Make it easy to cook while camping so you don't have to slave over meals and can enjoy the natural surroundings with the rest of the family.
- TIP: Avoid washing the Dutch oven with soap, which can stick to the surface. Scrub with a scouring pad and lots of hot water instead.
- Step 1: Tote the camping coffee pot to make chocolate cherry coffee, for example, simply by bringing hot water to boil over the hot coals, and stirring in the chocolate with cherries. You'll have exotic flavored coffee in the wild!
- Step 2: Keep it simple and old fashioned while camping, using green sticks for hot dogs to cook over the hot coals. For something really easy, roll up corn, potatoes, and other vegetables in foil wraps, and grill. All you need are S'mores and it's like being a kid again.
- FACT: Since the Coleman Company, which makes camp stoves, invented its lantern in 1914, more than 50 million have been sold throughout the world.
- Step 3: Cook anything from soups to breads in a reliable camp favorite, the Dutch oven, and protect meals from embers, grit, and smoke.
- Step 4: Break eggs into a freezer bag, mix in omelet ingredients, and seal, to be heated later in boiling water. They're easy, fun, and quick when everyone is ready to chow.
- Step 5: Organize the camp and color-code sacks with cooking equipment and utensils, organizing materials so they're harder to lose and easier to find. Put saved recipes for camp meals in a dry, locking, plastic bag.
- Step 6: Cut old closed-cell foam sleeping pads into squares. Wrap them completely with duct tape and use them as cutting boards or stove pads.
- TIP: Multiply the uses by drawing a checker board on the pad for idle time in the tent during rain storms, or cushion your butt when sitting.
- Step 7: Bring a multi-tool instead of only a knife. Use pliers as pot grippers. Keep a saw or a serrated blade around for cutting tougher food or wood for the fire.
- Step 8: Whip up stews and soups before leaving and freeze in bags. Do the same with cut-up vegetables, fruit salad, and pasta that's been cooked almost all the way. Pack up any convenient leftovers that you can reheat. Bring fresh pita bread, which holds up longer than store bought loaves.