Herbs and spices

Herbs and spices to take on a camping trip

Herbs and spices
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The sad thing about camp cooking is that so often, people don't think about taking seasoning when they go camping. While it is true that food almost always tastes better in camp than it does at home, having the right seasoning can result in something stupendous and that the campers will remember for a long time. Yet, the seasoning takes little space, weighs next to nothing and requires no special handling to keep it in good condition.

It should be noted immediately that catsup, mayonnaise, prepared mustard and relish are not seasonings and aren't included here. These are condiments. They can also have their worth and can make a meal better, but they are not seasonings, which is being focused on.

Seasonings are most often dried or powdered herbs and spices. Even this isn't an absolute. Anise and garlic found growing wild, for instance, can be great seasonings, even green. However, if you know they are growing where you are going camping, you don't need to take the dried equivalent, necessarily.

Salt and ground black pepper are seasonings most people will probably think of bringing when they go camping. They are great seasonings to take, but they are also one of the seasonings that are the most likely to be remembered anyway. Both can add to the wonderful flavor of the camp meal. Still, these are far from the only great herbs or seasonings to take.

People can ask themselves what seasonings they commonly use at home. Each is useful in camp. For instance, garlic and onion powder gives a lot of flavor, yet they are easy to include. Since the powder doesn't include salt, they are nearly ideal.

There are also those things that would be packed specifically for the members of the camping party, what was planned for meals and what the purpose of the camping trip is. If you are going out and plan on catching fish for example, having some dill weed would be a good idea, as this goes well with fish. Lemon juice would also be great, but again, this would be a condiment rather than a seasoning.

Likewise, if you are going to make hot cocoa, some nutmeg or Cinnamon isn't a bad choice, because they both enhance the taste of the cocoa. 

If you like spicy foods, take the powdered chili peppers. If you love chicken and plan on having it, some rubbed sage is great. Basil and oregano are great for sauces, soups and stews.

Common seasonings that can be taken on a camping trip include basil, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, black pepper, thyme, dill, parsley, sage and mint. A camping spice box can be small and it will usually weighs only a couple pounds or less, most of that from the plastic of the spice box itself.

The importance of seasoning is often ignored. Seasoned campers (no pun intended) soon find that it is better to go out with a wider variety of seasonings than you will use, than to go out and simply wish you'd brought them. A seasoning box is usually lightweight, takes up little room and the herbs and spices greatly enhance the food in camp.

Many campers even have a small seasoning camp box specifically for their camp seasonings and separate from the seasonings they actually use at home, making it less likely to forget a spice or herb and quite easy to pack for the trip. Additionally, there are companies that make seasoning boxes specifically for camping.

The best seasonings to take when you camp still rest on what seasonings the campers like to use at home.

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