Heading off into the great outdoors is becoming an increasingly popular pastime. In the US alone 13 million families stated that they planned to go camping more frequently compared to previous years.Whether you hit the woodland trails alone, go for a romantic camping trip with your partner, or make it a family fun day out by camping beside the lake or pitching a tent in the backyard, there is no denying that you will need some sustenance. Camping out does not mean that you can’t eat well! Try these 5 camping food hacks for culinary success in the middle of nowhere.
Cracking eggs, weighing flour, and adding salt can get a little messy and complicated when you are on a camping trip.
So, here’s a handy kitchen hack: pre-mix some pancake batter and pour it into some cleaned-out plastic bottles, screwing the cap on firmly.
No need to lug canisters of flour and salt, bags of sugar and delicate eggs around with you in your rucksack, and when breakfast time comes around you can have freshly made pancakes to enjoy with chopped banana, wild berries you have found on the way, or just a drizzle of maple syrup.silicone pancake maker to make and flip a batch of pancakes in minutes
2. Dry dishes without a drying rack.
Finding a clean space to dry your dishes after a delicious meal can be tricky when you are camping. There’s no need to bring a bulky drying rack, though.
Simply tuck a nylon mesh bag into your rucksack and when the time comes to dry your newly-washed dishes, just fill the bag with your crockery and tie it to a suitable branch in the sunshine – your dishes will air dry in no time.
Make sure to choose a sturdy branch, preferably exposed to both the sunshine and the breeze, and away from any sources of flying insects (e.g. lakes and rivers).
This hack is great because it helps you to maintain high standards of hygiene: your crockery never comes into contact with the ground.
Many campers like to pre-fry their bacon at home and then bring the rashers with them in their rucksack to enjoy on the trail so that they do not need to bother bringing a stove and frying pan.
Others love pre-sliced fresh fruit like bananas, kiwi fruits and mangos in small plastic bags.
Ensure that your food stays fresh by using a portable heat sealer to create a firm seal on any plastic bags you are using.heat sealers are small and light, and can also be used to re-seal bags of chips and trail mix, or plastic bags of salad or cake so that they stay as fresh as can be after you have dipped into them.
4. Enjoy fresh, energizing smoothies on the go.
With a portable and rechargeable blender, you can turn wild bramble berries found on the trail into a delicious fresh smoothie. Or, use a portable orange juicer for freshly squeezed orange juice in the morning
Save the orange peels and use them as muffin cases – fill them with some pre-mixed muffin batter (see tip 1 for an idea for transporting this batter) then cook it over the coals of your campfire.Keep cups, thermos flasks, and portable drinks carriers are pretty much essential items for taking with you when you go camping: good quality items will keep your hot drinks hot and your cool drinks cool for hours on end.
5. Enjoy filter coffee on the mountaintops.
Just because you are far away from your favorite café or beloved home coffee maker does not mean that you need to forget the essential pleasure of rich, aromatic ground coffee in the morning.
Simply grab some coffee filter papers, fill them with 2-3 teaspoons of ground coffee each and tie them with hygienic string or dental floss to create a teabag style arrangement.
When you are ready for a cup of coffee during your hiking trip, all that you need to do is to steep one of these bags of ground coffee in a flask or a cup of boiling water. Delicious!
So now you are ready to camp in style and to enjoy a few little luxuries even when you are roughing it far from home.
With the right equipment, a little pre-planning, and some creativity and ingenuity, you can amaze your camping buddies with the scent of freshly brewed coffee and pancakes in the morning, finishing your breakfast off with a glass or two of freshly squeezed orange juice.
These tips are great for music festivals, too! So why not give them a try this summer?