Deciding what to cook
often depends on what sort of cooking method is available at the time. If you are staying at a caravan park
or National Park for instance, you normally cannot make an open fire. In these circumstances you are restricted to using a gas burner, or hopefully a gas or even electric bbq supplied at the establishment. However, if you are travelling in the outback you generally can make an open fire provided you only use dead wood and do not cut down trees or parts of trees. Knowing your wood will help in making a good campfire
as some wood will simply never create coals, whereas other woods will create fantastically hot coals ideal for camp oven cooking.
Once you have established which method of cooking you'll be using for your meal, you can then select what would be the best cooking implement.
The trick to camp cooking is to know your equipment and how to use it. Then all you need to do is plan meals that can be cooked with these tools
and pack the appropriate ingredients. In many cases you can cook
exactly the same meals as you do at home.
The main cooking methods when camping are:
- Cooking with gas/fuel
- Cooking with fire wood
- Cooking with heat beads