Reader Sal (love that name) wants to know what sort of camping I’m talking about here. Backpacking? Car camping? RV camping? That’s a fair question, Sal, as the equipment kit and larder capacity is different for each of them. I’m going to pick the middle road and say car camping, since that’s what Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts do, and it’s what I do with the family when I simply can’t resist their pleas any longer. We’ll assume everyone will have access to cooking gear and will have a cooler of the usual store-bought foods with them.
On which note I feel I have to ask why most camping trips are also junk food pig-outs? I’m not complaining mind you, I like it for the most part, but I’m always amazed at the degree to which the nature-loving indulge in the sort of eating they decry under normal circumstances. I know Mrs. Pastry does. She won’t touch, say, a box of Bisquick unless it’s under a starry sky by a camp fire. Clearly the reason is because foods that are full of preservatives (and I include very salty and/or sugary foods in that category) last longer and are generally safer when kept in a cooler for several days. I just make fun is all.
Here I’ll insert that I’m going to go the open fire route with the pastry this week at least. I’m going to have the brick oven going this Thursday and a Dutch oven won’t work in it. It’ll still leave me plenty to do!