I don't know if you're a seasoned camper and adventurist or a someone wanting to start. Either way at some point you'll get hungry. Yes, you can bring packaged foods and not have to cook. But if your camping, and there's a fire. Why not take advantage of it. You don't even need that much to do it.

 Cast Iron Skillet

   The most invaluable campfire meal maker in the world is the cast iron skillet. They have been around forever and show no signs of being replaced. When it's good, it's good. 

   They are also nearly indestructible. As long as you take care of it. Luckily maintenance is easy. After you use it, clean it out and dry it off. Easy. As long as it's been seasoned properly. Which means you put oil in it and heated it in the oven for a little while. These things were made for camping and outdoors. Really.

Pot with lid

     You might need to boil water from time to time. Especially for that morning cup, or that hot chocolate before retiring to the tent, or yurt, or cabin, lean to. 

    Nothing fancy here. Metal will do. They make expensive ceramic coated pressure cooker types too. But I've usually been able to get by with just an old, dented metal pot. It works and that's all that matters for this.

Aluminum Foil

    Oh yes, the foil. This stuff is super handy for camping. You can wrap almost any combination of delicacies in this. Put it on, in, and under the coals. Return and have a woodland gourmet meal. You can even make individual meals wrapped in it. Then everyone gets their own little package of joy. Great for when it's more than just the two of you. 

     You could probably get a whole lot more elaborate with the cooking equipment. I will add another page or two as time goes by. But to start these are all you need. I think I started with just foil. And you can. Then branch out from there. Camping, fishing, and the outdoors are all "For Life Activities". Like faith. It only gets better the more you use it. Enjoy the outdoors!

Grate

    A big metal grate has LOADS of uses when camping. Even when not cooking on it you can use it as a makeshift shelf or prep table. But it also lets you cook things like oysters, crabs, shellfish, burgers, vegetables. Get creative. Not really a must have, but it is nice to have.

Skewer

     I say skewer but I mean stick. Not much to say. Roasting marshmallows get a stick. Hot dogs. A stick. Fish, A stick. You have to take advantage of the tools God gives us. Outdoors they are plenty of sticks. Cheap and effective. Brilliant.

    If you know anything about plants, you can get one that add flavor. Rosemary twigs are great for this. Spruce works too. Cedar.

    If you can use it to smoke meats you can use it as a skewer, and it will give it some flavor like you smoked it.

Get Creative

   Don't be afraid to get creative either. If it will hold up to fire and there is a way you can think of to cook with it.

   Try it.

    You're not in a French Kitchen cooking for people of any importance. This is cooking for you and whoever is with you. The only rules are your own imagination.

    I've seen a small metal camping shovel used to cook meat and eggs over a fire. The only thing more impressive than the creativity was the taste. It turned out delicious and helped put out the fire later by burying it. Now that's campfire cooking at its best.

     The whole point of being out there is to rest, enjoy yourself, bond with nature, and hopefully the right people. How you that is entirely up to you, within reason. Check the rules of the area FIRST. 

    Don't be the person trying to fry an egg on a grate. Think it doesn't happen. Think again. People will amaze you all the time, let's just try and make sure it's good amazed.

 

Enjoy the Outdoors. Life is Out HERE!