Camping is such a great experience. There is something about being in nature that is so relaxing. Camping is even better if you throw in some great food with the experience. Especially food that is cooked over the open fire. It is possible to have quality / healthy camping food with out a big hassle. Here we will streamline the process it takes for people to have an amazing camping experience with amazing camping food.
Many times when people embark on a camping trip they want to bring the easiest food to prepare and conserve. So you will have the usual hamburgers and hotdogs for lunch and dinner, maybe some freeze dried food that is loaded with sodium, or food that that is all processed. By the time the trip is over you are so ready for some decent food. Well, I am here to tell you that this need not be the case. We will walk you along a process used to have excellent camping food to add to your excellent camping trip.
The first step would be to design one or two people to be in charge of the food. These people will shop, buy, and be in charge of storing and cooking while on the trip. We will call this person or persons the 'Head Chef'. This does not mean that the head chef has to do all the work, they are free to delegate, but it is good to have a leader when it comes to food and camping. The head chef will plan the meals, pick up all the food and store it in one or two coolers. This way the food is identical and organized.
I would also recommended that the head chef pay for all the food first and then split up the food costs evenly, getting everyone to pay before you start your trip.
Next, it is good to communicate to fellow campers that everyone should be doing their part. No one likes to camp with someone that does not work with the group. So if you are a camper make sure you help out when it is needed.
The head chef should plan each meal. This way there is no confusion or disagreement about what to eat and when to eat it. Now it is okay to switch it up and play with this idea, but it is important to have a 'rough draft' plan.
Now for the good stuff. Stove Cooking vs. Open Fire Cooking: There is something about food cooked over an open camp fire that is so amazing. The taste will just savor in your mouth for hours. However, it is important to bring a stove as well. Unless you are a very well experience outdoorsman and can start a fire with 2 sticks in the pouring rain, the bringing a stove. It is good for backup. I would also plan for maybe dinners to be on the open flame and lunches and breakfasts on the stove. There are thousands of amazing recipies out there for cooking on a fire. I recommend looking at some dutch oven recipes. Just search the term and you will find a ton of them.