What are the best camping meals you remember? Was it a hearty breakfast around an early morning campfire? Was it something you tried for the first time and maybe didn’t come out just like you thought, but you all had such fun making it you didn’t care? Was it the fresh fish you caught for dinner? Camp cooking holds its own special memories and a unique set of challenges. Read on to see how you can overcome some of those challenges and create some of your own memories.
Start the Day With a Hearty Breakfast.
Camp breakfast has its own challenge. If you’re moving camp that day you have all the extra chores of getting camp torn down and packed. Or you might have a full day of sightseeing planned. You want to make sure everyone has a good meal to carry them through to lunch, especially with lots of physical energy being used up all day long.
UP and At ‘Em
Oatmeal is a perfect solution that doesn’t need to be boring. You can dress up any oatmeal with dried or fresh fruit, milk, honey, nuts, brown sugar, molasses. Instant oatmeal just needs boiling water to be ready in a flash. You can let “real” oatmeal cook on a low heat while everyone gets up and dressed and it will be ready when you are.
A yogurt, fruit and granola parfait is an easy cold breakfast or snack that will carry them through the day
Breakfast rollups or breakfast in a bag are 2 other hot quick fix breakfasts to get them out of the tent and ready to go.
On a morning when you have more time how about everyone’s favorite, pancakes? Mix all your dry ingredients for pancakes together in a plastic bag while at home, add the wet ingredients to the bag when you’re ready to cook, mix right in the bag. Add extra goodies to the pancake mix like dried fruits or nuts or save and sprinkle on top after cooking. Serve with local jam or berries instead of syrup.
Take Your Time
Have you ever wanted to try a camp oven? Why not be adventurous one morning and make sweet rolls or gingerbread with applesauce? Make your dough from scratch at home or mix it up on the spot. Brew up a pot of coffee and approach the day gently taking the time to sip your coffee and enjoy the good smells of the woods and your sweet rolls baking!
It might just be one of your best camping meals ever.