When it comes to vacations, a family camping trip is often the most convenient and low-cost way to get the whole family out of the house and into nature. Indeed, about 13% of adult camping participants went on trips because they wanted to spend more time with their families, and 12% of adult campers first went camping with their own immediate family.
Family camping is truly an American past-time, with American families camping around 534 million days collectively in 2011. And while it can be the best choice, it doesn’t mean it is the easiest.
Camping can require a lot of planning; from getting the necessary outdoor gear to remembering to bring appropriate clothing. However, the most important thing to consider is food. Contingent upon where you camp, there may not be many restaurants in or around family campgrounds, after all. (Plus, it’s much more fun to cook over the fire with the whole family.) Check out these awesome camping recipes for easy preparation and delicious flavors:
Omelet in a Bag
With just a gallon-sized Ziploc and boiling water, you can make easy omelettes for the whole family. Crack two or three eggs into each individual bag, and add fun ingredients, like onions, peppers, cheese, ham, sausage, and spinach. Stick them in the cooler. In the morning, boil a large pot of water and cook them for about 12 or 13 minutes. After that, pull them out of the water, slip them out of the bags and onto a plate.
Without cutting all the way through a loaf of French bread, cut 12 slices about 3/4 an inch thick, which will create six sandwiches. Melt some butter and spread it with mustard on each slice. Then, fold cheese slices in half, adding ham slices into the middle, and slip them in the slits of the bread. Wrap the whole loaf in foil and place on the grill or on coals for about 20 minutes. Remove from the fire and pull apart delicious melty sandwiches!
Cake in an Orange
Cut the top off of an orange and scoop out the flesh, which you can use for juice or fruit salad in the morning. Then, fill with cake batter, cover, wrap in foil, and stick in the coals. About 20 minutes later, you’ll have a cake in an orange!
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Looking for an easy campsite recipe that will feed a hungry group? Check out this Garbage Can Dinner from Jellystone Park Campground guest Stephanie Miller. This hearty meal is cooked over the campfire and feeds 12-18 people.
18 ears of corn, unhusked
5 lbs. medium potatoes, washed but uncut
5 large onions, peeled
8 lbs. sausage (any kind)
1 lb. carrots, peeled
Prepare a 30-gallon galvanized garbage can, including the lid, by heating over your campfire until it’s black inside and out. When cool, wash well. This process removes the galvanizing chemical, which is toxic.
Stand up corn in bottom of can. Top with whole potatoes, onions, carrots and then sausage. Fill with water just to cover food by an inch.
Arrange two concrete bricks on either side of your campfire. Set the garbage can on the bricks; cover and cook one hour. Remove can from fire and serve, using a large slotted spoon.