I've just returned from my annual birthday solo camping trip, and I took about a bazillion pictures of how I accomplish various camp tasks to share with you. My first (and best) technique is one I learned in Cub Scouts: cooking over coals in foil "schooners".
|Heavy Duty Foil. . .|
|Tear off a sheet about 3' long.|
|Fold it in half .|
|Fold each half back on itself leaving a 1" pleat.|
|You should have a "w" shaped bottom when both sides are folded.|
|Make three narrow folds on each side to seal the packet into a bag.|
I've placed a penny here so you can see the width of the folds.
|Prepare your ingredients by cutting them into quarter sized pieces about 1/4" thick. |
For this dinner I used 2 cheddar sausages, a small onion, half a pepper, and a small potato.
|Open up the bag you made earlier, and add 1 Tbsp of oil or liquid. |
Place ingredients into the bag. Items that take the longest to cook (potatoes, here) should be placed into the bottom of the bag.
|Roll the top down three times, pressing well to seal. Make a few vents near the top of the bag or you will get steam burns when you open the packet.|
|Remove the schooner from the heat, and carefully unroll the top. Contents are extremely hot!!!|
Boys enjoy eating straight out of the schooner, but I prefer a plate. . .and Moxie.
The best part??? NO CLEAN-UP!!!!! Yay!!!!!
Love you, Hot Stuff!
P.S. If you need a large bed of coals to cook a posse of packets, add 6-8 pieces of wood all at once to an established fire. Don't add any more fuel, simply allow all of the wood to burn down into a ginormous bed of coals. If you're only cooking for one or two, make a standard camp fire, leaving an opening in the front for a schooner.
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