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Meals Around the Campfire
Roughing it anywhere in the woods is one of the most basic enjoyments in life.
But...be prepared. Plan ahead for meals and take a simple, doable supply of campfire cooking recipes. Fishing excursions around lakes in the forests make for an excellent source of ready food supply. Know-how and a willingness to get back to basics results in campfire fare that are memorable and pleasant. Preparing the campfire properly is the first step to successful campfire meals from breakfast through dinner. Above-ground campfire can prove tricky for cooking unless a cast iron grid is part of the take-along gear. Consider that an in-ground fire pit may prove less of a problem and will retain flavor of any menus.
Avoid bringing foods along that have a short shelf life. Rely upon foods like "catch-it-yourself" fish, corn on the cob, hot dogs, hamburgers or dried beef that can be put into a dutch oven along with carrots, celery and onion for a great pot of hot stew that's easy on the stomach. Add a dash and salt and pepper to taste and the meal fairly makes itself. Remember that in-ground fire pit? Dig a small 12 inch by 12 inch diameter pit in the ground. See these sites for details:
Line evenly with rocks the size of a small child's head. Add kindling and small bits of wood and allow the fire to heat the rocks until glowing. This works on beach sand as well as regular soil. Once the rocks are heated place the dutch oven over the rocks. Corn on the cob roasts as beautifully as biscuits bake with this method. Fish is easily poached in a small fry pan within minutes. Good video: https://youtu.be/0O3Bj8JFcTc
For campfires above ground, try to keep hot coals as level as possible. Campfire cooking recipes don't have to be bland. Prepare beforehand baked beans with a dash of molasses, chopped onion and a spritz of mustard. Reheat over the campfire to serve. Even vegetables can be a treat when properly blanched in Italian salad dressing, stored in foil and lightly cooked over the campfire. Depending on how hot the campfire is maintained, will determine length of cooking time for recipes. Too hot a fire cooks foods too fast. Too cool and partially cooked food is the result. Using cast iron cooking gear balances heat and cooking time and is great for campfire cooking recipes. Pack the cooking gear and enjoy fire cooking at its best.
Breakfast meals don't necessarily mean eggs and bacon cooked over an open fire. For a real treat, use quick cooking oatmeal, a dash of cinnamon and when ready to prepare, add chopped apples and mix with apple juice. Cook over campfire, stirring until well cooked. Campfire cooking recipes include desserts. Nothing is tastier than apples baked over a campfire. Pour a little maple syrup over when apples are cooked through. Marshmallows, raisins and nuts add to desserts or breakfast cereals and are packed easily with other campfire fare when they are pre-mixed and stored in a plastic bag.