Whether you are trying to switch up your camping diet or ditch the dirty dishes, primitive cooking an egg might be up your alley.
Granola, oatmeal, and donuts seem standard cuisine at most campsites. If you are looking to spice up the morning menu and add some solid natural protein to your diet, you might consider eggs for your next camping trip.
Watch this primitive cooking demonstration by legendary Ray Mears describing how to cook an egg in your campfire.
Primitive cooking = very easy. A few things to consider though when taking eggs into the backcountry are how to keep them preserved and how to keep them whole.
How long your eggs will last without refrigeration depends on where you get them from. Consensus says that if your eggs are bought from the store and have been refrigerated they should stay out of the fridge no longer than two hours. That means if you want to take your store bought eggs in the backcountry you have to find a way to keep them cool. A small cooler and some ice should do the trick.
However, if you buy farm fresh eggs that have never been refrigerated you can keep them at room temperature for at least a full week according to Medical Daily. In America, we would find the practice of leaving eggs out as almost shocking, but in Britain, many people follow this practice with no side effects.
In a camping situation you are best to go with farm fresh eggs that have never been refrigerated and you won’t have to worry about keeping them cool. Now with one half of the problem solved, you need to figure out how to keep your eggs from cracking.
Several websites offer portable plastic egg containers that should solve your problem. One piece of advice is to wrap each egg individually in a paper towel to protect them while traveling. The paper towel will also help catch any mess if an egg does happen to crack on the trail.
Hopefully after watching this tutorial from Ray Mears you’ll be able to ditch the ho ho’s and instant oatmeal for a meal or two on your next camping trip for some primitive cooking. I’m sure you will get full approval from the dish washer as well!