Over the weekend my family went camping at Mt. Mitchell State Park in North Carolina. For me, getting outdoors is always a way to break old routines and find a new perspective. And especially when camping, it forces you to leave your luxuries behind and bring only the most important things. I can live without phone service, television, a hot shower, a soft bed, and internet connection. My hardest obstacle was planning camp meals.
I’m accustomed to cooking on a stove top or in the oven. I had to minimize my regular cook times of 30 minutes-1 hour, to preparing an entire meal for a family of 4, in less than 10 minutes. Our meals included non-perishable items, such as McCann’s Irish Oatmeal for breakfast, Ramen for lunch, and Amy’s tomato soup for dinner. I left behind my refrigerated essentials, like butter and cheese, along with my cast iron pans, glass pots, Kitchen Aid, and wooden spoons. But this camping trip has made me realize that it’s not about what’s being cooked or how you cook your meal. It’s about being with family at meal time that makes those home cooked meals feel special. Every variable of our ordinary meal plans changed, except eating with each other. There wasn’t any expensive ingredients, fresh items, or ambitious recipe. Our meals cost less than a quarter to feed each of us and were cooked using a simple canister stove, but felt just as special as a home cooked meal.
Camp Cooking Essentials
• MSR SuperFly canister stove
• MSR IsoPro fuel
• GSI Outdoors tea ketttle
• Bodum Bistro Mug Press
• Klean Kanteen insulated bottle and mug
• GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Dualist cooking + eating solution
• Light My Fire spork
NOTE: this is not a sponsored post. All items posted are my personal favorite items I own, love, and recommend.