Cooking over a campfire is one of the best parts of the camping experience, even if you prefer to camp in a fully-loaded motorhome. Food cooked correctly over an open flame has a rich, smoky flavor, and the experience is like nothing else. It can be tricky, however, if you are not used to the process. Here are a few tips from your friends at Greenwood RV Rentals & Sales to get you started at mastering the art of campfire cooking.
1. Be Prepared
Before you begin, make sure that you have all of the necessary tools. Don’t assume that the campground will have the items that you need, such as dry wood and a camp grill. Some camping veterans would also recommend coming prepared with a Dutch oven. You should also prep all of your ingredients beforehand, to allow you to spend more time cooking.
2. Be Patient
Just because you see flames does not mean that the fire is ready for cooking. An ideal fire consists mainly of hot coals, with just a few logs of burning wood. Depending on the weather conditions, it can take 30-45 min for a fire to burn low enough for optimum cooking. When building the fire, it is important to take your time and add the wood slowly. Don’t build too large of a fire because it will burn too quickly and burn out before you can finish cooking your food.
3. Don’t Cook Directly over the Flame
Cooking food directly over a flame will inevitably lead to burned food. To cook correctly, build your fire on one side of your fire pit or grill and use the other side as a place for hot coals. Then you can place a camp grill directly over the fire to boil water, roast meats, and grill vegetables. The hot coals can be used to cook vegetables in aluminum foil packets, or for baking cobbler in your Dutch oven camp stove.
4. Don’t Overcook Your Food
Many grilling rookies will cook their food for too long because they do not account for carryover cooking. Carryover cooking occurs when food is resting but continuing to cook after being removed from the primary heat source. To avoid over-cooking, remove the food from heat just before you typically think you should. Cover meat with foil and let it rest for about 10 minutes before serving.
When you’re ready to take on campfire cooking on your next RV trip, contact Greenwood RV Rentals & Sales at (317) 413-0817 to secure your RV, motorhome, or travel trailer rental. We proudly serve central Indiana, including Greenwood and Indianapolis.