If you find yourself in a survival situation or just interested in going primitive for a night or two, then you have to be prepared for cooking food and setting up meals. However, the challenge is that you have fewer to no choices when it comes to ingredients, cooking methods, and even tools!
Staying in the wild will require you to learn how to prepare your meals, look for plants and animals to eat, and how to make these food look as appealing as possible to feed your hunger at bay for a while!
We have gathered four recipes you can use when you’re cooking in the wild as well as some cooking tips you can follow to make the activity more convenient. For these meals, you’ll only need a few ingredients, simple pots, and a homemade stove!
Meat with Ramen Noodles
This recipe is perfect when you have some instant foods like packed ramen and canned goods with you for emergency situations. The ingredients for this food include:
- 1 pack of ramen mix
- Chopped or dried onions (optional)
- Cooking oil
- Chicken meat (fresh or canned)
- Canned peas or any vegetable (optional)
Cook the ramen noodles as said in the instructions of the package. If you have canned peas or veggies, cook them with the noodles. Then, saute the onion for a minute. But if yours are freeze-dried, you can skip this test. Otherwise, heat the chicken by boiling it. Stir the mixture and add the ramen and flavorings until it is nicely mixed.
If you’re in the wilderness and can’t find chicken, you may hunt for rabbits or other forest animal substitutes. You can also try fish for this recipe!
If you’re in an area with ponds and lakes where there are trouts, take advantage of it by catching some fish, of course! This recipe only needs very few ingredients like:
- Salt and pepper (optional)
- Lemon or lime (optional)
Upon catching a fish, make sure to keep it alive as this will maintain its tenderness. Otherwise, it is perishable within very short times. Remember to keep it away from direct sunlight too. If you have a cooler with you, place the fish in there.
If you’re in a hot location, the climate will remove the freshness of the fish, that is why it’s important to clean it and remove the insides to get rid of bacteria and impurities. Chop off the fish’s head ad then clean the guts and intestines. After that, wash the inside and outside with water and wipe with a clean tissue or paper towel.
Once it is ready, season it with salt and pepper, lemon or lime, and whatever ingredient you have which can make it tastier. Lastly, put some cuts from a stick of butter or sprinkle some cooking oil if you have one. Cover the fish in aluminum foil and let it cook for at least 10 minutes. Remember that overcooked fish dulls the taste and makes the flesh harder.
Wild Turkey Breast
This recipe is not ideal for emergency situations because of the many ingredients required. Despite the tricky method, it’s definitely yummy and perfect for camping dinners! Here are the ingredients you’ll be needing:
- Cooking oil
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 2-3 cups of wild mint (optional)
- Salt and pepper
- 15 ml of wild berry vinegar
- 1 wild turkey breast, deboned
To marinade, add the garlic, mint, and vinegar to the oil. Soak the turkey breast at a cool temperature for 24 hours and remember not to dry it! Wrap it in an aluminum foil and make sure the ends are folded well. Cook until ready. You can serve it hot or cold with dandelion leaves, cranberry sauce, and corn on the cob.
Baked Dove with Bacon
Have you been seeing lots of doves in your area? For this recipe, you’ll be required to hunt for 6 doves, debone them, and prepare the other ingredients, namely:
- 6 bacon slices
- Salt and pepper
Cooking this scrumptious meal is a breeze! First, you need to wrap a bacon slice around each deboned dove breast and place them in a shallow baking dish. Add salt and pepper to taste. Then, cover and cook at 350 degrees for 1 to 1 ½ hour.
Tips for Cooking in the Wild
There are so many other recipes you can try when you’re planning to cook in the wild, and that depends on the available animals you can hunt for in your area and some plants you can forage for! Here are some cooking basics you should know.
- If you don’t have a pot with you, the easiest way to cook is by cooking meat on a stick. When using this method, always turn the meat for even cooking. It works for deer, chicken, turkey, and even fish! Just make sure to choose woods that do not give off unpleasant taste because of their toxic properties.
- The on-a-spit method is also recommended! Originally used for whole pigs, this concept now works for any animal you can kill, skin, and clean. To set up, use a sturdy wet branch to shank through the meat from end to end. Remember not to use a dry branch as this will burn and your meal will drop to the fire. Prop both ends of the skewer up on forked support so that the food’s suspended over the flames. Now rotate the spit to evenly cook your feast.
- You can also try to dehydrate your food by sun-drying or letting it slowly bake over a heat source like a campfire until crisp.
- Try wrapping your meats in leaves before placing them on coals. It is ideal for fast-cooking animals like fish, but not for poultry and game.
- To make an oven with heat control, build a small chamber with stones that is big enough for your meal. Give it three walls and a roof with one side open. Stack woods all around it and start the fire. The heat from the fire will warm the stones and the inside will get hot for cooking. You can control the temperature by adding or removing logs to your fire.
Be a Wild Chef!
Who would have thought you can make tasty meals under primitive conditions? Whether you’re trying to survive in a post-apocalypse, lost in the woods, poor with an empty pantry, in an emergency situation, or just going on an adventure, these recipes and cooking tips will definitely be helpful for you!
Remember that cooking in the wild also requires hunting, fishing, and foraging skills, and even the ability to set up a homemade stove. We hope you learned a thing two from us as you start channeling your inner wild chef!