Friday, June 24, 2011
So, last night I went to my class. It was basically to learn different ways to cook outdoors.
Since the first thing a cook should do is, wash her hands, they had an outdoor "sink" set up.
Just fill up a large water container with water, put a bar of soap in a clean old sock or nylon and use a pan to catch the water. After all, you don't want water running through out your camp area.
Keep this near you in a bucket of water while you have a camp fire going and should anything catch on fire you will be ready to put it out. Plus, when you are finished with your fire, just sprinkle the water over fire or hot coals and it quickly goes out.
If you are building your fire to cook over, it's best to stack your wood in a square or "log cabin" style. This will allow the fire to burn more low and spread out. Therefore, making it easy to put a grill over the fire.
Or just use it to heat up your water to wash your dishes later.
By doing so, it will be easy to wash off the soot that builds up on them from the fire.
Just heat your coals up. Use one of these charcoal chimneys to get them ready much faster.
There are charts you can find either in your booklet that came with your dutch oven or on line that will tell you how many coals to use on the top and how many on the bottom. It will depend on how hot you wish to cook your dish as to how many you should use.
Just get a cardboard box and line it with a few layers of foil. Tape the foil to the outside to keep it attached. That's it! You now have an oven to bake whatever you want.
Place a cookie sheet or even a pie tin down first. You don't really have to do this but it will help to keep your oven clean and you can use it over and over again for many trips.
Put your hot coals down on the pan (or directly on the foil if you like). Use one coal for every 40 degrees you want to bake your item at. This means, if you are baking at 400 degrees then use 10 coals.
Then put four empty cans down. Place a rack (can use a baking cooling rack) on top of the cans. Place your cake, pie, bread or whatever you are baking down on the rack.
Put the top of your box on. Be sure you lined it with foil also.
Then bake your item for as long as the recipe says.
In order to build your fire and keep it going you may wish to use a fire starter. Sure you can buy them at the stores. But why? You can make your own for free.
Just use an empty egg carton. Make sure it's the paper kind and not the Styrofoam ones.
Fill the cups up with lint from your dryer. Finally a use for all that lint!!!
Break or cut the cups apart and light these on fire. They will burn great and get your fire off to a great start.
Easy and free. Now who doesn't like that?
Add a little butter to keep things from sticking. Season it with whatever spices you like. You can even top it with cheese.
Once everything is cooked through, pull off the heat, unwrap and enjoy.
This works great on a BBQ as well.
Using the coals allows them cook slower. Then will lightly brown outside but still be all melted inside.
What a great way to end your meal.
I hope you had fun seeing all the different ways you can cook outside. Now you can eat anything you like while camping. You are not limited to just a big fire any more.