Getting Ready For Camping Cooking
Cooking in the great outdoors can be very different from cooking in your kitchen at home. Its a way of exploring your own skills that you may have unconsciously learnt from your mom in the kitchen when you were at home. You should have a propane stove, or if you prefer you can cook over a fire pit. Camping in the outdoors requires that you get up early - that way everyone else can sleep in and wake up to a hearty breakfast. This would require you to be equipped with the equipment and supplies, and perhaps recipes for good camping cooking.
1. Equipment This includes the stove, gas cylinders, ovens, fireplace, grilling pits and so on. One of the most famous ones is the Dutch oven, that is basically a covered pot made of heavy metal used for cooking. This oven is mostly made of cast iron or aluminum and varies from extremely heavy ones to relatively light weight ones. Some come with strong metal legs to support the oven over the heat source as well. These ovens, that use charcoal or coals to work, have lids that tightly fit into the bottom and have also a rim around the edge to hold the coals. You can also try out other alternatives such as pit and brick ovens or mobile stoves, that come with a small gas cylinder that can last for more than 50 hours of camping cooking usage.
2. Supplies Having a place to cook properly is not enough. You need good food to get you moving in your other camping activities as well. Having this in mind, you must make sure your camping cooking food supply, either raw or canned must be sufficient. Raw foods would include meat, vegetables, and fruits and so on. Also, to preserve these, you need to have a small cooler equipped with dry ice handy. Nutritious canned food is a good and simpler alternative. Try meat available in cans that you can just grill or fry and eat straightaway.
3. Cookbooks and Recipes And who could forget some of the best camping recipies out there, such as hotdog on a stick, smores, and instant noodles! Some cookbooks have a long list of food choices available; from a vegetarian barbeque and fried fish with baked potatoes to the more exquisite Turkish cuisine and Bali fried foods. Just be sure to boil all your water before you use it in any meals.
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