Here are a few basic ways to take your campfire snacks to the next level:
We’ve all had a s’more at some point in our lives, and while they’re delicious you don’t always want the same old thing. Spice up your s’more game by digging out your Halloween candy (or buying new snack size chocolate candies at the store) and use them in place of the standard piece of chocolate. You may want to avoid candies such as Twix that have cookies in them. Nougat filled candies are some of the best as they melt really well.
When it comes to camping foil is one of your best friends. Use it to make campfire packs and throw in practically anything. Mix your meat, veggies and seasonings and throw them in the fire to cook for a few minutes, depending on the ingredients. You can wrap sandwiches in foil to cook over the fire and even make desserts (you can’t have s’mores everyday).
Make it Disposable
When you’re sitting around a campfire you don’t want to worry about cleaning the dishes. This is why foil (as stated above) is a great campfire cooking tool. Consider foods you don’t need to put on plates or in bowls. For instance, make walking tacos with individual bags of Doritos or Fritos. Then when you’re done you can throw the bag away and call it a day. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.
Utilize the Cast Iron
Cast iron is the perfect for doing some real cooking over the fire. Bring one large cast iron pan on your camping adventure and you’ll be able to make almost anything. Pancakes, check. Cinnamon rolls, check. Corn bread, check. You’re good to go. Remember to never use soap to wash, so pack some steel wool or a heavy duty scrubber to clean it out at the end of the meal. Good news is all left overs are compostable so you can just dump the dirty water on the campfire to help put it out.
Bring the Right Tools
Avoid campfire disappointment by planning ahead and bring the right tools. If you want to make s’mores, bring roasting sticks. Same goes for hot dogs. If you have plans to make hamburgers, bring a grate to put over the fire. Heck, a grate is good for a lot of things, so it may be good to pack one regardless. The point is to think through your plan and bring along the necessary tools so no one is disappointed.
Have a fun and safe campfire summer. Remember to always check burn restrictions before you head for the hills.