Share Your Camping Recipes
Help! So I'm in need of some good recipes and meals people make when camping and backpacking. I'm already not the most skilled or creative when I'm in the kitchen at home, and it tends to just be worse when I'm on the trail (oatmeal, oatmeal and dried fruit, get the idea).
I generally carry a Jetboil when I'm backpacking (and often when I'm car-camping just to heat up water for coffee), and a nice skillet and pot when I'm at campgrounds. So I have tools to at least get the job done, I just am terrible at figuring out what to do with them.
I'd love to hear about what people make when they are camping, or see pictures, or even get full recipes! Sharing creative ways to transport and pack food would be a nice bonus as well ;)
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Jun 11, 2020
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Oct 31, 2019
On an overnighter hike with a partner, Japanese curry and cous cous (or instant rice if that sort of thing is available). Small bag of frozen veggies can double as a way to keep your beers cold on the hike, and pouch chicken or mackerel adds some protein.
  1. Rehydrate the rice/cous cous in your bowl, or in my case bag in a dehydrated meal coozie, with boiling water.
  2. Bring 600mL water to boil and add veggies. Boil till warm (couple minutes).
  3. Add chicken/fish and half a package of Golden Curry roux. Stir thoroughly and then pour over your cous cous or rice.
Fast. High calorie. Protein, fat and carbs.
Apr 29, 2019
Stove-top stuffing! I add dehydrated mushrooms and some freeze dried veggies, it weighs nothing but is great comfort food on the trail. A packet of foil chicken is a nice addition as well.
Feb 21, 2019
-- Any Knorr rice/noodle side + 1 can of chicken -- Ramen Bomb (google it) -- cook some quinoa with taco seasoning and dehydrate (along with jalapeno, salsa, & cheese). Boil water and rehydrate in a quart freezer bag
Nov 30, 2018
Canned chicken (or dehydrated), minute rice, raisins, slivered almonds, curry powder. Cook it all in a pot with water or add a bullion cube. Test amounts at home, then pre-pack everything in a bag...easy after a long day of hiking/paddling.
Nov 9, 2018
Dehydrated ground beef, dh rice, some dh carrots, some lard, salt and spices All in a vacuum bag, just add hot water.
Sep 18, 2018
On campout with a large enough skillet - preferably cast iron - spatchcock chicken. cut The back out of a whole chicken, season well with salt and pepper, open the bird so you can put bone side down on the skillet and weigh it down with a goodsized rock wrapped in foil. Depending on the fire below and the outside temp, cook for about 20 minutes then turn over, reapply rock and allow to cook to done (160-165) and skin is crispy charred. You can test the leg for doneness but I usually use a quick read thermometer.
Sep 18, 2018
One word: cous-cous. Add varieties of seasonings, veggies, and meat as desired. Pouch-packed chicken or tuna is a great option.
Sep 13, 2018
Buying a dehydrator was a game changer for me. I've made a variety of 1-pot meals like spaghetti or stirfry with flat rice noodles that dehydrate and rehydrate really well. work great but it's good to cut them before dehydrating. It makes it easier to package later. Chia seed breakfast bowls are great too because you can mix a bunch of stuff (oatmeal, instant coffee, protein powder, hemp seeds, dried fruit) and these mixes work well cold soaked or cooked in hot water. In the dehydrator, I've also done mashed sweet potatoes and hummus and dried fruit (dehydrated watermelon is incredible!). For any dehydrated 1-pot meal, the trick is to cook the meal WITHOUT oil but then add oil (i.e. olive oil) before you eat it. In the hummus example, that means using any regular hummus recipe (chick peas, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, salt, etc...) but no oil. Maple syrup mixed with ginger & sea salt is another easy, high energy thing to have. I brought 500ml of this in a soft flask on a trip this year and I was glad to have it. Watch a short walkthrough of the food I brought for a 6-day backcountry trip in the Canadian Rockies:

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