Outdoor cooking doesn’t have to be as much of a headache as you think, use these 6 tips to make outdoor cooking a breeze!
- Prep Your Food Beforehand
You can save time and bag space by prepping your food before you get on the trail. Cut your vegetables and meat at home so you can avoid the hassle of minimalist tools. Not having to bring the hardware for it will save you a ton of room in your pack. Just keep the prepped food in Ziploc bags to keep it fresh and use it when you need them.
- Bring Aluminum Foil
Aluminum foil is a multi-use tool to make you a cooking ninja. You can use it to cook food in, keep food warm, and save perishables for later. It can come in handy for non-cooking-related use too. A roll of aluminum foil can save you in a cooking pinch, so make sure you keep it on hand.
- Only Bring What You Need
Having extra food on hand is great, but just make sure you limit the number of extra perishable items you bring. Letting food go to waste because you brought extra is a waste of money and bag space. Measure out your fruits, vegetables, and meats before you leave so you can save your hard-earned money.
- Limit Your Cookware
Multi-use is the name of the game when it comes to trail cooking. Make sure you are bringing cookware that can function in a multitude of ways so you can use it for everything. A cast-iron skillet is a great piece to bring as it is durable and can be used to make just about everything. It can save you from carrying heavy pots and pans by having a cast-iron skillet. Another great option is a dutch oven, it has its own legs and is an incredibly easy piece of cookware to use. Just as durable it can also cook everything under the sun.
- Make Sure You Have a Firestarter
Theirs is nothing worse than being hungry and not being able to cook your food. Make sure you have something on hand to start a fire, whether that’s lighter fluid or a wooden Firestarter, make sure you are prepared. Another great option is a propane stove. Easy to use, easy to carry, and economical the propane stove can be your best friend on the trail. It starts every time and having easy access to a cooking fire is one less headache to have.
- Reuse Old Containers For Storage
Having condiments and seasonings in small, travel-ready containers is a great way to cut down on their bulky packaging. You can put liquid condiments (ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise) in a squeeze bottle as well as something like pancake batter. It also makes for easy use in cooking to have them in squeeze bottles. Using old tic-tac boxes or pill organizers to store seasonings will let you bring all the flavors of your home kitchen out into the wild.
Use these 6 tips for outdoor cooking the next time you’re camping so that you can cook with ease.