The Ultimate Guide to Luxury Dining When Camping

29 May 2017

When you think of camping food, you hardly think fine dining. Camping trips usually consist of boring tinned and dehydrated foods and lots and lots of Super Noodles.

However, with a bit of planning, you might be surprised at exactly what you can whip up, even when you’re out in the great outdoors.

We’re going to take a quick look at some of the best tips and recipes to help you up your cooking game next time you’re sleeping under the stars.

The Gear

First things first, it’s going to help if you’ve got some proper equipment to prepare your meals with.

Some of these are essentials, others are more ‘luxury’ items, but if you want to eat in style, you have to be prepared to make a few investments!

Camping Stove

While the ideal scenario is to make your own fire and cook like a real adventurer, many campsites don’t allow you to start fires, so you’re probably going to need a stove.

Ideally, you need a stove which is nice and compact, but that will also be sturdy, and that won’t have its burners blown out if the wind gets up.

Our Pick: Primus Onja Duo Stove – £120.00

Storage

You’ll need to be able to keep your food fresh and safe from creepy crawlies while you’re camping, so some good plastic storage containers are a must.

We recommend a nested set of plastic containers to help save as much space as possible.

Our Pick: Lakeland Stack a Boxes Food Storage Containers – £9.79

Coffee Maker

While to some it might seem a ‘luxury’ item, to others, a morning cup of coffee is absolutely essential, so you might want one of these mini coffee makers to take with you.

A lightweight, handheld option is a must, like this option from Wacaco.

Our Pick: Wacaco Minipresso NS Portable Espresso Machine – £49.95

Cooler

Make sure you bring a cooler which is manageable to pack but big enough to fit plenty of your food and drink in.

Our Pick: Waeco 35Ltr TropiCool High Performance Cool Box and Warmer TCX-35 – £275.98

Recipes

Burritos

Burritos are great for cooking over the campfire, as you can simply prepare them at home, wrap them up in tin foil and reheat them once you arrive.

They’re also a great way to enjoy a full English breakfast. Bacon, egg, sausage, mushrooms, whatever it is you like for your breakfast, simply throw it in a wrap and enjoy!

Gourmet Pizza

Not the easiest meal to throw together on a campsite, but a genuine wood-fired pizza is a real delicacy!

This recipe from Fresh Off the Grid looks particularly tasty, and of course, you can customise it with whichever toppings you want.

Campfire Breakfast Hash

This great outdoorsy breakfast consists of hash brown potatoes, sausage, egg and cheese, all fried together with onions and peppers for a hearty and tasty meal to kick start the day.

Oatmeal

Oatmeal is always a great easy thing to bring with you as a snack, and it means that you don’t have to worry about cooking anything up for breakfast.

The one we’ve selected here has been dressed up with apricots, cherries, chocolate chips, coconut flakes, hazelnuts and molasses, but you can really customise yours however you want.

Pancakes

Of course, we had to include a dessert, and pancakes are a great choice. Mix the dry ingredients together before you leave, then simply add milk, oil and eggs when you arrive!

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