Cooking While Camping

I love to cook and I really want to continue to cook with whole food ingredients as much as possible while on the road. Healthy eating and staying active is something Guy and I want to focus on while we drive around the US with our daughter.

Our new GigaTent Pack N Go Prep Station allows us to create an efficient kitchen in any camp space. Cooking in the wilderness can be overwhelming, but this prep station allows me to stay organized and on track when I’m meal prepping and cooking.┬áIt stores to a manageable size for car camping and sets up easily in minutes. I’ve got to say, so far this piece of equipment is one of my favorites. The duel table top surfaces allowed for plenty of prep space and the center table top is a perfect size for my Camp Chef Rainier Camper’s Combo Stove. In the past, we’ve used a camp table as the catch-all kitchen area and it always seem to collect everything from fishing gear to shoes. Not the ideal food-prep space! I love having a small but dedicated kitchen space now. This is so helpful when it’s time to chop veggies or prepare from-scratch dinners in the wilderness.

While camping at Red Feather Lakes with friends, I wanted to make a meal that could feed plenty of people. I decided to try to make enchiladas over a fire with coals in my Lodge Cast Iron Dutch Oven (an awesome gift from my good friend, Joel). Lodge sells parchment paper liners that are a godsend when cooking one pot meals over the fire. I once made the mistake of cooking jambalaya in the woods and it took our camping group hours of scrubbing out the charred rice and sausage bits from the bottom. From now on, if I don’t have those parchment liners, my Dutch oven isn’t coming!

The chicken enchiladas were a huge hit. We heated up the leftovers for breakfast with a fried egg on top. It was a truly awesome breakfast!

Generally when we camp we’re gone for a few days at a time. I’m used to being able to plan ahead by prepping food in my kitchen and meal plan before we go. Once we are on our more extensive car camping adventure I’m going to need to come up with more creative, in-the-woods food prep ideas. It’s all part of the adventure!