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13 Ways of Cooking at a Campfire

There’s at least thirteen is all I’m saying. Maybe more. If you love cooking al fresco (outdoors), then you should know there are so many ways of cooking at a campfire! Here’s just a few we tried out!

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I’ve finally gotten all my camping pics organized, and I want to share our wonderful camping experiences. First, the food. We pretty much ate like kings. Well, if we were in Robin Hood Days at least!

We had pizza cooked in a special camp-stove pizza oven. Nothing tastes better than pizza outdoors!

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We used  a cast iron griddle for pancakes. Oh yeah, that’s a can of Batter Blaster in my hand! Watch out!

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My sister made a box oven.

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And then cooked an amazing apple sausage pancake thingy in a Cast Iron Skillet (gotta get some cast iron to get the full camping effect!).

We rolled potatoes in aluminum foil and baked them in the coals. (And then poured chili over them! YUM!).

We briefly discussed baking corn bread right on the hot coals, but abandoned that idea because our wood was very smokey and ashy.

We brought all the materials for making S’mores by roasting marshmallows on sticks but… unbelievably we somehow never had time or inclination to do so. Camping makes one lazy.

We grilled chicken wings and tossed them with delicious hot sauce from the restaurant my sister works at! Yum!

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Now let’s talk coffee, because you know I’m not functioning in the wild without my morning brew! My brother-in-law, Mike, made his own coffee with his Personal French Press:

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We percolated our coffee in an old stove top coffeepot (to the left) inherited from my Grandma Rinaldi.

My brother made “cowboy coffee” by steeping, then straining, coffee grounds at about 203-205 degrees F in his graniteware coffeepot. This makes for actually DELICIOUS coffee!

My father brought his own Car Outlet Coffee Maker, just in case anything went wrong… okay, that’s not really over a campfire but…

And the day we packed up to go, we boiled water and had some instant Starbucks Vias! These are lifesavers when you need to exit a site by 11 am, but still want need your morning coffee. You can pack up the night before and STILL have coffee!

Hmm… notice there were FIVE ways to make coffee out of those thirteen cooking methods? You could say our entire family loves coffee. In fact, after this trip, my 17 month old can now SAY the word “Caf-tee!”

cooking at a campfireHave you ever tried any of these camp cooking methods? What else do you recommend for camp cooking! As you can see we LOVE to try new techniques!

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T Rex Mom

Saturday 13th of August 2011

Gosh, when I used to go camping I would find myself coming home having lost a couple pounds because I did not eat so good. However, I think if I went camping with you guys, I'd come home being many pounds heavier! And I am never too lazy for s'mores! Such restraint on your part.

T Rex Mom

Saturday 13th of August 2011

Gosh, when I used to go camping I would find myself coming home having lost a couple pounds because I did not eat so good. However, I think if I went camping with you guys, I'd come home being many pounds heavier! And I am never too lazy for s'mores! Such restraint on your part.

Crunchy Beach Mama

Friday 12th of August 2011

looks like yummy food! But a lot of work! gosh, I am just not a camping girl!

Crunchy Beach Mama

Friday 12th of August 2011

looks like yummy food! But a lot of work! gosh, I am just not a camping girl!

Dave

Wednesday 10th of August 2011

Not to disparage your post, but Cowboy Coffee is definitely NOT made by BOILING the grounds! You will get the proverbial "crappy cup of coffee" that way. The grounds are STEEPED once the water cools down to 103-105 degrees F.

Julie K

Thursday 11th of August 2011

Got it - changed. Thanks bro!

Dave

Thursday 11th of August 2011

...I mean, 203-205 degrees F. Not 103-105, talk about lukewarm!

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