Chefs share top tips for easy cooking while camping or caravanning

Thousands of Brits are planning a staycation this year, but with prices skyrocketing due to demand it’s difficult to keep the costs down.

That is, unless you’re planning on camping or caravanning in the UK to save some dosh!

There’s no better way to spend time with the kids than in a muddy field surrounded by walks, beaches and exciting woodland trails.

But, one part of a camping or caravanning holiday can be a little lacklustre.

Unless you’re planning on buying food from restaurants everyday (pricy!) then cooking on a camp fire isn’t the easiest way to make a gourmet dish.

Well, the Daily Star has spoken to top chefs to find out their top tips for cooking delicious dinners with limited facilities.

Here’s what they had to say:

Multi-use oils & spices

Gemma Simmonite, co-owner of Gastrono-me, a buzzy restaurant in Bury St Edmunds, said: "Take a jam jar, fill it with olive oil and throw in some garlic for easy garlic oil in a pinch that you can drizzle on dishes to bring them to life!”

Her other tip is to bring smoked paprika – perfect for adding a dash dishes to really give them a complex flavour whilst on the go!

Grab a beast

Meanwhile, Chef & Restaurateur Raj Sharma at Bombay Mahal, wrote: “If you're looking to really spice up your life this summer season with ease all you need to do is invest in a simple aluminium spice tin referred to in Indian homes as a dabba.

“It's the perfect life hack to ramp up any simple dish your trying to make while camping or on the run with ease having an array of exotic Indian spices such as turmeric, garam masala, kasmiri chili powder, mustard seeds, cumin powder & seeds all in one organized tin.

“You can do so much more when you have access to these spices and really bring that much needed flavour to ordinary camping favourites from any sort of meat barbecue marinate, pasta, potatoes, eggs, gravys, & beans.”

Coffee bags

While, Esmè, Presto Coffee Roasters presto-coffee.com, recommended: “Camping, staycationing or caravanning away from your trusty coffee machine, be it an espresso, cafétiere or nespresso, and not keen on instant?

“Then the best way to enjoy a quality cup of coffee to fuel your holiday is with coffee bags!”

Easy stir fry

And, Vegan Recipe Club, said: “Supermarkets often have stir-fry meal deals in the salad section (which are very convenient for lazy dinners at home too!).

“Use a packet of pre-chopped stir-fry vegetables, a packet of ‘straight-to-wok’ ribbon noodles and a packet of your chosen sauce.

“Add some marinated tofu and feel free to bring extras such as peanuts, peanut butter or soya sauce – but these aren’t essential if you’re short on bag space.”

Such great ideas!

Ziploc meals, pre-Freeze & burger hack

Some other top recommendations include packing the spices you need for each night’s dinner with the correct spices to create a homemade spice pack.

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And, don’t forget that you can pre-cook chillis, stews, curry and soups, freeze them and then heat them up on the camp stove!

You should also cover your pot whenever cooking outdoors – this will make it cook faster and also stop bugs from falling in. Bleurgh!

And, to get burgers to cook more evenly, put a hole in the middle of your burger, about the size of your finger, during the BBQ process the hole will disappear but the centre will be cooked the same as the edges.

Save travels!

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