Saturday, August 02, 2008

Photobucket Camping Food

One of the best things about the trailer is that we can control what Zander eats easier while traveling. One of the worst things about the trailer is we have less of an excuse to eat out (usually only on traveling days), eat junk food etc.

STILL - it's a lot of work. We often can't find the brands we need without additives, colors and flavorings while traveling; we take a lot with us.

Today Arielle and I began to get ready for 3 weeks on the road.

We made trail mix. (I ran out of nuts and rasiens or would have made at least twice this amount).
trail mix

We made 10 bags of pancake mix (only need to add wet ingredients).
We made 3 bags of cookie mix (again only need to add the wet - though I'm not sure how I'll bake them).

We dried apples.

What are some of your favorite camping foods? I have plans to make more things in the next few days but would love ideas! New ideas! Fresh ideas!

I had hoped to make dozens of hot pockets to take - but it isn't going to happen - I don't think. Maybe. LOL I have a long list of things to try to make: meatballs, chicken coating mix, spaghetti sauce, bagels, bread, "instant" oatmeal packets....

I was fretting about finding a substitue for "Dinty Moore" beef stew ::gag:: The organic stuff that has ingredients we can splurge on are EXPENSIVE. It's family tradition to go hiking and cave exploring - get RAINED ON - and have Dinty Moore back at the campsite. Deja reminded me to take my crock pot....throw it all in and go sludging up the mountain.

I usually bake muffins but for this long of a trip, fridge space will be at a premium. I have much more storage space UNDER the trailer and so will take bisquit and muffin mix along.

Alas - still no substitute for marshmallows (Squirell's Nest wasn't shipping) and I haven't a clue what to do about s'mores. I do have organic graham crackers and chocolate.

So....give me some ideas....camping comfort foods?
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Anonymous said...

Re: baking cookies; GH bought a camping oven...will try it out for next trip that starts soon.

Comfort foods: Popcorn...old fashioned kind popped in a little oil over the campfire in a deep type tin w/lid...mmm...

Also, our family has a tradition of cinnamon rolls for Sunday breakfast. Store bought (I got lazy a few years ago and stopped making them). Works on camping too (small ones) in the same lidded tins we pop the popcorn in, only we bake them over gas stove or grill. Works well w/store bought biskets for dinner too. Kind of obvious I'm not a scratch camp cook, huh! Then again, gh is the great camp chef!

Hubby also marinates steaks, chicken, pork in baggies a few days prior to departure and grills them various nights. Lunch meats & PBJ for lunches. While gh makes breakfast, I make sandwiches for the day. We usually haul 2-3 coolers for the meats, etc. Never been camping as long as you will be.

Have fun!

Michelle said...

Last summer when we went cabin camping I brought a crockpot. I checked my blog and I posted a menu here:

If any of the recipes appeal to you, just let me know and I can email specifics. :)

Jodi said...

I've never gone camping so I don't have any food ideas. Fun to see what you're bringing.

Stephanie said...

Would homemade marshmallows melt in the same manner that you need for smores? I've not tried them that way, but we might need to try them one of these days. That would mean one more thing to make, but it would be a way to control the ingredients. It sounds like you're doing great with your preparations!

Jen said...

Will you pass a Whole Foods anywhere on your trip? They carry approved Marshmallows. Though they are expensive, so if homemade would work I would do that.

DeEtta @ Courageous Joy said...

I don't know if homemade would work - makes me cringe to think about making them.

I will keep my eye out for a whole foods...surely somewhere I'll find one. LOL

Michelle, I'll check your list.

Darshia - POPCORN thanks for the reminder...popcorn around the campfire...that may be better than s'mores.....though it will be really good if we melt the chocolate and dump it over the popcorn. LOL

Debbie said...

De'Etta, Crock Pot is a must. We often throw in everything in the morning and come back to camp later in the day with a yummy dinner waiting for us. We also use our electric frying pan quite a bit. The great thing about both of these things is you can use them outside on the picnic table. (Unless you have bears in the area.) I'm sure your camper has an outside outlet. We set it up on the picnic table and it works great.
Some of our camping food favorites are meals in foil pockets. We do this often with any type of meat or fish and veggies. We have a small gas grill that has been a must for us.
We use our camper oven to make all sorts of things from cookies to pies. It works well as long as you keep a good eye on it.
We have also made freezer meals ahead...baked ziti, shepherd's pie, etc. All of these will do well in the camper oven. We take it out of the freezer in the morning and then pop it in the oven for 30-45 minutes when we get back to camp.
We have not gone out camping once yet this summer and I am envying your nice long holiday! Hopefully we will be able to head out soon.

all in the family said...

I agree, crockpots are a must. Homemade granola and granola bars are also good. I don't know when you are leaving, but you could take some of the cookie flour and make up the dough. Roll it in wax paper and freeze it. Put 3 rolls at a time in a gallon ziploc. Then just slice and bake. I am going to do that myself. Spagetti is a good one. Have fun!

Anonymous said...

De'Etta, I can email you some coupons for Muir Glen organic products - $1 off anything Muir Glen. They've got some great chicken noodle soup. With the coupons, it will end up costing you only .54 a can! I get ours at SuperTarget.....let me know. :-)

DeEtta @ Courageous Joy said...

Yes, Becca - email those coupons! LOL

Wonderful ideas for food...keep them coming. I'll be back to check this out tomorrow before I go shopping and finish packing. LOL

Cynthia said...

I've never even heard of home made marshmellows. Can you really make them at home?

Jen said...

Yep, Homemade marshmallows are very easy to make and yummy! But, if I remember correctly, we tried roasting them and they didn't stay on the stick well. We always use the Kosher FG marshmallows for camping.

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