How long will you be gone? Really, if you have a campfire you can cook pretty much anything you would cook at home.
I'm not big into campfire cooking, myself. I usually take oatmeal and fruit for breakfast; tuna salad packets and a wrap or tortillas for lunch; dried fruit, crackers, granola bars, jerky, and/or nuts for hiking snacks; and potatoes or sweet potatoes to roast in the coals along with cheese and veggies for dinner, or pasta with canned chicken and veggies. Another time I took tortillas, dehydrated refried beans, and some foil packed cheese. The last time I camped was in the desert under a burn ban, so I just took a box of Cheerios, some bananas, 6-pack of single serving tetra-paks of milk, a package of bagels, a jar of peanut butter, and a box of crackers. That was fine for 3 days.
My friends who are more "into" the food when we camp take frozen meats-- in a good cooler, chicken breast or pork will stay frozen for close to 36 hours and will help keep other things cool-- veggies, seasonings, and a roll of heavy-duty foil to make "hobo pouches" for dinner. Eggs last for several days, too, if you make sure you cook them through (scrambled rather than sunny-side-up for safety.) There are also powdered eggs. One family I camp with almost always makes pancakes or French toast the last morning, and they usually bake a fruit cobbler in a cast-iron pot in the coals at some point. And there ws one year when one of the women brought a whole salmon!
Really, just look in your cabinets. You probably already have enough canned and other shelf-stable food to carry you for a few days. (If you don't, you might want to get some-- every household should be able to survive for a week or so if there's a power outage.) Toss 'em in a box with a can opener, an old skillet, and a roll of heavy-duty foil and you're good to go.
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I made these last weekend when we went camping, and only had a fire to cook with: http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-whole-whea t-double-peanut-butter-jelly-pockets-r ecipes-from-the-kitchn-176686 I just threw them in my cooler, but they're fine at room temp too. Mine even got hot in the truck and they were actually realy good that way because they got gooey :)
I also brought snacks like beef jerky, trail mix, protein granola bars.
rice flour dry pasta dry beans or lentils oatmeal canned beans canned vegetables or fruit canned meat or fish dehydrated fruit or vegetables freeze dried food canned milk or powdered milk pancake mix granola/trail mix cereal nuts peanut butter or other nut butters crackers bread
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Hard-boiled eggs, dry cereal, hard cheeses
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Trail mix, because you don't even have to cook it. Also there are some recipes for home-made energy bars that you can pre-make and grab with for quick snack or light meal.
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I agree - dehydrated foods or ready-made pouches are a good idea. As you have refrigeration available, I gather you won't be doing a lot of back-packing, so perhaps some cans of ready to heat things, like baked beans, peas, beans, etc. Also think of rice and some cans of flavoured tuna - perhaps a lemon/pepper or tomato/basil-type of thing for extra flavour and protein. If the water supply is dubious, then don't forget water-treatment tablets.
there are tons of dehydrated fruits and veggies on the market. just veggies is the brand that my local health food stores carry and you can also buy on their website or through amazon. mary jane's outpost has a section on backpacking mixes. you basically portion out quinoa into little bags to take along and when you cook it you add in one of the spice mixes that you make and pack too.
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I'm going camping soon and all I will have available to me for cooking is a fire ring! No microwave. fridge, electricity of any sort! I know I can pack a cooler and also eat in restaurants, but I want most of my meals to be shelf stable foods. Does anyone have any ideas for healthy items I can bring? Or even make a meal out of solely shelf stable items?
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