Keeping Your Camping Veggies Fresh And Fabulous (recipes too!)

Some camping food is shelf-stable which makes planning, storing and preparing your meals really easy. But, what if you want to enjoy some perishable foods out in the wilderness too? When camping veggies are part of your meal plan, you need to know how to keep food fresh while camping.

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How Do You Eat Vegetables While Camping?

It is easiest to bring canned or frozen vegetables to the campsite … but … if you want fresh veggies, you have a bit of work to do. Follow these tips for keeping your camping veggies fresh and fabulous!

Pack Under-Ripe Produce

Buy produce that is slightly under-ripe if you are eating it later in your trip. The goal is to give it time to ripen so it is at its prime when you are planning to eat it.

Use Most Delicate First

Plan your camping menu so you are eating the most delicate vegetables first. Leafy green vegetables will not last as long as carrots and potatoes.

How To Keep Food Fresh While Camping

Using good camping food storage techniques is important for all of your food … but it is critical to extend the life of fresh veggies and fruit.

Here are some tips to help you maintain fresh food in the wilderness.

  • Keep your food items out of direct sunlight.
  • Use air-tight food containers UNLESS the particular food requires breathable packaging.
  • Store fresh fruits and veggies to extend their freshness (more about that in a second).
  • Know how to keep food cold while camping so you keep refrigerated food at a safe temperature.
  • Know how to pack a cooler properly.
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9 Tips To Make Your Produce Last Longer

Camping Food Storage Tip: Think about your grocery store’s produce department.

If you pick up an item from a refrigerated case (lettuce, cucumbers, cherries, berries etc.) … you need to keep it cold on your camping trip.

On the contrary, if you pick up an item from a non-refrigerated case (potatoes, tomatoes, apples etc.) … you need to keep it at room temperature on your camping trip.

Tip 1. Keep room temperature produce in a cool area that is dry and well-ventilated.

Tip 2. Fruits and vegetables break down faster when they are stored in sealed bags.

DON’T store room temperature produce in plastic bags or in airtight containers.

DO store it in wire baskets, paper bags with air holes or breathable produce bags because they are able to absorb moisture and circulate air.

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Tip 3. Don’t store sensitive fruits and veggies in a super-cold part of your RV refrigerator or cooler … it can wilt or even freeze … don’t ask me how I know that. LOL

Tip 4. On the flip side, don’t store sensitive fruits and veggies around hot surfaces like stoves and campfires.

Also, don’t store it on counters and tables in direct sunlight.

Tip 5. Mold needs moisture, so wash your produce when you are ready to eat it.

If you want to pre-wash your fruits and veggies at home, make sure you thoroughly dry them before packing.

Tip 6. Separate and layer leafy greens with paper towels to absorb moisture, prevent wilting and premature decay.

Tip 7. Choose longer shelf life varieties of veggies. For example, green bell peppers tend to stay fresher longer than red, orange and yellow varieties. Kale, spinach, cabbage and iceberg lettuce last longer than romaine, arugula or spring mixes. This is why I use spinach instead of regular lettuce in my BLT camping wraps.

Tip 8. Don’t purchase bruised produce.

Tip 9. Ethylene accelerates the ripening process of produce. Store ethylene-producing produce separately from ethylene-sensitive produce.

  • Ethylene-PRODUCING Produce
    • apple
    • apricot
    • avocado
    • banana
    • blueberries
    • cantaloupe
    • celery
    • figs
    • grapes
    • green onion
    • honeydew melon
    • kiwi
    • mango
    • nectarine
    • passion fruit
    • peach
    • pear
    • plumb
    • potato
    • tomato
  • Ethylene-SENSITIVE Produce
    • asparagus
    • blackberries
    • broccoli
    • brussels sprouts
    • cabbage
    • carrots
    • cauliflower
    • chard
    • cucumbers
    • eggplant
    • garlic
    • green beans
    • kale
    • leeks
    • lettuce
    • onion
    • peas
    • peppers
    • raspberries
    • spinach
    • squash
    • strawberries
    • sweet potatoes
    • watermelon

How Do You Eat Healthy When Camping?

You can add lots of fresh fruits and vegetables to your camping menu for healthy well-rounded meals.

Recipes For Camping Veggies

Raw Veggie Wraps Recipe

These vegan wraps are healthy, satisfying & flavor-packed, plus, they’re full of vitamins and nutrients. The are so pretty with a rainbow of colors that come from fresh raw vegetables and they have amazing texture too.

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Raw Veggie Wraps Recipe by CampingForFoodies

Refrigerator Cucumber Salad

No cooking is required for this salad that’s perfect for summer trips. Combine English cucumbers, red onion, bell pepper and garlic then let the combo marry with a simple homemade dressing with fresh dill for at least 6 hours. YUM!

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Refrigerator Cucumber Salad by CampingForFoodies

We have tons of ideas for yummy camping side dishes that use lots of different types of vegetables.

Avocado Spinach Salad With Grilled Shrimp

This salad is fresh and fabulous! The combination of grilled shrimp, ruby red grapefruit, oranges and avocados tossed in lemon juice are magical over leafy green fresh spinach loaded with vitamins!

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Get more ideas for delicious camping salads!

Campfire Corn On The Cob

When sweet corn is in season, you can’t go wrong with making an entire meal of it. You can grill corn on the cob right in the husks, add a little butter and salt for the perfect summertime food kids and adults love.

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Check out all of our easy campfire recipes!

Campfire Veggie Packets

The awesome thing about cooking in aluminum foil packets is the no-mess cleanup! You can put just about any vegetables in pouches with a drizzle of olive oil or butter and seal the packet to cook over hot coals or even a propane grill. I like to add a few cloves of garlic, salt and pepper for maximum flavor. You’ll get tons of fiber and nutrients by bulking up on your veggies.

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Chicken And Veggie Camping Kabobs

Grilled kabobs are a great way to combine veggies with a protein. This recipe uses boneless chicken breasts, onion, yellow bell pepper, fresh mushrooms and cherry tomatoes that are marinated in bottled Italian salad dressing then served over rice. The nice thing about kabobs is the ability to swap out different vegetables. Don’t like mushrooms? No problem, use zucchini instead.

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Try some new camping dinner ideas on your next trip!

Pesto Steak Pasta

This simple one pot dinner combines can be cooked in a cast iron skillet or Dutch oven. Dried farfalle pasta is cooked in beef broth and combined with steak, prepared pesto sauce, garlic, grape tomatoes and Parmesan cheese for an amazing meal ready in about 30 minutes.

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We have amazingly tasty one pot camping meals you need to try!

Dutch Oven Latin Campfire Chicken

This yummy dinner is packed with fiber and protein from the boneless skinless chicken breasts, sweet potato and black beans. It’s a fantastic dinner for car camping vacations when cold storage space is limited.

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Love using this classic camp kitchen equipment? Try all of our Dutch oven camping recipes!

Carrot Cake Oatmeal

Who puts veggies in their oatmeal for breakfast? I do! This recipe uses shredded carrots, raisins and spices for the base. The “cream cheese frosting” is made with honey and yogurt then topped with walnuts and coconut! It sure is better than a bag of trail mix to start your day. Try it on your next camping trip!

Carrot Cake Oatmeal Camping Recipe by CampingForFoodies

Get new and exciting sweet and savory camping breakfast ideas!

If you want to avoid meat entirely, you can make these yummy vegetarian camping recipes.

What Food Do You Bring On A Camping Trip?

Taking a variety of fruits and veggies is a great idea to eat as stand-alone healthy food options. You can also make fresh fruit recipes for summer making salads out of that produce.

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Non-Perishable Camping Food Storage

Eating the most delicate food toward the beginning of your trip will make it easy to enjoy fresh food without the worry of trying to make it last longer than is possible when you are camping in less-than-ideal conditions.

Then, plan for camping food recipes using no refrigeration ingredients toward the end of your trip.

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FREE Printable Meal Planner

Use my camping menu planner to stay organized when planning meals for your next trip. It’s FREE and you’ll get it delivered instantly to your inbox!

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Veggies might be your main dish or a side dish, here are some awesome recipes you should try on your next trip.

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