Friday, April 3, 2015

No More Boring Camper Food

Seafood Feast during camping trip with friends
Whether you are headed our for a weekend tent camping trip, or a cross-country trip in your motor home, camper food does not need to be boring. With a little preparation and planning you can eat some fabulous foods while you enjoy your camping trip.

My husband manages a military campground for the U.S. Air Force now, but prior to that, we have been camping for many years. When our children were small, we started out with a tent, then graduated to a pop-up when our first grandson came along. We bumped that up to a couple of camper trailers, and finally to the 5th wheel we have today.

Even back many years ago, we were never "Beanie Weanie" people when camping. We always prepped and planned so we could enjoy some awesome food out in the woods. Nothing beats the taste of a grilled steak and the smell of a campfire burning.

It's all about the PREP! If you can make it ahead and store it, then do it. Any of these would work in a camper refrigerator, or a sturdy cooler, stored in a zip-top bags.
  • Potato Salad, Pasta Salad, Chicken Salad, Egg Salad or Fruit Salad 
  • Shredded Chicken or Pulled Pork for sandwiches
  • Pancake Batter 
  • Chopped Veggies for use with grilling steaks, chicken fajitas, or omelettes (mushrooms, celery, onion, peppers, tomatoes)
  • Baked goods such as cookies and mini-breads store well and don't need refrigeration
Make a LIST! Write up a good list of things you want to prepare while gone, then make sure you have the condiments, side dishes, bread, buns to go with it. Example: hamburgers on the grill require hamburger patties, buns, condiments and any side dishes such as pickles or chips and dip. Baked potato lovers like butter, salt, pepper and maybe some sour cream or shredded cheese and bacon bits. You see how this goes ... make a list and check it against your shopping list.

Think BIG! There's no reason why you can't grill a Rack of Lamb or enjoy a Shrimp Boil while camping. The sky is the limit! 

Have your food do DOUBLE DUTY! Tonight's Grilled London Broil could be steak and eggs for breakfast, steak sandwiches, pepper steak and more.

What about POTS and PANS? A good grill fry pan, heavy bottom stock pot, large sauce pan and a camp fire coffee pot are all good to carry along.

Pack the COOLER!  Place a bag of ice and any frozen items on the bottom, line top of ice with several paper bags or layers of newspaper. Store refrigerated items such as eggs, bacon, and prepared salads on top. Replace ice daily depending on temperatures.

Don't FORGET! Napkins, paper plates, plastic cutlery, water bottles or plastic cups for drinks, handi-wipes, band-aids, insect spray, sun screen, Benadryl (fast acting for minor allergic reactions),  pain reliever, and any prescription medications.

Grilled St. Louis Ribs

Mano 'O Steak

Grilled Center Cut Pork Chops

Steamed Shrimp

Grilled Rack of Lamb

Grilled London Broil

Low Country Boil
Italian Seasoned Grilled Chicken
Shredded Chicken

Pulled Pork

And of course, roasting marshmallows and making S'mores is a requirement!


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