Tips on Cooking & Camping
Camp cooking isn't quite the same as whipping up dinner in your kitchen, but with the right recipes and camping equipment you won't have to eat beans every night - unless you want to!
Food is perhaps the most important element of camping. What many people overlook when they plan on cooking at camp, however, is that you can't get by on the diet you assume during normal activity. Hiking, swimming, and even just the act of setting up camp burns up more calories than the average person will burn during a normal daily activity. For this reason, when planning your cooking and diet, keep in mind that the typical camper will need to consume around 1,000 more calories a day. If you are camping during cold weather, you may even need to double your regular daily intake.
Cans of food can be convenient as long as you don't forget to bring along a can opener for cans without a ring pull. Cooking canned food is usually safe even if the can has been left in the sun, unless you notice the can is bulging slightly or is dented. In either of these cases can be signs of bacterial activity, so it is safer to just toss the can into the garbage. After consumption, the best thing is to throw the can into a garbage can; if this is not possible, then burn the cans and bury them 3 feet into the ground to avoid contamination.
What many people forget during camping is that it is just as important to keep your utensils, plates and cups clean in the wilderness as it is home--probably even more important. Make sure to clean all frying pans and pots after cooking to keep bacteria away. To reduce the risk of spreading any infection, make sure each person has his own supplies, and don't allow sharing.
If you are going to be cooking directly over a fire, make sure you use heavy-duty pots. The lighter the pot, the more uneven the heat will be distributed, which increases the likelihood of food burning. Fire can even damage the pot itself if it is too flimsy. Also be sure to bring along a padded oven glove to make sure nobody gets seriously burned.
One of the most important considerations when it comes to cooking and camping is fire safety. Following a few simple tips can save a lifetime of tragedy. Do not simply toss a piece of wood onto the fire, but instead place it there gently. Make sure you've always got enough water to put out a fire if it starts getting out of hand. Situate the fire well away from vegetation on the ground and overhanging tree limbs to make sure it doesn't catch.
The Perfect Food
The perfect food for camping may well be eggs, as long as you can keep them fresh and cold until cooking. Eggs are a perfect campfire food because they are small enough to bring along as many as you'll need. They are easy to cook over even a small fire. They can be prepared in a number of ways to keep you from getting bored. Eggs contain many of the nutrients that are necessary to keep you full of the energy you'll need for a successful camping trip.
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