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The Minimum Outdoor Camping Gear You Need

March 21st, 2014 by ironcooker


 Outdoor camping requires good cooking gear

by: Rudy Silva

Summer camp is coming soon. Outdoor camping requires good cooking gear. Camping gear like tents, bags and or foods are basic. You should also bring waterproof storm jackets. You should use the summer for more camping activities. Read this article to get more camping ideas.

If you are planning to have an outdoor adventure, you need to be prepared with your outdoor camping gear. It is not necessary to bring everything from your kitchen and bedroom to have a comfortable condition. All you need to have is the survival gear.

Depending on your adventure, you can have hiking gear and camping and hunting gear. For all outdoor adventures, you will need the essentials including footwear, clothing, backpacks, camping tents, campground cooking tools and accessories.

camping tentsMost outdoor foot wear is camping boots and trekking and hiking shoes. For serious hikers and campers, REI has high-end products for backpacking boots. You can also check out the hiking shoes of The Walking Company for good options, if you are an enthusiast of urban treks. Most shoes of The Walking Company ensure comfort.

Clothes are very important outdoor camping gear, because it can be cold at night when you are on highlands like mountain tops or hill tops. Be sure to bring with you a waterproof storm jacket. Check out Patagonia, Moosejaw and Backcountry.

Eastern mountain sports make quality backpack. Their products include daypacks, hydration packs and multi-day packs. Backpacks need to be durable because they hold and keep valuables. Camping tents provide shelter and protection for you when you are outdoors.

You will be shielded against the scorching heat of the sun, the pouring rain, and the rushing wind. Tents keep you guarded from pests like mosquitoes, noseeums and flies. They also protect your valuables like camp gear.

Outdoor camping gear would not be complete without your cooking tools. Whether you love cooking, preparing raw foods or opening canned goods, you will need to use fire. In most camp sites, a separate ground for cooking is prepared.cast iron skillets

Be sure to bring a bag of charcoal, spatula, propane stove, few pots, skillet and you will never be hungry. You can bring meat for steaks, hot dogs, hamburgers and sandwiches. Among the camping accessories that you will need are the sleeping bags, compass and maps. You can also bring GPS.

Compass and maps are particularly important for people who visit a site for the first time or when there is no tour guide to provide directions. GPS devices are among the outdoor camping gear that is a product of technology innovation to make camping more convenient.

Sleeping bags and pads will not make you miss your bed at home. You will not have to sleep on hard ground as you can use cushions. You can choose inflatable pads or closed-cell pads. You will place your sleeping bag on top of the pads.

If you are new to camping or hiking, you should choose summer as the ideal season for you. If such is the case, you will not need an expensive sleeping bag for your outdoor camping gear. A lightweight rectangular sleeping bag will be comfortable for you.

If it is too warm, sleeping on top of it with a sheet or blanket is recommended. Of course, you need to bring pillow and blankets for a good night sleep. Hiking or camping is more enjoyable when you have complete outdoor camping gear.



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Iron Cooker Updates – April 7 Newsletter

April 7th, 2011 by ironcooker

Welcome to our newsletter

Iron CookerTo all of our readers that did not hear the latest news from Facebook.
One reason why is because they did not make it public.
Have you noticed that you are only seeing updates in your newsfeed from t……he same people lately?
Have you also noticed that when you post things like status messages, photos and links,
the same circle of people are commenting and everyone else seems to be ignoring you?
Don’t worry, everyone still loves you and nobody has intentionally blocked you.
The problem is that a large chunk of your friend/fan list can’t see anything you post and here’s why:
The “New Facebook” has a newsfeed setting that by default is automatically set to show ONLY posts from
people who you’ve recently interacted with or interacted the most with
(which would be limited to the couple of weeks just before people started switching to the new profile).
So in other words, for both business and personal pages, unless your friends/fans commented on one of your posts
within those few weeks or vice versa – you are now invisible to them and they are invisible to you!!
HERE’S THE FIX: On the homepage click the “Most Recent” title on the right of the Newsfeed,
then click on the drop down arrow beside it and select “Edit Options”, click on “Show Posts From”
and change the setting to “All Of Your Friends and Pages” (you can also access the “Edit Options”
link at the very bottom of the facebook homepage on the right) Note:
Business pages do not have a newsfeed however page owners should adjust the settings on their personal accounts.
The good news is: now you can now view all of your friends and fans again.
The bad news is: YOU ARE STILL INVISIBLE to a large portion of your list.
You must get the word out to ALL of your friends and fans by inviting them to this event or creating one of your own
so they can read the post and adjust their settings. To invite your friends:
Click on “Attending” at the top and then you will see an option to invite your friends at the top left.
It’s public so everyone who logs onto facebook can view it and even the friends who can’t see your posts WILL see the event invitation.
You can also tweet about it, create a blog post or send out an email to your subscribers in hopes of reaching them all.
Great news,  Our Camping cookware is back in season !
We are loading  new cast iron dutch ovens, skillets & accesories for campers.
Last week we have added Camp Chef product line to our store, with outdoor stoves & BBQ grills.Camp Chef Grill
These are not your local store brand,  they cost more but they are great grills at a deal for our customers,
We are selling quite a few coffee grinders & juicers, Thank all of you for your orders on these this week.
The truck is up to the door & we are unloading some of those nice looking three burner grills as I am
sending this off to you.  You must know Chef iron Cooker has one of his own to show off !
With camping season here now some of you are looking for a new tent,  some want a second one for
your kids to share. What ever the reason it is a good excuse to go looking.  I have been doing just that
for the past few weeks & I have found a great sourse for tents & camping suppplies at a great prices.
Check them out before your next camping adventure.
We are all looking for new recipes & I am doing just that almost every day, i found a great site for this too,
You might want to check out this Camping Recipe – Hopi Indian Fry Bread will looking through their many other great articles.
While we are talking about recipes I will end now with our recipe this week for you.
Camp Dutch Oven Cakes
BLUEBERRY FANTASY CAKE Sift together flour, baking soda and salt. In large mixing bowl, beat butter,
vanilla and butter flavor until soft. Gradually mix in 1½ cups sugar until light. Beat in egg yolks 1 at a time.
Alternately mix in flour and buttermilk starting and ending with flour. Stir in coconut. In separate bowl,
beat egg whites and cream of tartar until soft peaks form. Gradually mix in the remaining ½ cup sugar &
continue beating until stiff but not dry. Gently fold egg whites into batter one half at a time.
the bottom and sides of a 12” Dutch oven. Pour batter into Dutch oven and spread evenly to sides.
Bake using 8-10 coals on bottom and 14-16 coals on top until lightly golden and top springs back when touched,
about 60 minutes. For best results rotate oven and lid 90 degrees in opposite directions every 15 minutes while baking.
Allow cake to cool in pan for 15 minutes. Invert cake onto a cooling rack and finish cooling. Cut cake in half horizontally.
Separate halves. Frosting: In chilled bowl, whip the cream. Mix in powdered sugar and vanilla. Chill for 5 minutes.
Set 1 cake layer on a plate cut side up. Spread on blueberry pie filling. Top with second cake layer, cut side down.
Frost top and sides with whip cream frosting. Garnish with fresh blueberries and white chocolate curls. Serves: 12-15.
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon butter flavor
2 cups sugar
5 egg yolks (reserve whites)
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup flaked coconut
½ teaspoon cream of tartar
1 12-ounce can blueberry pie filling
cups cold whipping cream
cup powdered sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Iron Cooker

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Outdoor Hiking – Snowshoeing

January 8th, 2011 by ironcooker

Snowshoeing in January

Snowshoeing TracksThere are a lot of fun things to do in the winter & one of the most fun and less expensive activities is snowshoeing.
There are many great places to go with many great adventures in the outdoors that you never see in the summertime. The sun coming over iced covered trees in the morning. a rabbit jumping out and bouncing in the snow ahead.  You can go at your own pace and only as far as you are comfortable.
The state of New york has many areas to snowshoe and because of it’s location, there is always snow in our Capital Region.
Naturaly there is going to be a learning curve to any new activity, but get out there and enjoy yourself.
There are even moonlit tours in many areas with guides for kids.snowshoeing rest stop
One detailed outfitter we have come across for information on places to stay, things to do, & just general outdoor fun is set up for people with experience in this area & for the new also.  A lot of fun for everyone.
If your snowshoeing adventure takes you out over night you will want to invest in camping equiptment.  A good tent will make all the difference in the world.
So get out there and have fun this winter.

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Family Camping – Winter Camping Adventures

December 26th, 2010 by ironcooker

Taking camping to a new adventure

We all have done camping in the summer when its warm outside, with the sun shining high in the sky or the rain coming down upon us.
Tent for our winter camping adventure
We know how to pack and what to bring for most any condition in the summer,
but have you considered going out on those long trails & pitching a tent in the winter ?

If you’re into adventure try  camping in winter by tent
for an adventure  you wont forget.

There is so much we don’t see in the summer on our trips to the woods.
But on our winter camping adventures into the wilderness we find animals in a different environments.
Birds looking for food in different places, deer & other animals staying together for warmthRabbits on our winter camping adventures

Many winter camping adventures have taken me to places
that would never be seen the same way in the summer, with snow covered landscapes, Ice covered rivers &
a different piece of nature that you would never imagine could change so much with the season changing.

you will want to research different things you want to take to stay warm.  Lightweight but warm clothes.  A good sleeping bag.  And for goodness sakes don’t forget the camera.

Make sure you choose a good tent & one that is made for these winter camping adventures.  There are many good resources for this. One article I like tells about the
investments of different types of camping tents.

If you do decide to go out in the winter, the best advice I have is watch the weather forecast, pack warm & read up on the things you may encounter in your area first.

In my opinion its one of the nicest quietest time of year. where you can actually hear and see
what the animals in nature are doing to survive.  We can learn a lot from them if we listen and watch.

Be prepared for the worst things & enjoy the outdoors.

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Family Camping – KOA Campgrounds

August 22nd, 2010 by ironcooker

Camping at the KOA campground and resorts

KOA Campground store and pool

KOA Campground Pool & Store

KOA campgrounds have many trendy discount stores like old navy, tj maxx, target, famous footwear, costco,  and many others. One KOA campground is the heart of tourist country, within walking distance of 40 restaurants and the Atlantic coast. Many KOA Campgrounds around the country place themselves in an environment like this for the convenient resources to the campers. Some have trout ponds that are kept stocked in the spring , summer and fall with delicious trout that you can pay a small fee and catch , cook , and enjoy. All through out the great smoky mountains you will find some really great campgrounds that you & your family are sure to enjoy. You may want to consider getting the children a tent of their own.

Cabins At KOA Campgrounds

Cabins At KOA Campgrounds

KOA Campgrounds are a great place to take the family & has been something we always look for when traveling across the states. They are always clean and have a lot of interesting and fun things to do.

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Family Camping – Camping Tents

June 13th, 2010 by ironcooker

A camping tent is one of the most important investments you can make for your outdoor adventures.

Family  Camping TentThere are several options available, in all shapes and sizes. Things to consider when choosing your tent are the number of people
using the tent, in what seasons the tent will be primarily used and the amount of equipment you will have in your tent.
Always try to get a tent that is rated one to two person larger that you think you will need. You will be
glad you did. The correct size tent is a must have item for bringing family harmony back to the family.

Camping tents are usually made of some sort of weatherproof fabric that two camping tentsis held in place by pounding stakes in the ground or by tying
it to adjacent trees or other items of support.

IF this is your first time purchasing a tent, you might wish to visit yard sales or resale shops for used tents that can be purchased at lower
rates. Camping tents can be very expensive, so before investing heavily, it’s a good idea to start small and experiment. Try camping close to home for a night
or two and see if the outdoor experience is the right fit for you.

I am a camper and have tried many different styles.  from one man tent to the  big family tents.  its something that everyone should experience.

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The Minimum Outdoor Camping Gear You Need

Friday March 21st, 2014 in Family Camping | 2 Comments »

Iron Cooker Updates – April 7 Newsletter

Thursday April 7th, 2011 in Iron Cooker Updates | 9 Comments »

Outdoor Hiking – Snowshoeing

Saturday January 8th, 2011 in Outdoor Hiking | 11 Comments »

Family Camping – Winter Camping Adventures

Sunday December 26th, 2010 in Family Camping | 7 Comments »

Family Camping – KOA Campgrounds

Sunday August 22nd, 2010 in Family Camping | 33 Comments »

Family Camping – Camping Tents

Sunday June 13th, 2010 in Family Camping | 47 Comments »

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