It might sound pretty Type A of me, but I preplan, prepare and pre-package every meal before I go camping. Does this make me a control freak? No, it does not. It makes me smart. Preparing the weekend’s meals saves time and space.
Preparing and cleaning up after certain meals can take up to an hour. That’s an hour I would rather have sitting in an inner tube, fishing or sitting by the campfire. The best and most convenient camp foods are meals that don’t require silverware such as burgers, hot dogs or fajitas. Though hot dogs take hardly any preparation, fajitas do. Before leaving on your camping trip, chop all vegetables, shred lettuce and slice cheese. Then separate each into plastic baggies or food-grade containers. Doing this beforehand means, you get to leave the kitchen knife and cutting board behind, freeing up room in your bags. Further, it is easier to pack baggies into a cooler than many separate packages of fruits, meats and vegetables. Clean up is a cinch—there’s nothing to wash! As a bonus, you don’t have to worry about proper and safe disposal of gray water.
Another thing I like to do is portion out things such as chips, cereal and other snacks into individual plastic bags. This cuts down on bulk and waste. When someone needs something to snack on, they simply just grab his or her own baggie.
When planning meals, base them around ingredients you can use more than once. For example, ground beef and tortillas become hamburgers, tacos, breakfast burritos and a tin foil packet meal. Last night’s potatoes from the hobo packet turn into fried potatoes on the camp stove in the morning!
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