How to Cook Over a Fire


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nothing quite like cooking over the blazing flames of a campfire. Whether
you’ve roasted marshmallows or charred hot dogs, they seem to taste a bit
better when you fire them this way.

food-preparation method appears to be pretty intuitive — you light a fire, then
cook over it. But it’s not always that simple, especially if you plan to prep
something more involved than a s’more. So, keep these five tips in mind before
your next camping trip to ensure your campfire cooking pursuits are successful.

1. Wait Until the Fire is Perfect

soon as you see orange, you might think it’s time to start cooking. However,
the right fire for cooking requires some patience. In general, you want a base
of smoldering coals with just a few logs on top to keep the flames burning. If
your fire just started, you might have to wait anywhere from a half-hour to 45
minutes for it to calm down to cooking temperatures.

2. Don’t Rely on an Open Flame

vision of roasting a marshmallow by plunging it directly into the pyre is a
cooking method that works for that type of food only. The rest of your
campfire-ready eats
will require more careful preparation, or they’ll quickly burn and
char. In many cases, you can place a camping grill over the flames, a perfect
resting spot for burgers and hot dogs so they don’t touch the fire directly.
The same goes for pots and pans in which you’ll heat up or cook meals. You can
also set aside some hot coals over which to roast veggies or other roast-ready

3. Planning Is Key

Even if you’re camping in the woods and therefore have trees and logs surrounding you, you might not be able to use any of them in your campfire. SSome campgrounds prohibit you from using the resources around you as kindling. So, be prepared and bring along high-quality firewood. Not only will this ensure you’ll have the resources to start a fire, but it’ll also make life so much simpler for you — these logs will easily and safely light up and burn for a long time. You’ll have plenty of time to cook your meals and stay warm around your campfire.

4. Build It Slowly and Steadily

fire-starters will dump all their logs into the pit at once and light them up.
But this won’t start a sustainable campfire — it either won’t light, or it’ll
burn out all of your resources rather quickly. So, pace yourself and build your fire

by using only a few logs with plenty of kindling beneath them. This method
gives you a nice, hot base for your fire, and you can continue adding logs on
top as you go to keep it burning. Plus, the temperature will remain steadier,
making cooking simpler, too.

5. Add In Rest Time

you need to remember the foods you prepare over an open flame will cook at a
higher temperature for longer. In other words, when you pull your foodstuffs
out of the flames, they will continue cooking because they have taken in so
much heat. So, take everything out just before you normally would if you were
cooking with traditional appliances. Then, let your food rest and finish
cooking. Finally, you can serve breakfast, lunch or dinner.

cooking is certainly an acquired skill, but these five tips will make it easier
for you to become a skilled outdoor chef. And, with that, you’ll be eating well
whether you’re at home or in the middle of nowhere with only a small fire to
help you.