Re: Utinsiless Cooking
Tim Hewitt (thewitt@FAIRCHILDSEMI.COM)
Wed, 10 Jun 1998 09:48:10 -0400
Jim Peterson <kupete@KUHUB.CC.UKANS.EDU> wrote:
> Okay folks,
> I know this one has been discussed on the list before so rather than get a
> thread going again please mail me privately if you have an answer to:
> What is the BEST (or your favorite) way to bake a potato and corn on the
> cob using no utinsils and no aluminum foil? We are camping on our own
> district acreage so we will be able to have access to rocks, can dig a pit
> and re-plug it, and build campfires.
For potatos, my favorite method is cooked in clay. Find a nice clean source of
clay. Mix in water until you have a good molding clay. Wash the potatoe but
leave the skin on. Wrap the potato in about an inch of clay. Place this
directly in the coals and cover with more coals. In 30-40 minutes, you will
have a perfect potato. The skin will come off with the clay. These can
actually stay in the fire for longer periods without drying out - we've found
"lost" potatoes that were in the fire for 4 hours and were still quite edible.
The clay locks in the moisture and as long as it doesn't crack open, the
potato will not turn to a rock itself :).
You can do this with lots of different foods. Cornish game hens are great this
way - the skins stick to the clay when you crack them open. Fish works really
well this way too. Season with wild onion or bacon inside the cavity, wrap and
bake for 15 minutes.
For corn, carefully peel down the husks and remove the silk. Replace the
husks. Soak in water for 10 minutes. Place directly on the coals. Turn
regularly until done - 10 to 15 minutes.
Tim Hewitt, Scoutmaster
Troop 350, Old Orchard Beach, ME
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City