For most of your camping food, you will be able to use the same food used in your home. Consider purchasing a smaller sized package food specifically for the trip or repackage what you already have into meal size portions.
You may want to consider the camping food to consist of prepackaged or
dehydrated meals when
Some require a pot, while others just require adding water to the
package. There has been a lot of advancement since MRI's, BUT I
would suggest that you sample these type meals prior to your camping
trip. You may not care for some meals that are available but could make them palatable with additional ingredients. If you have the time and a dehydrator, you may want to make your own prepackaged meals.
When deciding on what food to take camping, consider:
-How many meals will be prepared.
-The type of camping you will be doing.
- How the food will be stored.
- How much time will your schedule allow.
Once you determined how many meals you will be preparing, review some
for the easy camping meals. Making a list of all the ingredients you will need may also have you reconsidering the
camping menu. The length of camping trip may reduce the variety in the menu. Left over in the cooler will not last more than a day or two. This is easily solved by rotating your breakfast slightly for instance on a 3-day camping trip.
Pancakes on day one, eggs the next and pancakes and/or eggs on the third. By changing how the food is prepared can change the taste and add the variety you're looking for.
The type of camping will determine the selection of camping food, not only because of the storage, but also available space. Van camping allows the possibilities to be endless. With backpacking, you will need to be more precise, and would consider freeze-dried prepackaged meal instead of hamburger recipes. The more restricted you are on space; the more planning will be required. If you are canoeing, kayaking, or backpacking and come near a town, you may consider mailing yourself food for the next leg of your trip.
It may also require repackaging your food into portions required for your meals. This may seem to be a lot of work, but I find that prepackaging will save space and time preparing meals. If part or all of the meal can be frozen a head of time, it will stay fresher longer and save on ice. One idea when portioning your food is to use a Food Saver, which will reduce the space, and protect it from the environment you will be in, such as when canoe camping.
Unless you are Van or Trailer Camping, you will be limited to a cooler as the method of food storage to prevent spoilage. Consider taking two coolers, one for food, and one for drinks. This will limit the number of times the cooler with food is opened. On the other hand, you may just want to ice down the drinks in a container or bucket each day. Using blocks of ice or filling and freezing milk containers will keep the food colder longer.
For all your non-canned food, I suggest you place them in a container or bag with a good seal, before placing the food in the cooler. This will prevent cross contamination and prevent the food from getting drenched in water from the melting ice. This includes hot dogs and the fixings needed for the s'mores.
This is where you can be creative, learn to substitute canned for fresh, one ingredient for another. Food that can be frozen will aid in keeping other food items cold. Alternatively, you may even discover a new meal.
Although you would not need a cooler, it is important to keep cured meat packed away to prevent attracting unwanted animals. Cured meat like pork or beef can be easily done yourself using sodium nitrate and patience. The sodium nitrate is found at websites like Duda Diesel and others and curing meat is a process dating back to the Romans.
Most importantly, the Camping Food should always be safe to eat. Take the extra steps, and prevent anyone from getting sick. It is a good idea to take a backup non-perishable food that has a long shelf life. Canned or freeze dried food will be more useful than fresh beyond the first night or so. It is easier to bring home the backup meal than to miss a meal or become sick from bad food.
Camping food can be just as important as the first aid kit.
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