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Cooking over a campfire has been around for centuries and over the years has been perfected. Families from all walks of life enjoy packing a cooler filled with hot dogs and steaks, then treking to the wilderness to enjoy them cooked over an open fire.
Even though the campfire of old has been replaced with the modern camp stove in many instances, there is still something very appealing about cooking over an open campfire.
No matter what method you choose for campfire cooking – over an open fire or camp stove, there are some basic essentials you will need. You will need pots, heavy duty aluminum foil, a grill rack and long-handled utensils such as tongs and spatula.
When cooking over a campfire, you can either use a grill rack over the fire or can cook in foil packets. One thing to keep in mind is to never cook over a high flame unless you enjoy your food burned. It’s best to wait until the flames have died down and cook with the hot coals.
A grill can then be placed over the hot coals or you can take the foil packets of food and place them directly in the coals.
A basic foil packet meal can include chicken breast with potatoes and onions. Cut a piece of heavy duty foil double the size of chicken. Place a pat of butter on the bottom of the foil, placing the chicken on top of the butter. Place slices of potato and onion on top of the chicken and then season with salt and pepper. Add a couple more pats of butter on top of the potatoes and onion.
Take two ends, bring them together over the food and then fold the ends over 2 times. Then take each end and fold over the foil at least two times to create a foil packet. Place the packet in the hot coals of the fire turniing over occasionally with tongs. Check the chicken after about 20 mins to see if it is cooked through. The chicken is done when the juice runs clear and the meat is no longer pink.
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A camping, cowboy, or chuckwagon Dutch oven has three legs, a wire bail handle, and a slightly concave, rimmed lid so that coals from the cooking fire can be placed on top as well as below. Dutch ovens are often used in Scouting outdoor activities. This provides more uniform internal heat and lets the inside act as an oven. These ovens are typically made of bare cast iron, although some are aluminum.
Interested in campfire cooking but not sure how to go about it? There are campfire cooking clinics held across the country where you can learn the techniques of cooking over a campfire.
If you want to learn dutch oven cooking Cee Dub at CeeDubs.com is the master of dutch oven cooking. He holds cooking clinics as well as makes appearances showing his techniques for dutch oven cooking.
Contact your local camping supply store or a campground near you to find out if they are holding any clinics.
Here is an easy campfire potatoes recipe:
4 T Butter or margarine
10 oz Cheddar cheese,sharp
Salt & pepper to taste
Grease a large square of heavy foil. Arrange sliced potatoes on foil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and cover with sliced onions. Add chunks of butter or margarine. Wrap and seal foil. Cook over hot coals on a grill or within the coals of your fire, turning occasionally until done (30 or 40 minutes depending on fire). Open foil and add thin-sliced cheddar strips. Cover again and grill for a couple of minutes, until cheddar melts.
Create a ring around this area with rocks, choosing rocks of a reasonable size to contain the fire.
Make sure to keep a shovel and if possible a bucket of water beside your fire at all times.
Gather pine needles, dry moss, small sticks and larger pieces of wood. Everything must be dry, with no green.
Starting with the pine needles, small twigs or dried moss and place in a pile. Light the tinder with a match, adding more tinder as need to keep the flame going. Start placing a couple of small sticks on the tinder until you build up a good fire. Once you’ve built up a good fire, you can begin to add the larger pieces of wood.
Make sure you put your fire completely out before retiring for the evening by completely soaking the campfire and ashes until it is cold to the touch. If you don’t have water then use dirt and stir the ashes with the dirt, again until it’s cold to the touch.
Before starting a fire, be sure to check and make sure the fire danger level is low and that it is ok to start a campfire in the area you are camping in.