This post was derived from Alison Hudson's eReplacementParts.com post on cooking over a campfire. Alison submitted this version for Real Goods.
Who doesn't love a warm and abundant fire while out in the wilderness? Not only does a campfire provide warmth and ambiance, but it's a great way to enjoy a delicious meal. The unique flavors that come from a campfire meal are worth the wait. But first you'll need to build the perfect fire.
Fire Safety is Paramount
Fire regulations differ in different regions, so make sure you check these out before trekking out into the wilderness, and try and keep your fire at a manageable size. And always ensure your fire is properly extinguished when you leave the area.
Campfire Cooking Techniques
There are numerous techniques when it comes to cooking on a campfire. Different stages and areas of the fire will have different effects on the food and how it's cooked. For items that don't require as much time (like hotdogs or marshmallows), an open flame will cook your food the fastest - just be careful not to burn it! If you're looking for that perfect gold-brown, opt for a section that is glowing but not in full flames. If you're looking to enjoy something a little more delicate (like fish or vegetables), you will want to wait until the fire has created a mound of coals.
Consider using a large heavy cooking pot, such as a Dutch oven. Dutch ovens are incredibly durable and versatile, and the recipe options are endless. When cooking with a Dutch oven, you'll need to create a level space on top of the burning coals and place coals on top of the pot for an even heat. You can also use heavy-duty tinfoil on a grill grate over the fire or on top of the coals.
Hungry yet? Try out the recipes below for fish and peach cobbler, thanks to our friends at eReplacementParts.com.
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Alison wears many hats as an outdoor enthusiast: she's a freelance writer, filmmaker, and field instructor, who recently made a documentary short about Nepal's high-altitude workers.