How to Cook Your Food on a Campsite Without a Microwave

survival-cooking-foodAt home, we have plenty of conveniences that make every day life easier for us. We have stoves that run on gas or electricity, toasters, blenders, and microwaves. Many people know how easy it is to throw a frozen dinner in the microwave or to reheat something up that was refrigerated. While this is fine for weeknights, with busy work and school schedules, when you go camping, chances are you will not have access to any electricity, and therefore will have to cook food on your own without any appliances.

For those who enjoy the outdoors, cooking without electricity can be an easy task. There are several meal options for you when you are camping, and if you enjoy cooking, it’s a great way to experiment and create some fantastic dishes of your own! If you’re a little unfamiliar with how to cook at a campsite, many bookstores, sporting goods stores, and websites will sell cookbooks for use while camping. Some of these can provide helpful tips, recipes, and ways to keep your food safely stored.

Freeze Dried Food

Emergency freeze dried food, such as the kind created by the company Mountain House, can provide you will delicious, healthy meals, and all you have to do is boil some water at your campsite and mix it in! While it might be one of the more simple choices for getting a meal prepared while camping, it isn’t your only option.


A campfire is perhaps the most popular way to cook food! If you can create a fire, you can roast marshmallows, cook hot dogs (and virtually anything else you can think of with the right equipment). If you purchase a Dutch oven or some cookware (cast iron pans work well for campfires), you can make soups, chili, burgers, fish, chicken…you name it! A rack to set above the fire will give you a spot to put the pots and pans, and you can even place foil packets full of potatoes, vegetables, and meats to create meals!

Don’t forget – cooking over a campfire can add to the traditional feeling of camping! Many children fall in love with camping because they spend hours around it with their families, talking, laughing, singing, and roasting marshmallows to make s’mores. Pass on the family traditions! The best thing is that all these supplies can easily fit into an essential survival bag and carried to any camp site.

Tabletop Stoves and Grills

Another popular option when cooking at a campsite is to purchase a tabletop stove or grill. These tend to run on small propane tanks, and give you unlimited cooking options. These are handy if you have small children and need to create healthy and balanced meals for them, or if you want to continue making homemade food for your family. These are great to use for boiling water for freeze dried meals, as well, and can come in handy if you need to distill water for drinking.

Cooking at a campsite can provide a great amount of fun for those who love a challenge, and it can always be nice to not have to modern conveniences to turn to. It encourages people to get back in touch with nature. It’s also small enough that it isn’t a huge inconvenience to take with you. If you are used to carrying a bag everyday, bringing this along will be no problem.