BackCountry Cooking Ideas

"Estes Park Backcountry 2009-423" by Eric SchmuttenmaerSometimes when you’re camping out or taking a lunch break along the trail, you want quick, easy meals. Freeze-dried foods, energy bars, or sandwiches you’ve packed ahead of time all have a place in outdoor eating.

Sometimes, though, you really want to cook something delicious and take some time to enjoy cooking. Cooking and eating together can forge bonds, and creating a delicious meal in camp can be a personal pleasure, too.

We’ve rounded up some of the best backwoods cooking resources out there for great eats on your next adventure.

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The National Outdoor Leadership School’s cooking show on YouTube is filmed in the wilds, so you won’t have the shock of watching a recipe being cooked in a test kitchen and trying it yourself under much different circumstances. The instructions are step by step and practical for the average cook with a fairly good camp kitchen .

Ranging from recipes that require equipment that really only can be managed when car camping to high altitude minimal recipes for maintop cooking, the Campside Chef has tons of creative ideas for gourmet meals in the country. Try the Bananas Foster on your last night out on the trail for a celebration of the adventure.

For those of us who like to go on thru hikes with little gear, One Pan Wonders is a heaven sent website full of real food for real people using—you guessed it—only one pan to prepare. We love the gussied up versions of freezer dried options.

Before you head out for your next trip to the backwoods, give some thought to what you’ll make on your trip more than just a boiled bag of food. What you can do might surprise you!

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