This summer I’m going to be working in a state park, and I’ll be camping out in the park rather than renting a place. I’m going to be doing most of my cooking either over a campfire, with a reflector oven, dutch oven, or on a small propane stove.

Does anyone know any good (affordable) recipes for this sort of thing? I also probably won’t have refridgeration, so most of my ingredients will be dry or canned. One-pot recipes would be good; that way I have less dishes to do. I’m expecting to eat a lot of food based around rice, noodles, and potatoes, so simple recipes along those lines would be great.


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  1. sadistdave says:

    Check out some books by Buckskinners. I do a lot of camp cooking with dried foods. You can make some very satisfying stews with dried soup mixes and jerky. If you’re going to be out there a while, I would suggest learning how to make sour dough bread in that dutch oven though. You can also use it to bake most desserts.

    Probably the best suggestion I have though would be to find a book on the edible plants in the area you’ll be camping in. Without refrigeration, fresh food is a boon. A good reference will also have natural spices, coffee and tea substitutes, and the like.

    However, I find that dried foods work out beautifully for extended camping trips as well. If you look around, you should be able to find a source for dried fruits and vegetables, or better still, invest in a dehydrator and prep your own stuff before you leave. If you’re not a heavy eater, you can fit about a months worth (2 veg and 1 fruit serving for 3 meals a day)of dried fruits and veggies in a standard sized cooler that can either be eaten dry or reconstituted for cooking. It will also cut down on the weight of your gear considerably, especially if you get a larger cooler and take your potatos in a dehydrated form as well.

    For me though, it just isn’t camping without coffee. My favorite camp trick is to take dandelion roots and bake them until they are almost ash, and to use the remains as a coffee substitute with a little wild chicory.

    Have fun!

  2. wuttwutt says:

    MREs (Meals, Ready to Eat) will do the trick. They are available at any military surplus store.

    Something else to try is to wrap some hamburger, carrots, ‘taters, butter, and spices in aluminum foil. Throw this in the fire and in about a half hour, dinner is ready.

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