Becoming one with nature may require a sleeping bag, tent, insect repellant, and first aid kit, but it also requires food (because the goal is to survive, right?) And while inclinations may lead you to believe that camp food tastes disgusting and one-dimensional from an overused grill in the middle of a shared camping ground, you may not know about the joys of cooking meats, vegetables, and starches with foil packs.

So what exactly is a foil pack? Well, it’s pretty self-explanatory. The technique requires you to take a standard roll of aluminum foil, place the food in the center of a large sheet, seal the foil so that it’s snug over the food (almost like an envelope), and then grill or set over a fire. It’s a simple process with easy clean-up (hoorah!), allowing you to focus more on concocting drool-worthy recipes and less on whether or not they will end up in the trash.

Some overall tips:

  • It’s important to create some room between the food and the foil so that the heat can build up and cook your dinner. Think of it as a mini oven, but with steam inside.
  • Pack some gloves or tongs so you can easily handle the pouch as you remove it from the fire.
  • Definitely invest in the heavy-duty variety of foil for your heavier items like meat and potatoes.

Since cooking times vary and depend entirely on your ingredients, we’ve rounded up a variety of recipes for you to try during your next camping trip. But don’t make these too delicious or the bears will surely pay you and your group a visit.

Foil Pouch Sea Bass

Chowhound

This sounds more like an entree for glampers than campers. Either way, steamed fish over a grill is going to taste moist and delicious. Get the recipe.

Grilled Herb Chicken and Potato Foil Packs

Le Creme de la Crumb

If you’re looking for a protein-packed, wholesome meal after a day of hiking, this is the dish for you. In fact, it will help you prep for that five mile journey tomorrow. Get the recipe.

Butter Garlic Herb Steak Foil Packets

The Recipe Critic

We get it, carnivores. Shaking a red meat craving is hard. Satisfy it with this decadent approach to campfire cuisine. Get the recipe.

Shrimp Boil Foil Packs

Le Creme de la Crumb

It’s no New Orleans, but we love the idea of being able to nosh on seafood and corn on the cob in the middle of the woods. Get the recipe.

Zucchini Parmesan Foil Packets

Damn Delicious

Anything with melted cheese is going to taste delicious, so you may as well put it on a vegetable a get your daily dose of vitamins. Get the recipe.

Campfire Banana Boat Foster

Chowhound

Don’t rule out dessert! The open flame creates a perfect caramelized glaze on a standard banana. Who needs a s’more when you can make your own caramel? Get the recipe.

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