When camping, it may seem daunting trying to figure out what to pack and what to cook. Like most things camping, it can often depend on how long you are heading away for and where you are going, as to what foods you will have access to. There is a variety of ways that people tackle the camping meal situation.
- Takeaway food. This can be a quick an easy option, but not a long term solution if you are planning on travelling for weeks and even months at a time.
- Pre-cook meals and re-heat while on the road.
- Prep your ingredients. This means, before you leave home you cut your meats and veggies and package up, usually vacuum sealing them into useable portions for each meal, so that when it comes to cooking, all your prep work is already done for you.
- Cook and prep as you go.
No option is right or wrong, and you can even use a combination of these methods. As, those who are living on the road may find it easy to do a big prep day when going to remote locations where grocery stores are scarce. Alternatively, if you are in well populated areas, cooking and prepping foods day to day, may give you the freedom to sample available local produce or even cook up your daily catch if you are a keen fisherman. Then we all have our cheat meals, where a sneaky takeaway or eating out can be your treat.
When it comes to camp cooking though, cooking can seem a bit trickier than using your kitchen at home, as you can be limited to space, equipment and fuel sources.
So what are the ways to cook while camping? Common methods of cooking include:
- Portable BBQ or use of BBQ facilities
- Stove /Oven /Grill in your setup or in some park facilities
- Dream pot
- Open fire
- Camp oven in the fire (note: you will have to identify areas with fire bans, and that do not allow camp fires)
- GoSun solar oven
Whichever way you choose to cook, there are a lot of common foods people like to cook while camping. This comes down to the fact that they are easy to make and tasty and let's be honest, when you are camping you wnat to be relaxing and enjoying yourself, and not slaving away to feed your tribe.
Just remember, not all foods have to be cooked! There are plenty of yummy foods that you can enjoy raw including salads, sandwiches, protein balls and slices. Alternatively, you can pair raw elements with cooked elements such as salads including pasta salads or rice salads.
The following recipes are tasty yet easy to make, and have been adapted to be cooked in the GoSun solar cookers, but there is no reason you could not use these recipes with alternative cooking methods.
Bacon and eggs
Bacon & egg GoMuffin
Honey Mustard Chicken
Honey Soy Chicken Kebabs
Damper- Beer & Rosemary
Damper- Cheesy Garlic
Hard boiled eggs (enjoy on their own or add to a salad)
Pinwheels/Scrolls- Vegemite & Cheese
Stuffed bell peppers
Scones- Strawberry & Lemonade
Note: boiling water varies slightly between models of the GoSun solar cookers.
Other recipes we love....You don't need a GoSun for these recipes, but they are still easy and delicious and should be added to your favourite recipes.