After a long cold winter, some people are swiftly bitten by the camping bug once the sun begins to shine. There is something unique about being outside and experiencing the warmth of the sun. There is something even more mystic about a camping experience.
While planning for the “season opener” – the first camping trip, it is essential to prepare for the food to be taken along.
Make sure the food is safe to avoid any stomach infections that would hamper your camping. The safe bets for food are found in cans. Although cans can be bulky – the soups, vegetables, drinks, and other food items are super safe during camping and you do not have to be worried about food getting spoiled. Just make sure to take along a can opener! Other safe foods include ready-to-eat foods such as dried fruits. There is also a selection of nuts, hard cheese, peanut butter, and crackers – all of which taste great.
In our modern era, we now have “frozen food.” If you take frozen food along with you, it will need to be taken from the freezer and instantly placed in your cooler. Refrigerated items need to be placed in the refrigerator just before leaving. When buying the ice for the cooler, it is wiser to purchase a large block of ice instead of small cubes. The block of ice will last longer than the cubes. A blanket can be used to put over the cooler while traveling and once at the campsite. It will help insulate the container even more. If a second cooler is joining the camping trip, it is wise to place the drinks in this container. It will prevent an unnecessary amount of cold air loss from the frequent openings of the cooler.
After everything has been set up at camp, it is crucial to keep an eye on quick-perishing food. This food should be monitored carefully. Items such as raw meat, fish, poultry and dairy products need to be stored such that the temperature is maintained at 40 degrees F or colder. A good rule to remember is that if the temperature outside is around 90 degrees F, it will cause the storing period of the food to drop by one hour. Once the food arrives home, it is safe to put it back in your refrigerator only if there is still ice in the cooler. It should be avoided if the ice has melted.
Food adds to the satisfaction of the camping experience. It is important to choose food wisely and take care of it while savouring your camping trip.