All About Outdoor Cooking

The type of food cooked in the outdoors depends significantly on the purpose of the pursuit and the location of the outdoor cooking site. While someone at a public campground may be able to access a grocery store easily and be able to prepare a great many varied dishes, someone else on an extended trip deep in the backcountry may need to improvise a little more to cook up a meal or depend upon dried meats, vegetables, and starches such as ramen, polenta, and dried potato flakes. Those who savor the whole outdoor adventure would also look forward to making use of wild vegetables and fruits, not to mention fish and game.

Camping food needs to be very high in fat and carbohydrates to provide energy for the camping activities. Hikers very often carry bars of chocolate, energy bars, and even sports drinks. Another necessary part of every hiker’s or camper’s equipment is water purification chemicals.

The most traditional method of cooking at the campsite is by the campfire. Food can be roasted (who among us has not enjoyed the hot dogs and smores roasted on the campfire), baking, grilling (also an extremely popular technique at the campsite), frying, boiling, and steaming.

Another commonly used technique is the baking of food in envelopes of aluminum foil. Entire meals can be cooked in this manner by placing the foil packets on or under the hot coals. Tree leaves such as the banana can also be used. These are environmentally friendly and do not ignite as they contain enough oil to resist the heat from the flames. In addition, they can add a special flavor to the food which the foil cannot.

Long distance truckers, automotive trailers, and rally drivers have been known to have cooked on accessible sections of the vehicle engine. Another novel way of cooking is using volcanic lava to cook food wrapped in foliage.

While outdoor cooking undoubtedly brings its share of excitement, it is important to follow some safety precautions so that the experience remains fun and does not become dangerous. Primarily, keep the cooking site away from the sleeping area. When camping in the wild, keep food away in places where the animals cannot get them.

Remember that the outdoors can be greatest adventure ever and some of the best memories of your life will probably be those related to the marvelous outdoor experience. So enjoy the bond with Nature, but give her the respect she deserves!

The Advantage Of Organic Food

The definition of organic food lies in the manner in which the food is grown and processed. Organic food is that food which is not exposed to chemicals of any kind during its growing, manufacturing, processing, or packaging. Organic fruits and vegetables are grown without the use of pesticides and are preservative-free on every level. Organic farming has emerged as one of the industries of the future as more and more people are demanding the most natural and nutritious choices for their families.

In the case of animal products, such as meat and dairy, animals are given only organic feed. Traditional agricultural farmers are in the practice of administering a myriad of chemicals to dairy cows in an effort to increase their size and milk output. Organic agricultural farmers – under stringent government guidelines – are forbidden from using such chemicals; chemicals, that should be noted, that have not been studied thoroughly enough to determine their long-term effects.

Another advantage of organic food is its positive impact on our environment as a whole. Traditionally grown fruits and vegetables are chemically treated while still in the ground, exposing the soil to a chemical cocktail that forever changes its properties – and possibly seeps into our water supply. Growing organically keeps soil in its natural state and protects the ground as well as our water.

The advantage of organic food lies in its ability to impact us on a global level; minimizing our exposure to chemically altered food and saving our planet from needless contact with unnatural contaminants.

DBC stands for Dardanup Butchering Company, one of Western Australia’s best meat producers. DBC has its own brands of beef, pork, lamb and veal as well as many retail shops in WA’s south-west. DBC is also renowned for its easy-for-me prepared meat products. Talk about taste!