Everything you Need to Know About Camping: Part 4 – The 5 Essential Tools For Camp Cooking

5 Essential Tools For Camp Cooking EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CAMPING

5 Essential tools for camp cooking is part 4 in a 5 part series…Everything you need to know about camping. The series was written to help calm your apprehensions about camping and get you out into the great outdoors. If you have never tried camping before, the idea of getting outdoors and next to nature can be a little overwhelming. Questions arise quickly… “Where should I go?” “What should I take?”  and “What will I eat?” are just a few that come to mind. Let’s start from the beginning and break it all down to see if we can get you outdoors and up close and personal to nature. Hopefully after reading a few of these ideas you will be out building a fire, cooking up great meals and leaving all your cares behind in no time flat.

Here is a brief recap of the series so far.

Part – 1 So You Want To Go Camping answered for us a few simple questions: “What is camping?”  “Why should I go?” and “Where should I go?”

Part 2 – 10 Must Haves When Camping helped us to understand 10 of the most important things needed to help prepare for a successful camping trip. 

Part 3 – Let’s Get Cooking took us through the different methods of cooking when camping. Let’s get started on Part 4.

5 Essential Tools For Camp Cooking PART 4 – 5 ESSENTIAL TOOLS FOR CAMP COOKING

Once you have decided how you are going to cook when camping, it’s time to gather up the things you will need to accomplish the task. I’ve put together a list of 5 essential tools that will have you whipping up delicious camp food that everyone will enjoy. Simplicity is the name of the game.  An elaborate meal now and again is fine, but it won’t be long until you discover food tastes great no matter how you choose to cook it. Being outdoors heightens the senses and your appetite. So keep it simple and then you’ll be able to spend more time enjoying the moment with those around you. Getting too fancy and slaving over a meal can leave you  isolated. No one wants to be left out of all the fun.

1. A good set of pots and pans is #1 on the 5 Essential Tools For Camp Cooking List. The size of the pots and pans needed will vary depending on how many people you will be cooking for. 3 Pots of varying sizes with lids and a frying pan will just about cover any cooking that you require. I am partial to stainless steel for easier clean up and due to the leaching of chemicals that can occur with aluminum pans. Stainless steel is heavier, so when weight is an issue (when backpacking) Titanium is the better choice.   

Stansport Premium Quality Stainless Steel 7 piece Deluxe Family Cookset 

Snow Peak Multi Compact 4 Piece Titanium Cook Set (backpacking)

2. Good Quality Utensils are an absolute necessity and #2 on the 5 Essential Tools For Camp Cooking List. No matter the method you have chosen for cooking ie@ Dutch Oven, Camp Stove, Table Top Grill or Campfire cooking a heavy duty set of utensils is required. Plastic or wooden is probably not a wise choice for obvious reasons. When putting your set together make sure you have the basics…spatula, ladle, large spoon, tongs, chopping knife, paring knife and a can opener. Add a corkscrew wine opener if you plan on enjoying a glass of vino on your camping trip.

GSI Outdoors Pioneer Chef’s Tools (Blue) Camp Chef Cast All Purpose Chef Set (5-Piece) 

3. Durable Dishes is next on the 5 Essential Tools For Camp Cooking List. It is important when camping to have dishes that are lightweight, portable and can also serve a multitude of tasks. For example a simple cup can be used for a hot beverage in the morning, soup for lunch and a hearty chili for dinner. When tent, RV or cabin camping portability may not be much of an issue but when backpacking all those extra ounces of weight can add up pretty quickly. Think compact, stackable, multifunctional and you can’t go wrong.

GSI Outdoors Cascadian 4 Person Table Set (Green)

Light My Fire 6-Piece BPA-Free Outdoor Meal Kit with Plate, Bowl, Cup, Cutting Board, Container and Spork – Tomato Red (backpacking)

4. Cutlery is #4 on the 5 Essential Tools for Camp Cooking list. Bad cutlery is one of my pet peeves when camping. There is nothing worse than trying to cut a beautiful piece of meat and sawing through it with a dull knife that won’t cut. Perhaps I’m a bit of a snob, but if I am going to all the trouble of making something delicious worth cutting, I want to cut it, not saw it! I also do not like the taste of metal in my mouth that so much of the cheap cutlery has. So I invest a little bit more in better quality. But hey, that’s just me. No matter what you choose, you know you will need the standard knife, fork and spoon.

GSI Outdoors Pioneer Cutlery (Green) Light My Fire Titanium Spork (backpacking)

5. Cleaning Supplies is last on the list of the 5 Essential Tools for Camp Cooking. A few good cleaning supplies are just as important as all the other tools in your camping repertoire. Cleaning up traces of food around the campsite keeps all the little (and big) critters away and helps keep the area beautiful for the others coming behind you that want to enjoy it.  Your cleaning supplies should include a small square tub to put your dirty dishes in (when weight is not an issue), a few dish towels, wash cloth, and environmentally safe dish soap at the bare minimum. I also bring a metal scrubber for the more difficult pans, and a dish drainer to hold the drying dishes.

5 Essential Tools For Camp Cooking This list is by no means the end all be all but it is what I have found to be helpful. One of the things I did not add to the list but bring everytime I go camping (unless I am backpacking) is a Boudin Coffee Press. A good cup of coffee is one thing I refuse to give up when i’m camping. I am sure that you will also have your personal must haves as well. This list is a great place to start and will give you the basics of what’s necessary. If you have these 5 Essential Tools for Camp Cooking you will have everything you need to cook up fabulous meals in the great outdoors.

If you missed any of the series Everything You Need to Know About Camping you can see them here…

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Everything You Need to Know About Camping: Part 3- Let’s Get Cooking

Let's Get Cooking: Options for Cooking When Camping

Part 3 – Let’s Get Cooking

Everything you need to know about camping is a 3 5 part series presented to help calm your apprehensions about camping and get you out into the great outdoors. If you have never tried camping before, the idea of getting outdoors and next to nature can be a little overwhelming. Questions arise quickly… “Where should I go?” “What should I take?”  and “What will I eat?” are just a few that come to mind. Let’s start from the beginning and break it all down to see if we can get you outdoors and up close and personal to nature. Hopefully after reading a few of these ideas you will be out building a fire, cooking up great meals and leaving all your cares behind in no time flat.

In Part 1 we discussed 3 main topics:

  • What exactly is camping?
  • Why should I go camping?
  • Where should I go camping?

In Part 2 we discussed the 10 Must Haves When Camping; 10 of the most important little things needed to help prepare for a successful camping trip. 

Here are the links to Part 1 and Part 2 in case you missed them and would like to catch up.

Part 1: So You Want to Go Camping  

Part 2: 10 Must Haves When Camping

I had meant to wrap up the Series on Everything You Need to Know About Camping this week, but have come to realize it is impossible to cover all the aspects of cooking in only one post. So I will be extending the series for a few more weeks.

Coming up…

  • What are the options for cooking when I go camping?
  • What type of cooking gear should I bring when I go camping?
  • Healthy camp recipes and ideas for your camping trip.

Let's Get Cooking: Options for Cooking When Camping

Let’s Get Cooking

What Are The Options For Cooking When Camping?

There are many options for cooking when camping. Much depends on the facility where you will be staying. For instance, some wilderness areas and campsites do not allow wood fires during peak fire season or only allow a charcoal fire in a designated area.  It is good to check out the area and the restrictions before you head out and always have a back-up plan in the event that things change. Even when all options are available you may want to use several methods for cooking anyway.  Let’s explore some of the options.

Let's Get Cooking: Options for Cooking When Camping

Camp Stove

  • The Camp Stove is usually a two burner stove and the most commonly used cooking method when camping. Fuel for the stove can be either propane or white gas. I find this method to be the most stable for cooking. Heat can be maintained and regulated easily in comparison with a wood fire, charcoal grill or dutch oven. It is the most user friendly option; one I would recommend as a mainstay in your stable of cooking choices.

Tabletop Grill

  • Charcoal can be used in a fire pit (when allowed per facility) or a BBQ grill. Some camping areas have grills available for use right at the campsite, but this is not always the case. It is a good idea to check to make certain. One way to avoid not having a grill available is the Tabletop Grill. For this cooking method all you need is charcoal and a lighter. When cooking on the grill it is not much different from home. No need to step out of your comfort zone with this method.

Let's Get Cooking: Options for Cooking When Camping

Dutch Oven

  • The Dutch Oven takes your camp cuisine one step further. Soups and stews are only the beginning with this handy piece of equipment. Whether it is used with charcoal or sitting over a fire, the options are endless when you get the hang of how to use it. I enjoy baking and making desserts in my oven; a sure way to impress and a great tool when camping when heavy equipment is not an issue.

101 Things to Do with a Dutch Oven

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Let's Get Cooking: Options for Cooking When Camping

Wood Fire

  • A wood fire embodies all the charm and tradition of camping. It is a practical method with many varieties for use. Foil wrapped packages are one of the easiest methods for cooking with a wood fire. It is good to remember a cooking fire is something quite different than a fire to be enjoyed while gathering and singing kum ba yah. White hot coals are much more predictable and a steadier source of heat than red hot flames.

How to Build a Camp Fire

Pie Irons

  • Desserts are fun to eat at camp. Why not opt for a healthier version. Pie Irons broaden your horizons and give you more options than the traditional S’more (yes I agree they are a camp tradition!). The great thing about Pie Irons is they make pretty mean sandwiches and a whole lot more.

Rome’s #2011 Creative Pie Iron Cooking Book

In Summary

This is by no means an exhaustive list of the ways to cook when camping, but it is a good start to get you out and enjoying the outdoors fairly quickly. As you camp, mix it up a bit and try the various methods. Soon you may be using the camp stove at breakfast, a wood fire at lunch, and the Dutch oven at dinner. The most important thing to remember is to use what works best and fits easily within your family. If a certain method is more of a chore and takes away from your experience, skip it entirely and move on to something else.

Next Week:  What type of cooking gear should I bring when I go camping?

If you missed any of the series of Everything You Need to Know About Camping you can see them here…

 

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