Being the camp cook can be a lot of work. You have to pack all the camping cookware and camping tools, Haul it all into camp, and then repack it and haul it out again when you’re done. With just a little planning and forethought you can make this task a lot easier. The outdoor camping cookware tips in this article can really lighten your load.

Being the camp cook can be a lot of work. You have to pack all the: camping cookware, camping tools, cast iron grills, cooking utensils, etc.

Then you have to: carry it to camp, use it, clean it, repack it, and carry it back out of camp. But you can make it a lot easier with just a little planning and forethought. These campfire cooking tips can really lighten your load.

All it takes is a little planning. Many outdoor campers have amassed a collection of camping cookware that gets packed for every camping trip, whether it’s needed or not. Before you pack a piece of camp gear, think about whether you really need it, or is there another piece of cookware that can do the same job.

Start with the camp cookware:

It’s probably going to be cast iron cookware, so it will be heavy. The skillet, the cast iron griddle, that big cast iron Dutch oven, and the assorted pots and pans. The campfire grill, the cooking tripod, all the utensils and the folding camp tables… Stop! There is a way to reduce the amount of cookware you need.

First, think about the campfire meals you have planned. What pieces of camp cookware are you going to need? If you only need one pot, why take two? If you are going to be cooking with a campfire ring that already has a grill, leave your cast iron grill home.

Then think about which pieces of your cookware could pull double duty. The one piece that is almost mandatory is the cast iron Dutch oven, so consider other ways to use it that may replace another piece of cookware you were bringing just for one task, camp meal, or recipe.

What are you going to use the cast iron skillet for? If it’s not for particular recipe for a camp meal, consider using the Dutch oven pot or the griddle, or even the Dutch oven lid to do the same jobs the skillet would do. Maybe you won’t need to bring that heavy cast iron skillet.

The Dutch oven pot can also replace most of those assorted pots and pans, if you plan most of your campfire recipes to be 1-pot campfire meals or casseroles. Keep one small pan, but make sure it’s small enough to fit inside the Dutch oven. So now at least some, if not all of the pots and pans are out.

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