About that corn on the cob - depends on what mood we're in, how we're cooking it and how messy we want things. At home I usually shuck it and wrap it in foil, then put it on the grill. Camping, I just put it on the grill as-is. Soaking it first does make it better, but it's not necessary. The silks come off very easy after it is grilled. And you can use the peeled-back husk as a handle.
I LOVE my crockpot both home and RVing. We usually camp with a bunch of other families and it's hard to get dinnertime coordinated. The crockpot cures that problem. Sometimes I make something and put it in the crockpot to hold warm - like chili. Other times the crockpot does the whole job.
My very favorite crockpot meal for camping is to just put in a pork roast with a cup or so of water, cook it all day long, then when it's done pull it apart and dump in a bottle of bbq sauce. Pulled pork sammies with almost no effort at all.
We don't have a grill that we take camping. We use a Coleman camp stove outside on the picnic table, and also a cast-iron griddle/grill that fits on it. Our friends bring a charcoal grill and we share theirs sometimes. But I'd just as soon use the campfire if I had to.
This weekend's menu, which I just planned:
Fri. Dinner -- we're ordering pizza. There's a *really good* pizza place nearby and since we always get there late Fri. evening, we're cheating.
Sat. Breakfast -- bacon, egg & cheese croissants
Sat. Lunch -- sandwiches w/lunchmeat or chicken salad
Sat. Dinner -- steak hoagies, cantaloupe, potatoes (foil wrapped cooked in coals . . . or microwaved if need be)
Sun. Breakfast -- pancakes, goetta, leftovers from Sat. breakfast and leftover potatoes made into hash browns
Sun. Lunch -- hot dogs/metts, raw veggies, chips
Sun. Dinner -- tacos & spanish rice
Mon. Breakfast - omelet in a bag w/leftovers
Omelet in a bag is so easy, we're doing it Monday because it's a good meal with no cleanup after and a good way to use up leftovers. You heat up a pot of boiling water, put the eggs and whatever else you want in a ziplock baggie, then boil it in the pot till it's done.
Others have mentioned scout websites for food ideas - and this is a great source if you're camping with kids. It's always a good idea to get the kids involved in meal preparation. And why not focus on outdoor cooking, even though you've got all the appliances you have at home?
I mean . . . you know, last time I camped I brought a rice cooker and enjoyed it. We microwave stuff. I'm not very pleased with my oven, but everything else works fine. I guess it depends on why you camp. If it's just a personal hotel room while you do other things, enjoy all the conveniences. But if you're after the outdoor experience, learn outdoor cooking.
I've been a Girl Scout co-leader for 9 years, and I was in scouting myself too. So yeah, I know a thing or two about camp food. Even non-scouts enjoy banana boats (foil-wrapped bananas stuffed with chocolate chips and marshmallows), dump cake (delish, Google it), brown bears (canned rolls cooked on a stick like s'mores, covered in butter, cinnamon and sugar), hobo pies (foil packets filled with ground beef & whatnot), etc.
So yeah, if you're camping with kids, PLEASE teach them how to do these things.
We keep it simple...basically using the micro, toaster oven (built in oven not worth the trouble) or portable grill. Visit various grocery stores for their deli (HyVee is our favorite) bring home stuff we wouldn't get at home and wala. Really like their kabobs. Now everything goes on non stick foil...I'm too lazy to clean the grill! Veggies get microed or grilled (especially corn) There you have it. Do use a crock pot in the colder weather for chili and such.
My corn recipie is this: soak for 20-30 min in water,twist off silk sticking out the top and grill for 30 min turning a few times. The silk will rub off with a finger or two. Butter,salt and fresh ground pepper.YUMMY.
We tried this method Labor Day weekend and LOVED IT!!!!! Thanks so much!
We use a Weber Go-anywhere gas grill, but if you have the room and the $, buy a WeberQ instead. Consumer Reports rates it tops in portable grills for good reasons. We use our Weber for steaks and chicken, pork and burgers. We marinate our food ahead of time and freeze it, then simply defrost and grill. Other dishes take advantage of dehydrated technologies as in packaged noodle, rice, and potato dishes. Vegetable offerings are typically fresh salad the first night, then some canned vegetables the second. Breakfast is easy, that's eggs, panckes, and any leftover meats from the night before as a protein. Starbucks has a great instant coffee (seriously!) and we always carry tea and hot chocolate for evenings. Now get going!
I bought a inexpensive electric fry pan and I make Fajittas with Chicken or steak , green pepper and onion and serve with salsa and sour cream and refried beans, it takes about 10 minutes if premarinate the meat and cut it up at home and place in a zip lock bag. Veggies I cut up before leaving and put in a container or zip lock. Tortillas can be warmed on the grill or microwave. Or I premake taco bell meat , then i place in zip lock and reheat in my skillet and buy preshredded lettuce and soft taco shells. I put every thing out and the kids get tomake the tacos the way they like. A big hit with kids of all ages. I make black beans and corn for the veggitarian kids.
I hope this helps.
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Ok, here's an easy breakfast I make at home that travels well:
Pour a dozen eggs in baking dish (I spray pam on the dish)
add whatever you like in an omelet
bake at 350 till it doesn't jiggle anymore (usually around 20-30 min)
chill overnight, or freeze.
put individual servings in sandwich bags
30 sec to a minute in the microwave and you have real food for breakfast. Serve on a paperplate and you have no dishes to do when camping!
If you want to change things up, chop up the individual servings and heat (on a skillet or in the microwave) and serve in tortillas with salsa, sour cream.
Since I usually do the camp cooking on a campstove, anything that will stew in a pot, heat up in a pot, simmer or stir-fry in a skillet, or sizzle on a griddle. With family along, pasta dishes are popular, the pasta on one burner, the sauce on the other. Someone else can put together salads and slice the bread.
If it is just a quick meal on a stop, with hookups, I'll zap something. Endless variety of frozen meals that will microwave, maybe one or two of them actually good for you.
We do a lot of cold cereal breakfasts on travel days, but I like to do a griddle breakfast if it is a day in camp and we can get everyone up about the same time. Pancakes, eggs, meats, hash in various combinations.