Camp Cooking: Some Lunch Tips

Lunch is often a quick meal because campers are busy with other activities. Here are a few quick tips!


Some Quick Tips for Lunch While Camping

  • Don’t make camping lunches the night before.
  • Substitutes for a sandwich:  a couple of hard-boiled eggs (with salt & pepper), left-over roast or fried chicken.
  • When boiling eggs, white vinegar added to the boiling water will keep the white part from running out of the cracked shell.
  • Gamey-smelling lunch boxes (or bags) will smell sweet if you place a slice of bread (dampened with vinegar) in the lunch container overnight.


Today’s Recipe

Food just tastes better while camping!  Maybe it is because camp cooking takes longer and we are ravenous by the time it’s ready!


Dutch Oven Biscuits 

This is a very simple recipe!  It serves 6 to 10.

Mix Bisquick-type mix according to recipe directions on the box.  DO NOT OVER-STIR THE MIX!

1)  Put the hot coals outside of the fire pit.  Oil a large Dutch oven inside thoroughly.

2)  Set the Dutch oven on the coals to heat for about 10 minutes.

3)  Spoon the mixture into the Dutch oven and cover with the lid.

4)  Shovel hot coals onto the Dutch oven’s lid.  Cook for 20 -30 minutes, depending on how hot the coals are.

5)  After 20 minutes, check the biscuits.  They are ready when they are lightly browned.


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Camp Cooking: Breakfast Cooking Tips

Outdoor cooking can be a challenge! Here are a few tips.

These tips are tried-and-true … hope they help you!


  • Making pancakes?  Rub the griddle with cut potatoes instead of grease.  There will be no odor after cooking.
  • Turn the pancakes when the bubbles (in the batter) start to break or pop.
  • Using an aluminum griddle for your hotcakes?  Don’t use grease on your griddle, add melted shortening or oil to the batter.  Use fine steel wool to polish your griddle.
  • Serve pancakes and eggs immediately, do not stack and hold them on the griddle.
  • Cook bacon in a baking pan in the oven.


 Today’s Recipe

This recipe is for breakfast, lunch or a trail snack.  They are nutritious and very tasty.  Bake some to take on your next outing.

Hunter’s Take-Along Biscuits

Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees.

2/3 cup water

2 and 1/4 cups complete pancake or baking mix (Bisquick-type)

1 cup rolled oats, uncooked

1/4 cup margarine or butter

1/4 cup sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 cup chopped nuts:  walnuts or pecans

1/2 cup raisins

Mix all dry ingredients together (pancake mix, oats, sugar, cinnamon, nuts, raisins) completely.

Add liquid ingredients together (water, butter or margarine) and add to dry mixture.

Continue mixing until everything is well-moistened.

Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls on greased cookie sheet.  Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, or until light golden brown.

Makes about 12 delicious biscuits. 


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Want to Try Camping (On the Cheap)? Here’s How!

Where are the Campers?

States have noticed that ‘going camping’ is a dying art.  State parks especially, have noticed the down-turn in campsite usage.  And some states are doing something about it!

{This article is about Texas parks.  I’ll give suggestions:  how to see if your state has a program.}

The New Wrinkle in Camping: Your Tent Attached to Your Vehicle!

Texas Outdoor Family Program

Chris Holmes, director of the program, Texas Outdoor Family, explains. “We’ve recognized that fewer and fewer people are camping, especially in state parks.

People are becoming more and more disconnected from the environment, and they view the outdoors as a scary place. This new generation of parents never went camping themselves, so they just don’t know how to camp.”

Texas Parks & Wildlife has created a program for folks interested in giving camping a try … but don’t know where to start.

What to Expect

This weekend adventure includes camping equipment, expert help and learning activities.  What does the $55 charge include?

  • Individual car camping site for each family (up to 8 persons),
  • the camping equipment needed for the weekend,
  • professional park ranger-led programs and instruction,
  • a curriculum developed specifically for use and enjoyment of a state park,
  • state park junior ranger certification programs,
  • a “Leave No Trace” certified program,
  • restrooms with hot showers and
  • overnight state park police officer and security.

Before You Arrive

After signing up for the adventure, you receive checklists:

  • a suggested packing list for personal items and
  • special shopping list and menu

What Will You Do When You Get There?

Instructors will teach you how to

  • choose a good camp site
  • set up a camping tent
  • start a safe fire and
  • enjoy family camp cooking

Things that Vary According to Park

Everyone learns the basic skills.  However, parks offer different amenities.  They may include:

  • fishing
  • kayaking
  • equestrian skills
  • wildcrafting:  the art of finding useful and edible plants
  • “geo-caching” a game involving the use of a GPS device to track down a “cache” or a supply box filled with “treasures” for the kids
  • programs are available for minority or special-needs groups

Sounds Great … Where Do I Sign Up?

Check for dates, locations.

Call the Texas P&W Reservations Center:   512- 389-8903.  Operators answer questions & make reservations.

After registration, a confirmation packet will arrive with directions and more details.


How about your state?

Google:  (your state) programs + family camping

(ie: ) Virginia programs + family camping


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