So how do you keep your food warm? It’s not an impossible feat and having the right gear and knowledge when it comes to food preparations will help.
Be warned that bacteria will start to multiply rapidly between 40°F to 140°F which could end up making you sick so here are some tips to help you keep food warm while camping:
Insulated Food Containers
Containers like cast iron, ceramic cookware, and clay pots are perfect for retaining the heat of your meals. You can also go for insulated carrying cases, flasks, and crockpots that seal in heat.
Make a “Hot” Box
Did you know that you can use your cool box to heat your foodstuff? Fill up your box with hot water and let it sit for 20 minutes. Then empty it and place your already hot food inside. Once sealed, it can keep your meal hot for hours.
Heated bricks are a great way to heat your box. All you have to do is wrap your bricks in aluminum foil and heat them in the oven for 20 minutes at 300°F. Line your box with a heavy towel, then line the inside with aluminum foil over the towel, place your heated bricks inside, add another towel, and place your food containers on top. Lastly, cover the food with more foil and close the box.
Wrap or Insulate Storage Containers
While insulated storage containers are already capable of heat conduction, wrapping your food in warm kitchen towels, wool, and cotton also helps in keeping it heated. Newspapers are also a good insulator for your containers and using several layers of aluminum foil to wrap sandwiches acts as an insulator by trapping the heat inside.
Wrapping your containers with warm towels will add heat to your packs while keeping your food hot for another 10 to 15 minutes.
Rice-filled heat packs and hot water bottles are also an effective way to keep food warm.
Serve Food With Sauce
Vegetables tend to go cold quickly, combat this by serving them with a hot sauce which will also add flavor to your food. Keep your veggies in a separate pot or dish and when it’s time to eat, pour the heated sauce over them.
Having everyone seated first before serving dinner will ensure that no one ends up with a cold meal and camping is more enjoyable when you have warm food and company.
There is nothing like enjoying a hot meal in the outdoors, with friends to give you a sense of happiness and wellbeing.