When we are camping we take some food with us so that we can treat ourselves and most importantly we can have something when we are hungry. Moreover cooking in the wild is more fun and if it is easy to cook and it is too tasty and healthy then the joy becomes double. The egg is definitely one of them. So we should know how to pack eggs for camping.
As we can say one of the best breakfast meals is eggs, beans, and sausages, and all of these are cooked on an outdoor fire. With all of these if we get one cup of hot coffee then it is just wow. Actually, all of this sounds so much tempting.
Above all eggs make a very tasty breakfast meal option, especially when camping, not only for the taste but everything is more fun to cook over the campfire. So, before we start grabbing packing peanuts or going out to purchase some expensive egg protector that promises us that our egg could withstand a 30-foot drop off of a roof without even a scratch, let’s explore some inexpensive and practical methods of making sure that we will be able to have scrambled eggs in a pan instead of scrambled eggs in the bottom of our backpack.
Pack Eggs For Camping:
We’ll learn how to avoid opening our bags to find cracked or broken eggs. One of the best ways is to scramble eggs before packing eggs for camping and place them inside a resealable plastic bottle.
How To Keep Eggs Safe While Camping:
When we are taking eggs along with us while camping we must make sure that eggs are safe and are bacteria-free.So our prime goal is to protect the eggs from breaking while protecting ourselves from salmonella.
The eggs we bought from the store can last anywhere between 3-5 weeks in the fridge but once taken out and are at room temperature should be used within 1 to 2 days. Farm fresh eggs can be stored in a dry environment under relatively cool temperatures and these eggs can last over a month.
The issue of food safety arises when eggs are not refrigerated. When eggs start to develop sweat which is the perfect campground for bacteria to form and get inside the egg which has a porous shell.
This is the perfect way to end up in the emergency room with food poisoning. If we are camping far out in the woods miles away from a hospital it would be very difficult to get help quickly if someone falls ill because of improper storage of food.
Also, another thing to keep in mind is that salmonella does not have an odor or make the egg smell foul, which can also give a false sense of security. In fact, it’s typically not salmonella that makes eggs smell bad.
So we must make sure that our eggs are stored properly while camping. By doing this we will be able to eliminate the most important issue that could arise from bringing eggs to our campsite.
How To Pack Eggs While Camping:
While camping we can pack eggs in several ways to bring along with us. I am going to discuss some of them which are really helpful and easy to follow. Here they are.
- For this, all we need to do is grab a couple of empty water bottles that we were going to set out for recycling. After collecting these we should clean them properly and dry them after that we just have to break the eggs inside the bottle. The whites of the egg will keep the yolks intact unless there is some heavy shaking or agitation in the bottle. If there is heavy shaking on the route and the yolks break then we can use them for scrambled eggs or French toast.
- This is similar to the water bottle method but instead of storing in a water bottle we will scramble the eggs and pour them in a freezer storage bag and will freeze the egg mixture. This is good preparation for pre-planned trips. As the eggs are in freezer bags and they are frozen so they will keep cool longer. As a result, there will be no risk of spoiling. The flattened shape of the storage bag helps with maximizing the space needed for other food items.
- One more thing we can do is visit local supermarkets and purchase pre-scrambled eggs in a carton or in a bottle. As they are already manufactured to maintain freshness and come in reusable and easy-to-store packaging.
One thing we must remember is that we need to keep the eggs cold. This is the reason why I personally love frozen techniques because in this way eggs stay cold for longer. However, just transporting the eggs isn’t enough at all. We should always transport the eggs within a cooler because without them it can be risky to eat those eggs.
How To Prepare Scrambled Eggs For Camping:
Scrambled eggs are very useful for hikers. They make a great camp breakfast. They are easy, quick, and provide a substantial meal preparing for a busy day. But getting the eggs to camp is not always so easy.
We all know that Scouts aren’t always gentle when unloading gear at camp. Even if we pack them in sturdy containers and they don’t leak all over everything else, we still can end up with a mess of eggs and shells. To avoid these we can scramble the eggs.
Here are the tips. First of all, we have to take a small, clean drink container with a wide opening and a lid that works well. Then we have to add a little milk and some seasoning and cracked the eggs. After that, we have to shake it up to scramble the ingredients. Then we have to pack it in the cooler.
The next morning at camp, we have to heat up our skillet and pour our egg mixture in. We’ll have scrambled eggs ready in no time. This is an easy meal with very little mess.
Clean Up Everything:
We should clean up everything properly. Otherwise, we can get into trouble. The problem with bringing meat is that it could potentially attract wild animals. They would love nothing more than to rip a piece for themselves.
The same thing applies to eggshells. That’s why we should pack them in a way that doesn’t give away the scent.
Although biodegradable, the smell of eggshells is not pleasant and we wouldn’t want to leave them lying around if we want to stay away from bugs. So we should bury the eggshells. Anyway, It’s not polite for the people who’ll use the site after we leave the place.
How Long Do Eggs Last Camping?
The question which frequently comes to the hiker’s mind is how long they can preserve the eggs. So it basically depends on how we store the eggs or how we take them along with us while we are camping. If we put in the extra effort required to keep the eggs cool during our trip, then we don’t have to worry at all whether the eggs will be ok or not. We can easily store them for up to 6 months.
Can We Freeze Eggs For Camping?
Another question often comes to our mind is if we can freeze the eggs!eggsThe answer is yes! We definitely can freeze eggs for camping. For doing this first of all we have to place the eggs inside a zip-top bag. After that, we will have to close it properly and store it in the freezer. We should put the bag into our cooler once frozen, right before our drive off so that they will be ready the following morning of our trip.
Can We Pre Scramble Eggs For Camping?
Another question asked by the hikers is can they pre-scramble the eggs for camping! So here goes the answer.
Scrambled eggs are a favorite among the campers. Because it gives them a rustic feel. But, there’s always the concern of possibly breaking the eggs. So in order to avoid this, we can pre-scramble and place them into a resalable receptacle so they won’t spill or spoil on the way.
Here are some extra tips which one can follow to keep the eggs fresh for a long period of time.
- We should get unwashed eggs if possible, from a local farmer. Because unwashed eggs can last for several days when compared to the store-bought variety.
- We should use a waxy material like paraffin to coat our eggs and extend their lifespan. This technique helps to ward off bacteria that might try to make their way into the egg through the shell.
- The Egg Safety Center advises we must reconstitute our store-bought eggs with purified water when boating, backpacking or camping.
- scrambled eggs can be frozen ahead of time to increase their lifespan during hiking.
Well, these are the techniques that one can follow to pack the eggs and to carry while camping. Actually keeping eggs fresh is not that much difficult to do. It’s quite easy actually.
We must find a tightly sealable bag in which we can store our scrambled eggs and make sure to season them beforehand to cut preparation time in half. This is how we can get an instant meal that won’t take more than a few minutes to make.