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No reason to eat pork 'n beans & Nutra-grain bars the entire weekend. Nobody wants cookies & chips everyday or macaroni & cheese each night for dinner. Listed are some good, easy cooking meals that consumes little stove fuel. Designed mostly for car campers, but even backpackers can use new suggestions.

Camp Cook Tips

  • buy block ice, instead of cubes, it lasts a lot longer
  • make one large cube at home (old milk container or plastic container)
  • purchase propane on sale & bring extras, average 1 green canister per day
  • pre-chop veggies at home, the night before trip; store them in zip lock bags
  • grate cheese ahead of time or buy pre-grated packages
  • pre-cook any sauces & meat mixes, but don't try this with pasta noodles
  • make stove top casaroles & freeze in containers; thaw & re-heat at campsite
  • learn to be less dependent on cooking fuels; instead, cook over the open campfire w/ cast iron dutch oven (start this process well before dark)
  • buy paper plates & cups (not plastic); paper can be burned in campfire
  • opt for Pringles canned potato chips - so the bag won't get crushed
  • pack your bread in a box, or in the ice chest - so it won't get damaged
  • pre-packaged bag salad is a great way to get your fresh leafy greens
  • buy pancake batter that mixes with water only (no eggs or milk needed)
  • only stock beverages in cooler that will be consumed on the first day
  • have a medium size cardboard box that can hold additional beverages, cooking oil (ziplocked) and heavy items, like tools
  • wrap corn on cob in heavy foil 4+ times for cooking on fire & rotate often

Animals are always hungry for humans food. Please don't feed them, cuz they become too dependent on doritos & when winter comes, they starve.

Keep food locked up in car while unattended or sleeping. Unless otherwise posted on signs; use bear boxes when available.

Great Buys

  • Large (7+ gal.) water container - helpful for areas without piped water.
  • 2 burner propane stove - perfect for cooking good hearty meals.
  • Paper plates, paper cups, utensils (paper products can be used for fire kindling)
  • Stove top boxed meals- rice, pasta (add water + 1-2 ingredients)
  • Mess Kit / Kitchen Box - Big Plastic Box / Container to hold all kitchen stuff.
    CAMP PRO NOTE: Clean out & re-stock it after every trip, then it is always ready to go, at a moments notice. On the road, quick!


backpackers meals

Mountain House - This brand of freeze-dried foods has been the choice of backpackers and outdoor enthusiasts for over 25 years.


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Pancakes & Sausage

  • pancake mix
    (add water only kind)
  • sausage
  • syrup
  • butter

Eggs & Potato Scramble

  • eggs
  • (microed) potatoes
  • bell pepper
  • onion
  • monterey jack cheese
  • salsa

French Toast & Fruit

  • white bread
  • eggs
  • syrup
  • butter
  • chopped fruit

Cereal & Milk

Bagels & Cream Cheese

good snack foods

  • Pop Tarts
  • Energy Bars
  • Pretzles
  • Jiffy Pop
  • Yogurt
  • Cookies
  • Fruit


Perfect for picnics & keeping in a small pack for a day hike.
Juice boxes are light & easy to freeze.

Bagels Sandwiches

  • bagels
  • avocado
  • tomatoes
  • red onion
  • sprouts
  • cream cheese

Tuna & Egg sandwiches

  • bread
  • mayo
  • tuna
  • hard boiled eggs (boil @home)
  • potato chips

Turkey/Swiss Sandwiches

  • sourdough bread
  • avocado
  • tomatoes
  • swiss cheese
  • lunch meat turkey
  • chips


easy fixin'


  • noodles
  • marinara sauce
  • italian sausage
  • garlic
  • bread
  • salad
  • dressing
  • garlic bread

Big 'Ole Burritos

  • cilantro
  • onions
  • tomatoes
  • black beans
  • meat
  • sour cream
  • cheese
  • spanish boxed rice

Chili Dogs & Corn

  • hot dogs
  • buns
  • relish
  • diced onion
  • cheese
  • mustard, ketsup, mayo
  • aluminum foil
  • butter
  • corn on cob

Sloppy Joes

  • buns
  • corn chips
  • sloppy mix
    • tomatoe paste
    • seasoning
    • meat

Pesto Pine Nut Pasta

  • pesto sauce
  • noodles
  • garlic
  • olive oil
  • pine nuts
  • asparagus
  • garlic bread

Grilled Cheese & Hot Soup

  • sourdough bread
  • butter
  • american cheese slices
  • can of soup
  • dill pickle

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California Wine: An Encyclopedia

Sutter Home Napa Valley Cookbook


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