Monday, February 27, 2012
Cooking baked potatoes in a campfire is a great way to have a hot nutritious main dish to eat when you are camping. Many people think it is hard to be cooking baked potatoes on a campfire and nothing could be further from the truth.
First, it is important to make sure you have a right type of potato, as some work better than others do. Russet potatoes and salt potatoes are two great ones to use camping.
You will also want to make sure the potatoes are of uniform size to ensure that they are all done around the same time. As we all know the size of the potatoes varies greatly within the package, and if this is the case for you, it is better to cut the potatoes in chunks and cook them that way.
First, I am going to tell you how to cook with chunks of potatoes and then I will tell you how to do the full potatoes. Both of these are the preparation stages to a great side dish or main meal at your outdoor excursion.
Get a bowl or pan, and cut the potatoes into roughly the same size pieces. Go ahead and chop any items you would like to add to your potatoes at this time. This can include chopped onions, bacon, or even cloves of garlic. Tear off a sheet of tinfoil, place a handful of your potatoes and your toppings on top of that tinfoil. The close that tinfoil up you can make this a ball, or even form a small package.
If you choose to use whole tubers, make sure to pierce the potato in a few different places to allow steam to escape. Get a sheet of tinfoil that is large enough, to cover the baked potato. Put your favorite toppings in there such as onions, bacon, garlic, or even some butter and close the tinfoil.
Now with either preparation method you have chosen it is time to begin cooking baked potatoes in the campfire. You do not want to put these directly within the flames, but you would put them at the edge of the fire by the hot coals. Allow them to cook at least an hour for the chunks of potatoes, or two or more hours for the whole potatoes.
You can also cook these potatoes in packets on the grill but putting them in the campfire makes them taste much better. You can be cooking these while your meat is also being done, this way you have a nice hot meal that is filling and satisfying.
You want to cook these potatoes, more than you usually would because while many of us are camping we use plastic silverware for convenience. You do not want to break the fork by trying to cut the potatoes, the cook them a few extra minutes before you enjoy your meal.