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  • Camping tips for campfire cooking

    So you’ve decided to go camping. You’ve packed your hiking boots, some good maps of hiking trails, a collection of ghost stories to tell around the campfire, and a big bag of marshmallows. But what about your meals? Sandwiches will keep you going for a day or two, but once you get tired of bread slices with something between them and the occasional snacks, what are you going to do?

    Well, that campfire is good for more than telling stories and making marshmallows. Here are some camping tips for campfire cooking and have a great outdoor adventure!

    Building a campfire

    Campfires need to be clean-burning and hot, otherwise your food will end up being scorched instead of cooked through. In order to have a good fire, you need dry wood, so there’s not sense in cutting off branches of trees (and it’s not environmentally friendly either). Look for fallen branches, but maybe it’s not a bad idea to bring your own firewood. Some camping sites sell wood for campfires, so ask the camp administration.

    Try to build your fire on rocks, and if that’s not possible, then do it on bare mineral ground. If you can find a fire-pit that’s been used before, then all the better. Don’t build your fire too close to tents, wind might cause sparks to fly and you don’t want to end up sleeping in a tent with burnt patches!

    Equipment

    A grill is one of the essential components to a campfire cooking session, especially if you don’t have any pots with you. You can grill almost anything – just like you would when you’re at home. If you brought cookware, you can put it on top of the grill – it will heat up in no time at all! Don’t feel like you’re limited to grilling hot dogs or heating up cans of baked beans, try something different instead.

    How about a closed calzone pizza? Here are some recipes for campfire grub that might even taste better than regular food cooked on a stove. A skillet and a small cauldron can help you cook up come wonderful meals. If it’s cold outside and you’d rather sit in front of the fire rather than make something complicated, throw a stew together and warm yourself you with a warm bowl of food.

    Cooking tips

    There are tons of recipes you can find, but if you don’t feel like lugging with you any cooking equipment, just grab a roll of tinfoil and some veggies.

    Wrap some potatoes in tinfoil and leave them for a while in the embers – you’ll get a tasty treat without any effort at all! Last but not least, keep the fire small, and have some water ready for when you need to extinguish it.

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    sam wrote on April 10, 2011:

    I love camp out food. I like to us a tripod stand for stews.

    Dalene wrote on September 14, 2011:

    The hardest part of campfire cooking is probably getting the temperature of your fire just right… otherwise everyone ends up eating rubbery bubble eggs and ‘rare-on-the-inside incinerated-on-the-outside’ meat.

    I compiled a couple of my favourite camping breakfast ideas. Thought I’d share the love!

    http://www.overlandingafrica.com/blog/health/best-camping-breakfast-ideas

    Joe Oliver wrote on April 10, 2012:

    In regards to the camp fire I always bring a bundle of firewood with me. I can go to my local Maverick Gas station and buy a bundle for a few bucks. You never know what a site is going to be like when you get there. It is always good to be prepared with dry wood just in case.

    Good tips. Thanks for posting.

     
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