- Have your cooking fire going when you start these recipes.
- You can leave your measuring cups and spoons at home. We'll give you general guidelines for amounts.
- We aim for above-average deliciousness, but not perfection.
- We use local, seasonal ingredients whenever possible.
- If you have a camp cooking question, email us at email@example.com
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Basic Pantry for Campfire Cooking
These are my go-to fats. Occasionally I will use grapeseed oil or lard in dishes. Flavorful oils such as walnut oil can be amazing in salad dressings or drizzled over vegetable dishes.
- Olive oil
- Sunflower oil
- Toasted sesame oil
I buy these in very small quantities from the bulk section of a nearby co-op and replenish as needed. That way you can create an inexpensive but extensive spice cabinet and you can be sure that the spices you're using are fresh.
- Sea salt*
- Smoked salt*
- Black pepper in a pepper grinder*
- Smoked paprika*
- Chipotle powder*
- Ancho chili powder
- Onion powder
- Garlic powder*
- Bay leaves
- Mustard powder
- Mushroom powder*
- Celery seed*
- Caraway seed
- Dill weed
- Fennel seed
* If I could only choose 10 spices, these would be it!
Unrefrigerated Liquids & Canned Goods
- Maple syrup (it's good to refrigerate in the long haul but it's okay to leave out for a few days.)
- Dijon mustard (the smooth kind, not the kind with seeds.)
- Tamari (very much like soy sauce, but gluten-free.)
- White wine vinegar
- Red wine vinegar
- Black beans
- Cannellini beans
- Garbanzo beans
- Crushed tomatoes
I purchase nearly all produce for specific meals, or I plan meals around the produce that looks the most incredible at the farmers' market. There's very little that I always keep on hand. Here are the exceptions:
I generally buy meats and dairy for specific recipes but there are a few things that I always have on hand (butter is listed in the "Cooking Fats" section above).
- Cream for coffee
Perishable Condiments & Other Items
- Corn tortillas
Basic Equipment for Campfire Cooking
With these items around you'll have an easy time making delicious food over a campfire. (Items used for eating or drinking, such as flatware and dishes, and items used for cleaning dishes are not included on this list.
- Very long, heavy duty tongs
- Suede or silicone hot mittts
- Heavy-duty spatula for turning things on a grate.
- Large supply of aluminum foil, at leant one of heavy duty.
- Dutch oven
- 12-inch skillet
- 2 small pots
- 2 medium pots
- 8 - 10" chef knife
- Paring knife
- Vegetable peeler
- 2 cutting boards
- Can opener
- Mason jars, both pint and quart sizes
- Ziploc bags
- Microplane grater
Advanced Equipment for Campfire Cooking
If you want to have a great deal of flexibility in your campfire cooking and take your dishes to the next level, you might try:
- Mortar & pestle
- Filet knife
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