Being the camp cook on an outdoor camping trip can be a lot of work. The camping cookware is usually heavy cast iron, and can include: iron grills, a Dutch oven, heavy cast iron skillets, and the campfire tools you use for cooking your campfire meals. This can add-up to a lot of bilk and weight. But you can make the job easier with some forethought and planning. These campfire cooking tips can lighten the load for the camp cook.
One of the biggest jobs for the camp cook, is getting the food and gear into camp, and then repacking it again when you’re done. Organizing your camp kitchen and cooking your favorite campfire recipes can be fun, you get to show-off your ingenuity and talent. Even clean-up can be an enjoyable time with your camping buddies who help with the job. But nobody likes hauling a lot of heavy cast iron cookware in and out of camp. Take a look at your camping cookware sets, what will you really need?
Your camp cookware is probably the heavy stuff…cast iron cookware. The griddle and skillet, the heavy cast iron Dutch oven, and the assorted campfire tools you use, the iron cooking tripod, a campfire grill, and the folding camp tables… There must be a better way!
There is a better way, but first you need to think about what you will need. What is the menu for your camp food? What are the campfire recipes and meals you want to cook? Does your dinner camp recipe need two pots? If so, why take three? If you will be using a campfire ring that includes a grill, you won’t need to bring your own cast iron grill. Think about these questions and think about what pieces of camp cookware you really need. After all cast iron cookware is heavy, don’t take more than you need.