There is nothing like being outside, cooking over an open fire during the autumn season. Cooking outdoors is one of my favorite things to do. It’s not like cooking in a kitchen and can be really intimidating, but it does not have to be. Campfire cooking can be as easy, or as difficult, as you want to make it. In this post, we are going to focus on the easy side of campfire cooking. After all, going camping is about having some fun and getting some time to relax in nature without the hustle and bustle of the city to stress you out. So, whether you are cooking outside in your fire pit, or cooking for your family and friends during a campout, we hope these tips will help you plan the perfect meal.
Cooking with Tinfoil
Cooking over an open fire does not have to be hard, or scary. Some people freak out about having an open flame so close to them; I’ve seen friends think they were going to catch on fire trying to cook dinner. You don’t have to feel this way – campfire cooking can be really easy. One of the easiest methods that I use when camping is to cook as much as possible inside a tinfoil pouch. You can literally cook hundreds of different meals inside a tinfoil pouch. And talk about easy! Baked Potatoes might be the best and easiest things ever to cook in a fire. All you need to do is wash them first and then wrap them up in tinfoil. Your tinfoil sheets should be big enough that once you wrap your potatoes, you’ll have some extra foil to twist together and make handles. You’ll also want to use at least two layers of foil to keep your baked potatoes from burning. Next, all you do is just toss them into the fire. I let mine cook for about one hour and I turn the potatoes about once every 20 minutes to ensure the potatoes are cooked all the way through. Another good reason to use tinfoil for cooking is because you can make your meals early before you go on your trip. Some tin foil pouch meals can even be frozen ahead of time. These tips will save you a lot of time in prepping, cooking, and storing.
In continuing to talk about tinfoil cooking, nothing is better than the Hobo meal. You, your brother, husband, uncle, or friend might have spent some time in the Boy Scouts and during that time they likely ate many campfire hobo meals. These delicious meals are the epitome of tinfoil cooking. The variety of different hobo meals you can make is mind blowing. Just let your culinary imagination run wild. You can cook chicken, pork, beef or fish in tinfoil. Layer your veggies on both sides of the protein, add a little olive oil, wrap in lots of tinfoil and toss into the fire. Hobo meals can cook between 30 minutes to an hour depending on the meal you are making. Click here for some hobo meal inspiration.
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