Camping Biscuits

Camping is always fun, but it can be tricky getting all the food there and having the correct utensils to cook it. Here is an easy tip for preparing biscuits.

The next time that you are getting ready to go camping, place enough baking mix (I prefer Bisquick) into a gallon size zip lock bag for the amount of people that you will be feeding.

Next, measure the correct quantity of water to make up the biscuits and place in a storage container.

Now when you are ready to make dinner, dump the water in the zip lock bag with the biscuit mix.

Carefully knead to make dough.

Wrap some dough spirally around a stick that has been cleaned for roasting. Hold over hot coals of a campfire until done.

You now have quick and easy biscuits with very little cleanup!

Crafty Kabobs

The next time that you are camping, try this quick and easy little twist for Kabobs that your family will devour!

On your skewers alternate slices of hot dogs, pineapple chunks, ham and mushrooms.

Toast over your campfire.

While your kabobs are cooking place a few chunks of cheese into a pan and place over the coals until it is melted.

Now just slide your meat and veggies into hot dog buns and cover with the melted cheese.

Meatloaf on a Stick

When getting ready to go camping, it is always hard to come up with different meals to prepare. You get tired of the same ol boring stuff. Here is a new twist on an old recipe that the kids will love!

Before you leave home, make up a batch of meatloaf and place in a Ziploc style bag.

Place in the freezer and freeze the raw mixture.

Now when you are camping and ready to eat, just take about a half a cup of the mixture, roll it into a “rope” and wrap it around a stick that has been cleaned for roasting.

Now cover the meat with aluminum foil and roast over the hot coals of a campfire until done.

Serve on it’s own or in a hot dog bun for a little fun!

Fruit Salad to Go

If you are having a picnic or camping you can make a quick and easy fruit salad. Before you leave, in a gallon size zip lock bag, combine a cup of coconut and a small box of vanilla pudding.

Take with you a can of pineapple tidbits and a can of fruit cocktail, the bag of coconut and a can opener.

About 20 minutes before you are ready to eat, open the fruit and dump the contents (juice and all) into the bag with the pudding and coconut.

Gently knead to mix the contents, place in cooler until ready to serve.

Dry Matches

Before you go hunting or camping, grab a couple of books/boxes of matches.

Before you leave, wrap them well in aluminum foil.

Once you get out in the wild, always keep a package on you.

If you get stuck in the wilds, you will at least have dry matches to make a fire with.

Grilled Corn

During the summer and late fall, corn is in abundance at the corner fruit stands and grocery stores. Everyone knows how to boil an ear of corn, but a great way to prepare corn is often overlooked. I grill mine year round. The house doesn’t get hot with the boiling water and steam and it gives the corn a great nutty flavor that you just can’t get any other way.

About 2 hours before you are ready to grill the corn, remove all of the husks except one layer. This will protect the corn from getting singed. Place the corn into a large tub filled with salt water. (1tbs salt per gallon) Let soak for 2 hours. This will help keep the corn from drying out as much while grilling.

Prepare your grill and preheat the coals to medium hot. Place the corn directly from the water onto the grill. Cook for 15-20 minutes turning often to prevent scorching.

When the corn is done, remove from the grill and using potholders or clean cloth gloves to protect your hands from the heat, remove the remaining husk and silk from the corn. Serve piping hot with herbed butter.

Quick Camping Options

It is always a challenge to make meals when you are camping. Here is a quick and easy tip that will help out wit your next camping trip.

The next time that you are preparing to go, brown some ground beef with some onions.

Let the mixture cool thoroughly, then place in zip lock bags and freeze.

Now all you have to do is place the bags into your ice chest.

You now have ice cubes that you can cook with!

Once you get to your destination just add any variety of sauces to make spaghetti, sloppy joes, taco’s, chili or whatever else your family craves.

Rice Pudding for Camping

You are getting ready to go camping and you want to take with you something fun and different for dessert.  Try this easy make ahead snack and your family will thank you!

In a large airtight bag combine 1 cup Instant Rice, 1/2 Cup Dry Milk, 3 Tablespoons Sugar, 1/4 teaspoon of Cinnamon and an optional 1/3 cup raisins.

Now after you have enjoyed your cook out, simply drop the contents of your bag into a pot and add 1 1/2 cups water to the mix.

Cook over the campfire making sure that your mixture comes to a rolling boil.

Once it has come to a boil, remove from the heat and let it stand for 15-20 minutes stirring often.

Serve up in your mugs and enjoy!

Storage Containers for Camping

When you go camping it is always a trick to try to keep food fresh and dry, as well as safe from midnight visitors. You can use this handy tip to help preserve your food and to also assist you in other ways!

The next time that you go shopping, locate some large (5-10 gallon) empty buckets with snap on lids. (you can usually locate these at home improvement stores in the paint aisles)

Use these buckets for keeping animals out of your food and it will also keep your food dry if it happens to rain.

You can also use them as stools around the campfire, or you can place a board over a couple for a makeshift work table.

You will have less to pack and your campsite will keep clean and varmint free!

Drinks to Go!

When you want to take drinks camping or on a picnic with you, just recycle!

After you have drunk all of the wine from a box, take the bag out of the box and remove the spigot (usually just unscrews) and rinse the bag well.

If a bit of scent remains, rinse with 2 cups of water mixed with 2 tablespoons of bleach. Let sit for 5 minutes or so, then rinse well.

Hang upside down to dry. Only store them after they are totally dry.

A few days before you are ready to to camping, replace the spigot and fill the bags with the drink of choice and place in the freezer.

Use the frozen bags in the cooler, then as they thaw you have cold drinks.