Camping season is approaching, and we enthusiastically lift a Silipint to that! So, it’s time to start thinking about making camping even more fun and even easier because who doesn’t like fun and easy?
These tips are mostly tailored to car camping for less than a week. The main focus here is saving three things: time, the number of dishes you have to do and the amount of trash you’re generating at your campsite.Multi-Functional is Key
If you’re taking something camping, it should be a necessity and if it can serve more than one purpose, all the better. Silipints are the perfect addition to your camp gear. With one single cup, you can do the following:
- Melt butter over the campfire (seriously, just not in direct flame)
- Use your Silipint as a hot pad to securely grab pot handles
- Tolerate boiling water for tea or hot cocoa and insulate it to keep it warm (while still working as a hand warmer!).
- Keep your cold beverage of choice temperature stable
- Glow in the dark so you’ll never lose your drink (as long as you invested in the glow-in-the-dark version)
- Hold a candle for romantic picnic table mood lighting
- Serve as a wildflower vase for your centerpiece
- Use a pint as a bowl for cold cereal in the morning and hot soup for dinner
Our next piece of advice is to prep the challenging stuff ahead of time. Take bacon as an example. Cooking bacon is a pain in the rump because it generates a ton of grease that’s difficult to dispose of and makes dishes harder to wash, but camping without bacon means you’re not actually camping. How are you supposed to wake up in the morning without some stiff coffee and a rasher of bacon? We suggest you cook your bacon ahead of time and throw it in the pan to warm up after you’ve cooked the eggs.
Speaking of eggs, if you plan to scramble them, give yourself a huge break (so to speak) and crack them all ahead of time at home. Transport them securely in a quart jar and you’ve saved yourself the hassle and cooler space of traveling with fragile eggs. Just pierce the yolks ahead of time and you can shake the bottle really well to make sure they’re scrambled. There are a lot of other common camp foods you can also prep ahead of time, like pasta.
A Couple Food Favorites
Our favorite camp meal: cheese tortellini. Sautee a million vegetables: onions, green beans, broccoli, mushrooms, carrots, celery, artichoke hearts, peas, zucchini, etc. (this is a great way to clean out your veggie drawer). Mix them with the cooked tortellini, put pesto over the whole thing and throw it in the cooler in a Ziplock. Reheat it in your campsite and you’ve got a super fast, delicious, filling, one-dish meal that will make other campers jealous because you, my friend, are living right. Add grilled chicken if you need the extra protein after all your mountain climbing and grabbing-life-by-the-horns.
Do you have a road trip on the way to your camping trip? Have a bunch of prepared fruits and veggies in a cooler. Eating healthfully on the road can be challenging. It feels a lot better to feed your kids or yourself a sub sandwich and potato chips if you’ve got grapes, tangerines or apple slices, baby carrots or snap peas ready to toss in with them in the car.
To sum it up, it’s easy to meal prep and can make a big difference. Less work at the campsite means more time for relaxing, hiking, exploring, canoeing or whatever it is that brings you and yours into the wilderness.