Campfire Cooking

Camping is a wonderful way to spend time with close friends during the summer. It’s an opportunity to have a shared experience of sleeping under the stars after failing to get the tent up, or to lose four marshmallows in the campfire before finally finishing your s’more sandwich. There’s no internet, no T.V. shows, just good friends and fresh air.

A fun way to make camping trips more memorable is to prepare some meals ahead of time to cook over the fire. An easy way to do this is to seal everything together in aluminum foil. Here are a couple easy-to-prepare backwoods meals to get you started.

Mosquito-Repelling Sausages

Don’t worry; you don’t have to eat bug spray. Certain strong-flavored spices naturally keep pests at bay. The smell of garlic plus the smoke from a fire should somewhat reduce the number of red bumps you’ll find in the morning. And what goes better with garlic and onion than some fat, juicy sausages? Just fill a foil pouch with the sausages, onion and garlic. Add some veggies such as broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, carrots or just whatever you have around to make a more balanced meal. Don’t wrap the foil too tight. It’s best to give the food some room to marinate in its own juices.

Easy, Flavorful Fajitas

Pick your favorite protein to go in the fajitas. If you’re camping with a lot of people, it might be fun to have different protein options. You can use steak strips, chicken, black beans or even tofu cubes. Chop some onion and a little tomato (for the juices). You can season it with a fajita-seasoning packet that can be found in most grocery stores or use your own spices. Even parts of paprika, cumin and garlic powder with two parts chili powder, a half part cayenne powder and a dash of salt make a nice, simple fajita seasoning.

Keep these foils packages in the cooler until it’s time to cook them. Food cooks better over hot coals than hot flame. Wait until the fire has burned down to hot, red coals, and put the foil packages right on the coals. The coals heat the foil to make a sort of over inside. Be patient. Eating under-cooked meat is dangerous. It might even be a good idea to pre-cook the meats a little before venturing into the woods

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