Before you go camping in France, one of the things you will need to prepare for is the food that you will be eating in the next few days. If you think buying them from the grocery is all that it takes, think again.
One way to save time in cooking is to prepare these meals at home and then just reheat it when everyone is hungry. Bring a long a cover pot to heat it faster. This will save on fuel and make sure dirt and insects do not get into your food. While some of the food can be kept in plastic containers, the rest can be packed using zip lock bags.
Making a fire takes time so instead bring a long a small oven. Since this comes with a gas canister, be sure this is kept upright at all times and in a well ventilated area. Before you put it in the car, check for leaks by putting soap liquid. When it is not being used, turn it off.
To protect your pots and pans from any fire damage, apply liquid soap on the outside putting over the fire. If you will be out camping for a few days, you better apply oil to prevent food from sticking.
Since burnt food happens in the kitchen, you are sure that this will also happen when you are camping. To clean the pan, simply add a drop or two of dish soap and enough water to cover the bottom and then bring to a boil.
While you are eating, put a pan of hot water over the fire so you will have an easy time cleaning up after everyone is done. Another option will be to bring a large coffee pot. That way, you can also serve coffee or hot chocolate.
You may want to drink something cold while you are camping so buy block ice instead of cube ice. Be sure to also put this inside a cooler so it does not melt together with any other refreshments you decide to bring like juices and sodas. Since you will be opening the cooler very often to get good compared to drinks, better separate the two and put one in another cooler.
It will also be a good idea to bring aluminium foil since these are great for mixing meats and vegetables as well as for cooking and cleanup. To prevent them from burning and keeping it moist, apply some ice.
Certain dishes are not the same without seasoning. If you need to bring some along, use the squeeze bottle versions because these are easier to use. If ever these get hard, shake it and then watch it come out.
On the last day of camping, cook over any left over meats and vegetables by mixing this into an omelet. This is because you can mix almost anything with it and you reduce the amount of leftovers you have to take back home.
Cooking and camping in France should not be a problem now that you know what to do even before you get to the camp site. If this is your first time and you had a blast, you can do it again not only with family but also with friends.
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