Remember childhood? Then you remember cooking over the campfire. And, you also remember that everything tasted great and was made better by the fact that something got burned, dropped into the ash and was wiped off and eaten. Then, there is the smell of a campfire … soothing and comforting!
As summer is approaching, and camping a favorite summer pastime, it is time to think about campfire cooking. Of course, check out any area regulations before you light a match. And, don’t take the dead, down and dingy (the three D’s) wood from your camp site; the area is probably over picked anyway. On your way to your camp site stop at the camp store and purchase a pre-split stack for a reasonable price.
Most campgrounds have a fire pit; a metal ring with a grate on top, which makes preparing meals a fairly simplified process. Because campfire cooking allows you to use several implements (i.e. sticks, foil, a grill, dutch oven, brown bags or a fry pan) your task is to determine what you want for dinner.
But first, you need to build a campfire for cooking – follow these easy instructions. And, whatever you do, don’t leave your campfire unattended!
GOAL: Have all the wood turn into coals at the same time. This gives an even fire with no flames reaching up to burn food or blacken cookware.
Prepare the site
Lay the kindling
Build the fire; grade the coals
Time to cook
Now, you have your cook source prepared, and you are keeping an eye on it to ensure no danger. What are you going to prepare … how about some ideas tomorrow?
Outline and drawings borrowed from – http://eartheasy.com/play_campfire_cooking.htm.
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