Did you know that a cast iron griddle can be your secret weapon for creating easy camping meals? It should be included in your camp kitchen.
A cast iron griddle out-performs everything I have ever used for making killer pancakes and omelets.
We use Lodge and Griswold cast iron cookware. For creating amazing omelettes, the 10 inch Lodge cast iron griddle best. The shallow lip makes it lighter and easier to store than a full size frying pan.
3 Things To Look For When Buying A Cast Iron Griddle
- Made in the USA. Lodge and Griswold are the largest selling brands. Lodge import items like ceramic coated cast iron cookware from China. European brands are equally as good . I am partial to the good ole' USA.
- Make sure that it's really cast iron and not just a non-stick coated cast iron griddle. An enamel coated griddle is an another option and will do an amazing job at whatever you are grilling or cooking. For camping, I would go with a pure cast iron pan as it's easy to clean and you don't have to worry about damaging it.
- Long handle to make sure your fingers and hands do not get burned.
Where To Purchase Cast Iron Griddles and Skillets
My wife finds most of our cast iron frying pans at garage sales and thrift stores. Hunting for seasoned cast iron cookware is half the fun!
Amazon sells cheap discount cast iron skillets and ships items for free with Amazon Prime membership. Wally World (Walmart) sells them for cheap. If you loose one on the road, grab one and go.
How To Season A Cast Iron Griddle
It's a good idea to wash new cast iron cookware with warm water and a gentle soap. We use baking baking soda, castile soap, and warm water. Pat dry with a cloth towel.
My wife covers the cooking surface with coconut oil and bakes it at 325 degree F for an hour. A good vegetable shortening will work as well. You can even buy special cast iron griddle grease, but I really don't see the point as it's an extra expense.
Repeat the process again with shortening or coconut oil.
Remove from oven. Use a paper towel to wipe off excess oil and allow the pan to cool. Store in a cool, dry place, with newspapers below and on top of skillet to protect shelves and skillet.
However, if you don't have the time to season your cookware before your trip, you can purchase a Lodge Pro pre-seasoned griddle.
3 Amazing Meals Cast Iron Griddle Meals
T-bone Steak With Grilled Caramelized Onions
This summer while camping in Oregon, we arrived at our campsite as darkness was setting in. We grilled t-bone steaks on the griddle with onions and I cannot believe how great the steaks tastes. We grilled 4 steaks in less than 20 minutes.
Dice or chop 2 large onions and saute' them over medium heat with olive or coconut oil on the griddle until caramelized. Set these aside until the steaks are grilled.
When the onions are finished sauteing, place the t-bone steaks on the griddle and cook them until you are satisfied that they done.
Add salt and fresh ground pepper to taste. Serve with the caramelized onions.
Tomato Basil Omelets
Farm fresh eggs. We like cage free organic eggs.
Sun dried or fresh tomatoes.
Fresh onions, bell peppers, zucchini, etc.
Fresh basil leaves.
Salt & pepper.
The Frontier griddle is capable of making amazing omelets that you can take credit for making. There is no magical recipe. 2-3 large eggs will produce an omelet large enough fill you up.
Beat 2-3 eggs.
Chop up your favorite vegetables such onions, basil, bell peppers, zucchini, asparagus, etc. We like to grill and caramelized the onions ahead of time to make them extra tasty.
Heat up the griddle on your camping stove and set on low-medium heat. Pour the egg mixture on the griddle and wait until the bubbles pop before adding the vegetables and tomatoes.
After adding the vegetables, sprinkle your favorite grated cheese. Use a wood spatula to fold the omelet in half and cook an addition 2 minutes to melt the cheese. Slide the omelet on to your camping dinner plate and enjoy!
Juicy Cast Iron Skillet Grilled Burgers ("Bear Burgers")
If you want the juiciest and tastiest burgers on the planet, give the easy recipe a shot.
1 lb. grass fed beef hamburger.
1 large onion.
Salt & pepper.
Heat the caste iron griddle to medium heat. Dice the onion and mix with the burger. Form the mixture into 4 equal size patties.
Grill the patties on the griddle turning only once. I wait until the juices start showing through on the top.
If you are gluten free, serve the burgers over a bed of romaine lettuce topped with fresh tomatoes.
I like the burgers served with organic corn tortillas heated over the griddle with a little coconut oil. Burgers are always a hit with our family.
Benefits Of Cast Iron Cooking
A caste iron skillet is a multi-use pan for burgers, chicken, pizza, vegetables, pancakes and more.
Cast iron cookware is essentially "non-stick" and is easier to clean than teflon. You do not have to worry about the toxic effects of non-stick cookware that you will eventually eat as cast iron forms a carbonized non-stick surface.