Camping is a great adventure for the whole family because it places a focus on meeting your most basic needs, like cooking over an open fire. If you plan on staying at a tent site, making sure you are prepared with the proper camping cookware is essential. Cooking pans made specifically for outdoor cooking, tin foil, roasting forks and some metal tongs and spatulas are at the top of the list.
When it comes to camping cookware cast iron is the preferred material as it is durable, heats evenly and can withstand the high temperatures of a fire. There are several types of cast iron cooking pans that you can use, but a basic frying pan and Dutch oven should be enough to get you started. Some companies advertise camping self-cleaning cookware. This is usually just cast iron cookware that has been seasoned for you. It does not require soap to clean, and neither do classic cast iron pans. In addition to pans, pick yourself up a good camping cookbook. These are generally inexpensive and have ideas for dishes that are easy to make on the fire. French toast, eggs, bacon, hamburgers, tacos, steaks and hot dogs are all easy to make on a fire once you have the right pans. Cooking while staying at a tent site is no easy task. However, with the right equipment and some practice, you can turn out gourmet meals for your family and even some surprisingly good desserts. Remember, practice makes perfect.