Backcountry Cooking: Thanksgiving Feast

Description: Tired of always eating the same old camp food? Leaving the comforts of home this holiday but not wanting to leave the comfort food? In this hands-on field seminar, REI Outdoor School instructors will teach you how to build a safe, efficient camp kitchen, design a menu, and prepare nutritious, tasty Thanksgiving feast that will delight your campers and elevate your wilderness experiences! Learn about proper food handling and sanitation techniques and tips on preparing and storing your food to minimize cleanup. We will discuss what stove and fuel types are best for your needs, then we will prepare and cook a Thanksgiving meal on a variety of stoves. We'll be sampling ultra-convenient freeze-dried meals, along with some of our staff's favorite camp recipes from a mix of dried and fresh ingredients that are sure to please. All stoves, kitchen materials, and food ingredients provided (with options for both vegetarians and meat eaters).

Skills you'll learn:

  • Strategies for healthy, light weight, and easy to prepare meals
  • Learn proper use of camp stoves
  • Practice hands-on cooking during class
  • Applicable skills suitable for backpackers and car campers alike

Check out the gear list.

Required Legal Form:
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  • Class Details
  • Gear List

Backcountry Cooking: Thanksgiving Feast Gear List

Gear to bring to class:


  • Mug


  • Camp Chair - Bring a chair that can fit in your pack or is easy to carry.

Gear provided by REI:

  • Plate/Bowl
  • Utensils - A good choice is the REI Campware Utensil Set
  • Cookset
  • Backpacking Stove
  • Food - Camping food.