The holiday season is a time for family, friends and, of course, good food. But what if you're spending the holiday camping? That doesn't mean you have to skip the turkey or roasted potatoes. With a little creativity and preparation, you can enjoy any traditional holiday feast even while camping. Campfire cooking is a great way to slow down and enjoy the experience of preparing a meal together.
Gather around the campfire and take your time cooking up a holiday feast. Catch up with loved ones and create new memories. Plus there's nothing quite like cooking over an open flame.
Planning And Preparing For Your Camping Trip
The holidays are a wonderful time for new and old traditions and you’re probably wanting to make some meals that you are comfortable with, but that may look different when you’re not in your kitchen. So before you head off into the woods, there are a few things you need to do to plan and prepare for your trip.
First, you’ll need to gather all the camping essentials, such as a tent, sleeping bags, and a camp stove.
Once you’ve got those out of the way, you’ll need to think about food prep and what kind of utensils and cookware you will need for cooking. It might be easier if you go through each recipe and make a list of what you know you’ll need for each dish.
And finally, don't forget to pack some fun activities to keep everyone entertained during your stay. With a little bit of planning and preparation, you can ensure that your camping trip is a success!
Deciding On The Right Food For Your Camping Trip
Planning the right food for your holiday camping trip can be tricky- but it's definitely worth it to make sure everyone has a good time!
You'll need to consider what resources will be available to you:
If you're able to bring a cooler and have access to running water, then you'll have more options than if you're roughing it in the wilderness with only a campfire to cook on.
If you're planning on cooking over a campfire, you'll need to make sure you have enough wood and kindling. If you're relying on a portable stove, you'll need to make sure you have enough fuel.
Once you've taken resources into account, it's time to start thinking about what food to actually bring:
If your family has any traditional camping meals, now is the time to dust them off and give them a try.
If your kids always look forward to s'mores around the campfire, then make sure you pack all the necessary ingredients!
However, if you're looking for something new, there are plenty of great recipes available online. Just be sure to take any allergies or dietary restrictions into account.
Finally, don't forget to factor in culture:
If you're celebrating a holiday like Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, then traditional foods will be an important part of the festivities.
By taking the time to plan ahead, you can be sure that your holiday camping trip will be a delicious success.
Preparing And Cooking Your Holiday Camping Meals
One of the best parts of camping is the food. There's something about cooking over a fire that makes meals taste even better. But how do you go about preparing and cooking your holiday camping meals?
First, decide how long after you've reached your campsite you want to start cooking. This could be a day or two after you arrive, or even within a few hours of arrival. Knowing when you'll be cooking can help you determine what sort of utensils and dishes you'll need first and how much to prepare before leaving the house.
Next, gather your ingredients. If you're planning on cooking a big meal, then you'll need to make sure you have everything you need before you leave home. Otherwise, you'll have to make a quick trip to the grocery store (which can be a pain when you're trying to enjoy your vacation). A good idea is to make what you need ahead of time- except for the meat, you’ll definitely want to do that over the fire.
Finally, it's time to start cooking! Build a fire in your camp stove or grill, and get ready to enjoy some delicious holiday camping meals.
Just remember to give yourself enough time to cook - rushing through your meal will only ruin the experience. So take your time, relax, and enjoy the good food and company around the campfire.
Recipes For Some Of Our Favorite Holiday Camping Dishes
Here are some recipes for some of our favorite holiday camping dishes, ranging from breakfast to dinner- because the holidays are an experience, made better by food!
For breakfast, try this camping classic eggs in a nest. Start by using a cup or glass rim to make a hole in a piece of bread. Don’t throw out the circle, it can be toasted too! Add it to a lightly greased skillet and crack an egg into the hole. At this point you can add any extras you’d like, such as bacon or ham, as well as cheese and onion. When the egg is mostly cooked through you can flip the bread and egg to make sure the other side is also nicely browned. Once both sides are browned and the egg is cooked through, it is ready to be eaten.
For lunch, you might want something lighter for lunch, especially if you’re preparing a Thanksgiving/ Christmas/ Hanukkah/ Kwanzaa meal for dinner. For something quick and easy, try making sandwiches with your favorite lunch meats or veggie patties. Add some fresh fruits or veggies, and you've got a healthy and filling meal. If you're looking for something a little heartier, try wraps or quesadillas packed with rice, beans, and cheese. And don't forget the classic PB&J - it's perfect for lunch on the go!
For dinner, nothing beats good old-fashioned camping food cooked over an open fire. Try grilled turkey or chicken, roasted potatoes, and cranberry sauce:
- Campfire Roasted turkey: This classic holiday dish is even better when cooked over a campfire. Simply prepare your turkey (or chicken) with some seasoning and a butter wash, then roast for up to 1 ½ hours, making sure to check for burning in regular intervals.
- Dutch Oven Potatoes: A hearty dish and a perfect side that's perfect for a winter camping trip, these potatoes are cooked in a Dutch oven with onions, garlic, and rosemary. This recipe has used bacon as an additional ingredient, but if you think it might be a meat overkill then you can pass on the bacon.
- Campfire Cranberry sauce: This festive twist on classic cranberry sauce is made by cooking cranberries and sugar over a campfire until they form a thick, jam-like consistency. Serve it alongside your roasted turkey or pork roast.
- Grilled Pineapple Upside Down Cake: This fun camping dessert is made by grilling pineapple slices, brown sugar, butter and ready-made pound or sponge cakes. Grill it until the cake is golden brown, then flip it over and serve upside down.
- S'mores are also always a hit for dessert!
This holiday season, get outside and make new traditions. Cook your favorite dishes over the campfire, or try something new like roasting a turkey on a spit. No matter what you choose to do, be sure to take the Survivor Filter Pro with you for safe, clean water wherever you go. With this handy little device, you can rest easy knowing that you’ll always have access to drinkable water – even in the middle of nowhere.
So don’t be afraid to try something new this year – cooking for the holidays while camping is definitely an experience you won’t want to miss!