How To Take Eggs Camping? 7 Ways To Keep Eggs Safe While Camping.
I love the smell of bacon and eggs cooking in the morning. Especially when camping, but there is one problem. How to take eggs camping so they don’t break?
I remember many years ago camping, taking eggs camping was an issue.
You had to pack the whole car first and then put the eggs in last. So nothing would sit on top of them and squash them. Of course we would then think of something we forget, then grab that item and throw it in the back of the car, nearly squashing the eggs.
Here are a few ways to keep eggs safe while camping. As well as some camping breakfast ideas, or lunch and snack options with eggs.
You can buy plastic camping egg carriers that will protect your eggs and are designed for camping.
Like a Coghlan’s Egg Holder Case, or a Coleman Egg Carrier. Some will hold, four eggs, six, or a dozen eggs.
You can buy these on Amazon, camping shops and outdoor stores.
Leave them in the card board egg container and put them in a cooler box or chiller.
Some people place an elastic band around the container so it doesn’t open up and the eggs fall out.
You can also cut the container in half if you only want to take six eggs.
Be careful that the cooler box isn’t full of water and the cardboard container doesn’t get soggy. Place the egg container on a wire rack. With other items around it, so it doesn’t roll around in the cooler.
Or if you don’t use a wire rack in the cooler, place the egg container up high on other food, so it doesn’t sit in the thawed out water.
Camping tip. – To help keep the cooler box cold, an idea from Camping Tips article, is to put plastic drinking water bottles in the freezer before you go camping. You then put these frozen bottles in the cooler box to use for ice. Not only will it keep the food cold in the cooler box, but also double up as cold drinking water. The bottles last longer than crushed bags of ice as well.
To protect the eggs more when traveling, I have heard of some campers using kitchen sponges to give the eggs more protection.
In this camping hack, you cut holes in the sponges, where the egg carton dividers are. (The bit on the cartoon that sticks up.) Two sponges are used and then placed on top of the eggs in the egg container. The egg container lid shut and an elastic band is put around the container to hold the lid shut.
Leave them in the card board egg container and put that in a plastic Tupperware container.
The Tupperware plastic container, then goes into the cooler box with ice.
This will give the eggs more protection and prevents the container from contacting the soggy water on the bottom of the cooler box.
Pre scramble the eggs. Another way to transport the eggs when camping is, to pre scramble them first.
Crack the eggs, put them in a sealed container and shake. A Nalgene bottle, or an empty peanut butter jar can do the trick.
This is a great way to store them, ready for you to cook scrambled eggs when camping.
Store the container in a wine cooler bag, or cooler box with ice. Depending on the temperature, the eggs can be refrigerated for a couple of days.
Hard boil the eggs before you go camping.
Once they are hard boiled, place them in the cooler box for travelling to your favorite camping site.
Hard boiled eggs are great by themselves as a snack. Which is a perfect protein shot and filling.
Or you can scoop the egg out of the shell and mix them in a salad.
Or place them in a pita bread, with some cold toppings like salami, or ham.
My favorite way (Apart from bacon and eggs.) is too mash them up with a touch of curry powder. Put the egg with a bit of lettuce, and you have a very tasty curried egg and lettuce sandwich.
Another way to take eggs camping is to freeze them.
Crack the eggs and mix them into a container. Whisk them up, so the egg yolk and whites are mixed together.
Pour them into a snap lock bags and freeze them before you go camping.
Some people don’t like the texture as much for frozen eggs, but it is a convenient way.
It is recommended not to freeze the whole egg in their shells.
Powdered eggs. I know it is not exactly the same, but you don’t need to refrigerate them.
Powdered eggs are a great way to easily add them to recipes and meals.
Add them to Ramen noodles, cooking breads, pancakes, or French toast, etc. The sky’s the limit for powdered eggs when camping.
Liquid eggs from the grocery store, are another way to use the eggs for camping.
(Sold in a fruit juice like carton, like Egg Beaters, French Toast Batter and Egg whites.) These liquid eggs have been pasteurized, but still have to be refrigerated.
I haven’t used these before, so I can’t say how they taste. However most people say they taste the same.
Ideas for camping meals with eggs.
Below are some simple ideas for camping recipes with the versatile egg.
How do you make scrambled eggs camping? Easy, step by step.
- Crack open the eggs and mix them up together.
- Pour them into a skillet. (Or fry pan.) The skillet shouldn’t be too hot.
- Cook on a low heat while stirring.
- Cook until fluffy.
- Serve on toast and enjoy.
To make the scrambled eggs even tastier, some extra ingredients you might add are: pepper, a dash of milk, chili flakes, curry powder, butter, garlic salt, mixed herbs or cinnamon.
(For the bushcraft and survival way, cook the eggs on a shovel, or a flat rock. A minimalist way with no dishes.)
How do you make an omelet when camping?
Do the exact steps for scrambled eggs. But add other ingredients when cooking the eggs, like: Cheese diced up, tomatoes, pepper / capsicum in the skillet with the eggs for a tasty omelet.
You can serve the omelet by itself, or on toast.
Other ingredients you might put in the egg omelet are: chopped onions, mushrooms, chives, and spinach, avocado, ham or bacon pieces. Yummy!
Pita bread sandwich.
Put the omelet in a pita bread, or flat bread. You know have tasty meal.
Soak some bread in the eggs for around 10 seconds or so. Cook in a skillet, for some camping French toast. (I just soak the bread and whisked eggs in the pan together. It saves on extra dishes.)
Bacon strips go well with it!
The bread egg ring.
You can also make a hole in the center of the bread. Tear a bit of bread out, place the egg in the center of the bread and cook them.
How long do eggs last camping? Food safety.
Remember to keep the eggs chilled, depending on how they were stored and prepared for a start.
Keeping the eggs refrigerated, slows the growth of bacteria. But when camping we normally don’t have that luxury. (Unless you have a generator or a portable electric fridge cooler that you can plug into the car.)
So when camping, we have to mindful the cooler box with ice isn’t going to be as controlled of temperature, or as cool as the refrigerator.
Eggs can last, in their shell at room temperature, from a couple of hours, to one to three weeks. This will depend on how hot or cold it is. Also, if they have been refrigerated first and washed.
In the US, eggs are recommended to be refrigerated all the time because the eggs are washed. In some other countries like Europe the eggs aren’t washed and the hens are vaccinated.
In a hot area, or left in the warm car, the egg might only be safe to eat for a very short time. If in doubt throw them out, just to be safe.
Hard boiled eggs can be preserved around up to 7 days in the refrigerator. However when camping, again keep them chilled.
Tip – When shopping, check the eggs aren’t cracked for a start.
Conclusion – How to take eggs camping.
Eggs are a tasty ingredient to add to dishes, or a meal by themselves.
We hope you enjoyed the article and use the tips for transporting and using eggs for camping. Without worrying if they survive the trip.
Enjoy the outdoors… and the bacon and eggs.