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Cooking Food Outdoors

Dec 14, 2007
Camping is an inexpensive but fun break away from the bustle of everyday life. Living under canvas brings you closer to nature and allows you to escape from the mind numbing technology that intrudes on your daily existence. However, if you are embarking on a camping trip, you need to be prepared for every eventually. When you are living so far from the nearest shop with little household facilities, you should plan well ahead and pack carefully. You also need to know how to take care of yourself when you are out there, so it is vital to know how to cook in order to maintain your intake of nutritious food.

To avoid continuously snacking on potato chips and candy bars you will need be equipped with outdoor cooking apparatus. This can be found easily in your local hardware or outdoor store. A small and simple gas camping stove is ideal for all your cooking needs; these come in various different sizes so packing needn't be a problem.

If you are camping you will also require a pot to cook the food in. If you are looking to save space in your backpack or case, the simple and most useful cooking accessory you can possess is the basic set of army mess tins. These are inexpensive to buy and usually come in a set of two interlocking, rectangular tins with handles on each. The best way to use them is to cook food in one and then use the second tin to eat your food out of once it has been prepared.

If you are planning to just take a backpack, you will need to try and fit as much food as possible in. Although a tin of beans or soup would be quick and easy to heat up on your stove, tins can be very heavy, they take up a great deal of space and you'll need some form of tin opener. You're best to search for meals that come in a flat and light packaging.

Luckily, there are a wide range of soups and even pasta meals in simple foil packages. These can be easily opened and added to water to provide you with warm and tasty food. All you have to monitor is your water supply; you should aim to carry as much water as you can or camp where running water will be available as it is essential for cooking and of course, drinking. Matches are another essential component for lighting your stove. As long as you have enough food, water, cooking materials and a well constructed tent, you'll be well on your way for enjoying your next camping trip.
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