Ziploc freezer bags are an indispensable part of a smart camp cook's supplies. They pay tribute to this product every time they pack the food for a weekend of outdoor camping. "Never take a box or can when a Ziploc will do!" is a motto a smart camp cook lives by. Your cooking supplies should include three types of Ziplocs: one box of sandwich bags, and one each of gallon and quart size freezer bags. Not only will they save weight and space, they will also reduce the amount of trash you have to carry back out of camp.
To see how using Ziploc bags can help, take a look at the camp food supplies you plan on taking. What ingredients and how much of each, will you need for your campfire recipes? What preparation will each meal need?
Start with your campfire recipes. If there is any ingredient prep that you can at home, do it, and put the results in a Ziploc freezer bag. You will save time if you don't wait to do it at camp. This will also save a lot of weight and space, Ziplocs weigh less, and take-up less space than individual cans and boxes. Be aggressive with this, camp meal prep you do at home, will add to the time you have for the outdoor camping activities you came for.
After the prep work, take a look at the rest of your boxed or canned food items. Look for anything that can be put in a Ziploc instead. That can of soup, or box of pancake mix will travel just as well in a Ziploc, allowing you to lose the extra weight and residual trash. Also consider ingredient quantities, no need to take a five pound package if you will only use one pound. Just put what you will need in a Ziploc and leave the rest home. And don't forget the simple stuff like salt & pepper, and spices. You will not use whole containers of these for your camp meals, so take what you need in sandwich baggies and leave the containers home.
Ice is a big part of the weight and bulk of your camp coolers, Ziplocs can help here too. Take a look at the camp food items in the cooler, freeze everything you can, even your meats. If it's not for your first camp meal, freeze it, they will be safe in their Ziplocs, (remember to only use the stronger double-sealed freezer bags), and will act as ice packs, reducing the amount of ice you will need to carry. And don't worry, in a camp cooler they will thaw by the time you need to use them.
Once you start using Ziplocs for your camp food and campfire recipe ingredients, you'll wonder how you ever camped without them. And the freezer bags are much safer and sturdier than the thin sandwich bags, so don't be timid about what you put in them. So challenge yourself, how much weight and bulk can you leave at home?
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GA Anderson is an online author and avid outdoors man whose lifelong camping adventures include over 7 years camping experience as an adult leader with the Boy Scouts of America. To see more outdoor camping, and campfire cooking articles visit his Hiking & Camping articles.
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