/ Food to cook on fire
Given it one use in the field: found (veg) sausages took a fair bit of time to cook but halloumi did real quick and was ready to eat after a minute or two.
Any other suggestions for (veg) foods that would have short cooking times? No fancy food prep either!
Bannochs maybe? Mix dry ingredients up in a plastic bag, add water and squish together to mix and you are away.
Cheers but have never heard of a bannoch. What is it? You got a recipe?
2 part self raising flour to 1 part milk powder, 2 tsp baking powder, 6tsp egg powder, some raisins and 8 tsp brown sugar all mixed with water and cooked slowly in a pan.
Or variations on that sort of theme.
A commercial one I bought had about 50% raisins in it.
Basically simple soda bread. Loads of recipes out there, but backpacking versions tend to boil down to varying quantities of flour, milk powder, baking powder, oil (optional) and water.
You can also do without pans if you have a fire and some sticks. See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRKDkWyIgA0
i make inside out pizza on fires with the scouts, split a pitta bread fill it with tomato puree or pizza sauce, grated cheese and anything else you like wrap it in foil and bung in embers.
Cheers. I love soda bread so cooking some on a fire sounds like it may provide me with divine manna.
Thanks Hannah, shall be trying this at the weekend :-)
popcorn would be a good test..
No cooking tips I'm afraid but v interested in your stove. Looks great fun. What are you burning on it? Have you tried wood pellets? I'm wondering what weight of wood pellets you'd need for a 2 night exped boiling only water for example.
Surely the whole point in these is that you gather wood as you walk or from around your camping spot? I gues take a small bag of woodchips to get it going in case you can't find anything dry?
Bannock Bread is great cooking on hot stones around the edge of an open fire as well (don't put the stones actually in the fire as they'll explode and kill you (or ruin your bread)
Not tried wood pellets. I had a stash of dried pine cones at home, pistachio shells (middle class TV snack fodder) and some wood chippings (the kind gardens use) and then picked up some more smaller cones and twigs on route through a wood. I did cheat by using a bit of fire lighter to start!
The wood I picked up was a bit damp and tended to smoke at first before combusting properly.
My site was quite exposed so I'd have gotten a better performance from a more sheltered spot. But the food was lovely, with that smokey flavour. I ate the halloumi as each slice got done straight from the pan. The dog, who was staring at me throughout, got one slice (and my second last sausage)
I've been looking into wood pellets.
I was wondering about it as an alternative to a trad stove for kayak trips in Scotland- so wet wood a probability. Think I'd like to have a stash of dry stuff in case of emergencies! Wood pellets occurred to me as they are light weight and efficient.
Think it'd be great on a kayak trip. Its a lot more fun tending it than a gas stove/ I'll still use my gas stove for high wild camping though where fuel availabilty would be an issue.
Ace! Want one! Also wondering about overseas trips eg parts of Africa where buying and carrying fuel can be a pain.
Making pine cone fire starters
Makers claim they will also burn dried (herbivore: sheep, deer, rabbit) animal dung. Not sure if that would cause your food to smell but animal dung is a common fuel around the world.
Also consider compressed sawdust cat litter pellets.
Sausages have a small contact area with the pan, so take a long time to cook, even on a conventional stove.
Solution: cut them in half along the sausage, thus massively increasing the surface area of sausage in contact with the pan, and thus heat transfer. You still have limited contact area when you flip them over, but at least the sausage cooks through quickly.
And miss out on the delicious taste of recycled Rabbit in Jelly?
couscous cooks really quickly and you can easily make a meal of it with a jar of sauce / powdered spice mix, and a tin of mixed beans or mixed veg etc/
Square sausages need inventing now!
We have had them in Scotland for years! They ate one of the best Scottish foods. Don't think they do veggie ones though!
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