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I used to dislike camping because cooking and clean-up
were so difficult over a small campstove. Then
I discovered two books that help campers forget the stove altogether
and use disposable sticks and tinfoil to make clean-up easier.
Pat and Betty’s
No Fuss Cooking
by Patricia A. Schweitzer and Betty T. Morton
This book is published by the Reynold’s (as in aluminum foil)
test kitchens, so they would like you to use a lot of aluminum
foil and disposable cooking products. But they have a whole chapter
that includes packet meals – one-dish meals that can be entirely
cooked in an aluminum foil packet, which makes them great for camping.
Sausage and black bean dinner
1 tbsp. flour
2 15-oz. cans black beans, drained and rinsed
2 10-oz packages frozen whole kernel corn (can substitute cans)
1 16-oz. jar chunky salsa
1 pound smoked turkey sausage, sliced
1 cup shredded colby and Monterey jack cheese
Have double layers of
heavy duty aluminum foil, about 18-inches square, ready to make a
packet, or buy a large pre-made aluminum
packets. In a bowl, stir together flour, beans, corn, salsa and
sliced sausage. Put in center of packet, and double fold edges.
Place carefully on coals or grill for 20 to 25 minutes until hot.
Remove with oven mitts and cut open. Sprinkle with cheese before
Cooking on a Stick Campfire
Recipes for Kids
by Linda White, illustrated by Fran Lee
This book is written for kids 8 and up and has some great recipes.
Many need to be prepared at home, and packed in a cooler until
cooked, but for all of them, there are no dishes. Some samples:
Snail on a Limb
2 cups biscuit mix
1/3 cup water
Squish water and biscuit mix together in a large zipped bag. Use
extra biscuit mix as flour on your hands when removing it. Roll
pieces like a snake and coil around end of a stick. Cook over fire
for about 8 minutes until golden brown. Carefully remove from stick.
Add ham and cheese strips in one end, if desired, or put a hotdog
on stick first and coil mix around that.
Honey Bear’s Delight
1 apple, cut in small pieces
1/4 cup raisins
1/8 cup chopped nuts
1 tsp. butter
1 tbsp. honey or syrup
Put apples, raisins, nuts, marshmallows and butter on a piece of
foil 12 inches square.
Drizzle honey or syrup on top. Fold foil into a pouch and place
in hot coals. Cook 10 minutes. Open carefully.
1/2 flat chocolate bar, in pieces
1/8 cup mini-marshmallows
Peel back 1 section of banana peel, but don’t remove. Slice
across banana, making 1-inch pieces, and remove every other piece.
Eat those now. Fill in blanks with marshmallows and chocolate.
Replace peel and wrap in foil. Put in hot coals 10 min. Open carefully.