Camping has a weird way of warping your sense of taste. Your days tend to wear you out, and when it’s finally time to eat, you discover that you’re weirdly excited to eat something that you might normally pass over, and everything tastes about ten times better. Here are a couple of snacks and useful tips that I have found particularly satisfying when under the influence of Camp-Taste.
The most time-intensive part of this recipe is preparing the bacon; a camp stove makes it quicker and it’s especially helpful if you have a larger size pan. Once it is crisp, toast an English muffin (over the fire feels particularly rewarding). Spread apple butter on the toasted English muffin. (Amish apple butter if you can get it; there’s an Amish bakery in Clayton, Wisconsin that makes heavenly apple butter). Add a slice of cheddar cheese and a couple pieces of bacon.
Voila! Super filling, hearty camping breakfast that makes you feel like you’re living the good life.
Apple Butter Bites
Using the same Amish apple butter, we engineered a completely new and delicious camping snack! Spread apple butter on a Ritz cracker and top with a square of cheddar cheese. It’s crunchy, salty, and fruity sweet all at once, with the tiniest hint of cinnamon. Dangerously difficult to stop munching.
English muffins are a good bread substitute, since they are able to withstand a little bit of smashing around between your belongings or being stuffed in a cooler or food bin. They also work with a variety of toppings; we often started our breakfasts with some variety of English muffin–it’s easy enough to add egg and cheese for a tasty breakfast–and then top more with PB & J (don’t forget the BBQ chips!) for lunchtime. They even go well as a side if you have soup or pasta for dinner.
Instant coffee is uniquely bearable when camping. Its yucky disgusting bitterness will make you instantly alert, and its steaming warmth will take off the morning chill. You may even fondly call it “steamy butt coffee” like some cousins I know. I recommend the Starbucks Tribute Blend VIA for people who prefer strong coffee, and Starbucks Italian Roast VIA for those who really need that nasty sour kick in the pants in the morning.