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    Going on a camping trip. Besides veggies, what kind of main courses will hold well in a cooler and cooked on a fire? I am assuming store bought burgers wont cut it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingofturtles View Post
    Going on a camping trip. Besides veggies, what kind of main courses will hold well in a cooler and cooked on a fire? I am assuming store bought burgers wont cut it.

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    I pack a lot of things frozen because they keep the cooler colder and will slowly thaw. I cook a lot of the same things that I do at home--curry, chili, stew, steaks, chicken legs, fish fillets, stuff like that. Some stuff like fish is really good if you do it up in foil packets with some herbs, butter, and veggies. You can cook sweet potatoes that way as well. You can pre-chop ingredients for things and take the right amount of spices for a dish pre-mixed in a small container. Very simple to do. Camp food doesn't have to be boring food.

    Also, I take along some meats I don't have to cook. So I'll do some roast beef, slice it at home, then pack it in a freezer bag (often I will pack it cold as well), or I'll roast a chicken and cut it up, that sort of thing. You can also pre-cook bacon in your oven and just heat it up.

    This year I want a dutch oven that I can bury in the coals. I have a friend who does rack of lamb that way when he camps. He's a professional chef, though.
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    Ditto the packing things frozen, it makes a big difference.
    I usually go to the butcher ahead of time & get all my meat im wanting to take (I plan meals in advance for camping/holidays) then freeze it (repack if needed to save space)
    stuff that needs marinating etc, gets put in the marinade and frozen that way, means it continues to marinade as it thaws until you slap it on the grill.
    Do you have a bbq grill to put over the fire? Cast iron pan or Dutch oven come in very handy if you can spare the space as you can cook liquid & small stuff in them and meat directly on the bbq grill.
    Ive done everything from burgers & T-bone steaks, to enchiladas (pre-pb) & satay chicken with peanut sauce over a fire.. & yup.. we get a Loooot of dirty looks when camping LOL
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    I don't cook in the fire much. Last time we went, I brought a pack of home-smoked ribs in aluminum foil and warmed them on a grate over the coals. I also baked up some scotch eggs in advance and re-heated them on the cookstove. Other than that, my camping cooler has gotten lighter and lighter the more primal we've become. Just not as much need to bring mass quantities when you can get by on good cheese, jerky, and some staples like sausage and hamburgers.

    I tend to be a minimalist when it comes to camping packing, though. Less is more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by onalark View Post
    Other than that, my camping cooler has gotten lighter and lighter the more primal we've become. Just not as much need to bring mass quantities when you can get by on good cheese, jerky, and some staples like sausage and hamburgers.

    I tend to be a minimalist when it comes to camping packing, though. Less is more.
    Oh, we definitely bring a lot less food now! The cooler plus a little stuff that isn't chilled, but nothing like before. Primal food is way more compact, and there's not all the snacks, soft drinks, and so on to haul along.
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    Hot dogs! Or you can catch some fish if you've got a fishing license. At girls camp we would core apples, leaving the bottom in tact, and stuff them with delicious things (nuts, chocolate, etc), then wrap them in tin foil and throw them in the fire for 30 mins.
    If you can get a pot of boiling water going, you can do eggs/omelettes in a ziploc bag and carefully place in the boiling water. Rotate and shake frequently. It takes a long time, but at least it tastes good.
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    dutch oven and a cast iron pan would help you out! You can roast a whole chicken in a dutch oven (cast iron)

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    Quote Originally Posted by solstice View Post
    dutch oven and a cast iron pan would help you out! You can roast a whole chicken in a dutch oven (cast iron)
    and probably whip up a wicked peach or cherry claflouti!
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    In scouts we made hobo pockets with ground beef and veggies (your choice of carrots, sweet potatoes, pearl onions, etc.) with a little seasoning from herbs and/or sea salt - wrapped in a foil packet to cook . . . . think pot roast, but with ground beef or bison.

    We also ate trout at least once if we were able to catch any on family camping trips. My mom would bring lemon just in case and then use lemon and butter and cook them in foil packets.

    Jerky and some dried fruit is also good camp food snacks. If you do a lot of hiking while camping like I do then the dried fruit won't add too much sugar to your diet.
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