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Campfire Cooking- Banana Boats

Banana BoatsCampfire Desserts- Banana Boats

You will need:

  • One firm banana per person
  • Chocolate chips
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Coconut
  • Peanut butter
  • Any other small sized treats (mini M&M's etc)
  • Heavy duty aluminum foil
The first step is to carve your boat by slicing gently through the peel, leaving it attached at one end of the banana. Pull back the peel to expose the banana.  Carve a trough out of the banana and scoop it out so it looks like a canoe. Fill the trough will the ingredients of your choice. Put the peel back in it's original position and wrap banana securely with tin foil. Bury the banana in the hot coals, and let it cook for at least 10 minutes. Use tongs to pull the banana out of the coals and let it cool until it is able to be handled. Open the foil, lift the peel off, and eat your banana boat with a spoon!

Campfire Cooking- Shish Kebobs

Shish KebobsShish-kebobs

This is an easy and clean up free meal that you and your family will enjoy putting together and roasting over the fire.  If you use wooden skewers to cook and eat from, you can throw them into the fire and you won’t have to clean anything up after the meal!

You will need:

  • Steak or chicken breasts, cut into 1 1/2-inch to 2-inch (4cm to 5cm) cubes
  • Purple onions, quartered
  • Bell peppers, cut into 2-inch (5cm) pieces
  • Pineapple chunks
  • Grape or cherry tomatoes
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Wooden skewers, or if you are living off the land, sticks that are fairly straight, peeled and sharpened at both ends

Before you start prepping the food, if you didn’t bring wooden skewers, you will need to head to the bush to find and prepare your cooking sticks. Look for dry (not green, as the taste could transfer to your food) sticks that are sturdy enough to hold the food you'll load onto them, but not so thick that they'll split the more delicate food items. Soak the cooking ends of the sticks in water while you cut up the ingredients for your shish-kebobs.

Slide pieces of food onto the cooking end of your stick, alternating ingredients and leaving a small space between each addition. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Hold the shish-kebob closely over hot coals and rotate slowly. Turn the stick every few minutes to ensure even cooking on each side. Depending on the size of your meat chunks, their distance from the coals and how hot the coals are, the shish-kebobs should be ready to eat in 15 to 20 minutes. Check for doneness periodically and make sure the chicken cubes are cooked all the way through before eating.

Campfire Cooking- Bag Omelettes

Bag OmelettesOmelettes in a Bag

I got this idea from a friend of mine who’s mother in law used to do this while they were camping together.  Same idea as the Foil Packets in that you set up a station full of ingredients you might like in your omelettes.

  • Eggs
  • Shredded cheese
  • Diced ham
  • Diced green pepper
  • Other omelet fillings (optional)

In a ziplock bag, campers fill their bag with desired number of eggs, seal the bag then knead the bag to “beat” the eggs.  Campers may then add whatever add-ins are desired, press all the air out of the bag, knead again, write name on bag with a permanent marker and boil in a pot of water that has been warming over the fire.  When eggs are cooked, remove the bag with tongs and enjoy!

 

Campfire Cooking- Tin Foil Packs

Tin Foil dinnersTin Foil Packs (also known as Hobo Packs)

In separate containers offer a variety of choices for campers to pile into their packet.  Here are a few suggestions:

• Ground or diced raw meat (pre-cooked canned chicken chunks are a good choice, too)

• Canned potatoes

• Canned carrots

• Bell pepper, diced

• Mushrooms, sliced

• Salt/Pepper

After the campers have added what they want to their packets, fold them up tight and place them on the hot coals.  Let cook for 10 to 20 minutes (time will depend on your fire and how much food is in the packet).  Use tongs to remove the foil packets from the coals, and you can eat right out of the foil!!

Meal Planning for Camping

Camping Meal PlaningSome of the most delicious food you will have camping can be prepared using the campfire!  Everything from proteins, carbs, and veggies can be grilled/baked/fried using the open fire.  A well balanced meal is easy if you are prepared for your trip.

1. Plan ahead.  Know what you are going to make for each meal of your trip.  Think easy and simple, but nutritious.

2. If you are using a cooler to store your food, use all perishable meats and dairy within the first few days to make sure they stays fresh before you consume them.   If you have a trailer with a fridge, you are lucky, and you don’t need to worry about speedy consumption.

3. Bring lots of tin foil with you as you can wrap almost anything in it for baking over/or in the fire.

4. Don’t forget to bring a large basin to wash your dishes etc with after your meals.

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