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Camping Food - The Best Food Ever?
Is it just me? Am I the only one? Why is it that whenever camping it seems that the food served up is literally the best tasting, most fun, and the all around most amazing food, ever? I guess it could be the hard ground, the cold mornings, the campfire smell, or all of the above that makes campfire food so awesome and delicious.
If you don?t think that campfire food is better then in your house food, then you need to camp a little more. It?s hard to put your finger on just what it is, but I think it may have something to do with the simplicity and raw flavor of food cooked over a campfire.
Doesn't it seem like food cooked in your house is too complicated? What is better then doing things like our caveman friends used to do it. I mean barefoot running, caveman workouts, caveman food, what is more caveman the food over a fire?
Probably a lot of the attraction of campfire food comes from the wood fire heat and the simple recipes. Sure, it probably in part comes from the day?s adventure, cold nights, and chilly mornings, but there are a few more reasons. So, what are some simple camping foods that anyone can attempt and how are they done? Let?s see.
The Infamous Dutch Oven --- If you have never used a Dutch Oven to cook over a campfire then you are missing out. Not only is it versatile, easy to use, but it cooks food like nothing else does. There?s not a bunch of messing around either, you just throw whatever you want into the pot, onto the fire, and then all you have to do is kick back and whittle that stick.
What is a Dutch Oven? A Dutch Oven is just a very heavy, well built, thick, cast iron pot with lid. They have been around for hundreds of years, and used to cook about everything and anything. You can pick them up new or look around used places, ebay, or even antique shops may carry them.
As you can see the Dutch Oven is a hardy cooking utensil when it comes to camping, and that is exactly what is needed. You are not going to break or hurt one of these babies.
What Can I Cook in a Dutch Oven While Camping? Good question and the answer is everything, but let me give you a few good ideas. There are camping recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Cooking any type of casserole is easy in a Dutch Oven. Meat and vegetables cooked are easily thrown into the Dutch Oven. Soups are of course a no brainer. Small rodents.... just kidding Breakfast casseroles Bread (like cornbread) can actually be cooked in a Dutch Oven.
What the Dutch Oven has done for camping food deserves a gold metal. It has taken dishes that are complicated with multiple pots and pans that warp, and allow you to throw everything into a cast iron pot that you just set in, on, or next to your campfire without having to worry about the consequences. This hearty pot will keep smoke, ash, firewood, and flying burning marsh-mellows out of your precious food that you have been waiting for all day.
There is something to be said for campfire food, its simple and always tastes the best, and a lot of that has to do with piece of camping gear that does not cost a fortune and has been used for centuries. Have you used a Dutch Oven? Do you like camping food? What do you usually cook? Let us know in the comments below.