Campfire Cooking – Get it Right and Enjoy Delicious, Healthy Meals

Campfire cooking

There’s something primal about cooking over a campfire. Perhaps it’s the whiff of wood smoke that wafts through the air, or the comforting feel of a warm meal on a cold night, or maybe the mesmerising accompaniment of dancing flames around your dinner – who knows! But, there’s definitely a skill involved in campfire cooking, get it right and you can enjoy delicious, healthy meals that are perfect for sharing with friends and family. Whether you prefer to cook in your campfire pit or on a grate, the key to good campfire cooking is having the right equipment, choosing the right techniques and ensuring you’re aware of fire safety basics.

Bringing your pots and utensils from home could be a big mistake. Using anything metal that’s not designed for use over the campfire (including pots and pans) can cause them to melt or sustain damage from direct heat. Instead, opt for utensils made specifically for campfire cooking, such as long metal skewers. These can be used to hold a variety of foods suspended over the fire, such as hotdogs or all manner of sausages. They’re also ideal for those ‘throw everything into a pot and simmer’ style campfire recipes such as stews and chili.

It’s important to remember that cooking over a campfire takes longer than you might be used to at home. You’ll need to turn your food often, keep a close eye on the temperature and have a thermometer handy in order to ensure you’re getting your food properly cooked. You should also be aware that high-temperature and prolonged cooking can result in ‘carryover cooking’, which occurs when a dish continues to cook after it’s removed from the heat source.

One of the best ways to make campfire cooking easy is to prepare your ingredients before you leave for the campsite. This will give you the chance to check your cooking utensils and ensure they’re ready for action once you arrive. You should also have a plan for managing your campfire while you’re cooking. Ideally you want to create a separate ‘cooking area’, so that the hot coals can be moved from the main fire to this designated zone as the fire burns down.

A spray bottle or squirt gun is a good idea to have for campfire cooking, not only does it make it easier to shoot down any rogue flames caused by food drippings but it’s also essential for controlling the intensity of the fire and preventing any unnecessary damage to your campsite. Lastly, be sure to keep water, sand or dirt on hand to extinguish your campfire before retiring for the night. This will prevent a smouldering, uncontrollable fire that can ruin your evening. Keeping these tips in mind, you’ll be well on your way to mastering the art of campfire cooking in no time! Enjoy!

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