Outdoor cooking is something to be enjoyed in the warmer months. When we dine and cook outdoors it allows us the opportunity to enjoy the weather and have fun cooking and using cooking gear that we don't usually enjoy when it is cold outside.
Cooking on an open campfire and grilling outdoors are two pleasures that define the warmer months. There are two basic kinds of outdoor cooking-cooking while camping and grilling. Both of them require a special set of skills to be learned and cooking equipment that you will need to invest in.
Camping is one of those pleasures that people who love the outdoors do regularly. However, there are different kinds of camping. Some prefer to backpack and walk all day, then settle down in the evening and relax and prepare good food. Or, you may choose to hike to a campsite and stay in the same spot for several days. The type of camping that you choose will depend on your personality. No matter which type of camping you choose, there are several different cooking options for you.
The option you choose will depend on what you would like to get out of your camping experience. If you choose to camp with a recreational vehicle, those usually come with basic cooking equipment like a stove and possibly even a conventional oven or a microwave oven. This option is for people who want all the comforts of home in an outdoor setting.
Cooking on the campfire is also a very popular option but can be a challenge because it takes a while to learn how to regulate the heat. There are several different levels of campfire cooking ranging from the extremely easy to the very difficult. Cooking on a campfire is an art and one that takes some practice. If you are interested in learning how to cook on a campfire, there are some things you can do.
Learning how to do simple things such as roast marshmallows and hot dogs, sausages, and vegetables are things that do not require a lot of skill. Basically, all you need to do is find a stick and pierce the item with the stick.
Hold it over the flame and rotate it until the item is cooked. You may also find it helpful to buy a cookbook with recipes designed to be cooked on a campfire. These will introduce some intermediate and advanced techniques that will help you gain an understanding for how to cook on a fire.
Grilling is another type of cooking that you can do outdoors and it is a more popular option than cooking on a campfire. It is easier to regulate the temperature on a grill, especially if you have a gas grill. There are two basic types of grills, gas grills and charcoal grills and several different styles of grills within the two types. So, the first step is to decide which kind of grill you want and find the model that seems best for your needs.
If you really love grilling, you may want to get one gas grill and one charcoal grill. Both of them are good for different purposes. However, if you only grill once in a while and it is usually the same standard foods, one grill will suffice. They also sell portable grills and cooking gear specially designed for grilling that you can take on picnics and while camping.
Most people only think of grilling meat. However, you can also grill things like vegetables and fruits such as Portobello mushrooms, pineapple slices, bananas, and zucchini slices. Whatever your style of cooking, whether on the campfire or on the grill, you will soon gain the necessary cooking skills and come to appreciate the experience of outdoor cooking.
Craig Chambers is a cooking enthusiast who enjoys sharing outdoor cooking tips and offers extensive free cooking guides, resources and a cooking handbook on his website www.cookingyourbest.com