If eating bland camp food on a trip doesn’t sound the least bit appealing to you, you’re not alone. Most campers prefer home cooked meals with flavor. That’s why they bring ingredients and cooking utensils from home that make meal preparation easy.
If you’re spending time in the Great Outdoors and want to feel more comfortable in the setting, make meal preparation a priority for you and your family. Before heading to the campground, think about the types of foods that you enjoy and are easy to prepare on an open fire or grill. Keep in mind that it may be difficult to keep things cold so limit how many items you carry in your ice chest or cooler.
Create a spice kit by 3D printing one or using small film canisters. You can buy a large quantity of them relatively cheaply on the internet. Poke holes in the lids to make ‘shaking’ the spice containers easy.
Some spices you’ll want to have on hand at all times include salt and pepper, garlic salt, chili powder, curry, basil, oregano, and cumin. You might also want cayenne, cinnamon, and nutmeg. It doesn’t hurt to save soy sauce packets from your last batch of Chinese take-out and buy little bottles of Tabasco for heat.
You can quickly change the flavor profile of porridges, soups, and skillet casseroles by creating a camper spice kit and carrying with you every time you camp. Backpacker magazine notes that it’s best to put all the spices in a zip-top or mesh bag for safekeeping. Introducing extra seasoning earlier in the cooking process helps rev up the flavors of the dish.
Whomever said camp food was boring was wrong. With the right ingredients, you can transform any dish into something fine dining restaurant-worthy. Create your own camp spice kit using your favorite spices before you leave for your next camping trip and enjoy more flavorful meals.