Cooking In The Wilderness

Sleeping outdoors, cooking over an open fire, playing hellacious games in the forest and canoeing pretty much everywhere one goes. The Wilderness Camps are ideal for all such activities. These offer excellent opportunities for learning new wilderness skills.

At the heart of the woods, in the plains, in the French mountains or on hilly coastlines, Cooking in the Wild is an occasion to enjoy unique, tasting rendezvous, concocted in an outstanding setting! This accompanied with the music from the best outdoor speakers is a treat in itself.

Outdoor Cooking is substantially different from kitchen based Cooking. As a result, campers and backpackers have developed significant techniques and specialized equipment for preparing food in the outdoor environment. Most outdoor cooking is dictated by the foods themselves which are to be cooked. Direct heat, boiling, frying, grilling, and roasting are the cooking methods commonly described in outdoor cooking. These techniques require prudent and rudimentary tools.

Food can make the difference between a good trip and a tough one, and whether your travel companions are clients, students or friends, wilderness cooking can empower and bring everybody together. One can sprout alfalfa, bake bread and ferment sauerkraut,  catch a fish and grill it, identify a simple plant for tea, pick berries or make a cake and frost it. Something fresh always adds the much-needed spark to a longer trip. Also, hot food at the end of the day always tastes better than expected.

A lot of time must be invested in menu planning. Based on the route and goals of time in the wilderness, an appropriate number of quick and low effort meals must be planned. Protein is an important component. The order in which the meals are consumed must also be taken into consideration. Heavy first, fresh and then followed by variety. A frying pan, something to bake and a lightweight cutting board are the essential equipment one must carry along.

Cooking takes time and effort and lot of meals are likely to get lost in the bottom of the pack if one is not deliberate enough as to when will it be eaten. Also one must plan meals that are flexible, allowing for experimentation if time and energy allow. Biscuit mix can be added to soup as dumplings, baked as biscuits or saved for another meal. Onions and potatoes can go in a soup or be made into French fries and onion rings. Tortillas can be eaten with peanut butter or fried into chips.

So don’t stay with the misconception that wilderness cooking is limited to hot dogs, space food, and ramen noodles. There is no right way to do wilderness cooking, but if good food is a priority, there is no reason to sacrifice it around the campfire.