Restoring the Lost Petal

MTFW Disclaimer

Building An Awesome Campfire with Recipe & Printable

Building a good fire for cooking is essential when you’re camping, especially if you’re not using a grill or camper kitchen.  Follow these simple instructions to build a prefect cooking campfire.

campfire basics

  1. Fill a bucket or gallon jug with water to keep close by.
  2. Use a pre-established fire ring our build a U-shaped area with medium and large rocks.
  3. Gather tinder and kindling, place near the fire area.
  4. Gather or split firewood and place near the fire area.
  5. Pile dry tinder in the center of the cooking area and light with a match
  6. When tinder is well let, loosely pile kindling on top adding more as needed.
  7. After the kindling is burning nicely, add split firewood teepee-style over the burning kindling.
  8. Once the firewood has burned the flames will die down leaving white hot coals. Using a fire poker, distribute the coals as needed for cooking.

Campfire cooking Defined

Tinder – dry fallen pine needles, wood shavings, tiny twigs or dry grasses

Kindling – dry sticks, larger than tinder

Firewood – split logs that are dried (not freshly cut timber)

Hot Coals – burning chunks of firewood. Low to no flames, used for cooking.

Embers – ash-covered glowing coals. These provide the best heat.

Slow Down!

Cooking over an open fire takes time. In today’s microwave society this can seem inconvenient but campfire cooking is an experience not just a process. Enjoy every step and relish in the anticipation of a meal prepared the way early settlers would have.

Determining Temperature

Without a thermometer it might seem difficult to know how hot your fire is. As a general rule hold your hand, palm down, at the height where you’ll be cooking. The amount of time you can hold your hand there determines the temperature.

2 seconds = 400-degrees (hot heat)
3 seconds = 375-degrees (medium hot)
4 seconds = 350-degrees (medium)
5 seconds = 325-degrees (medium low)
6 seconds = 300-degrees (low)

Cooking over a fire is more than hotdogs and S’mores.  There is so much you can make over a hot bed of coals. Cooking over an open fire takes time but it’s well worth it. The foods are delicious and it can be a great learning experience for children.

This is one of our new favorite camping recipes.

Cheesy Burger and Potatoes

1 ½ C ground beef, browned                     1 Tbsp parsley flakes
3 C diced potatoes (raw)                            1 tsp minced garlic
¼ C butter                                                     ½ C shredded cheddar cheese
3 T flour or arrowroot                                1 C chopped onion
2 C milk                                                          3 Tbsp bread crumbs
1 tsp oregano                                               Salt & Pepper to taste

Campfire method: 10” camp-style Dutch oven with lid. Use hot coals.

Spread ½ the hot coals under the Dutch oven forming a flat layer. Melt butter then add onion and saute until tender. Stir in flour or arrowroot until bubble. Gradually whisk in milk then cook until thickened. Stir in oregano, garlic and parsley.

Remove the pot from the heat and add the beef and potatoes to the mixture. Stir gently to coat. Add salt and pepper to taste then spread the mixture out evenly in the pot. Top with cheese then breadcrumbs. Place lid on pot and arrange the hot coals to make a cooking ring that just fits under the pot. Place the remaining coals on the lid.

Cook approximately 20 minutes or until heated evenly and lightly browned. Rotate the pot and lid halfway through cooking and adjust coals as necessary.

Oven Method: Preheat to 400

In a medium sauce pan melt butter then add onion and saute until tender. Stir in flour or arrowroot until bubble. Gradually whisk in milk then cook until thickened. Stir in oregano, garlic and parsley.

Add the beef and potatoes to the mixture. Stir gently to coat. Add salt and pepper to taste then spread the mixture out evenly into a 9×9 square baking pan. Top with cheese and bread crumbs.

Bake 20 minutes or until potatoes have reached desired doneness.

Want an simple printable version of the fire basics above? Get it in your inbox now!

If you’re looking for campfire cooking gear I recommend a tripod grill or a campfire grate.

[wp_eStore_free_download_squeeze_form id=16]

camping printable

 

 

 

 

moving banner

Comments

  1. Thank you

Trackbacks

  1. […] Building An Awesome Campfire with Recipe & Printable […]

Speak Your Mind

*