Recipe Index found here.

Forget beans in a can

This is, perhaps, my favorite subject when it comes to camping, because I have been the chief cook and bottle-washer for our camping groups for years and years.

When it comes to food and food preparation I have tried just about everything in North America (within reason, of course). Frying stuff in a pan on a Coleman stove is vastly different from frying it in a pan on a campfire. Or frying stuff in a pan on a campfire on a windy day. Or when it’s snowing, or ninety degrees outside. And that’s just one cooking method!

Cooking and Food Preparation Techniques

A lot of the food preparation for camping can be done at home.  That way you have time to actually camp when you get there!  This blog is full of ideas to make food prep at home work for you at the camp site.


I like to include menus on the website because there are a lot of great camp cooks out there who just want some new meal ideas.  We not only include menus here, we also have a free, downloadable, long weekend menu for anyone who wants to subscribe to Camping and Hiking Ideas.  And all the recipes are either here or included with the free menu list! Click here if you want to subscribe and get that great little resource.

Styles of Cooking

We include it all–international, quick and easy, traditional, gourmet, and survival.  There are recipes for kids to make and eat, recipes for when you don’t have a fire, and all kinds of others.

I will also be showing and reviewing food preparation and cooking gear made especially for camping or that I have found is ideal for camping.

We’re gonna boil and bake and fry to our hearts’ content. Many of the recipes found here will be food I’ve tried and been awarded 10/10 for,  from friends and family.


As always, I hope you’ll drop me a line and tell me what you think, or share a recipe or camping, hiking or survival cooking tip that you like to use. I would love to hear all about it.

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4 thoughts on “Food!”

    1. I have always believed that ready-to-eat meals are perfect for situations where you need to travel light, so if your trip is a hiking trip or a survivalist trip or if you are preparing your emergency 72-hour kit they can’t be beat. But when I go camping–where I spend several days out in the bush just living the outdoor life–I like to eat well, and in that case the inconvenience of packing a lot of high-quality food to prepare far outweighs the advantages of ready-to-eat meals. I may as well bring canned beans, which I secretly find delicious but treat with scorn when camping.

  1. Hey Max. really like your site. By the way a friend of mine and I always love what we call “Hobo Stew.” We bring along some ground beef, potatoes, carrots, onions and salt and pepper. Mix equal portions of meat and veggies and salt and pepper to taste. Just put it all in a “loaf style” formation. (no real science here) on a piece of heavy duty aluminum foil and wrap so edges are sealed. Then double wrap again so edges are sealed. Of course you have already had the campfire going long enough so that you have a good bed of hot coals. So now just take your foil wrapped goodies and put them directly in the fire and cover with hot coals completely. 30 to 45 minutes later you can dig ’em out and have quite a tasty feast. We have been doing this for years and in my experience you can’t hardly screw this up. Thought I’d share. Regards, Randy

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