Fun Camping Recipes for Kids
The Hobo Baggie Omelet – a fun and easy camping recipes for kids that they can make themselves, with just a little adult supervision.
Camping with kids is more fun for everyone when you let them be more involved in normal camp activities, and letting them make some of their own camp meals is a good start. Kids love to say, “I did it myself!”
Hobo Omelet in a Baggie
Imagine their surprise when you show them how they can cook an egg omelet in a plastic baggie.
Give them a variety of ingredients, and let them make it “their way.”
This is a very simple recipe that only uses a pot of boiling water, a pair of tongs, (or large serving spoon), and a ZipLoc freezer bag for cooking equipment.
The recipe ingredients can be as simple as just eggs and shredded cheese, or as extensive as a “Western” omelet with onions, green peppers, and sausage and ham.
The basic steps: (let each camper do it themselves)
- Use an ink pen or permanent marker to put camper’s name or initials on bag. (see Tip box below)
- Add eggs and desired ingredients. Seal bag.
- Squeeze and “mush-up” the baggie until all ingredients seem mixed together.
- Place baggie in boiling water, making sure no part of the baggie hangs over the edge of the pot. (plastic on bare metal might melt)
- Baggie omelet should be done after only ten minutes, (or so), just use tongs to lift out of the water and you can tell just by looking at it.
There is some controversy about plastic baggies and chemical release when you use them for cooking, but this controversy has not been validated, and even the companies that make the baggies only caution about the possibility of the baggies not standing-up to the temperature of boiling water. Many, many campers have used this method for many, many years, using the heavy-duty freezer-storage bags, without problems, but if this concerns you, you can always use Ziploc’s new Zip N’ Steam Cooking bags.
There is a demonstration video below, but these are the omelet recipe ingredients: (per camper)
- Eggs – 2 per camper. (3 for hearty appetites)
- Cheese – about 1/4 cup shredded cheddar.
- Salt & pepper – to taste.
- Crumbled bacon or bacon bits
- Crumbled sausage
- Diced ham or Canadian bacon
- Chopped onions
- Diced green peppers
- Diced tomatoes
The kids can add their own ingredients without worrying too much about exact quantities, (within reason). It won’t mess-up their omelet, and they get the pride of saying; “I did it myself.”
How to make a camping Hobo Omelet in a Baggie
Simple and easy – let the kids make their own Baggie Omelets.
The “Smancy-Fancy” Hobo Baggie Omelet
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Camping with kids requires some camping gear and accommodations that you might not normally consider if just camping with adults.
Here are a few items and resources that may prove helpful:
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Pie Irons for Campfire Cooking
If you go camping with kids, you should have at least one Pie Iron, (preferably one for each kid), in your camping cookware. They are versatile – you can make anything from grilled cheese sandwiches to instant fruit pies. And they are so safe and easy to use that you can let your young campers make their own fun camping recipes for kids.
Just pop in the ingredients, close, cook over the campfire, and out comes delicious sandwiches, or biscuit-dough fruit tarts, or dozens of other camp food choices.
Don’t laugh – think about it first, but a Boy Scout Handbook is one of the most helpful pieces of general camping gear you can have. It’s a great source for camping ideas, tips, and activities for your young campers.
It is handy and helpful for experienced outdoor campers, and is especially useful to new campers. A Boy Scout handbook contains easy to understand answers and how-to’s for almost any camping question. Plus, it contains plant and foliage identifications, campsite activity suggestions, survival tips, and detailed primary first aid instructions.
Boy Scout Handbook
Check out these great examples of camping gear items useful for camping with kids. Once you have these pieces of camp gear included in your list of camping equipment, you will wonder how you ever did without them. Especially when you see how inexpensive they are when you buy them online.
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