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what do you guys like to cook at base camp?

I'm looking for some easy two dish meals.

I was thinking about some spuds and onions to go with any Elk tenderloins we get. I'm also doing a little fishing, so hopefully a little fish fry as well!

So, what do you guys like?

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Post something!

I need some ideas!!! Brick Wall,)

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what? no hunters of the culinary kind?

i guess beanie weanies and vienna sausages it is!

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Make stuff at home ahead of time and freeze in big zip lock bags. Stews, venison chili, spagetti sauce, etc. When you get back to camp it should be dark, right? Morning comes quick so you don't want to spend alot of time cooking. Dump it in a pot, heat it up and chow down. Sick

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Well its been a while since I've done any "real camping" we now have a camper. Anyways... one of our favorites was always potatoes split in half , then stuffed with butter and lots of sliced onions, garlic & green peppers. Double wrap in heavy duty aluminum foil, then bury in burned down coals (no fire). Turn them once in a while, check them after a couple hours. Just make sure there are lots of coals so you can bury the potatoes well.

We bring lots of steak, hotdogs, hamburgers, etc. to grill. Nothing fancy. Some folks like to prepare meals in cast iron pots and bury in fire pits. Haven't tried that, but heard its very tasty if you do it right. A lot of back country outfitters like to cook with cast iron pots & skillets.

I like to wrap fresh whole fish in foil and place on a grill. Again double wrap with foil. Inside the package I like to be liberal with butter or olive oil, salt & pepper, onions, garlic, peppers, or whatever you personally like. If you have a hot fire, then it only takes about 10-15 minutes on each side and the fish will be done. If the fish are small they cook very quickly, so check to make sure you're not cooking it to a crisp.

For breakfast I like to fix a big skillet of browned potatoes (leftover from the night before is ok), add sausage, onions, peppers and of course beaten eggs. Bring some good tortillas along and make some yummy jumbo breakfast burritos. Pass the salsa please!! Big smile

When camping I typically make at least three types of "salads" to take along, potato, pasta and some type of chopped veggie salad. If I'm feeling energetic I'll also fix a frog-eye or sweet fruit type of salad. The salads come in handy when its raining or nobody feels like cooking.

I also like to bring along some of those backpacking packaged mixes for pancakes and other meals. They're not as good as home cooked, but can come in handy in a pinch.

Good Luck! Big smile

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I think I'm going hunting with cowgirl. When I go, I take along a roll of tin foil, a tub of butter and some season salt. Then if we don't get some grouse, quail or fish, we break out the hot dogs! This year my son also brought along some bread and mustard. Silly boy!!!!! Big smile

For some reason I never think to bring much in the way of food. I took my son on a weekend camping/fishing trip when he was 14. On the way there, about half way there, he asks: "dad, what are we gonna eat?" I replyed "eat?". Well he thought kids ought to eat so I stopped at a store for tin foil, butter and season salt. We ate a lot of bass that weekend and never forget the tin foil, butter and season salt again!

So cow girl, when's the next trip, I'm getting hungry and now and again old men have to eat too! Yes

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Don Fischer wrote:
So cow girl, when's the next trip, I'm getting hungry and now and again old men have to eat too!

My family loves to go camping with me, I bring enough food to feed an army! I'm sure we'd have enough to feed you too! lol

I'm afraid the camping is done for this year for me. When the snow flies I turn into a wuss. Hate being cold - wet & cold is even worse. What??

But come early next spring I'm raring to go! You can usually find us on a small mountain lake right after the ice has come off! Its cold then too, but somehow it doesn't seem as bad after a long snowy winter. Big smile

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I have a vacuum sealer that allows you to take anything you want. Just cook it, seal it and boil water to heat it up. Good for Salmon or other fish. Stir fry with rice in separate bags. All your side dishes for your bbq elk. Make ahead chili, spaghetti with noodles, anything. You won't have a dish to clean except your water pot at the end of your trip.

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anyone use a dutch oven?

pretty much anything made in a regular oven, you can make in a dutch.

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tim wrote:
anyone use a dutch oven?

I never have. Do you bury it in the hot coals? Or do you place it over the fire on a rack?

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This all sounds pretty good. What time do you we eat?

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cowgal

the best heat source for a dutch oven is charcoal briquets. For an apple pie i use about a dozen under the dutch and line the top of the dutch so that the briquets touch each other making a ring around the lid. For prime rib same basice amount of briquets. Lasagna's take about an hour and a half, with stuff like that you are changing the briquets out more often.

One trip i made stuffed cornish game hens wrapped in honey and bacon.
great way to cook in wilderness areas that dont allow fires in the summer.

tim

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