Camp cooking is one of the most enjoyable activities to do during a camping trip. There is something about the atmosphere in the campground that makes cooking more fun and food more delicious. Even if you don’t have the comfort of having everything accessible like that in your kitchen, you still find camp cooking worthwhile and exciting. On top of it all, you love seeing the look in your family’s faces when they smell the delicious aroma floating around the campsite and when they actually start to taste the delectable meals you have created.
The only problem is that you spend so much time cooking during the camping trip that you hardly have enough time to bond with your spouse and little ones. To solve this predicament, here are practical tips on how to save time on your camp cooking adventure.
Do preparations at home
Doing the preparations at home will save you a great amount of time. Chop, dice, mince, slice, and pre-cook the ingredients at home so that when you arrive at the campsite, it would only take you a few hours to complete your masterpiece. Just make sure that you seal the ingredients in Ziplock bags to retain the flavor. It would also be smart to label the bags accordingly so you don’t waste too much time figuring out where the diced onions or the crushed garlic are. Not only would these save you time but also extend the life of the meat, seafood, or poultry that you intend to bring for the trip. It would take longer for them to spoil if they are already half cooked. But don’t forget to fill up the cooler with ice just as well. Also preparing the right camping products for cooking will also make your life easier.
Choose simple but fabulous meals
You do not have to choose elaborate meals that take forever to prepare. If you browse the Internet, you will find so many recipes that are scrumptious and at the same time, takes a little while to prepare. There are websites with very interesting camping recipes, and not only recipes, you can find almost anything about camping, from camping gear to complete traveling guide. This will not only save you time but also energy. If you spend all your energy in cooking, you will be too tired to do exciting outdoor activities with your family such as hiking, fishing, swimming, and so many more.
Get help from your family
Do not hog the spotlight. If any in the family wants to help, let them. Of course, toddlers and younger children may not be able to help in the kitchen but if they really want to, you can designate child-friendly cooking activities that do not involve the use of sharp knives or cooking with fire. They can peel vegetables or arrange the table. If the family doesn’t contribute help outrightly, what you can do is to ask them nicely. Chances are, they are just waiting for you to ask for their help. Make sure that they also help in clearing the cooking area at your campsite free from other camping equipment that are easy to burn such as a dome tent.
Cooking is enjoyable because eating great food is the best. Eating succulent dishes is one of the things that most campers look forward to in any camping vacation. But you should not spend too much time cooking because you came here to be with your family and do fun activities together.