Our current meat recipes:
Try some of our vegetarian recipes.
Grilling steak while doing some beach camping.
Here is the first in an upcoming series of breakfast recipes.
With our camping recipes you can prepare outdoor meals, that are simple, efficient and delicious.
When choosing food at the market treat yourself by buying fresh meats and produce over canned, boxed or bagged items.
To make life a little easier, I've created a free printable camping grocery list especially for you. If you like, print off a copy to help with grocery shopping.
By using some of the camping detective camping recipes and strategies you may enjoy cooking in the outdoors more than at home in your kitchen.
It's possible to eat in style whether at home or while camping but, there are a few things you need to do differently to make things go more smoothly.
For example, I'll often look for foods that come in better packaging that won't leak.
It'll make things a lot easier when packing the cooler and preparing meals out in the wilderness!
You can also use the TheCampingDetective.com Recipes to make a meal in your kitchen at home....easy, fast and delicious!
Which meats to buy for camping:
• There is nothing more delicious than preparing fresh beef, lamb, chicken or fish on a camping trip.
There are advantages to preparing boneless meats, you can either throw them on the grill, into a pan, or slice it up to make a great stir fry! And, no left over bones that will have to be properly disposed of. After all, there are lots of hungry critters out there looking for leftover food scraps.
For camping, the chicken wing drummettes from "Redbird" are great! Although, these do have bones, they come in excellent sturdy packaging that can be placed in the cooler as is and doesn't leak! And, the little drummettes are small so they cook very quickly.
• When looking for vegetables look for the ones that will last a little longer and can endure being tossed around and squeezed in the cooler. Cauliflower, broccoli, asparagus, brussel sprouts, carrots, corn on the cob, even snow peas are great. All easy to rinse, boil, steam and/or fry. They also hold up better in a cooler full of ice. If they fall into the melted ice water in the cooler it’s no big deal.
All about rice, pasta, quinoa and more....
For short weekend camping trips it's easier to prepare items such as rice, pasta, quinoa and farro ahead of time at home. Why? All of these take longer to cook when camping outdoors. Often longer than the items on the grill. Afterwards those cooking pots will need to be scrubbed as well.
Some brands of rice and quinoa need to be rinsed several times before cooking. That's often a more difficult task to do when camping.
There's really no need to stand in front of the camping stove 20+ minutes watching over those items. They are touchy too since they all tend to boil over, stay too hard or get too soggy.
Cooking up a storm in the San Miguel Mountains, Colorado
On a recent three week camping trip I found that the Boil-in-Bag Pre-cooked Rice was really handy. It was easy to submerge the bag of rice in 4 cups of boiling water. In 10 minutes the rice was done. It tasted great too!
After preparing items at home, just put them in a water tight container and store them in the cooler.
Two exception items in this category are small potatoes and couscous. Couscous is excellent for camping because it's done in only (5) minutes! Small potatoes take awhile longer....but they are easy to make at the campsite!
Also, you'll save a lot of cooking time by cutting the potatoes in half.
• Extra tasty ingredients worth taking are: mushrooms, cucumber, avocado, onion, garlic, red pepper, tomato, zucchini and ginger root. It's best to place the garlic, onion, mushrooms, red pepper and tomatoes on top of everything else in the cooler since those items tend to get squashed easily.
• Salads. Most salads spoil quickly! But, you’ll have good luck with both iceberg and romaine lettuce. Spinach in pre-washed plastic containers is good too. These will hold up better than other salad types. When purchasing red-leaf lettuce or similar, it’s best to pre-wash those at home, wrap them in a paper towel and store in a 1 gallon zip-lock bag.
Salad dressings: Keep it simple by pouring some olive oil over the salad/tomato dish topped with a dash of sea-salt. It's refreshingly delicious with dinner.
Camping recipes can be healthy, easy and delicious!
Now, just imagine.... the types of camping food you can prepare just by combining any of the 5 points above with all the different variations. That makes 25+ different meals!
All of The Camping Detective recipes are designed for 2 people. If you have a larger family, just increase the quantities accordingly.
If there’s an ingredient you don’t care for, feel free to leave it out. Customize and optimize...however you see fit.
Click on the link to go from the Camping Recipes Page back to the Home Page.
Check out the free printable grocery list for your convenience.
And, you can also print out each of the camping recipes.
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