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realandrea  
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11/06/2011 05:44PM
 
I'm enjoying the info and having fun posting so I'll ask this one too. I know there are some foods that can be cooked directly in coals and come out amazing, but I've not actually cooked any for anybody...

Plus, if I do this, I would like to keep the ashes from smelling extra tasty to the local fauna in the process.

Has anyone had success with a particular food or recipie that they'd be willing to share? Also, any heads up on stuff not to do would be highly valued as well! ;-)
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Frenchy  
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11/06/2011 09:10PM
 
I like to wrap a potato in part of a brown paper sack, dampen the sack, and toss in fire. This will burn on the outside, but inner portion is delicious.
Savage Voyageur  
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11/07/2011 03:47PM
 
I have never tried the sack/potato trick but have just wrapped them in tinfoil. Use the heavy duty foil to keep intact. Also core an apple fill with butter, cinnamon and sugar. Wrap the apple in foil and set on coils. Camp favorite.


"So many lakes, so little time."
inspector13  
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11/07/2011 05:09PM
 

I don’t take too much fresh food to the BWCA, but I have cooked many things on coals while camping, but mostly wrapped in foil. The only thing I’ve cooked directly on coals without foil is soaked unhusked fresh corn. It tastes the best that way. Baked fish and precooked sausage work well wrapped in foil because it doesn’t take long. Ham cubes or Spam with pineapple chunks are quick too. Packets of chicken strips, tomato and pepper slices are great for fajitas. Packets of hamburger, onion, chopped carrots, and potatoes work well if the vegetable pieces are smaller.

billconner  
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11/07/2011 05:35PM
 
I like the corn on the cob for first night - just soak for a long time. An egg in a half of orange rind is suppose to be pretty good. Favorite foil packs - baked banana with some chocolate bar - mmmmmm!
dprochef  
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11/08/2011 07:30PM
 
Dad taught us this one when we were very young. went on every trip.


Campers stew - layout three sheets of heavy duty aluminum foil (about 14in long X 12in) one atop the other.


1. cut potatoes, carrots, celery, onions, into 1/2 dice and place on middle of foil ( about 1 -1 2/ cups total).


2. season ground beef with French onion soup mix and patty into about an 8 ounce patty. lay atop veg/pot mix.


3. add 2 tbsp Campbell's cream of mushroom ( or celery) soup atop burger patty.


4. fold sides of foil up atop mix, then fold ends. you would like to be able to roll and seal the last fold if possible. freeze for at least one day.


5. Day of meal, pull from cooler during lunch/late afternoon so that it will be thawed. Make a good fire and let burn down to coals. place in coals (not cherry hot though) and cover for about 20 - 25 minutes.


6. carefully remove from coals and let sit for a couple of minutes for foil to cool slightly. unroll top of foil, check to make sure hamburger is cooked throughout. (if not roll back up and continue to cook)


7. grab a fork and spoon and enjoy.


my wife makes the same and uses browned off stew meat. I suppose you could use just about any protein/vegetable/soup combination that you like best.





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03/30/2012 07:53AM
 
Caveman steaks - Steven Raichlen


"None of Nature's landscapes are ugly... so long as they are wild." John Muir
TuscaroraBorealis  
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03/30/2012 08:54AM
 
If you've got some aluminum foil,butter/oil & seasonings? The possibilities are endless!


Just about any combination of meats, vegetables, & seasonings will work. Use whatever you like. Just add a gob of butter, season them up a bit & you're good to go. I double wrap & never had a problem.


I'll make them up before a trip and freeze them so they'll last longer into a trip. (If you use one? Outfitters will let you keep stuff in their freezer overnight before your trip) It's a great, EASY way to have real, great tasting, food out in the wilderness.
nctry  
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03/31/2012 10:20AM
 
Reading the subject line I know of one person for sure I'd throw anything that person made into the fire!


Nctry
Bannock  
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03/31/2012 11:34AM
 
I've done the foil potato thing and the corn on the cob thing and the steak thing ... well, I guess we did lay down some foil first.





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realandrea  
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03/31/2012 04:34PM
 
Ha ha. So far we've never had a really bad meal in the woods, but hopefully my first attempt at foil packets don't leave me with burns and/or a group mutiny!
butthead  
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03/31/2012 05:05PM
 
quote nctry: "Reading the subject line I know of one person for sure I'd throw anything that person made into the fire!"


I promise, no more turkeys!


butthead


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RaisedByBears99  
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04/04/2012 11:59PM
 
quote realandrea: "I'm enjoying the info and having fun posting so I'll ask this one too. I know there are some foods that can be cooked directly in coals and come out amazing, but I've not actually cooked any for anybody...


Plus, if I do this, I would like to keep the ashes from smelling extra tasty to the local fauna in the process.


Has anyone had success with a particular food or recipie that they'd be willing to share? Also, any heads up on stuff not to do would be highly valued as well! ;-)"



Grandfather's method for cooking fish: Fillet fish 1/2 inch thick, salt and pepper fillets, hang them on hazel brush (to dry). Get up fire and let it go to white ash. Lay fillets on white ash, check underside using a couple of sticks - when you see brown spots, flip fish. When that underside has brown spots - they are ready to eat. If you do it right, the ash blows off and they come out with a great smoky flavor.

White ash fire works well for a number of things. Whole potatoes are what we most often cooked.
paddlefamily  
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04/05/2012 02:32PM
 
We like to make 'Ash Cakes'. Easy and tasty.


Ash Cakes how to.
nctry  
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04/05/2012 02:48PM
 
quote butthead: "quote nctry: "Reading the subject line I know of one person for sure I'd throw anything that person made into the fire!"



I promise, no more turkeys!



butthead"




Wasn't even thinking of you Ken... I hope you do bring a turkey.


Nctry
wildernessfan2  
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04/05/2012 08:20PM
 
quote TuscaroraBorealis: "If you've got some aluminum foil,butter/oil & seasonings? The possibilities are endless!



Just about any combination of meats, vegetables, & seasonings will work. Use whatever you like. Just add a gob of butter, season them up a bit & you're good to go. I double wrap & never had a problem.



I'll make them up before a trip and freeze them so they'll last longer into a trip. (If you use one? Outfitters will let you keep stuff in their freezer overnight before your trip) It's a great, EASY way to have real, great tasting, food out in the wilderness. "



Well Said..endless..


Those Caveman Steaks look Delicious! and no foil.


Freshwater is delicious! Saltwater not so much..
chipaddler  
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04/09/2012 11:18AM
 
Super easy dessert I learned in boyscouts. May not work well in bwca due to the banana, but still great for camping cooking.


Take a banana and and cut a v shape notch along the top length and hollow a portion of it out. Kind of like a canoe, but leave some banana along the sides.


Stuff the hollowed out portion with small marshmallows and m&m's.


Place the banana (peel down) right onto the coals. Wait for the marshmallows to start getting melty.


Dig in. Tastes like a warm banana split. The m&ms shell holds their shape, but the inside is melted chocolate. So good and easy.


"Not all those who wander are lost" - Tolkien
Bdubguy  
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04/09/2012 08:38PM
 
Sounds like our bush pasties from a recent post. Traditional Finnish pasties typically include rutabaga. I will also include cabbage leaves, onion, mushrooms, potatoes, carrots, venison (or beef), butter, S&P, and a scoop of cream of chicken. Eat with Ketchup.....yum


Keep your line wet....
Frenchy19  
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04/10/2012 10:33AM
 
Anything my wife cooks...and she would be the first to agree as would our kids. It works out okay, however, because I get to cook and she gets to clean up the mess!


"He hits from both sides of the plate. He’s amphibious." Yogi Berra
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