Camping Bothwell-Style

Posted by: Bothwell Team

BBQs are sizzling, mosquitos are biting, and the smell of fresh cut grass is in the air. Yes, summer is in full swing! For many of us this means loading up the car or trailer and heading to our favourite camping spot. Camping is a lot of fun but takes a considerable amount of planning and prep work. The key to successful adventures this summer is to stay fueled and organized, so you can soak up every moment of the great outdoors.

To help you out, we’ve compiled some camping specific cooking tips, tools, recipes and safety info that will ensure you are a “happy camper”.

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TIP TOP COOKING TOOLS

Planning camping meals can be challenging, the tools you have to work with play a major role in execution.

1) Foil Friends: If you’re tenting and cooking mostly by the fire, tin foil will be one of your best friends. You can cook just about anything in a foil packet over an open flame (even pizza!). Try some fresh fish with herbs and lemon. We really love this recipe from Busy Mommy for Honey BBQ Bacon, Chicken and Sweet Potato Packets. Make sure to buy the heavy duty BBQ grade tin foil, those flames can get pretty hot!

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2) No oven, No Problem: For a more environmentally friendly cooking solution, it’s wise to invest in a Dutch Oven. There are a million recipes crafted specifically for these – here is a round-up of 35 recipes to get you started.

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3) Pie Time: Grilling racks and skewers are really handy too. But one of the best campfire tools has to be the pie iron! These are easy to use and the yummy possibilities are endless – see below for inspiration. These Woods Cast Iron Sandwich Toasters from Canadian Tire will do the trick and the hinged edges help keep the two sides stay together when you are opening and closing it.

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4) Everything in its Place: You may not have access a full kitchen while camping, but you can still make prep and clean-up a breeze with a kick-butt camping dream kitchen like this one from MEC. Some will call this “glamping”, we call it practical.

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GET YOUR CAMP COOK ON WITH EASY RECIPES!

Campfire Grilled Cheese: For a quick meal, go for an old fashioned grilled cheese in your pie iron. You can experiment with different bread, and add in your favourite flavour of Bothwell Cheese. We have been known to add fun condiments to our grilled cheese, like mustard. We are big fans of Manitoba’s locally produced Smak Dab mustard combined with our Medium Cheddar. Jam, pie filling and pizza topping are all amazing combos too. Experiment and find your favourite.

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S’mores: What would a camping trip be without some ewy, gooey, gimmie more, s’mores? Here’s a hot tip for getting around the mess that is marshmallows, graham crackers, and chocolate deliciously melted together. Make this favourite treat in your pie iron! Start with two slices of bread add in marshmallows, chocolate or Nutella (try not to eat the whole jar), maybe throw in some peanut butter for extra fun. And it’s ok, s’mores for lunch is totally acceptable when you are camping.

Also, Manitoba Harvest has put their own twist on this campfire must-make by crafting a dip-style s’mores recipe with Hemp Heart Bites, love it! Get the recipe.

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Here’s a short collection of some of our other fav camping recipes:

Mac n Cheese collage  Camping Mac & Cheese        Foil S’mores Cones          Chili Cheese Fries         Philly & Cheese in Foil

 

SAFETY ALERT!
Sitting around a campfire is relaxing, and extra fun when you are cooking. As always though, practice safe cooking. Especially when dealing with open flames. The Canadian Safety Council offers some good campfire safety tips on their website. Also, check your local fire levels regularly – these will usually be marked as you enter the campgrounds.

LAST, BUT NOT LEAST – RANDOM COMFORT TIP
After long days of outdoor adventures and gourmet campfire cooking, a good night’s rest is imperative. We think this tent bed from London Drugs looks like a fun place to re-energize!

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And check out this inflatable couch. These guys are blowing up everywhere, literally! They self-inflate and can be packed in a carry-a-long pouch. Genius! Put your legs up and relax – you won’t ever want to get up. Amazon.ca has a huge assortment available under various brand names. The original, called “Lamzak”, comes from a Dutch designer and now belongs to the Fatboy family of comfort furniture.

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CONTEST TIME!
Share your camping tips, tricks, secret locations and recipes below for your chance to win FREE Bothwell Cheese for you and your camping buddies! Comment below before midnight (CST) on August 10,  2016 for your chance to win. Contest only open to residents of Canada.

Happy Camping,
Bothwell Cheese Team

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  • Madison says:

    I love bothwell cheese! My great-grandfather was the first president of the company!

    • Bothwell_Team says:

      Thanks for sharing. Bothwell Cheese has a long history of cheese production in Manitoba and we are glad to connect with all the generations past and present.

  • Mandie Ritchot says:

    My favourite camping tip is what your first one is: tin foil is my bff. You don’t really need anything else, and you can throw the food directly onto the fire or in the coals.

  • Lily Tabb says:

    Bring lots of foil – you can cook everything in it!

  • Ben Graham says:

    Those pie irons make the best grilled cheese ever! So many possibilities….

  • Natasha says:

    prep or premake the first meal on the way out, pre-cook bacon, and ofcourse bring Bothwell cheese for snacks

  • Barb says:

    Use cookies with chocolate on one side for smores in place of graham wafers & chocolate.

  • Irene R Anderson says:

    I try to limit the amount of clothing I take but I always assume the weather will change. Arranging clothing to be be worn layered helps. Rain can quickly spoil your trip if you aren’t prepared. Easy to pack rainwear and rubber boots are a necessity in practically evert campgroung.

    • Bothwell_Team says:

      You’re right layering clothing is a great way to be prepared for all weather conditions. And, I love wearing my rubber boots rain or shine!

  • Wanda Woelke says:

    In your pie iron, spread marshmallow cream and nutella on your bread.

  • Lana Hood says:

    Campfire old style percolator coffee with toast over the coals is a delicious way to start your day when camping.

  • Carol M says:

    My camping tip is to do a dry run setting up a new tent before heading out. We didn’t do this and literally had half the campground helping us out. Incredibly a fellow who had the same tent finally came by and it got done. LOL

  • Richard Brooks says:

    Bothwell marble cheddar in our breakfast burritos, our favourite camping breakfast!

  • laurel jones says:

    love my cheese biscuits. Lots of great cheese mixed into biscuit dough. Can bake in dutch oven or even wrap around a stick and cook over the fire

  • Ali says:

    A brick of cheese… Some crackers… And a garlic oil… And a fishingrod… And you should be good 😉

  • Stephen Kozma says:

    My favourite camping recipe was from my dad’s Hungarian background. We’d all gather strong branches to roast marshmallows, but instead of marshmallows, my dad would skewer a slab of unsliced bacon and toast it over an open campfire, carving the toasted bacon with a paring knife and returning it over the fire. Repeating this motion until the bacon was gone! So good!

  • Amber says:

    I pre-make omelettes/ scrambled egg bags before a trip. Crack eggs, add your fave veggies and some Bothwell Shredded Cheese into a ziploc bag. You can even freeze them flat to use as ice blocks in your cooler if camping for a few days. Cook on a grill in cast iron pan or boiling in a pot of water. Gourmet meal!

  • Terri says:

    Cotton balls dipped in petroleum jelly make the best fire starters. We always bring a container of them pre made! Also, peanut butter spread on a saltine cracker and topped with a toasted marshmallow are even better than s’mores to me!

  • Sylvia says:

    tortilla wraps with new bothwell jalepino cheese shredded to melt fast for hungry campers delight. A dollop of sour de creme and guacamole on the side.

  • Allison says:

    I make my own pancake mix and store it in a large freezer bag. Add egg and milk for a quick breakfast.

  • John says:

    Wrap some good sized potatoes in foil and bake them over the fire or on a grill. While they’re cooking, cut your favourite Bothwell cheese (I like the Habanero with cracked black pepper) into 1-2 cm cubes. When the potatoes are done, cut off the top part of the skin and scoop out the flesh into a bowl. Mix in the cheese and your favourite spices and return the mixture into the skin. Wrap it up again in foil and cook over the fire for 5-10 minutes. I like cubing the cheese instead of shredding it because you get pockets of cheesy goodness in every bite.

  • Dianne G. says:

    Hobo Meals are fun and easy. Take a piece of heavy duty foil and spray with cooking spray, then layer in this order bacon, ground beef or chicken, shredded carrots, your favourite Bothwell Cheese, shredded potatoes, onion slices, and finally another layer of bacon. Wrap it up by rolling the foil ends to seal. Wrap in another layer of foil the same way and then cook on a grill or on hot coals on the fire until everything is cooked. You will know when it is done by the smell and the sizzle you hear. For dessert, take a banana, leave in the peel but slice it lengthwise and stuff in some chocolate and mini marshmallows. Wrap it in foil sprayed with cooking spray and heat over a grill until the chocolate and marshmallows are melted. Watch behind your back as you eat because bears love this too!

  • Mon says:

    Loved Adam Lake campground. We hiked in to a cabin. And drinking jello on cold nights. I know, weird, but hearty!

    Missing Manitoba! And your cheese! I’ll be swinging in to New Bothwell when I’m back next time!

  • Lorraine Wiebe says:

    I love the pie iron and love to eat grilled cheese so would really enjoy this. I truly love though having Bothwell Cheese is the best and I always bring crackers and cheese with me. A nice quick snack and so yummy.

  • Ali j says:

    I love bannock, so easy to make and tastes even better when roasted on a stick over the campfire. Easy to prep in advance, I just add all the ingredients (including some shredded cheese!) in a ziplock. When ready to use, just add water, mix, and wrap around roasting sticks. No dishes to clean up either!

  • Julie says:

    Tim S’Moretons – roast over open fire on a stick – 1 Timbit one marshmallow and another Timbit. Then squish together. It’s heaven!

  • Debbie Miller says:

    Do an all in one dish crumble farmer sausage cut up potatoes you could onions if you like them toss them in a little bit of margarine some salt and pepper and seasoning. Wrap in individual size portions and cook on the fire.

  • Frieda says:

    My favourite camping tip would be … Make reservations at the Holiday Inn, but always take along New Bothwell Cheese curds 😉

  • Jen W says:

    One thing that I’ve learned: if you want to take eggs on a hiking trip, crack them into freezer bags and label the amounts. You can scramble them in the bag or mix them into a pre-mixed dry ingredient bag to make pancakes or bannock and you don’t have the mess of eggshells, whether it’s what to do with them or finding broken ones in your packed food.

  • Tobi Ann says:

    We have a camper so we bring a sound machine to disguise the noises of nearby campers so the children can sleep.
    We premade potatoes for the BBQ in a tinfoil pan, covered, to save time preparing at camp.
    We have a stash of camping crafts and toys so we don’t need to pack those for every trip.
    We keep each family members clothes in a cloth bin to make access easier but keep them separated and organized.

  • Lori Willis says:

    Campfire toast with cheese. Best breakfast and night snack.

  • Bethann says:

    I always use a non stick cooking spray in the irons- makes for an easy clean up while camping. I love camping at the Pinery Provincial Park near Grand Bend Ontario. The Dunes area has large sites, near the water and lots to do or do nothing.

  • Kim Shepherd says:

    Love Bothwell cheese on our camping trips. We pick up new slices before camping and they were a hit! One tip we do when we go camping is we precook our bacon a lit in the oven at home.

  • jack kuypers says:

    For every out door person – we take Bothwell smoked Gouda and Manitoba smoked Goldeye along with Natural Bakery rye bread with a small glass of Crown Royal – ( all from Manitoba )

    THE BEST

  • My tip is to camp in your backyard as a family. It is a lot of fun and makes some great memories.

  • Catherine Gibbs says:

    My favorite place to camp is Spruce Woods 🙂 so beautiful with lots to do!

    My only camping tip is don’t use hand sanitizer to try and start a fire. It burns great for a few seconds and poof out 🙁 (what can I say, we were desperate at the time lol) now I always have a small pack of fire starter with me just in case 🙂

  • Kristin says:

    I always make S’more cones! I like to use either waffle or sugar cones, bananas, strawberries, chocolate, marshmallows, and sometimes peanut butter! Deliciousness!

  • Jeannie says:

    My best camping tip is to create a bit of light by wrapping a head light around a jug of water with the light facing the water. It’ll reflect the light out and it’s great for kids that are scared of the dark or likes to read before bed!

  • Raesha Enns says:

    Our favorite is pizza pie irons!! Dice your favorite pizza toppings. We do pepperoni, green pepper, onion, mushroom, pizza sauce and your favorite New Bothwell Cheese. Spoon mixture between 2 pieces of bread on your pie iron and you’re ready to go! Best pie iron recipe out there!! Our second favorite recipes for pie irons is breakfast! A raw egg on one side on the pie iron (no bread on egg side) one slice of bread on the other side. Your favorite toppings in the middle. We do bacon and our favorite New Bothwell Cheese. Yummmm!!

  • Elsa says:

    Nothing is better than wine and cheese by a campfire!

  • Janine McNabb says:

    Favorite camping spot is at Watertown. Our campsite was right beside the stream…soft rippling of the water…

  • Denise says:

    love Squeeky cheese for easy eating and throwing into my cheese grill.

    • Bothwell_Team says:

      The curds are great for grilling. Did you know you can buy fresh curds from our cheese shop in New Bothwell, MB? They are available on Mondays and Tuesdays after 1pm.

  • Melinda Jana says:

    make sure to bring hoodies/extra blankets because it can get much cooler later at night!

  • Monique L.S. says:

    I have not camped in years, so my tip would be to go with an experienced camper…they always have the best food.

  • Rosi says:

    Hmmm…love that gooey cheese melting in between toasted bread. My mouth is filled with water right now! have you tried melted cheese with chocolate spread….I have to stop talking now…hmmmm

  • Kristin says:

    My favorite thing to do camping was mentioned toast pies with a pie iron i love making apple pies and pizza over the fire. Who would think bread makes an awesome pie crust 🙂

  • Shelley N says:

    Bring clothing that will allow you to layer (like hoodies) since the difference in temperature between the day and night even in the summer can be very large. Pick food items that are easy to manage like cheese that is in slices, frozen burgers, salad kits, prewashed and cut veggies so that washing and prep requirements are kept to a minimum. wire coat hangers straightened out make great sticks for toasting marshmallows.

    • Bothwell_Team says:

      This is all very good advice. Watch for slice multi-packs at Costco across western Canada. One package, three different varieties: Cheddar, Mozzarella, and Red Hot Chili Pepper Jack.

  • Janice Cournoyer says:

    Campfire Mac and Cheese. I bring shredded bothwell cheese in a few varieties. I bring cooked elbow macaroni, mixed with a little olive, or canola oil . Bring some small aluminum pie plates of just old regular ones. Add veggies or anything else you want, mix together and cover with foil ,and put on the fire. Takes 5 minutes and it is delicious!!

    • Bothwell_Team says:

      That’s a great idea to cook the macaroni ahead of time. Easy to do and saves the trouble of boiling water at the campsite.

  • Joyce says:

    When we used to camp…I would prep as many simple meals as possible in the convience of my kitchen that way it left more time to with the kids enjoying nature. New Bothwell Cheese has always been a staple in our home, love the new flavours.

    • Bothwell_Team says:

      We totally agree! Preparation is key for a successful camping trip. We’re glad you are enjoying the new flavours!

  • Adrian Vanrassel says:

    Bothwell cheese curds are so yummy and it makes a delicious snack on its own. It would be nice if a potato chip or popcorn is made with Bothwell cheese. Love to add that I love the pie iron. It appears with the pie iron you can make just about anything in it.

  • Debbie B says:

    My tip is to make a checklist and keep it on your computer to print every time you go to make sure you have everything. Also a nice big rubbermaid type bucket to carry everything to keep it water tight in case of rain and your food safe from the wildlife.

  • Colleen says:

    Always bring an extra tarp when camping – rain happens. Also a few different cheeses and crackers for evening snacks.

  • Mandy says:

    My camping tip is when camping with little ones, camp close enough to go home at night. We all sleep better that way. ????

  • Christa says:

    I make breakfast burritos (egg, sausage, peppers and cheese), freeze them and then put them on the fire in the morning to heat then through.

  • Sharon says:

    When we went camping this July, we took the pie iron and made grilled cheese with salsa. Yum yum! Next time I want to try pie iron burritos, using tortillas, the pepper jack cheese, salsa, and maybe some refritos and guac too.

  • Janette says:

    Pie iron pizza pops are one of my favorite camping meals!

  • Kimberly says:

    Onion bacon bombs are the best!
    We stuff ours with lean beef and Bothwell cheese curds, wrap in bacon and then cook them in foil over the fire.
    Mmmmmmmmm
    Delicious!

  • Karissa Derksen says:

    My camping tip: just get out there and go camping!!! Try some of the beautiful spots Manitoba has to offer! Our favourite is Tulabi Falls.

  • Lindsay says:

    Havarti flambe! Melt Havarti in a pan over the campfire and add a bit of brandy. So delicious with bread. If you are careful you can keep your eyebrows too. We also love to bring out a fish rack works well for holding fresh caught fish, hamburgers and grilled cheese

  • Marilyn Chubey says:

    We love Bothwell cheese – we have shared it with family here and in the US,too. The best for potato and cheese perogies which are great to take when camping- just precook them , add fried onions in butter and warm up in foil.

  • Lou says:

    BOTHWELL CHEESE ….. Don’t leave home without it!

  • Brad Kinchen says:

    I really enjoy camping in the region around Red Lodge, Montana. I always make sure to have tin foil along.

  • Liane says:

    My favorite is making home made pizza pops in those cast iron pie makers! Sooo good!

  • Amanda says:

    Keep saved lists of everything you need to bring year after year. We tent, so everything that can be packed away stays in a rubbermaid bin. The purple bin has the dishes, and towels. The green bin has rope, lighter, and other stuff. These always stay packed away in the off season to make it easy to pack up when we are ready to go

  • Becki says:

    my favorite is bacon’n’eggers in the pie irons. Bacon on one side – bread on the other & an egg in between! Yumm!!!

    Another favorite is the traditional pie with a twist. Put your pie filling between 2 pieces of bread, but add some chocolate chips (or Nutella) and a marshmallow!!!! Pure HEAVEN!!!!

  • Bothwell Cheese says:

    The contest is now closed. Thanks to everyone who submitted their camping tips. We will be announcing the winner later today.

  • Bothwell_Team says:

    We have a winner! Congratulations Marilyn C.!