GET OUT THERE: Camping can be much easier when you're organised.
GET OUT THERE: Camping can be much easier when you're organised. Moma7

How to save time and money when cooking on the road

HERE are a few ideas to help you save time and money when preparing meals while on a road trip.

Happy hour provisions: These are a must as most campgrounds, caravan parks and free camps have 'happy hour' and it is a great way to meet people - food becomes a very social part of camping. Always have nibbles on hand. Nuts, Corn Chips and corn relish and salsa (no need to keep cool).

Pre-plan your menu: That way you don't need to think about what you are going to cook, which will give you more time to relax. Include snacks and drinks on this list.

Organisation: Organising your food supplies benefits everyone. Sort your food items into tubs if the space is available.

Zip lock bags are a necessity in any camp kit. Just make sure they are good quality bags, especially if storing liquids. You can make up pancake mix, damper mix, or store portions of cereals and BBQ meat. They are also a good way to store leftover chips etc, and are great for freezing soup portions before you leave which you can use to keep your esky colder. The uses are endless.

Only take the cooking utensils you actually need to prepare your meals. Collapsible kitchen containers are great as well for salad bowls and cereals. Dehydrated food just needs boiling water to be added to make a meal.

Prepare: Cook meals before you leave home. No, it's not cheating, it's practical. Have potato salad and coleslaw ready to go. Wash your veggies and salad before you go as this saves on water usage at your campsite. Coffee, sugar, Vegemite or jam portions are a great way save space. Less mess and less spoilage.

UHT products: UHT products require no refrigeration until opened. If you don't drink a lot of milk, get the smaller cartons of milk. You won't have to rely on fresh milk in your esky for the entire trip. Also available are UHT cream and UHT custard. Saves a trip to the shops.


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