By Alexandra Leduc, nutritionist with Alex cuisine and author
Although outdoor cooking might seem complicated, there are lots of things you can do to make it simpler and even more enjoyable.
Here are some tips to follow before leaving home and during your trip to make healthy outdoor cooking easy.
Start by planning your menu and what tools you need to pack.
Be sure to plan the number of meals, how many people will be eating and what you’ll be serving, your grocery list and your kitchen tool list. Many cooks forget or avoid this pre-camping step because they find it too time consuming. But if you skip it you risk forgetting some food items and taking too many or not enough tools, and that will make outdoor cooking much more complicated.
When planning your menu and grocery lists, don’t forget snacks!
For a two-night trip, for instance, you’ll need to plan for two dinners, two breakfasts, two or three lunches and three or four snacks. Then decide on quantities based on the number of people you’ll be feeding.
Basic pantry items
For longer stays, keeping your pantry stocked with some essential items will make cooking easier, without having to plan every meal. These essentials are also useful for shorter stays, for quick meals and simple snacks.
A few basics
• Eggs (you might want to hardboil some before leaving home for sandwiches and quick snacks)
• Canned beans
• Canned tuna or salmon
• Packages of instant rice
• Unsweetened fruit compotes
• Soy milk
• Powdered milk
• Dried fruit
• Mixed nuts
• Olive oil
• Condiments (mustard, ketchup)
• Salt and pepper
Basic cooking tools
Having the right tools is key to making outdoor cooking easy and enjoyable. Be sure to pack the following items if you plan to do some camp cooking.
• Cutting board
• Dish cloths and tea towels
• Sharp paring knife
• Eating utensils (forks, knives, spoons)
• Plates, bowls and glasses
• Measuring cup
• Wooden spoon
• Frying pan*
• Can opener
* A simple stacking kit with a saucepan, frying pan and even bowl and plate is a great way to cut down on the amount of equipment you need to pack.
Just as with destination and travel planning, you need to plan your meals and tools to make for easier cooking and a more pleasant holiday. Why not get started today?