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    open fire cooking ideas

    Hi

    We are doing open fire cooking this week and are looking for something a bit more technical than cooking potatoes or in an orange

    Ideas, please

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    Twists or dampers

    Fish wrapped in wet newspaper


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    Quote Originally Posted by richardsonl86 View Post
    Hi

    We are doing open fire cooking this week and are looking for something a bit more technical than cooking potatoes or in an orange

    Ideas, please
    there is lots of stuff around and a simple search online with literally throw up dozens of sites.

    the nhscouting site has some cookbooks to lift ideas from. google nhscouting+backwoods+cooking.

    try some of the ones here too: http://scoutresources.org.uk/downloa...s_cooking.html

    hth

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    I took the cubs away over the weekend and they did the following:
    Damper bread
    Choc bananas
    Hot pita pocket in foil
    Smores
    Roasted chestnuts
    Bbq
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    Fish steamed in wet grass. I did a bit of experimenting with this earlier this year. The tips I would give,

    1. More important than usual to ensure that flames have all but vanished, embers only!

    2. Use really lush wet grass and make sure there is a good inch thick of it on top of the embers. And obviously the thicker the fish the thick the grass you'll need.

    3. Cook it skin side down so if it does scorch a bit its only the skin that is singed.
    Last edited by CambridgeSkip; 09-10-2014 at 08:54 AM. Reason: Typos corrected

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    Can you cook it on a stove? Yes? Then you can cook it on an open fire.

    Do you mean backwoods with no pots, pans, tinfoil? That is a little more tricky as we don't have a plentiful supply of green bamboo or banana leaves... You can use big cabbage leaves to wrap food in for cooking.
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    We wrapped a whole chicken in cabbage leaves and then tin foil and straight into the embers. We also stuffed a charcoal brickett wrapped up in foil inside the chicken to make sure it was cooked all the way through. Best chicken I've ever had.

    You can also do bacon without a pan. We pushed string through the bacon and attached it to a stick then hung the stick across the fire, didn't take too long and then cut the string to get the bacon off.

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    That sounds awesome, but how on earth did you get the hot charcoal foil wrapped and inside a chicken safely?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nevynxxx View Post
    That sounds awesome, but how on earth did you get the hot charcoal foil wrapped and inside a chicken safely?
    either use a pair of tongs to wrap it or a pair of oven/welding gloves if you are quick the foil doesn't have time to heat up before you stuff it in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nevynxxx View Post
    That sounds awesome, but how on earth did you get the hot charcoal foil wrapped and inside a chicken safely?
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    Stew in a bag? Make a packet out of tinfoil, add mince, chopped potatoes, carrots, onions, pour in some stock, seal bag and put over fire.

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    If you are using tinfoil, anything is possible... Always double layer tinfoil, and it is a good idea to use cabbage leaves as a liner. If they get burnt they can be discarded, but they stop the stew from burning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ducky View Post
    Stew in a bag? Make a packet out of tinfoil, add mince, chopped potatoes, carrots, onions, pour in some stock, seal bag and put over fire.
    "Cowboy stew" I think.

    Quite why or how cowboys have such easy access to foil I don't know!


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    Google rock ovens and Dakota fire pits. I think l put a piece in the bushcraft and nature social group on the latter iirc.

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    Another good alternative to tin foil is cooking fish in a dough.

    Mix flour and water, maybe add a little salt, then wrap the fish up like a parcel, sealing it in. Dump the parcel on the embers and let it cook through. The dough will harden and when it's cooked, you break open the package and scoop out the cooked fish. Lovely!

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