There are so many great things about camping, it’s nigh impossible to pick a favorite. But if we HAVE to choose the absolute best part? The food, of course! There are meals you can have in the great outdoors that simply aren’t the same anywhere else. And we’ve put together a lineup of meals you have to try this summer. We’re confident after trying one or two, you’ll be one happy camper!
When you think of the best camping trip you’ve ever had, what comes to mind? Snuggling up under a tarp with a warm cup of hot chocolate to wait out the rain? Finally opening up a steaming packet of tin foil to a mouthwatering dinner after waiting what felt like an eternity for the fire to cook it? Or maybe it’s the smell of burnt marshmallows when that almost perfect mallow accidentally slipped into the fire and you had to start over. If you’re anything like us, camping memories are made around the fire, usually while eating a meal. And while the joy of camping is often found in its simplicity, that doesn’t mean meals have to be boring or subpar! We’ve put together some of our favorite ways to have quality meals in the great outdoors. Some may already be in your repertoire of camping traditions, and we hope others are new to you and worth adding. Here we go!
Tacoma Boys Guide to Good Food in the Great Outdoors
Have It Your Way Overnight Oats
First things first, let’s talk breakfast. The thing about the first meal of the day in the great outdoors is if you want it warm, you’ll have to wait. Remember camping trips when mom and dad had hot chocolate and eggs waiting for you when you woke up? It’s because adults can’t sleep on the ground and they were up at the crack of dawn. Now you’re the adult, and if you want hot breakfast, you’ll have to make a fire for it yourself. So we have a great solution to keep you from getting hangry whilst you stoke the fire for your own children. Or your significant other. Or yourself. Overnight oats! Make this recipe for overnight oats from Parked in Paradise before you leave the house. Then, keep it chilled in the cooler overnight, and breakfast is already served! For your sweetener, check out our selection of locally sourced honey. We recommend Georgetown Pantry Supply Raw Honey. It’s 100% raw, unfiltered honey, sourced in the PNW (bonus: consuming local honey can help with allergies!). Then, peruse our produce section for the most delicious fresh berries. Finally, check out our dry goods for Tacoma Boys Coconut Chips, Dried Cranberries, or Zante Currants. Let each family member add whatever toppings their hearts desire, and they won’t even mind waiting for their morning coffee (or hot chocolate)!
Grown Up Foiled Chili Dogs
We find absolutely no fault with the classic hot dog roasted on a stick. But if you already have a few camping trips under your belt this season (read: you’ve had your fill of hot dogs with ketchup) or you simply want to mix things up a little, we’ve got just the twist you need. The best part? You can prepare the filling at home, so it’s less work and fewer dishes to clean. Which means more time enjoying the great outdoors! Start with eight chopped hot dogs (or brats). Want to amp it up? Opt for Mozzarella Smoked Bratwurst from our deli in lieu of traditional hot dogs. Then, chop one onion. Mix the hot dogs and onion into 8 ounces of chili. Finally, gut eight hot dog buns (as in, remove some of the fluff to make room for the filling). When you’re ready to cook them, lay each bun on its own sheet of tin foil. Then, fill the buns with the hot dog mixture and wrap tightly in foil. Cook for 20 minutes on a grill over the flames, or 15 minutes directly in hot coals. Adults and kids alike are sure to love this simple, warm meal with a grown up twist!
Fancy Shrimp Scampi Foil Packets
Camping can be full of surprises, and not all good. Surprise your campmates in the best way by pulling out these Shrimp Scampi Foil Packets from Damn Delicious. Rule number one: when it comes to quality, don’t skimp on the shrimp! As always, you’ll find only the freshest, best quality shrimp in the PNW in our seafood section. If the only kind of seafood you’ve had while camping has been fish you caught earlier that day, you’ll be delighted by this recipe. And, you can prepare it ahead of time as well. Just keep your foil packets nice and cool in the cooler until you’re ready to enjoy. Then, place the packets in the fire and viola! Shrimp scampi alfresco! Eat it with crusty bread or on chips for a little extra crunch.
Roasted Stuffed Bananas
When you think of traditional camping desserts, what comes to mind? S’mores! Us too. But apparently, there’s another camping tradition for some, and we’re here for it! The concept couldn’t be simpler. It’s like if a banana split and a s’more had a baby. Essentially, you slit a banana down the middle, add toppings, and wrap it in tinfoil. Then, let the fire make a delicious gooey mess of it. Glorious. For more detailed instructions and ideas for fillings, check out this recipe for Campfire Banana Boats by Fresh Off the Grid. Their advice is to include “something melty, something sweet, and something crunchy,” and we have it all. Check out our bulk selection for yogurt chips, cocoa covered almonds, trail mix and more! Or get melty, sweet and crunchy all in one with a Seattle Chocolate Company’s Triple Toffee Bar from our candy aisle. Seattle Chocolate Company is woman owned, responsibly sourced, and local. So you can feel great about supporting a fantastic small business while you enjoy arguably the best dessert you’ve ever had in the great outdoors (sorry, s’mores).
Let Us Feed Your Adventure!
There’s nothing like camping in the PNW, and there’s no one better to feed your adventure than Tacoma Boys. As always, we’re committed to offering you high quality ingredients to elevate your experience in the great outdoors. Stop by one of our locations today, and ask one of our friendly associates how we can help make this camping trip your best ever!