The art of simple, roadside cooking is an underestimated skill. For those of you that enjoy traversing the wilderness, this talent will come in handy when you’re dying for a hearty meal after a long day, but you’re surrounded by wilderness.
Tips + Tricks
- Focus on cooking one-pot meals. They are easier to prepare and the flavors meld nicely together, rather than preparing multiple dishes in separate pans. The clean up is easier as well.
- Bring your supplies. You’re going to want a clean cutting board/ surface, pot, knives, etc.
- Ground spices are easy to transport and add a lot of flavor to your dishes. Cook these in a little oil together before adding the rest of your ingredients so they have time to build the flavor of your dish.
- If you can prep ahead of time, do it. It’s nice having a clear Tupperware container with your pre-sliced veggies ready to go so you aren’t hassled by having to prep everything on site. It’s never fun having flies land on all of your chilis and onions while you’re dicing everything for your meal.
- Canned and jarred items are great additions to one-pot meals on the go as well and they’re easy to transport.
- Make sure if you’re bringing meat and fresh vegetables that you have some type of cooler or insulated bag to keep them in while you’re making your way to your destination.
- Using limes helps kill bacteria so it’s a nice addition to meals when you’re doing it the dirty way.
- Wet wipes are your friend.
- Make sure you have your method of cooking figured out ahead of time. Use whatever method you prefer. If you plan to cook over a fire, make sure you have methods of getting your fire going (lighters, fire starters, etc) or if you are using a portable camping stove / grill, make sure you have fuel to start it. Account for weather when it comes to your cooking method as well!
- If you’re cooking meat, marinate it or use a dry rub ahead of time so your meat has great flavor by the time you’re ready to cook it. We personally love all of these dry rubs.