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Camping and Great Food Go Together like Peas and Carrots!

April 22, 2011 by · 3 Comments 

Two things that go together so well are “camping” and “food.” It seems like our appetites are at their all time high because of the exercise and fresh air. And if kids or young adults are going along–be sure to pack plenty of extra food!

After years of camping in the great Northwest, we have found several recipes and food stuffs that are a must for or outings and I thought I’d share then with you – who knows, one of them may become one of your favorites as well.

We always take a large cooler and fill it according to the crowd size. If friends arrive, they have also done the same – the more variation in food, the merrier.

Usually, we have hot dogs, and mild to spicy sausages that we roast over the campfire. This is a lot easier than traveling after work and having to create a large meal.

We serve breakfast every morning – seems like those young’uns are always super hungry after their night of hibernation. We usually serve eggs, sausage, bacon (we make plenty for hamburgers later in the day), and potatoes. One of our favorites was made by a friends who combined tater tots, cheese, crumbled bacon, and green onions in a casserole dish and baked it. We don’t know why it tasted so good other than it was not a breakfast we had to make, or the flavors melded just perfectly. The best cheese is a Mexican blend of cheese readily available at the store. For an extra kick, use peppered bacon and pepper jack cheese.

Lunches vary widely. Everyone’s favorite is what has became known as the “River Burger”. We usually warmed up the bacon on the flat top. Using the bacon grease, we sautée mushrooms and onions (kind of like what you’d get at the county fair). We then fry the patties on the flat top and, after turning them over, put slice(s) of cheese on them and let it melt. The burgers are messy, but excellent after piling all this on a bun.

Dinner – more recipes here than I can list. Our Labor Day meal is always prime rib done on the BBQ and slow cooked over charcoal and apple wood, until the internal temperature reaches 150 degrees. We then take it off the BBQ and tent it with foil for ½ hour.

Another favorite is a shrimp boil with pearl onions, small red potatoes, and pieces of fresh corn still on the ear. This is very easy to cook. Fill a large stock pot about half full with water and use an Old Bay Seasoning pack (or more if you like spicy food), and cayenne pepper and just dump it into the water. Start cooking the potatoes first. When they are about half done, throw in the ears of corn, then the pearl onions. When almost done add your shrimp and cook until the shrimp are pink.

We have a lot of fun coating the top of a table with newspaper and pouring the whole works out on the table in a big mound. That way everyone sits around a table and helps themselves. The corn on the cob is great and the spices seem to settle in around each kernel of corn.

These are some of our favorites when camping. Try them and they may become some of your favorites, too. Nevertheless, there are so many choices, and so little time. If you try them, please send a comment to and let us know.

By Susan Anderson


3 Responses to “Camping and Great Food Go Together like Peas and Carrots!”
  1. Jim Miller says:

    Recently, I became involved with eFoods global and let me tell you, they make delicious foods that are perfect for camping. Some of the advantages of using their food products are:
    1. The cost per serving is low
    2. They actually taste great and are high in nutrition
    3. They come in 4 serving pouches so it is great for small familes or couples.
    4. You can bring along a whole lot of choices to satisfy even the picky eaters and still have room for all your other gear.
    5. They are part of my emergency food storage so they will keep up to 25 years with no loss of taste or nutrition.
    6. You can try the food for free to see if you like it (just pay shipping).
    7. You can actually have free food or earn money by offering it to others.
    Got to my site:, take the tour and order your free samples. I think you will be happy you did.

    Rember; a non-hungry camper is a happy camper.

    Happy Trails.

  2. Great article and I live in England in the Lake District National Park and love camping with my kids, although here in England camping inverably means in a tent and with a great possibility of rain, even in the summer months. This summer I am planning a Lake District Walks from the world famous coast to coast walk and I am sure hot dogs will be on the menu for my kids as its simply for dad to cook.


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