6 camp cooking hacks for foodies gone wild

Camp Cooking hacks for families

Sleeping under canvas in the great outdoors may work wonders for the soul but it isn’t usually too kind on the tastebuds, which is a holiday deal breaker for this foodie family. Cremated sausages on stale bread rolls are not really how we roll and equipping us with nothing but an Esky and a campfire is not going to change that.

In spite of this we love ‘going wild’ because we’ve discovered with some simple camp cooking hacks that, unless you’re planning to pop up your tent at Everest base camp or are hiking deep into uncharted Amazonian jungle, there’s really no need to skimp on good food.

The trick is not to overcomplicate things by planning dishes that require enough utensils to equip a restaurant kitchen, or hours of campsite preparation. Instead, we pre-chop some ingredients and pack enough foil to keep Snoop Dogg’s dealer in business. Or we pre-prepare a few foil-wrapped meals that we can heat up at camp.

That way all we need is something to eat off and with, an Esky to keep the food fresh, and garbage bags to properly dispose of food scraps so the local wildlife doesn’t stop by for an all-you-can-eat garbage bin gourmet buffet. And instead of balling up the leftover foil and turfing it, we flatten and re-use what we can and keep the rest for recycling.

Oh, and though I hate to state the obvious we also need a fire. Our tip is to fire it up about an hour before we plan on cooking so there are plenty of hot coals, not blazing flames, as they offer more constant temperatures. Cooking over coals does take a little longer but the smouldering, smokey result is good enough to take out Masterchef in the Wild.

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camp cooking hacks Marinated grilled fruit skewers

Here are six of our favourite fool-proof, no-pot, camp cooking hacks; 

1. Flamin’ French Toast

This isn’t the prettiest French Toast you’ll ever see, but my kids love it, and it’s not like the local wildlife is going to be dishing out plating critiques. Place two thick slices of bread (crust off) side by side on a buttered layer of baking paper. Mix 2 eggs and a third of a cup of cream or milk in a bowl and drizzle evenly over the top of the sliced bread. Wrap tightly. Wrap parcel again with a tight layer of foil and place in coals for around 15 minutes (turning every few minutes to cook evenly). Check and return to fire if still soft. Once cooked, serve with fresh berries or a drizzle of maple syrup. Or both!

camp cooking hacks - campfire french toast

2. Forest Fondue

Wrap a whole wheel of Brie and some fresh herbs in heavy-duty foil and heat it over the fire until it’s soft and oozy. We enjoy our favourite campfire treat with chunks of crusty bread or fresh baked damper.

Camp Cooking hacks - Forest fondue is a camp cooking treat
3. Muchos Nachos

These deliciously smoky campfire nachos are one of our fave camp cooking hacks as they are always a sure fire hit with our kids. On a large sheet of foil, or a disposable foil baking tray, layer corn chips, refried beans, black beans, salsa and grated cheese and cover with aluminium foil. Cook over campfire coals or on a BBQ for about ten minutes and top with sour cream, jalapenos and guacamole.

Camp cooking hacks - Smoking hot campfire nachos are quick and easy
4. Campfire Cones

No, not for Snoop… though these would do the trick should he happen upon your campsite with a case of the munchies. This is an ingenious twist on s’mores that comes with all the flavour and none of the mess. Simply fill waffle cones with marshmallows and chocolate chips as well as your choice of caramels, nuts, peanut butter, or fruit. Cover in foil and place on a camp fire for a few minutes. Remove (using tongs of course), unwrap and enjoy.

Camp cooking hacks - campfire cones are a great alternative to s'mores

5. Feeling fruity

If you prefer to keep the campfire treats healthy, our kids love grilled fruit skewers. Simply thread fruit pieces onto pre-soaked skewers alternating varieties – stone fruits, banana, pineapple and strawberries work best. Brush with coconut oil and place on grill or over fire and cook for around ten minutes, turning occasionally. Combine honey, lime juice and a little more coconut oil in a bowl and brush fruit sticks before cooking for a further two minutes. Serve drizzled with remaining honey mixture!

Camp cooking hacks - Marinated grilled fruit skewers

6. Top of the pops

Stick a tablespoon of popcorn and a teaspoon of oil onto a large sheet of heavy-duty aluminium foil. Fold into a loose, sealed packet allowing plenty of space for corn to expand. Place it on the fire or barbecue and wait for the corn to go wild. Remove once the popping has stopped! Unwrap and enjoy.


28 Comments on 6 camp cooking hacks for foodies gone wild

  1. Haidee@Maybe Baby Brothers
    January 19, 2016 at 10:30 am (8 years ago)

    Oh wow, these are awesome! We went camping for the first time between Christmas and New Years and lived on BBQ chops, fish and salads (and the old sausages and stale bun thing! Haha)! These look far more exciting! I love the cone idea, those are genius! Pinning for our next camping adventure in a few weeks time 🙂 #TeamIBOT

      January 19, 2016 at 10:07 pm (8 years ago)

      Have fun and hope your next camping trip is as tasty as ours was! 🙂

      January 19, 2016 at 10:06 pm (8 years ago)

      They’re so quick and easy we’ve started making them on the BBQ at home

  2. theplumbette
    January 19, 2016 at 3:34 pm (8 years ago)

    I don’t like camping, but this food looks freaking awesome. I’d go camping for the food. Love the cones and the cheesy fondue. Sounds like camping isn’t so good for the waistline? 😉

      January 19, 2016 at 10:05 pm (8 years ago)

      It can all be done on a BBQ if you prefer…

  3. Ashlea @ Glamour Coastal Living
    January 19, 2016 at 3:58 pm (8 years ago)

    Fabulous ideas! I love camp fire cooking and am heading off on a trip this weekend. We alwas cook a chocolate cake, damper and a roast when camping. With fire restrictions in place though t will be cooking on the webber this trip – maybe pizzas? Definitely a forest fondue too, how yum does that look!! 🙂

      January 19, 2016 at 10:08 pm (8 years ago)

      The forest fondue gets demolished in seconds… it’s so yummy!

  4. Kate
    January 19, 2016 at 7:48 pm (8 years ago)

    The cones are a staple with us. The brie fondue is on the list …

      January 21, 2016 at 4:34 pm (8 years ago)

      It’s the best. Take a lot. You’ll be addicted after the first bite.

      • Kate
        January 21, 2016 at 9:44 pm (8 years ago)

        We may need to take one each …

  5. stuntman
    January 20, 2016 at 8:26 am (8 years ago)

    The forest fondue is an awesome idea.

      January 22, 2017 at 11:28 pm (7 years ago)

      Thanks Stuntman, it’s definitely our fave!

  6. Kell @ All Mum Said
    January 20, 2016 at 10:26 am (8 years ago)

    I love that you can make simple and yet delicious meals while camping. It’s great to change it up from the old sausage or rissole burger!

      January 22, 2017 at 11:29 pm (7 years ago)

      A change is as good as a holiday. Even when you’re on holiday 😉

  7. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    January 20, 2016 at 5:17 pm (8 years ago)

    These are such clever ideas!! Love the French toast and brie. Actually I’d be happy to eat any of that! 😀

      January 22, 2016 at 11:27 pm (8 years ago)

      Thanks Lorraine, There’s never any need to eat ordinary food! 😉

  8. yinyangmother
    January 22, 2016 at 7:20 am (8 years ago)

    Very clever Aleney – loving the brie and the nachos and clever with the s’mores.

  9. Amy @ HandbagMafia
    January 23, 2016 at 9:01 am (8 years ago)

    Camping with brie. You know how to do stuff right! We have done the campfire cones and they are amazing!

      January 24, 2016 at 7:23 pm (8 years ago)

      One must always eat well! Even if one is in the middle of nowhere lovely! 😉

  10. Bec
    January 23, 2016 at 12:16 pm (8 years ago)

    Love it. Going on a surprise camping trip for husbies birthday and want to make it spec! Think this solves it I’m sick of Shake and bake pancakes!

      January 24, 2016 at 7:24 pm (8 years ago)

      Hope you have a fab time! And that these recipes help solve the shake and bake pancake dilemma! 🙂

  11. Leah
    January 23, 2016 at 4:59 pm (8 years ago)

    I love all these! Once upon a time we were campers this has made me all nostalgic for the food. My friends and I would develop all types of treats to throw on the fire. Yours actually looks a lot more sophisticated (shows how bad we were) and yummy.

      January 24, 2017 at 7:25 pm (7 years ago)

      We’re just starting to get back into camping. The food certainly has a lot to with it Leah 😉

  12. Maja @ Mumma Hack
    January 23, 2016 at 7:29 pm (8 years ago)

    Oh yum! This is some impressive campfire cooking!!

      January 24, 2016 at 7:22 pm (8 years ago)

      All quick and easy Maja

  13. Visiit
    June 28, 2019 at 6:39 pm (5 years ago)

    Hey its pretty cool images you have posted especially the image of the kids are really awesome. Anyhow i like camping.


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