserts while camping. Lunches are quick & easy, pizzas in the little sandwich irons, brats or hotdogs or burgers on a grate over the fire. Hobo meals, family size - hamburger, hashbrowns, veggies, sauce, in a foil packet over the fire.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:22 PM on May. 19, 2010

  • it really depends on if you have a camper with a kitchen or just a tent with a cooler.....
    boneless chicken breasts in a ziplock... marinaded in italian dressing
    lettuce and you have grilled chicken sandwiches
    baked beans and chips

    or you could add a roast to a crockpot and a packet of onion soup mix with a can of beer, cook all day every now and then pull meat apart by reaching into crockpot with a fork and pulling beef apart and you have roast beef sandwiches.
    taco meat in a crock pot, shreded lettuce and cheese, cut up tomatoes..small bags of crushed doritoes and open bag..add beef cheese and lettuce w/tomato serve with sour cream and salsa...taco in a bag!

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:03 AM on May. 20, 2010

  • It depends on what kind of camping you're doing, and what sort of cooking supplies you have. A very fast and easy meal that kids like to make is something that I've heard called by various names (hobo stew, silver turtles, and knights in shining armor among some lol). As dumb as the names are, they're actually not bad and easy to make.

    Take a large sheet of aluminum foil and put a raw hamburger patty in the middle (depending on how lean your meat is, maybe spray a little Pam on it first). Then put raw potatoes cut into large chunks, carrots, celery, onions, mushrooms if you like them, etc on top. Sprinkle some seasoning salt if you want. Wrap it all up in the aluminum foil, making sure the ends are sealed well. Place on hot coals / in the campfire, gently cover in coals if you want, flip it every so often. Cook until done (depends on how hot your coals are and how full your foil packet is).


    Answer by sailorwifenmom at 2:19 AM on May. 20, 2010

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    If you have a cast iron dutch oven that can be used in a campfire, you can make dutch oven cobbler (there's tons of good recipes for this on the net).

    If you want a breakfast food, or want to do breakfast for dinner, another fun one for kids is baggie omelets. Bring a huge pot of water to a boil. Break 2 eggs in a freezer ziploc bag (you want the freezer weight bag and the zipper closure). Add cheese if you want, bacon bits, etc (be careful about things like tomatoes that will add liquid). Don't add milk. Close the bag, drop in the water, and let them boil away. (Take a magic marker and write everyone's name on their bag first). Use tongs to make sure they stay submerged.

    You can also make a pasta - prepare the sauce in advance, freeze it (good to use to keep things cool in the cooler), then heat it while you cook the noodles.


    Answer by sailorwifenmom at 2:23 AM on May. 20, 2010

  • You could also do blt wraps. Use the microwave bacon (doesn't have to be chilled and you can finish cooking it over a camp fire or a camp stove), tortilla wraps - they don't smash like bread does when you pack it in if you're camping more on the roughing it side, then the veggies for it.

    Those are just some that are more "kid hands on" if you want them to help with any of the cooking, which can be a lot of fun for kids on a camping trip :-)

    Answer by sailorwifenmom at 2:27 AM on May. 20, 2010

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