Becoming one with nature may require a sleeping bag, tent, insect repellent, 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.
Teriyaki chicken with peppers, onions, and pineapples, all in one convenient pack? Yes, please. Just bring some cooked rice too, to heat up in a pot alongside. Get the recipe.
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.
Looking for a great place to take your foil packs? Check out The Ultimate Adventure Guide to California’s Highway 395.
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