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post #1 of 17 Old 04-17-2014, 12:28 AM Thread Starter
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Horse Camping - Meal Plan

In May my mom and I are going on my first ever horse camping adventure - her 25th or something

It's just the two of us going. We're hauling the horses down to Brown County, Indiana and will be staying at a camp site there.

We'll be arriving on Sunday night and will be staying through Thursday's breakfast.

My mom has decided that I will be in charge of planning out the meals for our camping trip. Except I'm horribly indecisive.

Electricity will be available at our site, and modern conveniences such as a crock pot, grill, and griddle will be available as well. Also there will be a fire pit. So things like steaks, soups, sloppy joes, etc. are all viable options for eating.

She said we'll be bringing a cooler so milk and cereal is an option too.

We're basically city-slickering our way through the week lol.


Anyone have any ideas for meals we could have?

We'll be there for Sunday dinner through Thursday breakfast. There's an old town near by so some lunches/dinners we could eat out if we want.

Anyway, anyone know of any good meals?
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post #2 of 17 Old 04-17-2014, 12:49 AM
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We used to camp a lot when I was a very small child and the one thing that I remember very fondly from those early (and sometimes frosty as we would camp year around) mornings was cooked in cast-iron skillets. Cook the bacon first, then cook the eggs and fry potatoes in the bacon grease. It's basically a heart attack on a plate, but it was so delicious cooked over a campfire.
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post #3 of 17 Old 04-17-2014, 02:30 AM
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You'll like Brown County. It has nice trails and good maps of them so it'll be easy for you to find your way around.

The cooking part is up to how much time you want to devote to it. There's nothing you can't make over the fire but the cooking & clean up can be time consuming. We usually take quick stuff for breakfast & lunch and then have a decent supper.

Any kind of soups or stew you can make ahead of time and then just reheat.
You can grill meat, potatoes & veggies over the fire or on a grill. I make fried potatoes by slicing them & onions on a sheet of aluminum foil, add a few pats of butter, salt & pepper then make a sealed packet with your foil. If I'm going to put them over the fire I use 2 layers of foil (use heavy duty), on the grill just one layer is needed since you can control the temp better. Turn often. You can cook veggies the same way. If you like cooked cabbage it's really good cooked this way and you just cut the head into 4ths and wrap the quarters again using a little butter.

Our usual meal plans are usually things like:

Hot dogs and then if I've taken chili to heat up for lunch we'll use the left overs for chili dogs, either chips or potato salad, baked beans if no chili.

Hamburgers, fried potatoes, cabbage

Steak, baked potato, salad

Chicken, rice, and mixed veggies (made in the packets).

I'll usually make any sweets ahead of time to take with us.
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post #4 of 17 Old 04-17-2014, 09:09 AM
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I try to cook ahead of time as much food as possible, if you have the cooler space, I cook the bacon ahead so all you have to do it heat it up, less grease to deal with that way, a quick meal with eggs or even in a sandwich, chili cooked ahead with crusty buns make a good meal, granola bars that you can take with you riding are a good thing, muffins always are a great snack. I like to take water bottles so I can always have one with me while riding, also juice is good to have in camp for a quick drink. Something that is good to have while sitting around the fire at night is a big bag of peanuts in the shell, great for munching on. I also use al. foil to wrap and cook veggies in, they taste really good that way, potatoes, onions and carrots with butter and a little seasoning, double wrapped in foil and cook.
Hope you have a great time.
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post #5 of 17 Old 04-17-2014, 09:36 AM
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Definitely bring some soup! And fruit is good to snack on. Maybe sandwich meat and cheese for a meat/cheese plate? Don't forget treats for horseas!
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post #6 of 17 Old 04-17-2014, 09:49 AM
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Kalua pork
Boston pork butt
1 Tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon liquid smoke
Put pork in a crock pot. Poke holes in pork. Rub with salt. Pour liquid smoke on top. Lay a piece of foil over crock pot, then the lid. This helps seal in steam. Cook on low 4-5 hours, until meat falls apart. Shred the meat into juices.

You can use this for pulled pork sandwiches. Also good added to fried potatoes for hash in the morning.
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post #7 of 17 Old 04-17-2014, 10:11 AM
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Yum those ideas sound good!

There's nothing better than breakfast burritos when camping... Breakfast lunch dinner...

Tacos or make enchiladas beforehand.
Veggies and chicken breasts in tin foil.
Veggie beef stew made beforehand with garlic toast grilled on the fire.
Pork chops and made before mashed potatoes or fried potatoes and grilled green beans in tinfoil with good olive oil.
Brought fried chicken and potato salad for lunches.
Croissant sandwiches.

Don't forget chocolate! I always take a big batch of brownies. Watch Campfire Cafe on RFDTV, I love that show.
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post #8 of 17 Old 04-17-2014, 10:31 AM
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oh man, I can't decide which sounds better...all this food or hitting the trails!

...who am I kidding...trails win! :)
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post #9 of 17 Old 04-17-2014, 10:56 AM
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Smrobs you made me get so nostalgic this morning... :)

My Papa and I spent every summer canoeing/camping on the Kings river. We'd fish all night, I'd pass out in a chair wrapped in a blanket, and he'd wake me up by frying bacon, potatoes, catfish, and a dunky egg to go on top.
I use that old skillet all the time, it's one of my most cherished belongings.
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post #10 of 17 Old 04-17-2014, 11:33 AM
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smrobs and flygap, breakfast is my favorite part of camping meals.

The first person up (usually me) always gets the fire going good and hot and starts the pot of "taters" boiling, as well as water for coffee/tea. Then, while we peel and chop the taters and onions, we fry the bacon. When all the bacon is cooked, the taters and onions go in the bacon grease and cook up, then eggs.

It is always SO good! And yes, it is loaded with fat and calories, but I swear we burn it up while camping because it never feels too heavy when you are chopping wood and doing camp stuff!

I am also very luck to have the greatest camp gear from our grandparents. Cast iron skillets with lids, dutch oven, and old grill for the fire.
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