4 Campfire Cooking Tips

While there's nothing wrong with making something simple like hot dogs on a camping trip, there are also a lot of options for campfire cuisine that are super tasty, easy, and will wow your family and friends. To take your campfire cooking skills from blah to gourmet, just follow these easy tips:

Get the Right Cooking Supplies

The pots, pans, and cooking utensils you use every day at home aren't a good match for the great outdoors. You need metal cooking utensils (plastic will melt when used with an open flame), and rugged, durable pots and pans that don't have plastic handles. The best option is to buy pots, pans, and cooking supplies that are made specifically for camping. These are designed to be as rugged as possible, while also being smaller and more efficient to pack than normal cookware so you don't have to lug around a ton of heavy gear just to prepare a nice meal.

Choose a Few New Recipes

One easy approach for upgrading your campfire cooking is to stick to the basics you always make, but then add one or two new campfire recipes you find online. Over time, you will gain more confidence in your campfire cooking skills and may decide to incorporate a few more complicated recipes, but starting off with just a couple of new recipes makes it less intimidating. Foil packets with sausage, veggies, and broth are simple and delicious, and so are flatbread pizzas and chili. 

Prep Food Ahead of Time

Remember that your campsite is unlikely to have a lot of space for food prep, and you don't want to spend your entire camping trip preparing meals anyway. Most campfire meals can be largely prepared before you ever leave on your trip, making for quicker and easier meals while camping. You can pre-wash and chop veggies and fruit, make soups and chilis ahead of time and just warm them up over the campfire, etc. The more prep work you do at home (where you have more counter space), the easier your newly gourmet campfire meals will be.

Seal and Store the Right Way

An important aspect of campfire cooking is what happens to the leftovers after you cook and eat your meals. To keep pests as well as bears far away, it's important to bring tightly sealing plastic storage containers for all your food, as well as plenty of ice and a large cooler or two with heavy-duty latches. Once your food is cleaned up and packed away it's a good idea to place something heavy on top of each cooler just to be extra safe.

 By following these tips, you will take your campfire cooking to the next level on your next camping trip. Contact a company that you can buy camping cooking supplies from for more information and assistance.