Cooking outdoors has come a long way since humankind threw their first hunting and gathering harvest into the fire and learnt to BBQ. Nowadays if you go to any camping store, there are entire departments devoted to cooking outdoors with specialist equipment or tools galore.
Aussies love camping and sitting around a fire in the bush. Throw in something to eat and most are in heaven. The mouth-watering smell of a roast dinner cooking in the camp oven and coals of your campfire is enough to bring most Australians to their knees. Or maybe the idea of a humble damper dessert spread with lashings of butter and jam is your weakness!
Cooking outdoors requires some specific skills. To begin with you need to have fire making abilities. Other things to consider include temperature control, introducing extra flavours, kitchen set up and cleaning your cooking kit.
Cannot get away camping right now? Do not despair! You can easily do some camp cooking in your backyard, especially if you have a fire-pit area. Remember to check any fire restrictions in your region! For the real experience you can pitch a tent and sleep under the stars after a night of fireside fine dining.
Tips and tricks to get started
- New to camping and need some fire making tips? Check out this fantastic Beginner’s Guide to Starting a Campfire.
- Season your cast iron camp oven – an essential part of the process for any new camp oven.
- Let taste.com.au inspire you with these camping recipes.
- Check out the Australian Camp Oven Festival held annually in Millmerran – the 2020 festival was cancelled due to COVID-19.
- Tantalise your tastebuds with these 23 camping desserts.
Top 5 Books
Reserve these physical items and collect from your local library:
- Australian camp oven cooking by Jo Clews
- The camping cookbook: 80 great recipes for cooking outdoors by Viola Lex
- Food and fire: create bold dishes with 65 recipes to cook outdoors by Marcus Bawdon
- The caravan & campervan cookbook by Catherine Proctor
- The new camp cookbook by Linda Ly
Light the fire with these eBooks:
- Outdoor Ovens: If you can't stand the heat, go al fresco by Josh Sutton
- Campfire Cuisine: Gourmet Recipes for the Great Outdoors by Robin Donovan
Need help setting up your device for eBooks? Watch this video tutorial.
Top 5 eAudiobooks
Listen to an Australian yarn while your food cooks with these eAudiobooks:
- The Ship That Never Was: The Greatest Escape Story of Australian Colonial History by Adam Courtenay
- Great Australian Drinking Stories by Jim Haynes
- Elsa Goody, Bushranger by Darry Fraser
- The Dickens Boy by Tom Keneally
- Tell Me Why by Archie Roach
Need help setting up your device for eAudiobooks? Watch this video tutorial.
Top 5 eMagazines
Browse for camp kitchen ideas with these cooking eMagazines:
- Camper Trailer Australia
- Caravan and Motorhome on Tour
- go! Real Food
- Australian Country Cookbook
- Cook's Country
To get started reading free eMagazines, download the RBDigital app, select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your member number and password.
On the web
- Camp Oven Cook Facebook group: Australia's largest collection of Camp Oven Recipes and Camp Oven Information for 100% free, no subscription required!
- The 4X4 Earth Podcast with James Eling. Amateur Off Roader, unorganised camper and very poor fisherman – cooking episodes
- Camp Oven Cooking 101 on the Camplify Blog
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