When you are out camping, you may like to take some nice food with you too. You do not want to just have to have the basics which would be hot dogs, sandwich meat, chips and drinks. There are going to be times when you wished you had that home cooked meal you would have been missing for a few days now. These easy camping recipes can be for everyone to fix. They also work well if you have been hiking, taking pictures, swimming, canoeing, or kayaking all day. They do not take long to fix or cook, You will be able to rest easy while they are cooking after you’re strenuous activity of the day.
This is all part of the being prepared phase that not many people get to or realize that the more prepared you are for your trip, the more you have but the least you may have to pack. We always remember to pack out what we pack in to help keep mother nature clean. We get to go out and have a great time playing in the Forrest she has given us and when we leave someone else comes along and can enjoy her also, finding it as clean as we left her. Sometimes you could say cleaner, if the campers before you weren’t as courteous. Either way, we still have to have food to keep our energy up, and a nice touch of home could do the trick for you there. Not to mention, they are small meals you could do as a family, and sit around for your evening meal discussing how your day went and what’s on the agenda for tomorrow.
I will tell you how I prepare and fix mine, then you do yours with the way you would like to spice it up. I will tell you, it is easier to bring a pair of tongs and/or oven mitts for these.
Recipe # 1:
30 min. prep time/ 20-30 min. cook time
Steak Foil Packets
What you need:
- Cubed Steak cut for kabobs or a little smaller.
- Vegetables. I usually have carrots, potatoes, green beans, and onions. You can mix them anyway you like with or without these ingredients. Use your imagination.
- Aluminum foil wraps, packets, or just a roll of aluminum foil.
- Olive Oil, canola oil, and real butter.
- Small Ziploc bags
Before you leave the house, you are going to want to have these prepared, so everyone that’s going can partake in making their own meal for the night that has been chosen for this.
- I usually get the steak that has been already cut for the kabobs. You can use them as they are or you can cut them into smaller pieces. I prefer mine to be cubed a little smaller. After you have those cleaned and cut, leave some fat on there so they don’t burn, and the rest of the food can cook in its juices.
- I clean and slice my baby carrots. I buy the baby carrots, because they are more tender and will cook faster. Cut them longways, so you will get 4 pieces of carrot from one. Set them to the side after rinsing them off properly.
- I take my fresh green beans and I wash them thoroughly. I break off the ends and string them, so you do not have to worry about the strings. Cut them in half, but I like more and you may like less green beans than mine.
- I wash some baby red potatoes, because they cook faster, then you can either thinly slice these or dice them. I prefer to have mine diced, because you can mix them into the rest of your meal easier.
- Onion – Optional- I know that not everyone likes onion, so it is an optional ingredient. I use some of it for flavoring with the meat. Just dice it up into small pieces to have it ready when I make my campfire meal.
Now you have all of your ingredients prepared in preparation of getting your campfire meal ready. Now you should take all of your vegetables, and put them in separate Ziploc bags, add just a little olive or canola oil. I’d say just enough making sure your vegetables aren’t completely soaked, but maybe a little damp as you stir the oil. You can always judge this by adding a little at a time. Then add what spices you use or you want to have in there with them. (Salt, pepper, any other seasonings you may use.) Zip it up and your finished. Be sure to not over do the seasonings when adding them, as they will all be mixed and cooked together.
Not everyone will want the same ingredients
They may not want any at all, that’s also why it’s important to make something everyone will eat. Now with the meat, you may like a little flavor so you can add soy sauce, just enough to make a round trip around the meat in a steady stream once. I prefer to add worsterschire sauce to mine. I will put about 4 or 5 shake fulls in there and mix it all up in my baggie. You can add a small amount of meat tenderizer, season salt, salt, and pepper. Add all that together and mix it real well in the bag. Everything thing goes into the refrigerator until it’s time to pack the cooler to go camping. Now you have a ready-made, one man meal, that can be made quickly and be cooked over, in or beside,(close, just not in the coals close.) You have to get it close enough to cook it (that depends on how hot your fire is) so it will get done, and not take forever to turn out right.
Time to Cook your Meal
Now that you have your meal ready to go and have decided today is the day you want to cook it, you will need the above ingredients plus your aluminum foil squares to make it in. I have tested this theory many times and believe me, you want your seasoned meat on the bottom.
- Add your potatoes because they take longer to cook, but baby red potatoes cook faster.
- Then add my carrots.
- You the top it off with your green beans and a sprinkle of onion.
And let’s not forget that I had real butter on the list. Now last, but not least, you add 2 squares of butter. This will not only help it cook, but will also give it amazing flavor throughout the whole entree. You wrap it up tight, leaving no loose ends, You want to make sure all the flavor and juices stay inside the foil in order to get the full flavor from the meal. Sometimes, I will double wrap mine, just to make sure. Then you place it on the rack above the fire, or you can sit it directly in the coals, because it cooks faster that way, depending on how hot your fire is I usually place mine right beside the coals and then when I see some steam coming from it, I flip it over(oven mitts and tongs) It just depends on how well done you like it. Just remember, you are cooking over an open fire, so your safety should be #1. Secondly, it takes less time to cook than it would in a conventional oven or on a stove. When it’s done, and the meat is how you like it, then open it up and you can eat right from the foil. That’s less spaced you used getting it there and less you will have to throw away when you are done.
There are many ways to make this with different meats and seafood. Just remember to keep everything separate so there is not any cross contamination beforehand and wash your hands (or sanitize) them thoroughly when you are finished. You can also take these meals and use them for several days for many things.
Add what you like, even garlic if you wish, then put them together when you’re ready and just cook while you are sitting around the campfire talking about your day and what’s on the agenda for tomorrow.
Have fun with it and on your trip. Maybe we will see each other soon. I’ll be the one with the camera in my hand. Hope you have a fun filled and safe trip.