Filed under: Family Camping, Menu Planning & Cooking, Outdoor Recreation & Hiking, Preparation & Readiness, Tent Campgrounds
Crispy Bacon To Go!
Over the years, I have cooked bacon in a variety of ways when we are camping–in a skillet on the gas stove in our camper, in the microwave on a paper towel, and in a massive cast iron frying pan over a campfire. I think, perhaps, I like the flavorful results of outdoor campfire method the best, but overall I find cooking bacon to be a rather messy tedious form of campground cookery. There is always grease to deal with and a hot pan to maneuver.
Hence, a few years ago I started to experiment with cooking bacon at home before we left on a camping trip. I think I first started doing this when my husband and sons took their annual fishing/camping trip. I knew Christopher would be pressed for time each morning when they were tent camping, but I still wanted the kids to get a decent breakfast before they went fishing offshore for the day.
So, before the boys left home, I cooked up a batch of bacon, drained it, and stashed it in a Ziploc bag with some paper towels. The crispy cooked bacon was stored in the cooler and Christopher simply had to reheat the bacon in a skillet over the Coleman camp stove in the morning. This method proved to be so convenient that I started doing it for our family camping trips. I cook a batch or two of bacon in my home kitchen and then stash it in our camper fridge so we can easily enjoy it when we are traveling. I know there are convenient forms of precooked bacon, but my family really doesn’t enjoy those processed products…
I think my method simplifies the camping breakfast. And, thankfully, cleanup is kept to an absolute minimum!