Feeling the call of the great outdoors? To enjoy your camping trip without stressing over your meals, learn how to optimize your cooler and conveniently transport your food.
Simplicity = efficiency
For breakfast, bacon and eggs can be a little complicated! Instead, opt for:
- Porridge sachets (simply add boiling water);
- Sliced bread, toasted on the fire.
For lunch and dinner, try:
- Boneless meat that is pre-chopped and marinated, sausages and whole or frozen fish fillets;
- Pre-cut veggies, corn, and baby potatoes;
- Canned legumes (beans, lentils, chickpeas). Save them for your last day and prepare a fabulous salad;
- Canned tuna, salmon, and sardines, which you can add to pasta, salads, and sandwiches for a healthy and filling meal that doesn’t need to be cooked.
For snack and dessert, make these your go-to:
- Cookies, chocolate, and marshmallows (after all, it’s summer and you deserve a few treats!).
For a well-packed cooler:
- Transfer foods from their original container. For example, instead of taking the large jar of pickles, place your desired amount in a smaller dish;
- Freeze bottles of water and juice. They’ll initially serve as ice packs, and then when they thaw, you can drink them.
- Freeze as much as your food as possible. Meat and spaghetti sauce will last longer this way and will help keep the cooler cold;
- Optimize space in the cooler. Choose airtight freezer bags rather than rigid containers that take up more space.
For a cooler that stays cold
- Place it in the shade;
- Keep ice packs above your food;
- Open it as infrequently as possible;
- Place a thermometer in it to ensure the temperature hovers around 4oC.
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