Outdoor Cooking Skills

By Barbara Elkins & Diane Bigger

Food adventures are always fun, so let’s make them better.  First, we want to make you aware of the post from the class taught in 2015. https://ccs.slcubs.com/2015/11/05/outdoor-cooking-skills/   In it you can find a quick reference to food activities in each of the four dens.  Instructions are provided for making box ovens and reflector ovens for new adventures.  Also are some yummy recipes.

Food Plate

The boys learn the food plate in school, and we also teach it in scouts.  Teaching the boys about a healthy diet is essential.  Teach them to think about what goes on their plate before they eat.  Help them to be healthy.  http://www.choosemyplate.gov/

Cooking over a fire

Cooking on a campfire can be just like cooking at home using the same recipes you use there, or you can try some exciting new ways of cooking.

Pigs in a blanket

Try wrapping your hot dog in bacon or crescent dough and then putting it on the stick and cooking it over the fire.  Just be careful when taking it off the stick, especially if it was wrapped in bacon, it can burn!

Bacon wrapped cheesey hot dogs.:         Pigs in a blanket:

(All images from Pinterest.com unless otherwise marked)

Cooking breakfast in a paper bag

Breakfast In A Bag - line bottom of paper bag with bacon, making sure to cover all of the paper and slightly up the sides. Place 2 raw biscuits on top of bacon. Crack egg(s) and drop on top. Add salt and pepper. Fold top of bag over a couple of times. Place bag on grate over campfire. Eggs are done when the grease from the bacon is about 1/2 way up the side of the bag.: Take a paper bag coat the bag with a piece of bacon.  Also coat up the sides of the bag a bit.  Lay the strips of bacon on the bottom of the bag, completely covering it.  Crack the eggs on top of the bacon.  Reach down in the bag to separate the shell if you want to keep the yoke intact.  Roll the top of the bag down a couple of times.  With a knife or sharp stick poke a hole in the top of the bag.  Using a green stick or a hot dog stick, place the bag on the hot bed of coals or on a wire rack on top of the fire pit.  Let cook on the coals 10-15 minutes.  If the egg is done the bacon is done as well.  This will not produce crispy bacon.

Boil egg in paper cup

Place an egg in a paper cup and add water.  Place the paper cup in the coals of the fire.  Let boil for 10 minutes before removing.  The top part of the cup may burn down to the water line so be careful when removing the cup.

Tin Foil Dinners and Desserts

Tin Foil Dinners are an all-time favorite for cook outdoors.  Put your meat, vegetables and sauces all together and wrap in tin foil.  Place on coals for 20-30 minutes turning the meal upside down about half way through.  Try using fish, chicken and other meats in your meal for a yummy difference.

Don’t limit the foil cooking to dinners only.  Try a banana boat: leaving the banana in the peel, remove only one strip and part of the banana.  Put chocolate chips, marshmallows and other goodies in the banana.  Place the removed banana back and the strip of peel.  Wrap in tin foil and place on the coals until the insides melt.  Remove and enjoy!

Baked Apple: Cut an apple in half and core it.  In the hollowed out center, put in a pat of butter and brown sugar.  Or try a piece of caramel.  Or how about cinnamon and sugar?   You are only limited to your imagination!  Put the two halves back together and then wrap the apple in tin foil and place on the coals for about 20 minutes.

Bloomin’ Baked Apples:   Baked Apple for camping! Halve an apple. Hollow out the core and fill with brown sugar and a pat of butter. Wrap in tin foil and place in the coals.:

Cooking in Cast Iron

Cooking with cast iron can be just as fun as cooking with creativity over the fire.  Most of the time you can take your tried and true recipes from the kitchen and move it directly to the fire.

Vegetable Medley

Easy!! Onion, tomato, zucchini, yellow squash, you can also use eggplant - Slice thin. After drizzling on olive oil, sprinkle on Italian seasoning, lemon pepper, sea salt, onion & garlic powder. Then mozzarella. Bake 375 approx 30 min, just depends on how firm you like your veggies.: Easy!! In a cast skillet with a lid or a Dutch oven create this very delicious vegetable medley.

Slice thin onion, tomato, zucchini, and yellow squash (you can also use eggplant)  and alternate them in the pan. After drizzling on olive oil, sprinkle on Italian seasoning, lemon pepper, sea salt, onion & garlic powder. Then mozzarella. Bake at 375° approx. 30 min; it just depends on how firm you like your veggies.

Healthy Snacks for Hikes

Ants on a Log

Celery with peanut butter and raisins on top.


No bake Bumpy Peanut butter Nuggets

Peanut butter and other ingredient mixed together and rolled into balls and refrigerated.  Try freezing it before the hike and it will thaw while on the hike


Cranberry Nut Granola Bars


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