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camping food q&a

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Once in a while we come across a product or idea that strikes us as a perfect food to take on the go—whether it's a new energy bar, portable peanut butter, or Indian spiced entree. So we thought maybe we could help plan some of your outdoor camping or hiking excursions this summer. Picnics count, too! Are you heading out to the trails and wondering what to throw on the campfire once you get there? If so, send us your questions, we're here to help!

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    My husband, my 7 year old daughter and myself go camping and we're always at a loss as to what to bring to cook. My daughter loves hotdogs, my husband loves hamburgers and those are 'campy' foods, but I'm up for a change. Do you have any suggestions for things that the 3 of us would enjoy?

  • avatar Author Comment:

    Hi Fran,
    Thanks for writing in!
    Food editor Dawn Perry has this to say:
    We always bring tortillas, black or refried beans, avocado and salsa for tasty tacos. Reheat the beans and toss the tortillas on the grill. If there’s room in the cooler, throw some marinated chicken breasts in for grilling too. Bacon and eggs is another camping trip favorite.

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    I'm going on a camping trip with a total of 8 people. I'd like to prove to my friends that we don't have to compromise great-tasting food just because we're outdoors. We will not have the convenience of car camping, but we may be able to bring a small cooler. If you have any recipe suggestions besides the usual, I'd really appreciate it. Thanks!

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    Is yours a wilderness camping trip? If so, a food dehydrator is your friend and it's better to dry your own foods than to lug a cooler around in the backcountry. You can dry many of the meals you enjoy at home and sometimes it is as simple as just taking the leftover chili or stew you had for dinner and spreading it out on the food dehydrator trays. While you can use an oven, a dehydrator is much easier and gives more even, consistent results. For lunches you can dry homemade hummus and other dips then powderize them in a blender or coffee grinder. Most will rehydrate quickly with unheated water.

    Here is an example...


    The link above is to my Roasted Eggplant Spread which appeared in the book named A Fork in the Trail. It does require some work at home but is totally easy peasy when it comes time to enjoy it on your trip.

    And, if you let me know what types of recipes you are looking for I can provide some more.

    Hopefully that's of some help. Happy Camping!

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    Do you have any camping food suggestions that does not really require much cooking? Because I would really want to enjoy my camping time to the fullest and not spend most of my time preparing and cooking meals.

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    Freeze-dried foods are very popular with people on the go and anyone who carries their food with them such as campers and hikers. Crunchy N Yummy is easy to store, carry, and serve plus it is a nutritiously guaranteed way to provide your loved ones with a daily dose of healthy, natural fruit. It can be eaten as snacks, with cereals, or added in baking, salads, yogurt or ice-cream toppings

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    I pre-assemble foil packets & get creative with herbs & other ingredients.
    A good breakfast is chicken sausage, browned potatoes, onions & thyme. I assemble in the foil & chill, then pop on the fire to warm up & eat!
    But you can do this for lunch, dinner...anything.

    I assemble each meal, stick all 4 (4 of us total) in a ziploc baggy & label. When it's time I grab the right bag & take out the packets.

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    Hi Randy,

    Great comments everyone! I just started a website for members to share camping/grilling recipes, and adventures...please join and post some of your recipes!

    Here is the site: http://dirtyeating.ning.com/

    Hope to see you there!

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