EATING IN THE
while camping can be one of the most
wonderful and rewarding experiences you will even have. It can also be
quite challenging and result in Chili with Beans spilling all over the
inside of your car.
The bright side is that after that happens, it's
always a FIESTA
whenever you get in your car to drive! Mmmmmmm, rancid chili stench!
point is, how much work are you willing to do to have a good
meal away from your house (& dishwasher) and how much clean up are
you willing to do? If you plan it out right and maybe ask for some
help, it can be pretty easy, and you'll be a god when you whip out your
home made creation and share it with the group.
We've seen people survive entire weekends on nothing more
that pop tarts, beef jerky, and beer. Not very interesting but
cleanup's a snap. We've also seen people prepare
magnificent meals that left the group begging for more, and then pack
it all away like it was nothing. It was, because these people took
the time to PLAN what they we're going to create.
about what you would like to eat while camping. Would you
like a steak? You're going to need a grill or at least a grate to put
over the fire to cook it. Soup? Salad? Shrimp Scampi? Prepare it at
home, seal it up
tight (see 'the great chilly disaster' above) and bring it on out.
Most stuff will keep pretty well for at least a few days in a
cooler full of ice. Other options include stuff that can easily
be prepared on site. Peanut butter & jelly can be made by anyone no
matter how inexperienced or
drunk. We have a little Coleman propane
stove with a grill on it, there's virtually nothing we can't cook on
don't forget the morning coffee.
is best done with Dr. Bronners camp soap (doesn't pollute the
environment) and water, or
what one of us does is simply seal all the dirty stuff into a
tupperware container and wash it all when they get back home.
The main thing is to be comfortable and not stress out, but
there's no reason to go
hungry or thirsty. With a little practice you can be whipping out first
rate food for yourself and for your campmates. And while your sitting
back eating that perfectly prepared porterhouse or tofu salad you may
think to yourself "I wonder what the little people are doing tonight?"
They're probably in the drive through at Burger King trying to
understand what the person in the first window is saying.
Food is a major part of our events. Be creative, be
original, and have fun with it. The sky's the limit but you gotta bring
something, because after all, this is about PARTICIPATION.