“I Don’t Cook On Vacation!”

I Don't Cook On Vacation!

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If you are the, “I don’t cook on vacation!” person, there are options cheaper than dining out every day. Today we’ll discuss those since almost everything in Campfire Gourmet required some cooking. Also, I’m not picking on anyone, this is a lot of people (including my mom).

  • If you would rather eat out at least follow our rule of thumb. Avoid chain restaurants. Ask a local about their favorite local restaurant and try it. Or drive around until you find a busy, local place to eat. Do not eat at the place with one or two cars in the parking lot at 6pm. Drive past that place. There’s a reason no one is eating there. When trying a new, local place don’t be afraid to tell them that you’ve never eaten there and ask for suggestions. We have had several great experiences doing this! At the very least you’ll get some really great food!
  • Meals Ready to Eat (MRE). This option can be a bit expensive, but there are options that don’t have to be cooked. The ones that do are self-heating. There are a lot of options, including pizza, so there’s something for everyone! Kids love them because they’re different. I remember getting one as a kid and I was so excited that I had my mom call my uncle who was deployed. He’s a smartass, there’s no other way to put it, and told me that the little red bottle was fruit punch. I was only about 5 or 6 so I couldn’t read Tabasco sauce yet. Fun times with my family. Fun times. Still think the world of him, though.                                                                                                                                                                            You can  find MREs on Amazon or try doing a Google search. Just make sure they’re still in date before you purchase them. They do have a long shelf life.
  • If you’re not into MREs you can try the backpacker’s version. You will have to boil water, but I don’t consider that cooking. If you do then you can skip over this one. Moosejaw.com sells different options from Mountain House, Backpacker’s Pantry, Katadyn, etc. There are a lot of different options and we’re going to try a few so that we can let y’all know which ones are worth trying.        
    Mountain House Beef Stroganoff With Noodles
                                                                                                                            Mountain House Beef Stroganoff With Noodles
Mountain House Beef Stroganoff With Noodles Mountain House Beef Stroganoff With Noodles

SPECIFICATIONS of the Beef Stroganoff With Noodles by Mountain House Weight: 4.8 oz Prepared Serving Size: 10 oz Shipping Weight: 0.79 pounds Servings: 4 Serving Size: 10oz Allergen: Does/May contain Milk: Yes Soy: Yes Wheat: Yes Sulfites: Yes Pkg. Net Weight: 9.6oz Servings per Pkg: 5 Serving Size: 1 cup Total Calories: 250 From Fat: 80 Total Fat: 9 grams Saturated Fat: 3.5 grams Transfat Acid: 0 grams Cholesterol: 40 milligrams Sodium: 810 milligrams Carbos: 29 grams Dietary Fiber: 5 grams Sugars: 5 grams Protein: 10 grams Ingredients: Cooked Beef (Beef Flavoring – Salt) – Sour Cream (cultured cream – milk – whey – sodium phosphate – guar gum – carrageenan – calcium sulfate – locust bean gum – and cultures) – Mushrooms

  • You can also do light meals like salads in a bag, crackers with lunch meat and cheese, soups that can be heated in the can, or everyone can roast their own hot dog, sausage, or bratwurst if you’re going to have a campfire anyway. Just keep in mind that you don’t want to haul four coolers of food.
  • Survival food in buckets. I can hear the Prepper’s rejoicing. Oh wait, that’s just my husband. lol My husband has been looking into this for a while and My Patriot Supply has great prices with very high reviews. These do require some heating, but they have a pizza kit! I don’t like cooking, but there’s something about a fire cooked pizza (you cook it in the Dutch oven or on a pizza stone on top of a grill).
  • Dehydrate your own fruits and vegetables before you leave home. Our three kids love dehydrated fruit, especially watermelon. It tastes like Jolly Rancher’s candy! You can also make your own jerky and enjoy it alone or in soups.
  • Canned meats like tuna, salmon, SPAM, corned beef hash, and hog brains. Okay, that last one is an Alabama thing. I’m from Virginia so that’s never been on my menu. A quick, easy meal is to boil rice, pick the big bones out of canned salmon. Put the salmon in a separate pot, add one egg, and one cup of water. Once it’s heated put it over the rice. We eat this at home often and it’s just as easy at the campsite.

Some times you can play around with stuff at home and streamline it for camping. For instance, you can make five meals, freeze them, and heat them up quickly over the campfire. Technically, this isn’t cooking because all of the prep work is already done.

I hope that you found today’s post helpful! Later this evening we’ll talk about what to wear while camping. You may be wondering why, trust me, there’s a reason! I want to make sure you’re comfortable and ready for anything at the campsite. So come back later and we’ll have that up for you.

Thanks for stopping by and happy camping!



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