KEEPING FOOD FRESH
Tips for Food Storage
The next time you go on a camping trip, take note of these tips to keep food fresh :
The Art of Freezing - an effective way to preserve food. Before you leave for your camping trip, freeze meat and vegetables then store with ice in a cooler. The frozen blocks will act as ice at the start of your trip.
Separate Coolers - To better handle your food, bring three coolers with you. In the first cooler, put meats and other food to be cooked. The second cooler is for snacks and beverages, and the third is for leftovers (skip this if you can guarantee no leftovers). The reason for separate coolers is to keep the raw meats from contaminating your ready-to-eat-and-drink goods. The less you open coolers the longer ice lasts and the frozen food stays frozen. Drinks and snacks are wanted much more often so it makes sense to keep them separate. This has the added benefit of keeping things easier to find.
Prep Meat - pre-cook or rub or marinate in advance for longer freshness. Here are a couple methods:
Boiling - boil meat in water, salt, pepper, and other spices. Not only does this prolong the storage life of the meat, it also cuts down food preparation time when camping.
Dry rubbing - rub meat with salt, herbs, and spices. Salt is the cheapest preservative, and this process enhances the taste of the meat.
Marinating - marinate grilled meats ahead of time. The acid in the marinade helps preserve meat longer and lets the juice spread evenly through the meat.
Plan Your Menu - easy to spoil food, such as dairy, meat, and produce, to be consumed first. Cook only enough to avoid leftovers.REPURPOSING COMMON ITEMS
Repurposing is finding an alternative use for an object rather than discarding it and is an environment-friendly practice. It can also be a valuable habit for campers due to limited space. There are a lot of ways to recycle everyday items to cut the cost of living while on the road and to minimize the number of things we have to take when camping. Try repurposing on your next camping excursion to see just how useful it really is. Here are a few examples to try. Empty Liquid Detergent Bottles
Bottles of liquid detergent are often not really as empty as we think. They still have a lot of soap sticking to their sides, so use them to set up a washing station when camping?
Fill these empty bottles with water to make diluted liquid detergent. When you set up camp, place the bottles with a roll of paper towels or hand towel and a basin for collecting water. Use the water for washing hands or cleaning dishes.
Collect the plastic newspaper sleeves and use them as disposable work gloves or handy travel bags for wrapping items such as kitchen utensils, toothbrushes, and lotion bottles.
Old Shower Curtains
Anything you can use a tarp for, you can use an old shower curtain – under your tent, to protect items from rain or dew or for spreading on the ground for picnics. They can protect your things as effectively as tarp can.
After eating oranges, don't throw away the peels. The natural oil on orange peels is an excellent bug repellant. Rub the inside of the peel against your exposed skin and place the orange peels you have collected near your sleeping spot before retiring for the night. You're sure to have a good night's sleep free from mosquito and other bug bites.
Empty Prescription Bottles
In case of emergency, people often bring small items such as nails, thumbtacks, and string with them when camping. Store your small items in empty prescription bottles before chucking them in your utility or camp box.