How To Cook On Campfire
Learning how to cook on campfire takes preparation, but is not hard to do with the right tools. Camping is a relaxing and fun family activity. You do not need to lug around a campfire stove to make delicious food. With a few campfire cooking tips, you can make complete meals over hot coals or an open fire.
- Campfire cooking grate
- Fire safe cookware
- Aluminum foil
- Oven mitts
- Dig a campfire pit away from bushes, trees and other things which can catch on fire. The pit should be several inches deep. Save the dirt to fill in the hole before you leave. Surround the fire pit with large dry rocks or wet, green wood.
- Build the campfire. Allow it to burn down until you have hot coals with only small flames. Use a stick to arrange the hot white coals when the flames have died away. Arrange the hot coals so that they are higher in the back and lower towards the front. The closer the food is to the fire, the faster it will cook. Pots on the high end are cooked with high heat. Pots on the low end have a lower heat and the middle will be medium. Place the campfire cooking grate over the rocks or green wood so it is sturdy and level.
- Do not sit the pans directly on the coals. The lack of air circulating between the hot coals and the pan will snuff out the small flames. Place the pots over the campfire and cook as you would with a grill at home. Be sure to use oven mitts to protect your hands from the heat
- Wrap meat and vegetables in a double later of heavy aluminum foil. Place the foil packs on the grate. To cook on a campfire faster, place the packs directly on a small bed of coals at the side of the fire and place more coals on top. Allow the food to cook for fifteen to twenty minutes or until the meat is done and the vegetables are tender. The packets are an easy way to cook corn-on-the-cop and potatoes. Wrap individual servings of meat and vegetables in the foil and cook an entire meal. Eat it directly from the foil for a no mess meal.
- Try cooking items such as hot dogs or kebobs on long skewers. Roast over the fire until done. Keep like items on different skewers. Meats should be on one skewer and vegetables on another. Meat and vegetables have different cooking times and this allows every item to be cooked perfectly.