6 Outdoor Cooking Tips for Beginner Campers-Panergy
1) Plan Out Your Meals
This simple tip makes a huge difference.
I used to think about what I would make at camp, and (try to) keep it together in my head while I was packing, secretly hoping that I remembered everything and had enough food.
Now, I actually write it down.
The act of writing it down is so helpful. You can see very clearly how many dinners you need and what you’re planning to eat each day.
This does not need to be an elaborate plan unless you want it to be.
Use my Camp Meal Planner:
In my free Camp Cooking Starter Kit that you can download below, I even have a camping meal planner.
That camp meal planner is what I use to write down my meals. I also use it as a shopping list and packing list.
With this planner, packing is easier and less stressful too.
Prep Veggies and Ingredients Ahead of Time:
Once you know what you want to cook at camp, you might be able to prep some parts of the meal at home to make things much easier at camp.
For example, in the video above I made quesadillas. I wanted to put some peppers and onions in the quesadillas, so I diced the veggies at home and stored them in a Stasher bag in the cooler.
At camp, that’s one less step I had to do.
Another example is my Grilled Steak Fajitas recipe. For this camping dinner, I mix the marinade and the steak at home and store it in the cooler on ice.
At camp, all I need to do is put the steak right on the grill. No mixing marinades. No handling of raw meat. Easy!
Lastly, if you're going to use camping recipes, I always recommend that you read the recipe fully at home first.
Again, this will make things easier at camp because you’ll know what to expect.
2) Keep Your Meals Simple
Simple does not mean boring!
There are two main ways that you can cook at camp - a campfire or a camp stove.
Simple Camp Stove Meals:
In general, cooking with a camp stove is the easiest, and a great place to start.
I also suggest that you cook one-pot or one-pan meals.
Luckily, I have tons of easy one-pan camp stove meals for you to try!
Here are some ideas:
Quesadillas - try my breakfast quesadillas or my steak and pepper quesadillas!
Pancakes - try my strawberry coconut pancakes
One-pot sausage jambalaya
Mac & Cheese
Simple Campfire Meals:
Cooking with a campfire is a little more involved because, not only are you cooking, but you’re also maintaining the fire.
This can be a lot of fun!
If you’re just starting out, start with something simple like grilling or foil packet meals.
You’ll need some campfire cooking gear, but if you start with these simple meals below, you won’t need much.
Here are some ideas:
hamburgers and hot dogs
chicken sausage kabobs with veggies
grilled steak and couscous
southwest chicken foil packets
Summer essential equipment：