How to Properly Cook in the Wild (With & Without Cooking Gears)

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Cooking in the wild is just a little different than cooking in the city.

From a survivalist standpoint, there are some basic guidelines you should follow to ensure that you can properly cook in the wild.

When you’re out in the wilderness, you want to be sure you’ve got the right tools and knowledge on hand to properly prepare your meals.

But this is not necessarily the case for everybody. In some situations, you may not have the opportunity to get your cooking equipment out and use it.

Worry not, In this guide You will learn how to prepare food in the wilderness with or without cooking gear.


Equipment You Need to Prepare

For basic preparation, you need a few basic things: A fire source, Cooking gear, and most important: food.

Fire Source

To properly prepare food, you’ll need a reliable source of heat to get your food cooked. There are many ways to do this, but here are the main options:


Build a Fire:

This can be done with very little gear, but it does require a little bit of skill and practice. If you’re new to building a fire, you can go read this guide about How to Make a Fire in the Wild.


Portable Stove/ Camp Stove:

One of the easy ways to cook in the wild is to use a stove.

Some stoves are made for outdoor or survival and bug out, they’re relatively lightweight, and you can cook with them in a variety of different ways.

They are usually easy to start(compare to making the fire with tinder and wood), keep in mind you need to bring enough fuel or even an adapter.


Cooking Gear/Cookware

To properly cook your food, you need a cooking pot or pan


Cooking Pot/Pan:

You’ll want to look for a cooking pot that has a lid, so you can easily cover the pot once your food is cooked.


BBQ stand/ Grill:

You’ll want to look for a BBQ stand/ Grill that is made for outdoor or survival and bug out.


Cooking Utensils:

Such as spoon, fork & chopstick, plate/dishes, knife, and cutting board.

Also Learn:
How to make a knife in the wild

Flat Rock:

You can find a flat rock to use as a cutting board or pan, make sure you wash it clean before use.



Now let talk about food, you can either get it from the wild or you can buy it from a store.


Food from the store:

Grains: wheat, rice, oats, corn, etc; Meat: pork, beef, lamb, chicken, duck, turkey, etc.; Vegetables & fruit.

Basically just the food you love to eat.


Food from the wild:

Getting food from the wild can be very tricky and less convenient than getting them from the supermarket because you need to be very careful with what you’re eating and how you’re cooking it.

So be sure to check before you eat anything.

You should also be aware of poisonous plants and animals, such as certain mushrooms and plants.


Wild plant:

Learn how to identify the wild plants that you can eat.

Naturally, they are not as tasty as the ones that you buy in the store.

Some are poisonous so you have to be very careful when gathering food.



Another way to get food is through hunting.

Keep in mind, some areas don’t allow it, so please obey the law,

And remember the hunting, firearm and trapping equipment safety.



Fishing is another way to catch fish for food. And it’s fun.

Learn how to use a rod or net to catch fish.

And lastly, you should make sure you clean the fish you catch.


Start Cooking in the Wild

Now that you know all about the equipment you need to start cooking in the wild, it’s time to learn how to actually prepare your meals in the wild.

Step 1: Start with a Fire

You can either make the fire out of the tender, Kindling, and wood from the wild or use the stove you prepare earlier.


STEP 2: Setup the Cookware



This is one of the easiest ways to cook food.  You’ll need a pot or pan.  the larger the surface area, the faster the food will cook.




Build a nature oven with rock and soil, you can watch the video below by Wild Grit to learn how she builds the oven and baked bread in the wild.


Pan Fry or Cook Food on the Rock:

Another great way to cook food in the wild is on a flat rock.




STEP 3: Prepare plates/dishes

If you have not prepared your plates and dishes,  you can either use a stick and natural resources like banana leaves or bamboo as a plate.


STEP 4: Enjoy

Enjoy your food while camping/lost in the wild.


STEP 5: Clean it Up

Be responsible, clean up the area after you finish eating, make sure the fire is put down properly.

Be civilization.



In conclusion, cooking in the wild is more challenging than cooking in your home. You’ll have to be more creative and adaptable to survive.

Absolutely do not be afraid of cooking in the wild. Because you can enjoy it just as much as we do. We hope you learned something new today.

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