Camp Fire Recipes
One of the main pieces of equipment that campers pack is a portable stove or grill, especially with the lack of available kindle in most camping spots. Plus, cooking over an open camp fire can be extremely difficult for the novice camper. But, hey, what’s the fun in camping if you don’t take in the whole experience.
Here are some tips in cooking that perfect meal over the camp fire:
– First, if the campsite does not have a fire pit, you’ll need to dig a hole about 2 to 3 feet in diameter and around 8 to 10 inches deep. Hold on to the removed dirt in a pile so you can use it to put out the fire for safety when you’re finished.
– I recommend using the coals from a fire that’s settled down, a few inches of still burning coal, for the actual cooking. This will help to eliminate ashes in the baked beans, a common mistake with most campers. You can even build a side pit and move some coals over from the already hot fire. The coals allow for a more controllable cooking temperature. You can control the temperature by adding or removing coals, and lowering or raising the grill. For creating the premium coals, try using dense wood such as cedar, oak or other hard woods.
– A great method for keeping your cookware clean and not turning black is by adding quality aluminum foil. You can even make pre-made meals in aluminum foil themselves. A great recipe is the hobo dinner, which is ground beef, onions, carrots, potatoes and spices wrapped in foil. You can also avoid the pans altogether and use the foil to place meat and veggies inside. Just remember to not use too many coals; a little goes a long way.
– If you do decide to use cookware, take some powdered soap and water and make a paste. Apply the paste on the bottom and side of the pot, this will allow the soot and ash to stick to this versus the actual pot.
– If you’re still hesitant on chancing your few meals to camp fire cooking, you can always take along that portable grill. There are plenty of great portable grills on the market that use either charcoal or gas. This way you can keep your camp fire for heat and stories while having a separate area to cook your meals.
Always remember when you’re done with your camping experience to put out any fire entirely with dirt so that there are no remaining coals. Here’s to your next grilling and camping experience in the great outdoors.