As I write this post I’m really missing Algonquin Park. We just got back and everything’s washed and put away. The pictures have been posted and shared. The list of items to restock has been created. And we’re back to reality.
But I return with a great camping hack if you like to cook pancakes when you’re roughing it.
I used to freeze pancake batter in a large ziplock bag. I’d freeze it flat so that it saved space (by being easy to stack) in the cooler. Then one year, it became contaminated when the meatloaf leaked in the cooler. Caleb was pretty cranky that year because he’s the pancake monster, and nothing beats pancakes as far as he’s concerned!
So, I decided I needed to be smarter with storing the batter while still making it very easy to bring with us. Not bringing it was certainly not an option. Just ask Caleb!
We had just finished a pot of coffee one morning, shortly before our camping trip. I got an idea for reusing the carton. It was an easy-pour carton, and I washed it out.
I mixed up the batter and used a small funnel (it took some time, because we like thick pancakes, so the batter was pretty thick too). I poured it into the carton and put the cap on.
Then, I wrote “PANCAKES” on the upper edge of the carton. We buy this cream all the time and I didn’t want there to be any confusion when we opened the cooler looking for cream!
The great thing about freezing your food is that you’re not in as much of a rush to eat things before they go bad (although, it’s still smart to eat highly perishable items first, of course!). Plus, you want to make sure it’s thawed so you can pour it. And, let me tell you: it was a beautiful thing.
Watch the magic:
Isn’t that just awesome? No mess! No extra clean-up! Just pour and cook! Wipe the griddle when it’s cooled and cleanup is complete.
What do you think? I’d love to hear your feedback! Would you try this? Have you already tried this?