If you're limited with respect to cooler space (and prefer to not invest in the electrical cooler... it runs off your car battery while driving), freeze whatever you can, wrap it in newspaper and the frozen food will work as ice packs for everything else. We froze meat, wrapped it, and it stayed frozen for over ten days until we needed it as long as we kept the cooler on the ground in the shade. If you do meals in jars, instead of sealing them, you can cool them, freeze them, and then put the lids on, and they also act as cold packs, while they stay really fresh.
I think everything else can be adapted to fire cooking... and wood fire is AWESOME for flavour! You don't say how experienced a camper you are (so forgive me if this sounds patronizing) but one of the best time savers we've come up with when it comes to wood fires, is banking the fire/coals with sand/dirt between meals and then uncovering them for the next meal... you get just the right temperature to fry eggs in the morning, or if you bury your potatoes in the coals/sand at noon, they will be perfect at supper time... you can even take a small roast and do that... ziplock marinade a small roast/chicken... when you're ready to cook it, simply wrap it in two or three layers of foil and bury it in the fire (about 30 minutes per pound)... also VERY yummy!
...I don't suppose you have access to electricty? A slow cooker doesn't take up much room, and it opens the door to a lot of options!
thanks so much, these are alot of great ideas. to answer a couple questions I saw, I will not be backpacking so am just limited by vehicle space and lack of refrigeration and oven. and there will be a fire but it will basically not be coals
You don't say if this is a hiking trip, or a set up at one location and hang out trip.
One of our best investments has been our electric cooler... so easy to manage meats - we freeze all of the meat and/or pre-prepare it. Our other best investment is a dehydrator... so easy to preserve foods for things like camping! Food in this context is all about how much you like to cook/before during, and being creative.
Foods that we like:
jerky beanless chili, or stew - made at home and if you put it hot, in hot jars, they will seal enough to stay fresh for a week in the cooler (longer in the fridge)... the same with any other casserole, one pot meals... basically you're making your own canned food... the week before just cook a lot of one pot meals, cook double what you'd normally cook, and fill a jar or two with the left overs. I do this regularly... great for quick meals. gluten-free sausages (yeah, they're processed, but you can get some with relatively few ingredients and preservatives) sweet potatoes for baking in the fire canned/foil packed fish cutting/marinating steak in thinnish strips in ziplocks (if you use a good acid like apple cider vinegar it will help keep the meat from spoiling), then threading them on a skewer/roasting stick and roasting them like weiners in the fire... OMG! homemade nut and dried fruit mixes apples, carrots, celery - they travel really well, and if you get a variety of apples, you don't get tired of them... and all are wonderful dipped in nut butter hard-cooked eggs (I cook a couple dozen, chill really well, and store in the cooler) lots of coconut oil pemmican - I haven't made any yet, but I want to try (recipe link in the link below... let me know if you try it)! also, if you have a vaccuum sealer, you can prepare individaul portioned meals (fish fillet, veggies, butter, spices), freeze them, and then cook them in boiling water - in 10 minutes you have supper.
Do you have a campfire? If so, "packets" are the way to go. Fill small tin foil packets with small pieces of meat and veggies, season, and seal closed. To cook, place them in the coals and check every once in a while until the meat is done.
Sans fire? Nuts, dried fruit, dried meat (like beef jerky, but make it yourself or fine a reputable source). Also, SOME Larabars are Paleo (be careful, though. Many aren't).
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I didn't see an existing topic for this so sorry if I am duplicating.
So I have a week long camping trip. I am used to either a short trip where a cooler is good enough or before that I just took canned stuff and Raman. The best stuff I can think of would require an oven which I don't have. So do you guys have any suggestion? whether something simplethat I just missed or something more spiffy all is appreciated.
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