Cooking on a Campfire – Make a Campfire Oven – Smoking Meat and More Camping Tips and Tricks.
Picnic Recipes–Camping Cooking Recipes
Family Camping Tips and Tricks
1 large cardboard box with at least 5
sides (solid top)
Heavy duty Reynolds aluminum foil
About 4 wire coat hangers
With sharp knife or razor, cut around 3 sides of solid top so it will lift up as a lid. Cover all sides on inside (top included) with 3 layers of foil, shiny side up. Secure with staples. Straighten wire coat hangers. Poke through box on both sides to form rack a little above halfway to the lid. Bend both sides of hanger down on outside of box to form a hook. Repeat with other 3 hangers with equal distance between them. To Use: Start charcoal fire. Put single layer of hot coals in 9″x13″ metal pan. Set box on top of coals, open side down. Make sure lid is closed. Now you are ready to bake. When baking, make sure you check every 5 minutes or so. This oven has tendency to bake faster than regular oven. Inexpensive thermostats may be used to gauge oven temperature.
Family Camping Tip:DISH WASHING IN THE OUTDOORS
Hot soapy water
Warm rinse water
Sterilizing (1 tsp. bleach per gallon
After washed and sterilized put them in a dunk bag and hang them up to dry. If no dunk bags a, the dishes can be placed off the ground so that they can dry.
Family Camping Tip:HOW TO MAKE A DUNK BAG
Netting, mashing (like an onion bag)
or terry cloth dish towels
Strong string or yarn
A dunk bag is an individual net or mesh bag that is used as a “knapsack” for eating utensils. Dunk bags are simple to make. Take netting or dish towels and sew them together with the string or yarn. It is called a dunk bag because after the dishes are washed, they can be placed in the dunk bag and dipped into the sterilizing solution. Then the bag with dishes inside can hang on the clothesline to dry.
Newspaper or magazines
2 squares of oil cloth or plastic
Strong thread or rag yarn
A sit upon is a chair on the ground. A garbage bag and newspapers will do well, but why not make one that can tie around the waist? Put cushion of paper or magazine between 2 squares of plastic. With an over cast stitch, sew all sides. Tie a piece of cord to each top corner to tie around the waist. Alternate Stuffing: pine needles.
Family Camping Tip:REGGIE MACK’S HAPPY-TRAIL DOG BISCUITS
1 1/2 c. plain flour
1 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
1 c. rye flour
1 c. old-fashioned oats
1 c. cornmeal
1/4 c. liver powder (available at
health food stores)
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 lg. egg
1/2 c. vegetable oil
1 3/4 c. beef broth
Place rack in upper third of oven; heat to 300 degrees. Line cookie sheet with foil. In large bowl, mix flours, oats, cornmeal, liver powder, salt and garlic powder. Add egg, oil and broth. Mix with a wooden spoon to make a soft dough. Dough should be soft but firm enough to roll out. If dough is too moist, add a little more flour; if too dry, add a little more broth or water. On floured surface, roll out dough to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut in 3 1/2 inch dog-bone biscuit shapes with floured cutter or your favorite pattern. Place 1 inch apart on prepared cookie sheet. Prick a line of dots down centers, halfway through. Bake 2 hours. Turn off oven and let biscuits stand in oven overnight to dry out and harden. Children like these too.
HOW TO SMOKE IN BAR-B-Q GRILL
Take a Bar-b-q grill. Pour charcoal in a ring around the outside of the pit. Do not connect the ring, leave a space so it is like a “C”. Light the beginning of the ring. When it is white, you can start cooking. The fire will continue to spread so you will have heat for several hours. Continue to move the meat so it is never directly over the fire.
HOW TO TAKE WILD TASTE OUT OF DUCK OR GOOSE
After you have cleaned the duck, soak meat in milk for about 4 hours in refrigerator or, if frozen, throw in milk until thawed. Wash the meat well and cook the way you like it.
CHARCOAL FIRE STARTER
Cardboard egg carton
Place a charcoal briquette in each compartment of the egg carton. Pour melted paraffin to soak charcoal and carton. Allow to harden. Tear off compartments as needed and place within charcoal or wood to be lit. Light carton to start fire.
1 fistfull = 1/2 cup
5 finger pinch = 2/3 tsp.
4 finger pinch = 1/2 tsp.
3 finger pinch = 1/8 tsp.
1 finger gob shortening = 1/4 tsp.
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