By Iris West
Any camping experience for women isn’t complete without outdoor food – and, of course, cooking in the wild. Let’s be honest; nothing beats that adrenaline-packed thrill that comes with going all “wild” out there. That in itself isn’t news at all. Since time immemorial, humans have always found home in the wilderness. That being said, they’d cook in the outdoors enjoying that ambient, calming and refreshing air. So, why wouldn’t today’s women enjoy that thrill and rewarding experience in the great outdoors?
Nowadays, women campers look to relive the bygone stone age era. Herein, I am going to walk you through some camping food ideas and tips on cooking in the wild. Read on to have a taste of the Stone Age Epoch.
Cooking in the Wild Tips
Cooking in outdoor camps is part and parcel of the whole nature experience. Whether you intend to cook over campfires, camp stoves, grills, Dutch ovens, or foil packets, we got you covered.
Cooking Over Campfire Tips
Start the Fire Early
Campfires are exhilarating. No question, but if you don’t start the fire early enough, it won’t burn well. If you are in a group of 3 or more, it would be great if one of you takes charge of the campfire.
If you dread the use of burning wood, cooking over hot coal can be your best shot. But, what would be the need for a camp if you aren’t willing to experiment a little, right?
Use a cookie sheet:
The allure of a cookie sheet lies in its ability to contain heat. This way, you food will cook evenly. If you can garner any item that can trap heat, it would be ideal for even cooking as well.
Want to Grill Green Corns?
Whether you are a newbie to outdoor camping or a seasoned camper, grilling green corn will certainly knock your socks off. The green corn itself is a mouth-watering delicacy that makes cooking in the wild such an exciting adventure. So, how do you grill green corn in the wilderness? Start off by removing the silk then soak the corn in water. Grill on medium heat until it’s well done, pull back the husk then slather it with a little basil butter. The result is quite a treat.
Using Portable Camp Stoves
Camps stove are indispensable equipment for venturing into the wilderness. If handled rightly, they can work like a charm out in the woods. The trick is to use versatile cooking utensils. For one, a cast iron skillet and camps stove are a match made in heaven. They are sturdy and rugged enough to cook food over open fires and subtle enough to cook delicate food.
Use camp stoves with instant turn-off feature. Also, propane use is advisable to avoid forest fires.
Cooking with Dutch Oven Tips
A dutch oven is another tool that can make cooking in the wild fun and somewhat practical. Though cooking with a dutch oven is pretty straightforward, here are some tips to make it effortlessly easy.
Bring a lid lifter with you:
This is the wilderness, you can even craft your own lifter from a tree brush. A lid lifter is paramount as it allows you to stay at a safe distance from the blazing campfire.
Use a grill grate to keep your oven stable.
You need to keep steady at all times to avoid spillages. Also, make sure to point the handle away from the fire.
Block the direction the wind is blowing from to minimise heat loss when cooking with a Dutch oven over a campfire. This way, cooking in the wild can take the shortest time possible.
If you are cooking meat, it’s advisable that the whole surface of the piece makes contact with the Dutch oven to ensure that it’s browned evenly. If your oven isn’t large enough for your meat, you can cook in smaller batches. Here’s the thing: hot campfire can brown meat pretty quickly, but if you want precise temperatures, you opt for charcoal briquettes.
Grilling in the Wild Tips
Believe it or not, grilling in the great outdoors is far much more exhilarating than your average backyard cookout. The ambient air out there is always ideal for grilling. From charring veggies to cooking steak and everything in between, there’s something to grill out in the wild. To make it even easier, here are grilling tips:
Char Some Veggies using a grill basket. Mix some pepper, salt, and olive oil and toss some veggies in it before setting them on a grill basket. Wait till they char nicely before serving warm. Your fellow campers will have nothing but praise for your culinary skills.
Use foil packets to grill directly over a campfire. Foil packets make cooking a breeze. As if that isn’t terrific enough, clean-up is a snap.
And finally if you are keen on really impressing your fellow campers with amazing and delicious creations, then check out The 3 in 1 Camping Cuisine Cookbook. It is a fabulous resource. Bon Apetit!