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Super Quick And Easy Campfire Meals

Updated on June 12, 2012
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The Great Outdoors

With so many wide open, natural spaces surrounding us, it is no wonder that we are drawn to the mountains and lakes and their surrounding wilderness areas. For many people canoeing, camping and hiking make up the ultimate 'back to nature' experience.

For the outdoor enthusiast the ultimate trip also includes packing in and out all their supplies. For many trips you can't pack fresh or bulky foods - simply because of the space and weight involved.

How To Cook On A Fire

Many meals can be cooked easily and quickly over a fire or on a burner in the back country. The trick is to plan your meals ahead of time - at home. One dish meals are the easiest to prepare over a fire but even two dish meals are no problem.

  1. Plan your menu : There is nothing worse than being in the bush and you don't like what was cooked for dinner. You have no choice but to eat it - like it or not! Prevent this by planning to take only foods you like. Choose your favorite items for every meal.
  2. Package your meals : Each meal needs to be packaged in its own ziploc baggie. Dehydrate your meat and vegetables place each in separate baggies. Make a baggie with whatever spice blend you need. Keep your items separate and place all the baggies into the larger bag. Don't forget to include a paper with directions for preparing the meal.
  3. Cook you meal : Decide in the morning what you will be eating for the evening meal. If the meat or vegetables need re-hydrating then pull them out of the main bag and around noon add water to each bag to rehydrate them. Pack them where you can easily find them when you're ready to start cooking. This will shorten the cooking time considerably.

Recipes

When it comes to cooking on a campfire I've found that the simpler the better.

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Hamburger Helper

 

  • box of your favorite hamburger helper from the store
  • 1 pound of extra lean hamburger, dried
  • powdered milk
  • butter or butter powder

Scramble fry your extra lean hamburger until no pink remains. Dry cooked hamburger in a food dryer or an oven on low heat - about 145 degrees - until well dried. Cool. Put into baggie and zip shut.

Pour the hamburger helper into the large bag. Add the seasoning, powdered butter (if using) and powdered milk to the large bag. Place the bag of dried hamburger into the large bag as well. Include a note with directions for cooking in the bag also (these follow).

How to Prepare:

At noon add some water to the meat bag to start re-hydrating. Add more water as its soaked up. Store till time to cook. In your large cooking pot add the required amount of liquid (add water for both the milk and water). Add your meat and whatever water is left in the bag. Cook over the fire until the meat is soft. Add the noodles, butter (if using fresh) and seasonings. Cook until done.

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Spaghetti and Meat Sauce

 

  • noodles (spaghetti, or your favorite noodle)
  • 1 pound of extra lean hamburger, dried
  • your favorite, store bought spaghetti sauce

Scramble fry your extra lean hamburger until no pink remains. Dry cooked hamburger in a food dryer or an oven on low heat - about 145 degrees - until well dried. Cool. Put into baggie and zip shut.

Pour your spaghetti sauce onto a solid, plastic drying sheet and dry in your food dryer or line a baking sheet with parchment paper and dry in a slow oven (about 130 degrees) until the consistency of fruit leather. Roll or fold and put into a small ziploc bag.

In your large bag, add noodles, the bag of meat and the bag of sauce. Don't forget your instructions. You can also add an optional bag with grated parmesan cheese.

How to Prepare :

At noon add some water to the meat bag to start re-hydrating. Add more water as its soaked up. Store till time to cook. In your large cooking pot add a large amount of water and heat to cook the noodles. In another pot add the meat with water and the dehydrated sauce. Add water to the pot and simmer slowly. You will need to add more water as the sauce re-hydrates. Stir the sauce frequently until fully re-hydrated before cooking the noodles. When cooked, top with the cheese and enjoy.

These are only two simple recipes anyone can prepare without much fuss. Almost any dried instant meal can be prepared over the open fire with a little pre-planning. Use your imagination and you will be able to adapt your favorite recipes to the campfire.

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