Archive for May, 2013

3 Easy Ways of Cooking Eggs on Your Next Camping Trip

Sunday, May 26th, 2013

Nobody enjoys beginning tied up in the kitchen whether you are at home or on a camping trip.  The recipes below will help you prepare a protein- rich breakfast while getting you out of the camp kitchen in record time.

Poached Eggs

A poached egg is very easy to make on a camping trip.  All you need is a shallow pan that can be used on a campstove or fire, water, and 1 to 2 teaspoons of white vinegar.  Once you have the liquids in the pan, place on your heat source and bring the liquid to a boil.   After it has reached a full boil, turn the heat down or move the pan so that the water is at a simmer.

Once the water begins to simmer, crack one egg in a cup.  Before dropping in the water, swirl the water with a spoon and then gently pour the egg into the center of the swirling water.  Cook for 3 to 5 minutes.  After the cooking time has passed, lift out the egg with a slotted spoon.

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If you are doing more than one egg, do not swirl the water.

Eggs in a Bag

Another way of cooking an egg in water is to cook it in a bag.  To do this, bring a saucepan of water to a boil.  While you are waiting for this, simply crack your eggs into a sealable plastic bag.  Once you have done that, seal up, and squeeze the bag gently to break up eggs and mix.

Once that is done, place the sealed up bag into the boiling water.  Cook until the egg is completely cooked.  Remove from boiling water with tongs or oven mitt.  Empty bag of cooked eggs onto a plate or save on the dirty dishes and eat right out of the bag.

Eggs and Bacon in a Paper Bag

To make this breakfast staple, starts with laying a few slices of bacon in a paper bag, Roll top down and place on a campfire rack over a fire.  Make sure that the bag is high enough over the fire so that it does not catch on fire but is close enough to cook the bacon. 

Once the bacon has cooked, break your eggs on top of the bacon, roll the the bag back back down, and place over the fire again.  Continue to cook until the eggs are done.

After the egg is cooked, open bag and place your breakfast on a plate.

The reason for these cooking layers is simple.  The bacon cooking releases fat that is absorbed by the bag.  This keeps the fat content down while providing a greasy layer to keep the egg from sticking.

So this camping trip, do not skip the most important meal of the day because you think you have no time.  With a little planning and a heat source, one can make a quick and simple breakfast that is protein rich and delicious too.

Cold Weather Camping? Prepare by Making DIY Hot Drink Mixes

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

There is nothing as miserable as waking up from a cold night of slumber to find out that you have nothing hot to drink in the morning.  While a camping staple for many is coffee, there are some alternatives.  A hot drink of Jello is an old-time drink that sustained many cave explores.   Another drink that can be made hot in a pinch is kool-aid.  This is a great use for that leftover drink that was prepared the day before.  But what do if you want to have a more traditional morning drink without the bulk of having to carry a lot of different supplies.  The answer is DIY hot drink mixes.

Below are some easy recipes to make before you go out on your next camping trip.  If placed in sealable containers all the recipes below keep well and will last up to year.  But once you try them, I promise you will not have a problem using them up.  

DIY Spiced Tea

Ingredients

1 (3 ounce) package lemon-flavored ice tea mix

2 (1.8 ounce) packages of orange flavored breakfast drink

1 1/3 Tablespoons ground cinnamon

2 teaspoons ground cloves

Mix all ingredients together and place in a sealable plastic bag or jar.

This drink can be served hot or cold.  To make, mix 1 ½ teaspoon of spiced tea mix into one cup of water, stir and enjoy.

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DIY Cappuccino Mix

Ingredients

1 cup powdered non-dairy creamer, any flavor

¼ cup instant chocolate drink

¾ cup instant coffee granules

½ cup white sugar

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl or blender.  Once the ingredients are mixed, place in an airtight container.    To serve, add 2 teaspoons of mix to ¾ cup of water and stir.

DIY Hot Chocolate Mix

Ingredients

6 ½ cups powdered milk

1 (5 ounce) package non-instant chocolate pudding mix

½ cup powdered, non-dairy creamer, any flavor

½ cup confectioners’ sugar

½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.  Divide mix up and place in sealable containers.  To make your hot chocolate, simply add 2 teaspoons of mix to one cup of hot water, stir, and enjoy.

The Fastest Hot Chocolate

Ingredients

1 (1.55 ounce) chocolate bar, chopped

1 cup of water with 1/3 cup powdered milk

Heat water up and add powdered milk.  Add chopped chocolate bar and stir until chocolate has melted.  Then enjoy.

 Regardless of which one of the recipes you may choose to make, keep in mind that the key to staying warm and hydrated during cold weather camping is not what flavoring you add to water but instead the temperature.  Never be tempted to eat snow or ice in place of water.   It will lower your body temperature.  Instead, take the time to heat up a pot of water for your drinks.

How To Make Campfire Fried Potatoes

Monday, May 20th, 2013