Baking in the woods
Whilst on a previous camping trip, my friends dad had brought out a reflector oven to bake cookies, biscuits and bannock using the fire in the woods. I went home inspired and figured I would make a modification for my billy can to enable me to do a little baking in the woods myself. Here’s how it went.
Keeping the fire above the top of the billy can was the key to getting good heat into the oven. I decided to use Bisquick because all I would need to mix it with were water and herbs for extra flavoring, which was Basil in this case Something simple, but its something useful to help make your stay in the woods as comfortable and as enjoyable as possible.
It took around 15-20 minutes with a rotation in the middle to get them to a golden brown colour on top and a spongy consistency in the middle.
Here’s a simple run down of the entire operation presented to you by my partner in crime.
Over the coming months I will be testing my oven with other foods to see what its limits are, Stay tuned.
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Another way of Baking in the woods Explored
On my latest trip out I wanted to try another way to bake whilst in the woods using my MSR Alpine 1.6 l pot.
In my pot, I mixed the Bisquick with water, Basil and some beef jerky then sealed it and set it next to the fire. Every few minutes I would rotate the pot to make sure the contents would bake through on all sides. After 15-20 minutes it was time to pop the lid and see what I have created.
The middle was still a little gooey but it turned out well and the Beef Jerky was a nice addition.
If you don’t have a frying pan with you, find yourself a flat rock one that isn’t
from a river bed, is completely dry and isn’t made of flint or concrete because these could explode once they are heated up.
place your cooking rock on top of two support rocks then build your fire underneath. Light your fire, stand back and let the fire heat the rock up slowly (there still is a risk of the rock exploding).
Once the rock is nice and hot put your food on, be it bacon, sausage, steaks etc and cook as you would in a frying pan. If you are cooking eggs, add a little oil, butter or wait until the fat from the meat is coating the rock surface so it doesn’t stick.
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