Easy and tasty are the goals of car camping cooking. The foods we bring, and their preparation, dictate our equipment needs. Whether cooking with electricity, alternative fuels, or both, make sure you have what you need with you.
Easy and tasty are the goals of cooking in camp. The foods we bring, and their preparation, dictate our equipment needs. Whether cooking with electricity, alternative fuels, or both, make sure you have what you need with you.
CAR CAMPING – COOKING
Cooking With Electricity
Our choices for cooking when car camping are greatest when we have on site electric hookup. This allows the use of drip coffee pots, hot plates, or electric skillets. Depending on how often you camp it can make sense to purchase and dedicate some or all of these items specifically for your camping adventures. This way they will always be ready to go when you are. Alternatively, a “grab from home” list works great if you do not car camp often. In all cases, however, don’t forget the extension cords!
With no electric access, we often turn to propane fuel for camp cooking. Camp stoves and single burner base units are both excellent options. Both budget and space friendly, single burner bases work well for percolation type coffee pots and small saucepans. However, with multiple burner surfaces, protection from wind, and a lower center of gravity for greater stability, camp stoves are both a more popular and versatile option than single burner bases.
Cooking With Wood & Charcoal in Camp
Campground supplied campfire rings, raised grills, or charcoal grills brought from home are the primary open flame options for cooking while camping. If relying on campground supplied amenities, however, have a backup plan. Campers often find that grill grates are often missing, broken, or just plain nasty. A folding campfire grate with its own supports, or a portable or disposable grate are excellent equipment additions for these instances.
CAR CAMPING – COOKWARE
No matter what manner of open flame you employ, we recommend dedicated skillets and pans if cooking with open flame. They will get beat up, and their bottoms will get blackened. Other non skillet and non direct flame options for open flame include tin foil, pie irons, and sticks (hotdogs and marshmallows always rule in camp!).
A word of caution on the use of open flame. Some areas can and often do ban the use open flame at certain times of the year. During wildfire season, for instance, open flame may be banned but propane is permissible. Know before you go in case you are planning to utilize open flame cooking on your camping trip.
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