Foil pack folding
Dan O'Canna (ocanna@ALPHA.CAER.UKY.EDU)
Fri, 22 Aug 1997 11:19:17 -0400
Lots of good recipies have been mentioned but one of the best tips I
ever received came from my Scout WB patrol mate Rick Turnley. He picked
it up at Cub WB. He showed us how to fold a foil pack to avoid burning
the contents. It works every time if done correctly, but is a bit
hard to describe. I'll try.
The goal is to form a boat with an accordian style bottom. It sits
upright and the pleats insulate the food from the hot coals.
1. Take a large sheet of heavy duty foil (the heavier the better) or
a double thickness of normal foil. Fold 4 or 5 acordian type pleats
in the center of the sheet. Fold up the sides and you have a structure
Something like "End view 2" below. (Bad ASCII art follows. Use a fixed
width font like Courier to view.)
Top view End view 1 End View 2
| | | |
| | | |
| | | Food |
|--------------| | |
|--------------| _____/\/\/\/\/\_____ |/\/\/\/\/\|
2. Now you have a trough with a wavy bottom. The trick is to seal the ends
of the trough so they will hold the moisture in. Squeeze the accordain flat
and make a fold at each end at about a 15 degree angle.
Side View Move out about 1/2 inch and make a second
15 degree fold. Move another 1/2 inch and
/| make another 15 degree fold.
/ | The Ends of the "boat" should be at about
/ | 45 degrees. Continue untill the ends are
| | at 90 degrees. Sort of like:
Pleats> | |<open top
| | v open top v
| | ___________________
| | | | Except the curve
\ | | | of the bow and
\ | \ / stern will be
\ | \ / a gradual curve.
^ pleats ^
Spread out the pleats and the "boat" should hold water with out leaking.
Try putting 1/4 cup of rice and an equal amout of water in the bottom.
Use a lean meat and the vegetables of your choice. This is the best foil
pack technique I've ever seen. Even with cheap burger the fat sinks to the
bottom and the rest of the meal is pretty tasty. Forget about the rice
in that case, tho.
Would a few of you try folding a "boat" from these instructions and let me
know if they are clear?
Yours in the spirit of Scouting,
Dan O'Canna Lexington, Kentucky
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City