Camp meal planning system

Step 1 Make a menu

Day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Fri
---------------- ---------------- green chili burros
Sat
Sausage, eggs, pancakes hot dogs, chips granola bars, fruit ham, mash potatoes, fry bread rolls
Sun
Ham, eggs biscuits & gravy cold cuts, chips granola bars, fruit Elk stew, dumplings
Mon
Bacon, eggs grits hamburgers, chips granola bars, fruit ---------------

Step 2 List ingredients and quantities

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

eggs 2 dozen hot dogs buns 1 pkg. of 8
Green chili burros
bacon 1 lb hamburgers buns 1 pkg. of 8
stew meat 2 lbs
sausage 1 lb cold cuts 2 packs
green chilies 1 can
ham from ham dinner chips 2 bags
green enchilada sauce 1 can
bisquick 1 box granola bars 2 boxes
flour tortillas 1 doz
grits 1 cup fruit variety bag
longhorn cheese 1 lb
milk 1 quart hot dogs 1 pkg. of 8
onion 1
syrup 1 bottle hamburgers 2 lb
salsa 1 bottle
  mustard 1 bottle
Ham, mash potatoes, veggies, rolls
  mayo 1 bottle ham 1 small
  ketchup 1 bottle potato buds 2 cups
  relish 1 bottle veggies 1 bag froz
  lettuce 1 head frozen pie 1 froz.
  tomato 4 frozen bread 1/2 bag
  onion 1
Elk stew and dumpling
  cheese for burro dinner stew meat (elk) 2 lbs
    potatoes 4
    carrots 10
    turnip 1
    pearl onions 1 bag
    frozen bread 1/2 bag

Step 3 Create lists

Take from home list

Basic shopping list

 
1 stick butter
syrup
mustard
relish
ketchup
mayo
6 potatoes
5 carrots
Bisquick canister
grits canister
2 lbs. stew meat (elk)
2 onion
salsa
ice
2 dozen eggs
1 lbs of bacon
1 lbs of sausage
1 quart milk
6 medium potatoes
2 lb hamburger
6 hamburger buns
8 hot dogs
8 hot dog buns
1 lb cold cuts
24 slices of cheese
1 loaf bread
2 bags chips
2 boxes granola bars
fruit
1 can green chilies
1 can green enchilada sauce
1 doz. flour tortillas
longhorn cheese
1 small ham
1 bag frozen veggies
1 frozen pie
1 bag frozen bread
1 turnip
1 bag pearl onions
1 doz. corn tortillas
lettuce
tomatoes
refreshments
crushed ice
chuck box

(This is a good place to check your chuck box and add anything you might be low on or need extra of, like salt and pepper, toilet paper or paper towels.)

This little three step process is easier than it looks. You just make a menu, which, in turn dictates a list of ingredients. Round up what you already have at home, especially things like mustard, mayo and butter. What’s left becomes your shopping list.

Some folks (and I’m one) tend toward collecting camping recipes on 3x5 cards. This way you just consult the card index, see what looks good, pull as many meals as you need, and voila! there is your list of ingredients all ready for you. A quick check to make sure quantities are appropriate for your group size, and you are on your way to the store.

Our check list gets us everything we need to cook with, but the meal plan gets us the food we need for a given trip. Thus, one needs to develop a good meal plan system. The further you venture from civilization, the more important this becomes.

Our free downloads has blank forms for this procedure.

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