I don’t know about you, but when I camp, I like to glam it up a little bit. Not in a glamping type way — I’ll take a sleeping bag and pop-up tent, thank you — but in the food I eat. I like to make unique but easy camping recipes, something fancier than the rustic (but fun!) hot dogs on a stick. To make it easy on myself, I always bring my carbon steel pan for camping. It’s an essential part of a proper campsite meal.
Perks of a Carbon Steel Pan
Here’s the deal: A carbon steel pan makes cooking easier and more fun, whether you’re at home or on the road. It cooks evenly, it’s perfect for using on every cooking surface, and it’s lightweight—so it’s super easy to bring along on a trip. I like to use mine on the stovetop or over an open fire. It may just be my imagination, but when you cook with the skillet over an open flame, the natural seasoning on it seems to get an even better depth of flavor.
Why Use a Carbon Steel Pan for Camping
When cooking up camp stove recipes on summer vacation or on a weekend getaway any time of year, a preseasoned carbon steel pan is ideal—plus it can be stored and transported easily thanks to a detachable heat-resistant handle that folds over onto the pan itself. The skillet’s nonstick surface only gets slicker with time, as long as you keep it in good shape.
Put your carbon steel pan to good use with these three easy camping recipes, which I’ve adapted from my own family’s favorites.
Easy Campfire Cornbread
Campfire Cinnamon S’mores Skillet
Open-Fire Chicken Enchiladas
You can use your carbon steel pan when you wake up, too, to make a great campsite breakfast. Think eggs, bacon, hashbrowns — or even pancakes. Bring along this camp stove cooking set with tongs, a turner, a spoon and a tool rest to make sure you’re covered in the utensil department. Pack sticky but essential syrup in a squeeze bottle. And you’re good to go…camping!
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