Tired of hot dogs and s’mores? Advice from the writer Bon Appetit to increase the price of the campfire.
It’s summer in Michigan, and you’re going camping. You’ve packed the tent, sleeping bags, and bug spray. Now comes the fun part. Plan what you are going to eat. The current issue of Bon AppÃ©tit contains tips, equipment and recipe ideas for cooking while camping so you can sit around the campfire and enjoy the outdoors.
For starters, don’t bring food that you wouldn’t normally eat, said Alex Beggs, editor-in-chief of Bon AppÃ©tit.
âI think bringing too much food is a good thing, among the many mistakes I’ve made, like forgetting to bring garbage bags. I think a big problem is if you walk into REI and see an array of dehydrated porridge and things that are meant for serious backpackers and people who are short on space, don’t understand that, that’s to boring, depressing and tasteless food, âshe said.
After all, you’re on vacation, so stock up on fine cheeses, bring trail mix (with M & Ms – don’t go for the healthy stuff), or try Bon AppÃ©tit’s mountain cookie recipe filled with fruit, nuts and yes, chocolate chips. You can eat well while camping and cook over the fire, the key is to plan ahead, Beggs said.
âI am really excited to be camping. And several days before, I would plan out everything I wanted to eat and sort of define what I could do in advance. So even if you’re only making hot dogs while camping, I make sure you just chop up a ton of white onions the night before and have them ready to go. We have a green goddess tuna salad recipe because you are wondering, what are you going to make for lunch? “
Foil pouches are another way for campers to enjoy a delicious meal on the fire. In addition, you minimize the dishes.
âFirst of all, you need to have strong aluminum foil so that your food doesn’t tear. So in the spring, because I worked at Bon AppÃ©tit when I was camping, we made ramps on the bottom then a piece of salmon on top and then butter that I had adulterated with other things. I think I put anchovies, herbs and red pepper flakes in the butter. I prepared it ahead of time, then laid it on the salmon and wrapped it all up. I kind of wrap it up like a swan in a towel and drop it on the side of the fire, âBeggs said.
He doesn’t have to be fancy. Go for sausages, peppers and onions, for example. Whichever combination you choose, make sure the items inside are cooking at the same time. And remember, you are in Michigan so you can shop for fresh produce on the way to your location.
âOn your way to the campsite, you will probably come across a farm stall where you can get corn on the cob and other good vegetables. All of that stuff will get stuck on a skewer that you’ll have marshmallows on later, and toasted, and provide a sauce that can go with anything, that can kind of change it from meal to meal â, Beggs said.
Campers, listen carefully, don’t stress the experience. Leftover pizza or fried chicken are perfectly acceptable meals for your camping trip.
âIt doesn’t have to be this culinary event if you don’t want it or want to give yourself a break. It is an option. Don’t forget it, âBeggs said.