Category Archives: Camping How To’s

This page tells you neat things to make camping more fun. It also tells stories of experiences that we have had that you may want to try . It shows you how to cook over a camp fire made easy.

Stew Cooked Over The Fire!

Nothing Better Then A Great Slow Cooked Stew!

Cooking stew over the fire is easy and the flavours are incredible.  As I always say nothing better then cooking and eating food outside.  I think you are hungry in a different way when you are outside and the air just makes everything better.

You can make this stew even if you are back packing into the backcountry.  All the spices, vegetables and mixes are dried.  YOu can even take dried meats that are available or you can dry your own.  So in the end all you need is water.

There are tons of dried foods that you can access it doesn’t even have to be from a specialty store.  The bulk food section of your local store usually has a huge selection.

When you do your packing to get ready just take enough for each meal that you have planned to prepare.  Everyone who back packs, the weight is the most important part so you have to be very conscious on what you take and how much.

So check out this video and you will get a great lesson in cooking a great meal over an outside fire.

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Hobo Stew and Corn Bread

Video by: wildernessoutfitters

Cutting And Serving Pineapple!

How Many Ways To Cut A Pineapple, Do You Know?

Want to learn how to cut a pineapple in some really neat ways?  You can learn and practice.  When you have company for dinner you can make a nice fancy dessert with this delicious fruit.

I always buy mine fresh and cut it. Never have designed it, usually just peel and cut.  But these are some real simple ways to make a nice job of displaying .

You would have to have a couple tools to accomplish the way he has cut up his fruit. You could make some real nice fruit salads if you mix up some more fruit with it.  Using the outside of the pineapple as a fancy bowl.

I have seen it cut up into some real fancy food art but that is way above anything I could do.  But this is something doable.

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4 Ways How To Cut And Serve Pineapple

Video by fixitsamo

Video-Birthday Cupcake Cones!

Fun And Easy Way To Make CupCakes For Kids Of All Ages!!

I made these for my kids when they were growing up and they loved them.

We actually baked the cake right into the cone and then decorated it. Never thought of putting candy into the bottom and then adding the cupcakes.

Great surprise for the kids when they bite into it. I think even the adults would like a cone like this.

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Check it out you will like, it so simple and easy…

Birthday Cake Ideas: How to make cupcakes in ice cream cones

 

Video by: Howdini

Video-Cooking Campfire Bread!

 Campfire Bread, Pumpkin soup & Lemon Pie What A Meal !

This is a fun filled video. Snappy music , funny jokes and  down right delicious recipes.

Everything is made from scratch. The bread cooked outside over the fire and the other food prepared inside to get ready for the warm yummy bread.

Pumpkin canned , soup made; just in time for a nice warm piece of bread.

Lemon pie all homemade and meringue made just right, nice and golden brown. Could it get any better then that?

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Cowboy Campfire Bread, Canned Pumpkin, Pumpkin Soup & Lemon Pie

Check this out its well worth  watching…

Video by: Tim Farmer

Cast Iron Pans And Their Care !

 How To Care For Your Cast Iron Pans?

We have five cast iron frying pans of varying sizes . Our largest on is about 22 inches round , next we have one 10 inches by fourteen inches , its rectangle. Then we have another smaller square one and two smaller round ones.  And they are old and coveted . We look after them like they are our babies.

Our girls have already laid claim to them when we no longer are going to use them.  The two big ones even have names. Everyone laughs , but they are well cared for.

We cook about 80 % of our food in cast iron and will never be changing .

So check out the do’s and don’ts …

The Truth About Cast Iron Pans: 7 Myths That Need To Go Away

MYTH #1: “CAST IRON IS DIFFICULT TO MAINTAIN.”

The Theory: Cast iron is a material that can rust, chip, or crack easily. Buying a cast iron skillet is like adopting a newborn baby and a puppy at the same time. You’re going to have to pamper it through the early stages of its life, and be gentle when you store it—that seasoning can chip off!

The Reality: Cast iron is tough as nails! There’s a reason why there are 75-year-old cast iron pans kicking around at yard sales and antique shops. The stuff is built to last and it’s very difficult to completely ruin it.

And as for storing it? If your seasoning is built up in a nice thin, even layer like it should be, then don’t worry. It ain’t gonna chip off. I store my cast iron pans nested directly in each other.

MYTH #2: “CAST IRON HEATS REALLY EVENLY.”

The Theory: Searing steaks and frying potatoes requires high, even heat. Cast iron is great at searing steaks, so it must be great at heating evenly, right?

The Reality: Actually, cast iron is terrible at heating evenly.  Throw a cast iron skillet on a burner and you end up forming very clear hot spots right on top of where the flames are, while the rest of the pan remains relatively cool.

The main advantage of cast iron is that it has very high volumetric heat capacity, which means that once it’s hot, it stays hot. This is vitally important when searing meat. To really heat cast iron evenly, place it over a burner and let it preheat for at least 10 minutes or so, rotating it every once in a while.

Cast iron, on the other hand, has a whopping .64 emissivity rating, which means that when you’re cooking in it, you’re not just cooking the surface in contact with the metal, but you’re cooking a good deal of food above it as well. This makes it ideal for things like making hash or pan roasting chicken and vegetables.

MYTH #3: “MY WELL-SEASONED CAST IRON PAN IS AS NON-STICK AS ANY NON-STICK PAN OUT THERE.”

The Theory: The better you season your cast iron, the more non-stick it becomes. Perfectly well-seasoned cast iron should be perfectly non-stick.

The Reality: Your cast iron pan (and mine) may be really really really non-stick—non-stick enough that you can make an omelet in it or fry an egg with no problem—but let’s get serious here. It’s not anywhere near as non-stick as, say, Teflon.

Yeah, didn’t think so.

That said, macho posturing aside, so long as your cast iron pan is well seasoned and you make sure to pre-heat it well before adding any food, you should have no problems whatsoever with sticking.

MYTH #4: “YOU SHOULD NEVER WASH YOUR CAST IRON PAN WITH SOAP.”

The Theory: Seasoning is a thin layer of oil that coats the inside of your skillet. Soap is designed to remove oil, therefore soap will damage your seasoning.

The Reality: Seasoning is actually not a thin layer of oil, it’s a thin layer of polymerizedoil, a key distinction. In a properly seasoned cast iron pan, one that has been rubbed with oil and heated repeatedly, the oil has already broken down into a plastic-like substance that has bonded to the surface of the metal. This is what gives well-seasoned cast iron its non-stick properties, and as the material is no longer actually an oil, the surfactants in dish soap should not affect it. Go ahead and soap it up and scrub it out.

The one thing you shouldn’t do? Let it soak in the sink.

MYTH #5: “DON’T USE METAL UTENSILS ON YOUR CAST IRON PAN!”

The Theory: The seasoning in cast iron pans is delicate and can easily flake out or chip if you use metal. Stick to wood or nylon utensils.

The Reality: The seasoning in cast iron is actually remarkably resilient. It’s not just stuck to the surface like tape, it’s actually chemically bonded to the metal. Scrape away with a metal spatula and unless you’re actually gouging out the surface of the metal, you should be able to continue cooking in it with no issue.

MYTH #6: “MODERN CAST IRON IS JUST AS GOOD AS OLD CAST IRON. IT’S ALL THE SAME MATERIAL, AFTER ALL.”

The Theory: Metal is metal, cast iron is cast iron, the new stuff is no different than the old Wagner and Griswold pans from early 20th century that people fetishize.

The Reality: The material may be the same, but the production methods have changed. In the old days, cast iron pans were produced by casting in sand-based molds, then polishing the resulting pebbly surfaces until smooth. Vintage cast iron tends to have a satiny smooth finish. By the 1950s, as production scaled up and was streamlined, this final polishing step was dropped from the process.

The difference is more minor than you may think. So long as you’ve seasoned your pan properly, both vintage and modern cast iron should take on a nice non-stick surface, but your modern cast iron will never be quite as non-stick as the vintage stuff.

MYTH #7: “NEVER COOK ACIDIC FOODS IN CAST IRON.”

The Theory: Acidic food can react with the metal, causing it to leech into your food, giving you an off-flavor and potentially killing you slowly.

The Reality: In a well-seasoned cast iron pan, the food in the pan should only be coming in contact with the layer of polymerized oil in the pan, not the metal itself. So in a perfect world, this should not be a problem. But none of us are perfect and neither are our pans.

For this reason, it’s a good idea to avoid long-simmered acidic things, particularly tomato sauce. On the other hand, a little acid is not going to hurt it.

 

 

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO

These are the only rules you need to know to have a successful lifelong relationship with your cast iron.

  • Season it when you get it.Even pre-seasoned cast iron can do with some extra protection. To season your pan, heat it up on the stovetop until its smoking hot, then rub a little oil into it and let it cool. Repeat this process a few times and you’re good to go.
  • Clean it after each use. Clean your pan thoroughly after each use by washing it with soap and water and scrubbing out any gunk or debris from the bottom. I use the scrubby side of a sponge for this.
  • Re-season it. Rinse out any excess soap with water, then place the skillet over a burner set to high heat. When most of the water inside the skillet has dried out, add a half teaspoon of a neutral oil like vegetable, canola, flaxseed, or shortening. Rub it around with a paper towel. Continue heating the pan until it just starts to smoke then give it one more good rub. Let it cool and you’re done.
  • Fry and Sear in it. The best way to keep your seasoning maintained? Just use your pan a lot! The more you fry, sear, or bake in it, the better that seasoning will become.
  • Don’t let it stay wet. Water is the natural enemy of iron and letting even a drop of water sit in your pan when you put it away can lead to a rust spot. Not the end of the world, but rust will require a little scrubbing and reseasoning. I always dry out my pan with a paper towel and coat it with a tiny amount of oil before storage.

Article and photo’s by : J. Kenji Lopez-alt

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How Smart Is This !!

Who Would Have Thought Amazing !!

We have been camping for over fifty years and these tips and trick are fantastic.  We have already started using some of them, and they work.  I never new about some of them but I sure do now.

I’m even telling my kids and friends and they have been trying some  of the ones that they never knew about. That’s why i’m letting you all in on this to.

I think any little bit of information you can get to make your camping trip more comfortable and fun is well worth having . They are not big things just little ideas and shortcuts.

Check them out watch this…

25 Camping Hacks That Are Truly Genius

Video By : list 25

Family Adventure !

Everyone Needs Some Family Time !

Here is a great way to get some good family time .

We have been camping all of our lives. I do not remember ever not going on camping trips  . Most of my summer memories are of camping trips to one lake or another. And all of the memories that I can think of were all fun. The evening camp fires I think were the best and staying up and looking at the stars.

With our girls we did the same things , camped all the time. They still talk about us getting them up from bed to see the stars and the Aurora Borealis . We have camped mostly in the north and they come out often and are breathtaking .

We did all other kinds of exploring ,gold panning in the creeks , berry picking , fishing , there were hundreds of things that we did . And to this day they take their children camping and have been passing on all the neat things that they have learnt and done.

Personally I think camping is the ultimate family time.

Check out some of these idea’s …

THREE WAYS FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY TO HAVE FUN CAMPING

Few activities can bring a family with children closer together than a camping trip. The cooperative effort, the time together experiencing the outdoors and new places, the shared laughter—all have the potential for lifetime-memory creators. These are the types of experiences parents want to give their children: great family times that grown kids can look back upon and cherish.

Not every child, however, takes instantly to the outdoor/camping experience . While some kids seem to revel in all-things-outdoors, others may not find the occasional rigors and inconveniences of not having a flush toilet for a weekend all too appealing.

While no child should be forced into the wilderness against his or her wishes, there are plenty of ways to make even the most timid of children come to love camping.  Here are several suggestions for making the family trip an enjoyable one for all.

GET EVERYONE EQUALLY INVOLVED

Start and keep a family camping journal. Each day have a different child fill out the day’s entry of activities, with input from everyone.

Have each child be “in charge” for a day, deciding what activities will be undertaken  that day.

Assign a rotating chore list, so that each child gets involved in the various responsibilities  and has the opportunity to learn. Obviously, depending on age and safety factors, mom and dad will be assisting here.

START FAMILY TRADITIONS

Whether it’s sing-alongs, ghost stories , the sharing of family history, or a nightly game of charades, the after-dinner campfire is the perfect time to begin regular traditions that may be carried on from trip to trip, year to year.

Perhaps it will become routine or tradition that on a given day of each trip, your family always takes the big hike. Rotate the responsibility of who chooses the hike and who leads it.

MAKE CAMPING A LEARNING EXPERIENCE

The opportunities for children to learn while spending time outdoors are almost endless. With the aid of field guides (or perhaps mom’s and dad’s own impressive knowledge), just a few of the possibilities are: wildflowers, trees, plants, animals, animal tracks, birds, cloud types/weather, stars/astronomy, survival skills, knot-tying, fire-building and many more.

Consider making your family camping trip a geo-camping trip. Combining the quickly growing outdoor activity of geocaching with camping is about as kid-friendly as it gets. What child doesn’t love a treasure hunt?

Finally, for those very young or very timid children, consider easing into the outdoor experience by first renting a cabin or an RV. The family can still enjoy outdoor activities during the day, cook out, and have a campfire, but the comfort and familiarity of a real bed at the end of the day may be just enough to put that child at ease.

Regardless of sleeping quarters or activities chosen, family camping trips have the potential to bring the whole family closer together and create lasting memories. What better gift can a parent give a child?

Article And Photo’s by Dale VanEvery

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Works Like Magic !

Make Your Own Stove !

Have you ever been hiking or biking  in the mountains  on a cold and  rainy day and wishing that you had something hot to drink . It can also be used a a heat source if need be.  You can cook a full meal on it also.

This is something that you can make yourself with very little time or effort.

It is light and easy to carry , you can put it into your pack on your bike or back. Environmentally friendly , economical and safe to use.

There is something we have found that can make this happen for you.

You have to watch this its awesome…

The Original (Viral) Beer Can Stove How-To Video

Video by Tom’s Bike Trip

5 Cool Tip’s !

Great Camping  Advice !

We camp all the time and these tips are really cool . There are some we already do but there are some that I am definitely going to try the next time we go out.

The one we do is freezing the water bottles to keep our cooler cool and it really works well. We also tag out ropes so we don’t walk into it. The rest I am going to try and see how they work.

Check these tips out you may find them as handy as we do …

5 Cool Camping Tips & Tricks – “Tip Of The Week”

Video by : The Intense Angler