An oven in my backpack.
My oven is small. It is light and travels easily. It's all I need to make a delicious meal in the outdoors. You can find my convenient, compact camping oven in your kitchen. It's a square of heavy-duty tinfoil!
First, you need to build a fire. Choose your site carefully. It is best to build on rock or sand. If you must make your fire on the ground, dig through the layers of leaves and roots down to bare soil. Clear the vegetation around your fire pit. The area above the pit must be clear of branches. A circle of rocks will contain your fire.
Gather dry, dead branches from the ground and lower limbs of trees. Make a woodpile away from the fire pit. Small twigs, birch bark from a dead tree, or dry balsam are ideal tinders to start your fire. Build a tepee of small twigs over the tinder. Add larger twigs, leaving space for air to circulate. To burn, a fire needs oxygen as well as fuel. Before lighting your fire, think about how you will put it out. Have a supply of water or sand nearby. Insert your match at the bottom of the fire. As the wood burns, carefully add larger sticks and small logs. When the fire bums down to glowing coals, you are ready to start cooking.
Here are some recipes for a delicious campfire meal.
Pizzia Pockets For one serving you will need: * 2 slices of bread * 1 tablespoon of butter or margarine * 1/4 cup of spaghetti sauce * 2 tablespoons of grated mozzarella cheese * your choice: pepperoni slices, 1 tablespoon of chopped red or green pepper, onion, tomato, or pineapple bits * a square of heavy-duty tinfoil large enough to wrap around your bread Directions: 1. Spread the butter on one side of both bread slices. 2. Place one side of the bread, buttered-side down, in the middle of the tinfoil. 3. Spread the spaghetti sauce evenly to the edges of the bread. 4. Sprinkle on the cheese, then the other ingredients. 5. Top with the second slice of bread, buttered-side up. 6. Fold over the tinfoil, sealing the contents completely. 7. Place in the fire and cover with coals using tongs or a long stick. 8. Bake 2-3 minutes. 9. Remove with tongs or two long sticks. 10. Allow the foil to cool before removing your delicious pizza Caramel Apple For one serving you will need: * 1 apple * 3 caramel squares * heavy-duty tinfoil to cover the apple completely Directions: 1. Wash and core the apple. 2. Stuff the caramels into the hole. 3. Wrap in tinfoil 4. Bake, covered in coals. After a few minutes, test the apple with a fork. When it is soft, it is ready.
DROWN YOUR FIRE
To put out your fire, spread the coals with a long stick. Sprinkle water or sand over the coals and the rocks. Stir and sprinkle until all the smoke is gone and the fire is completely dead. Take home all your garbage. A good camper leaves the campsite cleaner than he found it.
These recipes can also cooked in an indoor fireplace, on a barbeque grill, or in an indoor oven.