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Cooking Styles
  • On a Stick:

    This is the most common way of cooking at campfires for kids. Stick a hotdog on a stick, give it to the kid, and let him cook. It's a great way to warm up simple food like that, but it is also a useful way t o cook individual servings.

    Pros:

    • simple
    • no tools
    • easy to regulate cooking by changing position of food

    Cons:

    • only a few foods can be cooked this way
    • people tend to destroy environment collecting green sticks
    • often lots of wasted food due to dropping and burning
    • all those hot, pointed sticks and flaming marshmallows can be dangerous

    Food Suggestions:

    • Marshmallows
    • Hotdogs
    • Pig on a Stick
    • Bannock - bread dough wrapped on stick

     

     

    On a Grill:

     Just like barbequeing on the gas grill at home.

    Pros:

    • cook any barbeque food
    • simple to use
    • easy to see how cooking is going

    Cons:

    • heavy, dirty grill to pack

    Food Suggestions:

    • Hamburgers, hotdogs, steak, the usuals
      Shish-kabobs

     

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    In Foil:

    Wrap up your food, toss it in the coals, and wait awhile. Everyone gets to put their own meal together just the way they want.

    Pros:

    • cook pretty much anything
    • simple
    • individuals get just what they want
    • lightweight

    Cons:

    • easy to mix up who's is who's
    • challenge to remove meals
    • hard to tell when food is done
    • tend to have burned waste
    • dirty foil to pack out

     

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     In Coals:

    Forget the foil, just put the food right in the coals.

    Pros:

    • fun
    • simple
    • no tools
    • lightweight

    Cons:

    • not really a lot you can easily cook this way
    • easy to ruin food
    • be careful when removing food

     Food Suggestions:

    • Egg in Orange Peel
    • Coat an egg or potato with a layer of thick mud paste and cook it.
    • Ears of corn soaked in water first
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Cooking without Utensils: Meghalaya way

Rice: If you have to cook rice without any utensils, then follow the steps below:

  • Take a bamboo vessel (make your own by taking a bamboo big enough and cut off one end of the node and leave the other)
  • Fill it with 3/4th water and filled pre-washed rice
  • Stuffed the rice grains properly with a stick.
  • Close the mouth with some leaves clean one, please or find some banana leaves they will do just fine.
  • Put the vessel inside some wood fire charcoals and let it cook slowly.
  • Wait for about 30 mins. and turn the it frequently to avoid being burned.
  • After 30 mins. walla! Your Rice is cook.


Egg: cooking or baking an egg without utensils is also as easy.

  • Take an egg, cover it with mud
  • Pierce the poles with a pin, this will prevent the egg from exploding
  • Roast it in wood fire and your egg will be ready after 5-7 mins.

Chapatis/Bread: Cooking these stuff is also as simple as lighting the fire itself:

  • Take the flour and mixed it into a dough in some plastic bag
  • Seal the bag for some time, while you light your fire
  • Over the fire, lay a clean stone and let it get heated, this will take about half an hour, thus you may always start by lighting the fire first.
  • You can get pretty good stones from rivers and they are particularly smooth and will not crack on heating.
  • When the stone is hot enough, take a small lump of dough flattened it on some polythene bag or slapped it on your palms
  • Lay it on the stone, turn when one side is cook and your bread/chapatti is ready


Try this: Making tea:
This will take lots of practices and time to master the skill

  • Light a tripod fire and let it burn nicely till only embers are left, big firewood will serve the purpose well.
  • From the tripod, suspend your polythene over some height, pre-add tealeaves and sugar.
  • Go for your stalking and when you are back your tea is ready.
    The secret of this method is Ignition temperature. As long as the polythene bag has not reached its ignition temperature it will not burn down, the same theory applies to paper also.
     
 
 
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