For some reason, food just seems to taste better outdoors. Whether it's served from the kitchen of your RV or from the cooler and firepit while tenting, the fresh air and sunshine add a certain je ne sais quoi to your foodie experience. But you don't have to limit your weekend cuisine to hamburgers and hot dogs, so get creative and mix it up a bit! Here are a few suggestions.
Campground convenience stores are not known for the variety of foods they keep on hand. Sure, if you need a canned pasta or a powdered orange juice product, it's good to know you have a go-to place, but realistically, planning ahead is a better strategy. Make a menu plan, and prepare as much as possible ahead of time. After your prep chef duties are completed, make a list of what you need to bring, and purchase or pack it up from home.
If you have a camper or other RV, you will likely have a bit more space for some kitchen staples, but in general, when tenting or camping, bring only what you need. Use small plastic containers or baggies for pre-measured quantities of fresh herbs, spices, pastas, cheeses, sauces, marinades, condiments and the like. Remember to bring the appropriate cooking utensils, cookware and serving pieces you will need.
There are many incredible recipes that are delicious and easy to prepare when camping, so listen to your foodie instincts, and try something that is sure to satisfy your inner gourmet. Some recipes and ideas will have to be modified to suit camping requirements and cooking restrictions, but that is an easy fix and not something that should deter you from enjoying the food you love, even when away from home.
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