Top 7 Must-Have Foods for Camping Trips


Bush Pie

Bush Pie may not sound like the most delicious type of food you would want to be scarfing on in front of a fire, but you couldn’t be more wrong. Hands down, Bush Pie is one of the most crucial pieces of food to make any camping trip a success. With its crisp outside and the insane amount of things you can put in them, they’re like the gift that keeps on giving.

What is a bush pie? It’s basically bread, and filling of your choice, stuffed inside a cast-iron bush pie maker, and cooked over the fire until delicification has reached maximum. Allow me to elaborate:

What you’ll need

  • A Cast iron bush pie maker – Found at any Canadian Tire or Outdoor and Camping Supply Store
  • A loaf of bread (because 2 slices will barely cut it for one person)
  • Butter or Margarine
  • Bush Pie Filling – This can include Cinnamon Spread, Nutella, Pie Filling, Chocolate, Marshmallows, Nuts, Meat, Chili, Cheese, Vegetables, the choices are endless

How to make bush pie

  • Spread a good amount of butter or margarine on 2 slices of bread
  • Place the bread in bush pie maker, buttered side down (think grilled cheese effect)
  • Place a couple tablespoons of filling on top of one side of the bread
  • Close bush pie maker which should push 2 slices of bread together with the filling on the inside
  • Place over fire or in the coals until finished
  • Open Cast-iron bush pie maker and devour

Note: Keep a close eye on it while it cooks, doesn’t take long to burn

Marshmallows

Marshmallows have become part of a staple diet of campers for decades, so it should only make sense that this fun and fluffy food should be included in this list. Roasting Marshmallows has become an art form over the years. Some choosing to abandon all rules and burn their white fluffs of magic into a charred piece of ash, others choose the gentle but affective roasting technique which results in crispy caramelized marshmallows.

Quick fact – North Americans eat about 90,000,000 pounds of marshmallows per year.

Marshmallows basically consist of Sugar, Water, Corn Syrup, and Gelatin. Just a heads up for all you vegetable-liking vegetarians, most brands will be off-limits for you, on account of the Gelatin, which as you may or may not know is made of animal hides and bones. I’ll be the last to judge you if you do decide to cheat though. Who can blame you. Marshmallows fricken’ rock!

Wieners

One of the most commonly misspelled words in the English language is also one of the most popular foods to bring on a camping trip. The science behind a good wiener is pretty sound.

  • Jam wiener onto a sharp pointy stick.
  • Ensure it’s on there good, the last thing you want to do is drop your wiener in the fire.
  • Keep a good distance between the flame and your wiener, the last thing you want to do is burn that sucker.
  • Slowly rotate your wiener to ensure an evenly cooked piece of meat.
  • Place wiener in a bun or in your mouth.
  • If you’re feeling extra crazy, use ketchup, mustard, and relish to make your boring wiener into a gourmet wiener.
  • Enjoy.

Beans

Cheap, flavourful, and extremely easy to cook over the fire, a can of beans can go a long way when your camping. Tasty any time of day, and with several flavours to choose from, you shouldn’t get bored of them all that quick. I personally suggest having at least two different types of beans. A morning can of beans, and an evening can of beans. The most logical type of morning beans you can eat, would be the famous Quebecois Beans, which are essentially a normal can of beans, however instead of the regular tomato sauce, you’re treated with delicious maple syrup! Then come evening time, when you’re gut is telling you “It’s bean time!“, you open up that other can of beans, which will be the classic, yet tasty, Beans in Tomatoe Sauce. Remember to bring a utensil though. Do NOT drink the can of beans if the can just came out of the fire. You will burn your lips. Trust me.

S’Mores

S’mores take some serious work, so be prepared. However the hard work, sticky fingers and sticky clothes will all be worth it for the 2 minutes of enjoying one of the best campfire foods out there. These take a few more ingredients, so be sure to hit up the grocery store on your way out of town.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 box of Graham Crackers
  • A bag of marshmallows
  • Some chocolate (The flat, hershey type of chocolate works best)

Directions:

  • Roast marshmallow to perfection
  • Place piece of chocolate on top of one Graham Crack
  • Place gooey marshmallow on top of chocolate-cracker-combo
  • Sandwich the other Graham cracker on top
  • Enjoy

Shish kebabs

Shish Kebabs aren’t on everybodies list of camping foods, but if you’ve got the time, money, and patience, you can whip up an unforgettable meal that your friends or family will talk about for weeks to come.

What you’ll need:

  • Skewers
  • Cuts of meat – Steak, Chicken, Pork, Lamb
  • Semi-crisp vegetables – Peppers (ie Capsicum), Onions, Mushrooms, Tomatoes, Cucumbers
  • Some salad dressing

Directions

  • Soak skewers overnight in water with a dash of salt
  • Soak vegetables in a bowl of salad dressing
  • Stab meat and vegetables onto skewers
  • Separate some hot coals from the fire into a corner of the fire pit
  • Place two large sturdy stones close together
  • Place shish kebabs over the gap created by the stones
  • Spin occasional to ensure even cooking

Note: Ensure you’re meat is fully cooked before serving

Beers

Chances are you’re going to get the thirst by the time your tent is set up. It’s futile to fight this sensation. I’m not sure exactly why the smell of the outdoors and campfires makes people crave booze. It just does. Fighting this feeling will only result in overindulging in food, which in turn could lead to the same bodily function caused by alcohol, vomiting. So grab a case or two for the weekend, find a cooler, cold lake, river, or stream (to keep your beer cold), and kick back – relax. Enjoy the sights, smells, and tastes.

Note: Be careful when it comes to drinking around campfires. They have a horrible tendency to burn whatever they touch. And as tempting as it is, avoid performing the ‘Superman’ over the bonfire if possible.

My friend Rob, after too many drinks and a superman attempt.

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39 Responses to “Top 7 Must-Have Foods for Camping Trips”

  1. Candice
    April 28, 2010 at 4:42 pm #

    YESSS! Perfect round-up. But WTF is a bush pie?! I’ve never seen such a thing.
    .-= Candice´s last blog ..Finally, the Passion Board Unveiled =-.

    • Corbin
      April 29, 2010 at 1:23 am #

      Hahaha. Naive naive Candice. Bush pie…common. Its only the greatest pie to ever come out of the bush (although a close competitor would have to be a nice piece of newfoundland steak) You need to try one, or several, because they rock all sorts of tasty.

      • haha
        June 19, 2010 at 10:43 pm #

        you realised you misspelled wiener after you said the english spell it wrong you wrote: The science behind a good weiner is pretty sound. also we call them hotdogs not wieners so i duno why you think we spell it wrong as its a completely different word.

        • Corbin
          June 19, 2010 at 11:00 pm #

          lol just caught that, thanks for pointing that out. Always have to remember “i before e, except after c” when spelling that word. She’s a toughy.

    • kelli
      January 24, 2011 at 8:48 pm #

      it is really good, i had a sorta pizza like with it…just sause, cheese, bread, and a topping(sausage, pepperoni, ect) then leave it on for 1min each side and it fantastic!

  2. Alouise
    April 28, 2010 at 11:13 pm #

    Whenever I’d tell my friends about bush pies they’d snicker at the name. But they’re delicious. We used to make poor man’s pizza bush pies. Basically you get that pizza sauce in the squeezable bottle, and add you choice of meat, veggies and cheese (whatever you like on a pizza). Yummy

    Another staple for me is jiffy pop. Sure half of it won’t pop right, but camping was the only time we used to eat it.

    And for s’mores my family would use caramilk bars. they melt easy and the caramilk gives it a nice flavor.
    .-= Alouise´s last blog ..How I got to New York =-.

    • Corbin
      April 29, 2010 at 1:19 am #

      Couldn’t agree more. Bush pie = best pie. And thanks for reminding me about Jiffy pop! I have fond memories of failing time and time again cooking jiffy pop. Hands down the toughest tin of popcorn to cook alive. And the caramilk bars in smores…wow. Genious. Now if only we could make a caramilk popcorn bushpie….

  3. MarkSpizer
    May 3, 2010 at 1:48 pm #

    great post as usual!

  4. marta
    May 6, 2010 at 3:42 pm #

    you need lot’s of junk food like chocolate bars and crisps so then you can go and burn out all the calories while hiking. or for the healthy one lot of fruits.. ummm
    we also used quite often that pack of instant tasteless noodles!

    • Corbin
      May 8, 2010 at 4:22 pm #

      Couldn’t agree with you more!

  5. Stylish Marthe
    May 9, 2010 at 2:01 pm #

    Right, I usually pack junk foods, and those that are said to be energy-giving foods. First time I heard about the “bush pie” though. I think it’s worth a try.

  6. Karen
    August 7, 2010 at 5:50 pm #

    Hey, I love the idea of pizza type bush pies. I know that using bread is easy, but I like making bannock using the iron makers over the fire. SO GOOD. We are off for our camping trip.

  7. Kevin Post
    August 26, 2010 at 6:07 am #

    “…avoid performing the ‘Superman’ over the bonfire if possible.”

    lol that made my day.

    • Corbin
      August 29, 2010 at 6:59 pm #

      haha glad I could make you smile.

  8. Nomadic Samuel
    August 30, 2011 at 1:08 am #

    Nothing like smores and marshmallows roasted over an open camp fire! :)

    • Corbin Fraser
      August 30, 2011 at 6:21 pm #

      You said it. Ever try it with Caramilk or Reeces pieces instead of regular chocolate? Mind-blowingly awesome!!!!

  9. Maria Alexandra
    August 30, 2011 at 2:05 am #

    Great post, although I must difer on the shish kebabs. Albeit delicious, if you are going on a multi-day camping trip, carrying meat is a bad idea (unless perhaps you eat it on your first night). But you probably know that already and I’m just rambling bc it is late =P anyway, RT’ing!

    • Corbin Fraser
      August 30, 2011 at 6:20 pm #

      Haha yea you’re totally right. Meat is a pain in the arse to take camping, really only good the first night or if you plan on bringing a cooler. But sometimes a little luxury in the woods makes you feel like the king of the jungle. haha. Thanks for commenting

  10. Marc Passion
    September 2, 2011 at 3:44 pm #

    Mate you forgot the vegemite! Seriously its delicious…

    • Corbin Fraser
      September 3, 2011 at 1:54 pm #

      Haha Vegemite on toast is great. Kind of curious what it’d taste like in a bush pie…hmmm.

  11. jenjenk
    September 5, 2011 at 2:39 am #

    Bush pies…i haven’t had that in YEARS!!! most definitely at the top of the “Must Have” on a camping trip!! :)

  12. Mark Keeler
    April 11, 2012 at 7:29 pm #

    That burn is nasty!

    • Corbin Fraser
      April 12, 2012 at 10:12 am #

      Haha I agree. You’ll be happy to hear it didn’t scar him. Definitely one of those “live & learn” situations they talk about.

      Thanks for commenting!

  13. Dan Perry
    July 5, 2012 at 10:21 pm #

    I find that most website that give advise about “camping food” actually offer a whole bunch of picnic food ideas. It would be nice to see more back country food ideas. I know when I go camping I like to get at least a days journey from the nearest road ( and frequently get 10 days away ), so everything has to be light, easily carried in a pack and need no refrigeration. I also like to eat well when I am in the wilderness.

    • Corbin Fraser
      July 6, 2012 at 10:16 am #

      Hey Dan,

      Consider that noted – definitely would make a great post for the back country campers! I’ll see what I can do about gathering intel.

      Cheers!

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