Ten Winter Cooking Tips

You can enjoy the outdoors as much as you can in the winter as you can in the summer, as long as you are prepared for the winter weather. As well as having a good time, it is very important to stay warm and safe in the cold weather as well. Hydration and nutrition are even more important to keep your body healthy and energized in the cold. Here are 10 quick and easy tips to help:

1. Don’t let your water freeze. This can be done by keeping a bottle of water on your body or in your tent.

2. Don’t burn your snow. If you must melt snow for water, pour in some liquid water before trying to melt snow. This will help prevent the burning of the snow. Burnt snow water tastes nasty.

3. Bring insulated utensils, cups, and plates. Wooden spoons, plates and cups are great for winter cooking and eating. Most of the food you cook will feel extremely warm to your hands while winter camping so it is a good idea to insulate before grabbing.

4. Plan meals that are high in protein. Milk, Eggs, Steak and other meats are great fuel and taste great for winter camping dinner meals. Lunches may consist of nuts, trail mixes, and peanut butter and honey sandwiches.

5. Use lots of margarine for cooking. Vegetable oil fat in the body causes the body to release heat and energy more slowly.

6. Drink plenty of water. Dehydration causes your body to lose it’s heat producing ability.

7. Plan meals with fast cooking food. Obviously you won’t have a microwave, but planning meals that can cook fast will help you stay warm. The more time you stand around cooking, the cooler your body will get. If you plan on cooking hamburger or other meats, you may consider cooking them before you get there and just warming them up at your campsite.

8. Drink soup and hot drinks for warmth. Soups and hot drinks will not only bring your body core temperature up, but will also provide you with much needed liquids. If you are not a fan of hot chocolate, bring some jello and drink it hot. (Who knows maybe the jello will jell up during the night and you won’t have to get out of bed when nature calls.)

9. Never drink alcohol. Alcohol causes your blood to cool faster and messes with your head. You will need to be able to think clearly while winter camping. Thinking clearly could be the difference between life or death.

10. Use a cloth or tarp to stand on when cooking. The tarp or cloth will catch items you may drop. Snow is one of the best winter magicians. If you drop something in it, it disappears.

Information provided by the Backcountry Secrets Blog.

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5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by chiefmama on January 11, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    I never new that vegetable oil fat makes you release heat and energy slower! Good to know. And I wouldn’t have thought you could burn snow… Good post.


  2. Posted by Ryan on January 12, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    Great post! Ya I’ve burned snow before and it the water didn’t taste very good, but it was still drinkable. If you do melt snow, plan on using three times the fuel you would normally use though.


  3. Posted by Y3K on January 22, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Thanks for the great tips. One thing I’ve learned from hiking in the cold weather is always be overprepared. I would think that only a base layer and a coat would keep me warm enough, but I was wrong. It is easier to take off layers than it is to put on layers. So just play it safe and wear extra layers, and take off a jacket or thermals if you get too warm.

    Y3K is coming! Be prepared!


  4. Great tip Y3K! This is a great technique to learn – always be prepared, just like the Boy Scouts say. I always try to bring extra layers just in case.

    I’ve always known this rule, to not burn snow, but I’ve never actually burnt my snow before. I think I might just try this next time I go out, just for kicks.

    Thanks for the comments you guys!


  5. Interesting writing,, I will come back again soon.


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