Top tips when you're out and about
Camp fire cooking tips
Cooking on a campfire is very different to cooking on the stove at home. The easiest way to cook outdoors is on a grill placed over the fire using rocks to hold it in place. If you are the more adventurous type, use these 5 tried-and-true ways of cooking food on your next camping trip.
You will need an egg and an orange. Cut the orange in half, carefully carve out the fruit segments from both sides. Be careful not to pierce or cut through the peel. Next, crack an egg into each of the two halves of the orange and carefully place them on the bed of loose coals at the edge of the fire. Whisk in some cheese and you’ve got mini omelets!
Tin foil dinner
This cooking method has been tried and tested by thousands of Scouts, Guides, and Brownies all over the world. It is simple to cook and makes for a nice change of pace. It’s a whole meal rolled into one dish!
Ingredients: Green vegetables, potatoes, cubed meat, herbs and spices, oil, and water.
Method: Lay out a large double layer of aluminum foil and combine evenly diced vegetables and potatoes with your meat. Season with a dash of herbs or spices and add a little oil and water (to help steam cook the food inside). Carefully roll the edges up tight so that nothing can get out, then place the whole package directly on the coals. The smaller you cut the food, the quicker it will cook through.
These are simple and quick to make and can be enjoyed either as a sweet or savory snack.
Method: Mix flour, water, and a pinch of salt together to form a thick dough. For sweet twists, just add dark and golden raisins and some cinnamon. If you prefer savory, try adding some grated hard cheese.
Cooking: Roll the dough into a snake and twist it around a long thick green stick (with bark removed). Prop the stick over the glowing embers of your campfire, turning the twists occasionally so they cook evenly until they turn a nice golden brown. A favorite of scouts the world over!
Instant Hot Dogs
If you love hotdogs but don’t have a grill, then this is for you! Lay sliced onion on cabbage leaves, add a hot dog and then top with more onions. Wrap the cabbage leaf tightly and seal the edges with some small green sticks to keep it closed. Place the packet in the fire embers for about 7-10 minutes, turning occasionally.
Cooking with wild leaves
For an authentic natural taste, try wrapping your meat, cheese, or freshly caught fish in wild leaves. For example, wrapping raw food in Cattails (Typha, readily found in marshes, swamps, and ditches all over Europe and North America) will produce a fresh earthy taste.
The best method is to wrap your food in the leaves, overlap the leaves around the raw food, and tie some wet twine around the leaves to hold it together. Carefully place the packets of food over the warm embers of your fire and wait for your food to cook.
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