Outdoor Cooking Hints

This website provides links to a number of websites that have recipes, advice, videos and blathering about cooking on camping trips. Your favourite search engine will find many more for you; however, you will find that most usable recipes are repeated over and over with only small variation from one website to the next. Beware the ‘gourmet’ and ‘competition’ websites (International Dutch Oven Society, for example) – they contain many recipes that are best prepared by an experienced chef in a commercial kitchen with a Dutch oven on the patio. One of the supposed ‘camping’ Dutch oven bread recipes I found recently starts with “Place the water, flour, honey, salt and yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer...” For that matter, I recommend focusing on the simpler recipes; a complex recipe that works well in your kitchen may take unexpected turns when you’re prepping and cooking in the woods on a cold, rainy day with variable winds, while tired from a day of outdoor activities. You will find conflicting advice about many aspects of outdoor cooking. Practice is the only way to figure out what works for you.

Here are some key reminders for outdoor cooking: