Thrifty Thursday!

I figured since I am in the camping mode (just spent a week camping) I would give you some thrifty fun family camp cooking ideas (Wow! That was a mouth full!). None of us wants to spend our time cleaning up after meals when we are camping! At the same time, we don't want to spend money on convenience type foods or eating out either.

Camping is such a fun family activity so, I tried to pull together some cooking ideas with the kids in mind too. After all, camping is about spending time together, making great memories and having lots of fun.

First off, foil packs are a great way to cook your dinner over the fire with little to no clean-up. One tip to keep in mind, get the good heavy duty foil, not the cheapo stuff. Trust me on this!

There are tons of different combinations of what to make. Here are some recipe site for you:

Boys Scout FoilCooking Cookbook

And of course tons of Dutch Oven recipes out there. Remember with Dutch Ovens, they don't have to be put into the fire. You can use charcoal. To determine how many you need, take the diameter of your Dutch oven and double it. That’s how many briquette you need to heat it to 350 degrees. So, for a 12-inch Dutch oven, you would need 24 briquette. Each additional briquette will increase the heat about 20 degrees. For baking, put most of the coals on the lid. For frying, put most of the heat on the bottom.

Now on to some fun stuff. Remember, when dealing with campfires watch kids carefully! Use oven mitts(when things are close to the heat).

Okay, why not give a couple of these a try the next time you and the family head out camping?

1.) Biscuits on a stick.
Get a good cooking stick, stretch out a couple of cheapo refrigerator biscuits and wrap them around a stick. Make sure there are no holes in the dough revealing the stick. Seal off the end of the stick with dough. And cook like a hotdog. Keep turning them. The thinner the stretched dough, the faster they will cook.
Eat them as is or get creative. How about a campfire eclair? once the biscuits are cook and you have gently removed them from the stick, you will have a hole down the middle. Fill it with pudding! Or fill with peanut butter and chocolate chips, cool whip and chopped fruit or scrambled eggs.

2.) Campground ice cream.
You will need:
1 1-pound coffee can with the lid (or any other can)
1 3-pound coffee can with the lid
1 pint of half and half (you can use milk as well)
1 egg, beaten (optional)
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
add ins: 2 TBS chocolate syrup, 1/4 cup of fruit
rock salt

Add all the ingredients to the 1 pound can, mix well.Put the lid on, secure with duct tape. Place the 1 pound can into the 3 pound can. Surround with crushed ice and rock salt. Put the lid on the 3 pound can. Have your kids sit around on the ground rolling the can back and forth (at least 4 ft. apart). After about 10 minutes check to see if the ice cream is getting hard. If not, add more ice and salt and roll again for another 10 minutes or so.

3.)Ice Cream in a Bag:
You will need:
1/2 cup of milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 & 1/2 tsp sugar (taste and see if you want more)
Quart sized freezer bags
Gallon size freezer bags
Rock salt (about 6 TBS per bag)
Put milk, vanilla and sugar in quart bag. Seal well. Put the quart bag inside the gallon bag. Fill around the quart bag with ice and add the salt to the ice. Shake the bag for about 10 minutes or have the kids gently throw it back and forth. The bag gets cold so the kids may want to use towels on mittens or even socks on their hands. Keep shaking or tossing until ice cream comes out to the consistency you want. Makes 1 serving per bag.

4.) Hot Dog in a box.
You will need:
1 hot dog and bun
2 paper towels
Heavy Duty foil
1 quart size milk or juice carton
Wet the paper towels (wring them out). Put the hotdog in the bun, wrap the wet paper towels around it. (even the end) Wrap the in the foil (not too tightly, you want air to get in there). Place this into the milk carton. Put it in the fire ring and light the milk carton with a match. It's done when the milk carton is gone.

5.) Tropical Twist Marshmallow
You will need:
1 can of pineapple rings (slices)
your cooking stick
Skewer the pineapples working a marshmallow into the center hole. Toast over the fire.

5.) Banana Boats
You will need:
Unpeeled bananas
chocolate chips
marshmallows (mini marshmallows will work too)
Heavy Duty Foil
Slit the banana lengthwise along the inside curve. Gently stuff chocolate chips and pieces of marshmallow into the slit. Wrap the banana in foil wrap and set on the coals for about 5-10 minutes. Open and peel carefully. Eat with a spoon.

6.) Eggs in a cup
You will need:
Wax Covered cups
Metal tongs
Place your egg in the cup (only wax covered cups will work!) and add enough water so the cup is almost full. Place the cups near the campfire. Now don't worry if the lip of the cup catches fire (and let's face it, isn't that a cool thing to see anyway? LOL), the water keeps the rest of the cup from burning. Depending on hot your fire is, your eggs will boil within a few minutes.

7.) RedHot Apples
You will need:
RedHot candies
Heavy Duty Foil
Core the apple. Fill the hole with redhot candies. Wrap in foil and place around the fire. After about 15 minutes, carefully open packs and eat with a spoon.

8.) Hobo Campfire Popcorn
You will need:
Heavy Duty Foil
cooking stick
(salt & butter optional)
Make a square apprx 18" x 18" out of the foil. place one tsp of oil and 1 tsp of popcorn in the center. Bring foil corners together to make a pouch. Seal all the edges by folding, but allow room for the popcorn to pop. Where the 4 corners meet tie string around the pouch and then onto your cooking stick. Cook over coals and shake constantly.

9.) Can Baked Potato
You will need:
1 Medium potato
Salt & pepper
Heavy Duty Foil
A Tin Can (veggie can size)
Clean potato. Butter the outside really good. Season to taste. Put potato in clean can and cover top with foil. Set the can next to the fire. After about 20 minutes, turn the can and let cook another 25 minutes. Remember, don't peek and let all the heat out!

10.) Dessert Wraps
You will need:
Flour Tortillas
Peanut Butter
Mini-marshmallows (or chopped up big marshmallows)
Chocolate Chips
(other options are: caramel instead of PB, chopped fruit, raisins, crushed nuts, crushed toffee get the idea)
Heavy Duty Foil
Let everyone create their own dessert. Spread peanut butter over tortilla and then sprinkle on your toppings. Roll up like a burrito. Wrap in foil and place by the fire. Cook about 15 minutes. Peel the foil back like a banana and enjoy. Remember, be careful while it's hot.

11.) Nachos in a Bag
You will need:
A can of chili
Small bags of corn chips
Shredded cheese (or nacho cheese)
Shredded lettuce
chopped tomatoes
Chopped Onions
Sour Cream
(and any other toppings you like)
Open can of chili and heat by the fire. When heated spoon some in the bag of corn chips and then add your favorite toppings.

12.) Spider Dogs (fun for kids)
You will need:
Cooking Stick
Instead of just sticking your hotdog on the stick, first slice an "X" lengthwise about 1/3 the way down the hotdog. While they cook over the fire, the hotdog starts to curl and looks like a spider. Cut smaller strips 1/3 down and you got an octopus-dog.

13.) Campfire Breakfast
You will need
Muffin tin
6 eggs
Chopped Ham (or cooked crumbled sausage)
Shredded Cheese
Diced potatoes ( best bet, cheap frozen hashbowns)
Salt & Pepper to taste
Cooking Spray
Spray each hole with the cooking spray. In half of the muffin tins crack the 6 eggs (1 into each hole). Top with ham and cheese. In the other 6 holes add the diced potatoes and season. Place muffin tin on a flat rock in the fire pit or a fire grate. Cook until eggs look done.

14.) Campfire Meatloaf
You will need (this is a good one to make before you head out camping so you don't have to worry about the mess and hauling all the ingredients)
Prepared Meatloaf (make the way you like your meatloaf)
1 Large Onion per person
Heavy duty Foil
Cut off about 1/5 of the top of the onion. Scoop out the center. Fill the inside of the onion with the meatloaf mixture. Wrap each in foil and place in coals. Cook about 20 minutes, (Flipping once).

15.) Mini Campfire Cakes
You will need:
A boxed cake mix (and whatever ingredients are needed to bake the cake)
Heavy Duty Foil
Hollow out the oranges leaving the peel in a cup shape. Pour prepared cake mix batter into each orange peel. Wrap in foil. Place in coals and bake.

16.)Campfire Cobbler
You will need:
1 Large can of peaches in heavy syrup
Drain off peach syrup. Save about 1/4 cup of syrup. Mix a handful of Bisquick into the 1/4 syrup. You want to get the consistency of pancake batter so, play around. Pour back over peaches in the can. Put the can lid back in place and set in coals. Once the flour as turned into hard little dumplings it's done.

Come back and visit me tomorrow for "Friday Funday!". I am going to give tips on fun frugal camping activities and how to save money camping. I am all about the camping right now! :)


  1. Wow what an awesome bunch of ideas! We camp often in the summer so I will be printing these all out Thank you!

  2. Thanks Amanda. You'll have to let me know which ones you tried. The next time we are camping I'm going to pick a few out and do them and try to remember to take some pictures and post them. :)

  3. These are great campsite cooking ideas. My parents camp all the time during the summer (almost every other weekend). I'll have to tell my mom to check out your tips. Thanks!

  4. Now I am hungry and I want to camp.

  5. LOL Nicole! We are making the hot dogs in the box, biscuits on a stick, peach cobbler in a can, marshmallows and pineapple on a stick and probaby more hobo popcorn tonight!


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