By Guest Author: Jackie Edwards
From the breathtaking blue lakes to the ancient mountain views, Alberta offers fantastic opportunities for children and their families to connect with nature. Interacting with the wilderness on a family camping trip or at summer camp has tremendous health, social, mental and physical benefits. When well done, cooking in the woods is an exciting way to make your outdoor experience feel special and keep your campers satisfied and healthy. Whether you are a beginner or a regular campfire cooker, below are cooking tips to make your camping trip and outdoor cooking experiences successful and memorable.
Preparation plays a vital role in the outcome of your out trip or cooking experience. As you start packing your essential camping gear such as tents and sleeping bags, don’t forget to pay attention to the cooking supplies. In regards to camp, your kitchen staff will know the amount of food you bring depends on the number of days you will be camping, and make sure to pack extra. Measure, chop, label and pack every ingredient you will need and store any perishables in a cooler. Save space by placing your food in zipper bags and remember to pack fun snacks. For eggs, you can scramble them and put them in a jar.
Get The Right Gear
Having the proper cookware not only helps you fix great meals, but it also simplifies the process and helps you serve safe food. Regardless of what you plan to cook, you need to choose the right cooking gear. Some of the must-have cookout tools include a lightweight pot and pan, medium size dishes, cutlery, aluminum foil, lighters, and a cooler. For a smoother cooking experience, you can also bring along a portable grate and fire starters. In a campfire, plastic equipment can melt, so it’s crucial you skip anything with rubber coated handles and only use metal utensils.
The Cooking Process
There are numerous methods to make your outdoor meals. Deciding whether to stick to the good old-fashioned way or use a modern approach depends on your camp's style and the types of meals you will be cooking. If you are cooking with a campfire, two of the easiest and most effective techniques are wrapping food in aluminum foil and placing it in hot coal, or grilling over an open fire. Due to difficulty in controlling an open flame when cooking, utilize items such as a fire grill, tongs and reduce the firewood.
While campfires create classic experiences, no one wants a camp cookout that ends with a burn blister or tragedy. To ensure everyone’s safety, you need to put up some safety procedures in place. First, build the fire in an open area away from the tents, debris and low hanging branches. Second, although campers can help and learn from the experience, always place an adult in charge of the cooking activity. If you are planning a barbecue, keep the meat in a cooler until grill time to prevent contamination. Keep water nearby and always extinguish the flame before sleeping. To avoid attracting pests and wild animals, all leftovers should be stored away or hanged above ground.
Most campers would agree that camping just isn't the same without a camp cookout. To keep your whole fcamp group or family engaged, allow the kids to help with small tasks during the food preparation and cooking. When everyone gathers around the fire during the cookout, you can entertain them with a cheerful story. With these cooking tips, you are assured of a fun and rewarding camping experience.