Campfire Cooking

To give your kids a proper camping experience, you will want to try a bit of campfire cooking, and many times, this is something your kids will enjoy getting involved with.

Below you’ll find some links to articles to help you get up and running, and creating some great meals over the campfire.

Campfire Cooking with Kids

Campfire Cooking Equipment

Dutch Ovens

Forget the days of the disposable BBQ or trying to heat enough food for the family on a couple of small camping stoves.  With a Dutch Oven, you can cook a great variety of foods, from stews to even roasts.

Dutch Ovens are cast iron pots that you can heat over a fire, or over charcoal.  In fact, you can put charcoal on the oven’s lid so that the food is heated from both above and below, just like an oven.

Read more about Cooking with Dutch Ovens

Campfire Grill & Tripod

Cooking with fire

If you want to cook over a naked flame then you’ll need a grill.

In the past, we’ve used a simple BBQ grill supported by the stones over the fire.  The problem with this approach is that it is difficult to adjust the temperature.

We now have a grill with a tripod.  It also has a tray to use either as a BBQ (and works with the Dutch Oven), or as a fire pit for campsites that allow campfires but only when raised off the ground.

Read more about the Campfire Grill and Tripod

Camping Recipes

Whilst many family campers may start with the disposable BBQ or rehydrating some food on a small gas stove, you can actually feed your family quite well on camp.  It can also be fun and a great activity to involve the kids with.  Here are some ideas you may wish to try.

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Camp Cooking Books

Want to know more? Here’s a few books worth reading.

Campfire Cooking for Kids

Outdoor Books for Kids
Kids love campfires, and being able to cook something themselves makes them feel grown up.

We have a round-up here of some good books for encouraging your kids to get outside, and 3 of them are about cooking on a campfire, so check them out.

Read more about Campfire Cooking with Kids

Outdoor Meals and Nutrition

Moveable Feasts Book
This book, Moveable Feasts, is not specifically about campfire cooking, but it does contain a great many ideas and nutrition facts for outdoor activities.

Read more about Feeding the Family Outside


Further Resources for Campfire Cooking

On the Net

Here are some useful resources on the net for cooking with campfires.
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Campfire Cooking February 10, 2013

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