As far as I’m concerned, the easiest forms of campfire cooking are the Campfire Foil Cooking. This easiest form of cooking can be done anywhere, on any fire and what’s more, it’s cheaper than any other type. Besides, some other types of campfire cooking require equipment such as dutch ovens, tripods or racks.
In this kind of cooking, an aluminum foil is used as a package to shield the food from the direct heat of the fire.The aluminum foil will steam the food and produce the food’s own juices which in turn maintain maximum to the cooked food and keep it tender. The best thing with the foil packets is that you can cook and grill your food directly or indirectly with the fire meaning on top of the fire or near the fire. Let us go through some campfire foil cooking guide and a recipe you can try out.
Unlike grilling which allows for the smoke to get into the food, cooking food in a foil will rarely let the smoke get into the food being cooked. If you are not a fan of grill marks and caramelization on your food, then aluminum foil is your best choice. You may think of Campfire Foil Cooking more like stewing or steaming food. The foil can be used to cook just about everything but vegetables are the most excellent choice for that.
As we all are aware of the health and environmental effects that come with repetitive use and burning of foil, precautions need to be taken when using the foil. These precautions are meant to alleviate risks and keep your home safe from these hazards.Basically, safety should be taken as a priority and responsible use of the foil is also highly encouraged.
The Hows On Campfire Foil Cooking.
- For a better cooking experience, you can use the heavy duty aluminum foil which is thicker to tear or burn.However, you can wrap your food twice or thrice in regular foil, this will work too as a heavy duty aluminum foil.
- Place your food to steam or stew, such as any combination of vegetables, meat, and poultry, at the center of a large piece of aluminum foil. Then if you want to flavor the food, add some seasonings or herbs. You can add some aromatic herbs like thyme and bay along with onions and garlic in your food, these will diffuse the food with fragrant aromas when the juices steam inside.
- The aluminum foil can also hold a bit of liquid. You can drizzle with olive oil, but what I’ve always been doing is putting a pat or two of butter, or a splash of wine or stock, in that way you can make your food smell and taste better.
- Use salt and pepper to season the food.
- Wrap up the sides to create a bowl with all your ingredients, seasonings and herbs in the foil. To make sure that the liquid doesn’t drip out, you can pinch or fold the foil together at the top. This ensures the liquids remain in the packet and the steam infuse most of the flavor.
- Keep it close enough to the heat and when the food is ready, you will hear the hissing sound of the steam and will bubble inside within few minutes. But you should not place the foil directly into the fire, if you do so, the foil will become brittle and burn then will pop open. It is advisable you place the food close enough to the heat not directly.
- Cooking time will depend on the type of food you are preparing, the amount of heat of your fire and the size of your package in the Campfire Foil Cooking.Cooking is generally pretty quick because of the boiling liquid in the package steams the food inside. You can check whether your food is done with a fork by opening the pack if it needs more time to cook, wrap it back and continue cooking. Generally, when you cook stiff vegetables such as carrots and potatoes, it will take your a bit more time to make them soft.
Some Basic Campfire Foil Cooking Guide
Don’t allow your child to use foil in the microwave if the appliance has a metal shelf, metal rack or metal turntable, advises the United States Department of Agriculture. Aluminum foil can spark, releasing unhealthy toxins. If your microwave doesn’t have any metal interior components, you may use small pieces of foil to shield areas of food that may burn, such as the delicate tips of chicken wings. Teach your child to cover food with a paper towel, plastic wrap or microwave safe lid. If a frozen meal comes in a foil-lined container, follow specific microwave instructions on the food package.
Aluminum foil conducts heat and provides a solid barrier to keep food moist and bacteria away. You can remove aluminum foil wrapped leftovers from the refrigerator and warm them in the oven. Leaving the food wrapped in foil maintains the food’s moisture and keeps the oven clean. For the people who enjoy baking, you can line a cookie sheet with foil to create a non-stick surface for the treats.
If the foil burns from high oven temperature or cooking over a campfire, do not eat the food. Incinerated foil releases toxic metals and gases. Lower the oven temperature or move foil-wrapped food higher above an open cooking flame.
When used correctly, foil serves as an economical, handy, safe and recyclable kitchen tool. After cooking with foil, have the teen hand-wash the recyclable material. If you can include aluminum soda cans in your recycling program, aluminum foil will also be accepted. It takes foil approximately 400 years to biodegrade in landfills, according to Earth911, making it even more important to teach your children how to keep the environment healthy by recycling aluminum foil.
To completely avoid burning foil and inhaling toxic fumes, use an alternative. Parchment paper works well when lining a baking sheet or pan for use in the oven. The paper also provides a non-stick surface. Check the package label for compatibility before using parchment paper in the microwave or on a grill. When not heating food, try using plastic wrap or a plastic storage bag labeled for food use to provide a moisture and bacteria barrier.
So what kinds of food can you make whit the aluminum foil? I tried salmon and this is how I prepared it.
Foil-Wrapped Camping Recipes
Grilled Foil Salmon with Herbs and Lemon
Your salmon should be sliced to considerate fillets and the bones well chopped off to avoid choking.
Placing the foil near the fire will also cook well or placing on a grill will also do.
- 4 salmon fillets
- 8 slices of lemon
- 4 tbsp. mustard
- 4 sprigs of dill,
- 4 sprigs of tarragon
- 4 tbsp. butter
- 2 garlic cloves( minced)
- 1 shallot (sliced)
- olive oil
- sea salt
- fresh cracked
- black pepper,
- tin foil
- Use sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper to season the salmon fillets. On the surfaces of each salmon fillets, spread 1 tbsp. of mustard.
- On each salmon fillets, you need to layer 2 lemon slices, a sprig of tarragon and dill, a few slices of shallot, 1 tbsp. of butter, and some garlic. Use a big gulp of olive oil to splash the tops of the fillets.
- Use tin foil to wrap salmon fillets individually.
- Put the wrapped salmon with tin foil on fire directly.
- Cook until the fish is cooked, that may take about 6-8 minutes.
- Top it with some blue cheese and herbs.
Slicing of the salmon has to be precise to avoid choking on the bones. When the foil is burnt at high temperatures may be toxic. Avoid burning them too much.