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Cooking over a Campfire

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Cooking over a campfire is quite a bit different than when using your range. This is a guide about cooking over a campfire.


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August 26, 2010

My husband used to have his campers make these foil packets when he was a camp director. Now we make these when camping with the kids. It's a favorite; so easy to make and healthy too, which is good considering this is usually followed by s'mores for dessert.



Cut the potatoes into 1-2 inch cubes and place on a foil square. Fold sides in to make a foil packet. Place on fire to pre-cook potatoes until soft. My husband didn't used to do this at camp, but I think the potatoes are too crunchy if you don't.

Once potatoes are soft, start an assembly line with the remaining ingredients. Start with 4-6 foil squares (big enough to make a packet). Spread on a thin layer of condensed cream of mushroom soup; this keeps the remaining ingredients from sticking to the foil. Layer raw ground meat, potatoes, vegetables, shredded cheese, and more soup.


Fold foil into packets, and place on or in fire.

Dinner will be ready in about 20-30 minutes. Eat straight from the foil or transfer onto a plate.


Save any leftover potatoes to scramble in with campfire eggs and sausage in the morning.

Servings: 4-6
Time:5 Minutes Preparation Time
40 Minutes Cooking Time

By cs_jag from Hillsboro, OR

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June 28, 2010

When camping and cooking over the campfire, rub liquid dish soap on the outside of the pans. During cleanup the soot from the fire will wipe right off and not ruin your pans.

Source: Learned at Girl Scout camp 45 years ago!

By Tracey from Santa Rosa Beach, FL

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November 11, 2008

Before a camping trip, prepare a chicken by buttering and adding your favorite seasoning, inside and out. Then wrap it in three or four layers of aluminum foil. Put the whole thing in a gallon zipper bag, and refreeze.


Once the frozen bird is in the cooler, it helps to keep other food cold. By the following afternoon, the chicken should still be cold, but defrosted. Now remove it from the plastic bag and bury it in the hot coals of a the campfire for about an hour. Take it out with a shovel and cut open the foil for the best roast chicken you've ever had!

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