Friday, April 26, 2013

How to Improve Your Campsite Part 2- Becky

Here is my cont. notes on improving your campsite. There are great ideas of they types of food to bring!

Think of what was in season for your location when you prepare your food! Here is MI's in season chart.
  • Make your food ahead of time and freeze it.
    • Soups, Stews, cooked chicken, roast ham, breads, muffins, cookies, etc.
  • Bring simple foods: Things you can eat hot or cold
    • Store bought precooked chicken-Rotisserie
    • Precooked fried chicken
  • Plan ahead: make a menu
    • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner- How many meals will you purchase at the event?
    • Pre-wash potatoes, carrots, other items to save time/ convince
    • Do you like to make a big breakfast, or is your family happy with muffins/ fruit?
    • Hard boiled eggs- make ahead
  • Drinks: No soda/pop
    • Problems
      • They do not quench your thirst
      • Attract ants & bugs
      • Have to dispose of or hide the empty containers
    • Solutions
      • Make swizzel concentrate
      • Juice concentrate in cans- made by Welsher's
      • Frozen lemonade concentrate in plastic containers
      • Iced Tea/ pappy's Sassafras tea
      • Powdered Gatorade
Switzel Receipt- make 4 quarts:
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup vinegar
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
4 quarts water
Mix the ingredients and chill

Barney's Switchel- makes 2 quarts:
1 cup sugar
7 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 tablespoon grated (or 1 teaspoon ground) ginger
1/4 cup lemon juice
8 cups of water, as cold as possible
Mix in large jar and shake well. Serve cold as possible and shake before pouring. I also slice a lemon thin and put it in for added flavor.

Shaker Switzel:
2 teaspoons honey
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
about 8 oz. water


  1. Those switchel recipes sound good! I tried some once made with molasses, but it was too strong and I didn't care for it. These sound good though, especially the Switzel Receipt!


    1. Yes! I'll be making my first batch for GFV.I'm the one who's bringing the drinks that event. I hope it works out!

  2. Thank you for the recipes, I hope to try them soon. But, I hope people do not get the idea that those are period correct serving vessels in the respective photographs.



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