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    Lord knows there are a ton of tricks as far as producing a good meal in the out doors- what are yours?

    On this recent class, we used a couple on tools from my box. The first was making an adjustable grill for the shish kabobs. This involve cutting 4 "Y" shaped sticks about 6 " long and pushing them into the edges of the hearth. Then, a straight stick is placed in the forks of two of the "Ys" on each side of the coals. This provides a rack for skewers to be placed across. It is adjustable for elevation by altering the depth the forked pegs are placed in the ground. The skewers can be moved from side-to-side to find the right temperature. If green skewers are used, and the fire is low and controlled (mainly coals) there should be no problem with flaming skewers....

    The other trick is the use of a hammered steel wok. They are very versatile, and work perfectly on hot coals for pan or stir-frying. By using two logs laid for a hunters fire, they are useful for boiling or stewing. They do not weigh much, and make a pretty good rain cap for a pack. I think if you try a wok in the field you will like it!

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    I really don't have any little tricks. I either us a Dakota Fire Pit, an open fire or a Littlbug Senior stove for my cooking. I do carry stainless wire to hang meat from and such.

    My favorite thing to do is catch some trout, wrap them in tinfoil and place them right in the coals!!!! Now if I can mix that trout with some "hen of the woods" or "chicken of the woods" mushrooms and wild leeks I'm in heaven.

    The stainless wire works so well for cooking.
    Last edited by Snow Walker; 06-07-2011, 11:27 AM.

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    • #3
      That wire is a good trick! I have never done that.

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      • #4
        Those are great tricks! Ill try those on our next camping adventure! thanks!
        If the zombies chase us, Im tripping you!!!

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        • #5
          Stop by a welding shop and ask to buy a couple stainless steel TIG rods.....very versatile.
          Live like you'll die tomorrow, learn like you'll live forever.

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          • #6
            When we camp with our Cubs....we take omelet fixings in separate bags....and a jug full of eggs.( we precook sausage and/or bacon).

            give each person a heavy duty freezer bag and have them put in the ingredients that they want in their omelet....then 2 to 3 eggs poured over top.....close the bag well and drop in boiling water until cooked to liking.

            It's good for a picky crowd...they get what they want.
            Live like you'll die tomorrow, learn like you'll live forever.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Echo2 View Post
              When we camp with our Cubs....we take omelet fixings in separate bags....and a jug full of eggs.( we precook sausage and/or bacon).

              give each person a heavy duty freezer bag and have them put in the ingredients that they want in their omelet....then 2 to 3 eggs poured over top.....close the bag well and drop in boiling water until cooked to liking

              It's good for a picky crowd...they get what they want.
              That is a wonderful idea!!! My kids are so picky!
              If the zombies chase us, Im tripping you!!!

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              • #8
                one thing I like to do when fishing, is get a bunch of clay gut the fish, remove the head. place spices or what have you inside the fish. then pack half of the fish in clay, then place tin foil tabs along the edge of the clay, then finish packing the fish till its completely enclosed in clay. then place into the fire. once its finished split the clay along the tabs then peel it open. the clay pulls the scales off and you have nicely steamed and seasoned fish.

                you can use the same method for cooking birds too.

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                • #9
                  I have never bothered using clay- I just put gutted fish in the coals- when the fins pull out easily they are done!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Curdog View Post
                    I have never bothered using clay- I just put gutted fish in the coals- when the fins pull out easily they are done!
                    Heathen, Heathen I say. I bet you dont use salt on French fries either..LOL.

                    you should try it some time. most tender, flaky fish youve ever eaten.

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                    • #11
                      I used to cook often in an open pit with grill. I made a lot of meals for example using a whole potato and corn on the cob both wrapped separately in tin foil with burgers or franks on the grill. I put the potatoes and corn in first and get them going and the burgers and franks on later.

                      The nice thing is no water needed and it's hard to screw them up just don't rush things. Then out come the paper plates so no washing needed there and I can incinerate the garbage right there on the hottest wood or coals. The foil won't disappear but I never had critters get too curious. I don't like to waste food so it might be 1 burger each for me and the mrs and and 1 and 1 of the others for just the 2 of us. Great for catfish with seasoning too one of my favorites.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by oldsoldier View Post
                        I used to cook often in an open pit with grill. I made a lot of meals for example using a whole potato and corn on the cob both wrapped separately in tin foil with burgers or franks on the grill. I put the potatoes and corn in first and get them going and the burgers and franks on later.

                        The nice thing is no water needed and it's hard to screw them up just don't rush things. Then out come the paper plates so no washing needed there and I can incinerate the garbage right there on the hottest wood or coals. The foil won't disappear but I never had critters get too curious. I don't like to waste food so it might be 1 burger each for me and the mrs and and 1 and 1 of the others for just the 2 of us. Great for catfish with seasoning too one of my favorites.
                        I don't know about you, but I love the cajun style catfish!!!!!!!!!!!

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                        • #13
                          I did like cajun but now it doesn't like me. Some Italian bread crumbs or similar seasoning works for me.

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                          • #14
                            Tenn, I used that clay method with my Scouts last month. Works best I think with pan fish. Lately here is Illinois they seem to be jumping on the hooks!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by emergprep View Post
                              Tenn, I used that clay method with my Scouts last month. Works best I think with pan fish. Lately here is Illinois they seem to be jumping on the hooks!
                              Lucky... nada around here...
                              If the zombies chase us, Im tripping you!!!

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