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Easy Camping Recipes

You want to get out and about having fun on your camping trip and you also want to have tasty, nutritious meals that are quick and easy to prepare.

Above all else you want your food to keep well and be safe to consume.

Dried good are no problem; it is your fresh and frozen food that need extra care.

Here are a few tips on how to pack your food to meet those goals.

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Purchase the best quality cooler you can afford. The cheap plastic coolers are fine for a picnic or day trip; not for longer.

  • Wash the cooler well; start fresh and clean.
  • Chill foods before packing. Freeze as many foods as possible before packing them.
  • Pack raw meats separate from other foods. Pack frozen is best.
  • Pack all fresh or raw foods in leak-proof containers or zip-lock type plastic bags.
  • Keep a food thermometer in your cooler and check temperatures often. Add ice as necessary.

Here is the first of our easy camping recipes:

Easy Camping Recipes Pancakes

Make Ahead Whole Wheat Buttermilk Pancakes - These fluffy yet filling pancakes can be made in just 20 minutes, then frozen for a quick and easy camping breakfast.


•    3/4 cup all-purpose flour
•    3/4 cup whole wheat flour
•    3 tablespoons sugar
•    1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
•    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
•    1/2 teaspoon salt
•    1 1/2 cups low-fat buttermilk
•    1 tablespoon vegetable oil
•    1 large egg
•    1 large egg white
•    Cooking spray
•    3/4 cup maple syrup
•    3 tablespoons butter


Combine flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Combine buttermilk, oil, egg, and egg white, stirring with a whisk; add to flour mixture, stirring just until moist.

Makes 6 servings of 2 pancakes.  

Put your pre-made pancake batter into sealable plastic bags, and then freeze them. Place the bags of frozen batter in your cooler when you pack your other cold items. They will thaw slowly and be ready for an quick breakfast.

To cook your camping pancakes:

Spoon batter onto a heated fry pan or griddle...whichever is part of your camping kitchen. Cook on one side until lightly browned; flip once, continue until browned on the flip side. Serve with butter and warm maple syrup.

Easy Camping Breakfast

If you love eggs and bacon for breakfast, this easy camping recipe is for you.


Eggs (plan on two per person; adjust for individual appetites)
Sausage or Bacon
Onions and Green or Red Peppers - chopped/diced
Seasonings to taste
Soft Tortilla Shells


Fry the bacon or sausage & set aside. Saute the onions & peppers. Combine the eggs with milk & seasonings and cook until firm. (like scrambled eggs). Warm the tortilla shells and fill them with eggs, onions, peppers and meat. Fold the tortillas and serve.

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Foil Packets Are Great Ways to Make Easy Camping Recipes

Hamburger & Veggie Packets


Hamburger patties (one for each packet)

Vegetables: good choices include potato wedges, sweet potato slices, onion slices, chunks of peppers, etc. Avoid watery vegetables.


Place a hamburger patty on a square of foil. Place your vegetable choices on top of the hamburger. Season to taste. Fold the foil around the meal, sealing the foil at the edges. Place the packets on a grill over your camp fire. Check periodically for doneness. Enjoy!

Easy Camping Recipes

Easy Chicken And Rice


Chicken Breast: prepare in advance by cutting the chicken into bite size pieces and freezing it in a resealable plastic bag with Teriyaki sauce or other marinade.)
Other veggies of your choice
Soy sauce


Heat oil in a large cooking pot. Add the marinated chicken pieces and cook, stirring often until cooked through.

Add rice and stir for a few seconds. Add water in proportion to the amount of rice you are using. 

Bring to a boil; reduce heat and cover. Cook until rice is done. During the last few minutes of cooking, add veggies to steam. Serve with soy sauce at the table.

Here are some great ideas about food to take camping.

This huge archive of camping recipes is from one of our favorite Boundary Waters websites. They are great for any camping vacation and most of them use ingredients that can be included on a backpacking or canoe trip.

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