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Until recently, the only foods we had cooked over an open fire were hot dogs and marshmallows, so this was exciting! I borrowed my sil’s dutch oven to go with my big frying pan, and we were ready for business. Perry used our new wrought iron cooker to prepare a fun and delicious dinner of sausage & scrambled eggs, which we wrapped in tortillas. It was our first foray into campfire cooking, but it went very well and the whole family enjoyed the results. Setup was fast and easy, and cooking was a snap.
Of course there was a learning curve, and a few lessons picked up along the way:
- Hammer the support into the fire area before starting the fire. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself having to lean almost directly over the fire to hammer it into the ground.
- Consider wearing clothes that cover your lower legs. Shorts may feel nice under most circumstances, but not when you’re standing right next to an open fire.
- A ring of rocks is a good idea to provide a physical barrier between you and the fire. We do have a ring of rocks around our regular campfire area, but chose to set up in a bonfire area instead.
- Start your fire well ahead of time and make it bigger and hotter than you think you’ll need, so you can have a nice bed of coals for cooking when you are ready to start.
- Remember that cast iron moves slowly. It heats slowly, and cools slowly.
Ooh, that’s a little hot on the shins…
See the hook on the edge of the cooking grate? You can hang a pot there.
Long pants. Ahh, that’s better. Scrambling eggs now. Sausage pan is off to the side, near enough to stay warm but far enough to keep them from burning.
It’s super easy to use the two long hooks provided to move grates up and down or side to side.
Of course, we topped off our feast with marshmallows roasted on sticks. Now we just need to find some good deals on more cast iron and/or some enameled cookware. I can’t wait to make coffee this way, and Perry is hoping to host a men’s breakfast followed by some target practice for our city-dwelling friends.
Can anyone recommend a good source of recipes for campfire cooking?
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