Tips For How To Cook On An Open Fire When Camping
When we think about going camping, one of the first things that come to mind is having campfire and even better cooking a delicious meal on the campfire.
There is a variety of utensils available you may use when cooking on a campfire like a frypan, large saucepan, camp oven, kettle, a tripod or trivet with an adjustable chain to hang your cooking pot over the coals, tongs, large spoon, long hook for shifting pots and a small shovel is handy for moving coals around.
There is a few tricks to cooking on the campfire here is a few that will help you get it right
- If you place a pan on red hot coals the food will most likely burn
- If the coals are too cool not much is going to happen and if you hang the pot too far above the heat nothing is going to cook, adjust until food is at least simmering
- Cooking over a roaring ball of flames won’t work very well either, wait until the flames have settled down and cook over the hot coals. Experiment to work out what heat is right for what you are cooking. Thermometers can be purchased to check the temperature of a camp oven
- If you are cooking for an hour or more, the coals will need to be replaced that are under your pot, either move the pot or use your shovel and move the coals around. The best place to cook on the edge of the fire as you can keep a bit of flame going to keep some coals hot.
- A very handy tool for cooking on the campfire is a hook to be able to shift the pots around. If you happen to have forgotten to bring a hook. You can easily make one with a sturdy tent peg, a straight stick and some strong tape. Place the straight end of the peg next to the end of the stick overlapping about 15cm or 6” and tape around tightly and you will have a very useful hook. Make the length to the size that suits you, around 40 cm – 50cm is agood length.
When the cooking is finished throw some more wood on and to keep warm and be mesmerised by the flickering flames.