Upgrade your camping fare

Glam Camp Cooking Tips from Sunset Magazine:

  1. Prep as much ahead of time as possible. Chop, wash, and make sauces at home and then carry to camp in heavy-duty ziplock bags or tupperware containers.

  2. Choose cooking styles with bold flavors that are fast, fresh and simple to prepare. Asian cuisine is a great choice.

  3. The right tools are essential for making your camping excursion as comfortable -- even luxurious as possible. We love to bring along a hand-crank margarita blender and a camp espresso maker along with the bare necessities like a good cast iron skillet, a camp stove and plenty of s'mores fixins.

  4. Speaking of s'mores-Let your inner Girl Scout get creative and indulge in extras like peanut butter cookies, gingersnaps, bananas, caramel, Nutella and strawberries.
Camp Stove Pad Thai


For sauce:
  • 3 T vegetable oil
  • 1/3 c minced shallots
  • 2 t minced garlic
  • 1/4 c tamarind concentrate
  • 1/4 c packed brown sugar
  • 2 T Asian fish sauce
  • 2 t chili powder
  • 2 t lime juice
  • 1 c shredded carrots
  • 1 c rinsed bean sprouts
  • 1/4 c chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 c chopped green onions
  • 1/2 c chopped roasted peanuts
  • 1 package (14 oz.) dried rice noodles
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
  • 1 pound frozen cooked shelled shrimp or 1 pound firm tofu, cut into 1 inch chunks

At home:
  1. Buy pad thai sauce, or make your own. Pour 3 tablespoons vegetable oil in an 8- to 10-inch frying pan over medium heat.

  2. When hot, add 1/3 cup minced shallots and 2 teaspoons minced garlic and stir until limp, 3 to 4 minutes.

  3. Stir in 1/4 cup tamarind concentrate (or substitute 1 tablespoon dark molasses and increase lime juice to 1/4 cup), 1/4 cup packed brown sugar, 2 tablespoons Asian fish sauce, 2 teaspoons chili powder, and 2 teaspoons lime juice; cook 1 minute.

  4. Let cool; chill airtight up to 1 week.

  5. Seal 1 cup shredded carrots, 1 cup rinsed bean sprouts, 1/4 cup chopped cilantro, 1/4 cup chopped green onions, and 1/2 cup chopped roasted peanuts in separate plastic bags; chill vegetables and cilantro.

  6. Purchase 1 package (14 oz.) dried rice noodles, 1 lime, and 1 pound frozen cooked shelled shrimp (pack frozen) or 1 pound firm tofu (cut into 1-in. chunks; seal in a bag and chill).

  7. Pack a large pan; a pasta insert or a strainer; a medium pan for sauce; and tongs for combining noodles and sauce.
In camp:
  1. Halve and slice lime.

  2. In a large pan over high heat, bring 3 quarts of water to a boil. Add noodles and cook until barely tender to bite, 3 to 4 minutes. Drain noodles and rinse well in cool water. Return noodles to pan.

  3. In a medium pan over high heat, heat sauce and shrimp or tofu. Add to noodles with carrots, sprouts, cilantro, green onions, and peanuts; mix to coat. Accompany with lime slices.

>> Sunset Magazine article: Portable feasts: 21 great camping eats

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