Campfire Cooking: Dessert Dumplings to Make When Camping


An essential for cooking while camping is a good quality iron skillet or frying pan ( not teflon coated) You can use it to make eggs, pancakes, bacon and you can also use to cook over a campfire. Here are some easy-ish recipes to make make over a campfire- go beyond hot dogs and s’smores!

Recipe for Dessert Dumplings to Make Over Campfire

These dumpings cook in their own delicious sauce.
1 cup Bisquick ( or similar) biscuit mix
1 cup raisins ( optional – you can also use other dried fruit like chopped apricots, dates, etc)
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
1 egg lightlty beaten
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup milk

Topping
2 cups brown sugar
2 cups water
1/4 cup butter

This makes enough for about 6-8 people or 10 kids.

Combine biscuit mix with raisins and add nuts. In large bowl beat egg and add brown sugar, vanilla and milk. Stir egg mixture into dry ingredients and mix well.
In large skillet, combine topping ingrdients. auce ingredients; heat to boil. Add dumpling batter to sauce by tablespoonfuls. Cover with lid or foil and let simmer over low heat for about 25 minutes. You can make over hot coals or stovetop.

Make Your Own Firestarters For Camp Fire and Fireplace

I make a bunch of these in the Fall when I am making candles for gifts. I sue the left over wax for making these fire starters and citronella candles.

Making your own firestarters is very easy. You don;t need and candle making supplies- stuff you have hanging around in your kitchen will be fine. The only thing you may need to buy is some cedar chips ( can buy at any pet store or department store it is used as bedding for hamsters, etc) . Get a small bag- a little goes a LONG way.

Here are supplies:

Wax ( you can use canning was i.e. paraffin wax available at grocery store, old candles, cehap dollar store candles or buy at craft supply store. If you have a choice get wax meant for pillar or votive and not container wax)

Double boiler or similar. If you have old metal coffee can use this. You are going to melt wax and add wood chips and is messy. If you have an old pot or metal coffee can this would be good to use.

Cedar chips or similar. ( some people will also use dryer lint or shredded paper)

Optional: very small paper cups, cardboard egg cartons or large ketchup cups found at fast food restaurants.

1. Melt the was on your stove top. Do not do this without double boiler- never have pot with wax on direct heat. Keep on eye on wax so it doesn’t get too hot- when it is melted and clear you are good to go.

2. Add wood shaving/lint/paper and stir. You Will need to act fast so wax doesn’t harden. Add enough so material is pretty much covered.

3. You can just put blob on cookie sheets and use just as is. I find this messy. I prefer to put into egg cartons and cut up. Also can can spoon into ketchup containers.

4. Done!

All you have to do is light with match when you are starting a fire. these work better than any fire starter I have ever bought.
I keep in ziplock bag.

If you are using as fire starter for your fireplace I would add more material to wax- too much wax can cause creosote buildup in your fireplace liner.

Also- do NOT dispose of old wax or melted was down your drain. It will clog.

Trail Mix and Trail Snack Recipes for Hiking

When hiking its important to carry food that is compact and high in carbohydrate and protein- most trail mixes will fit the bill. Save $$$ by making yourself. here are some eay do-it-yourself recipes for making your own trail mix :

Hiker’s Trail Mix:
1 cup Granola
1/2 cup Peanuts
1/2 cup Raisins
1 cup cheerios or shreddies/ chex mix / any dry cereal
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips or mini m&m’s

Put in ziplock bag and shake

“Apple Pie” Trail Mix

This one is a family favourite- great for lunch boxes too!

1 egg white
1 T. water
1 lb bag of almonds/walnuts or pecan halves
1 cup white sugar
1/2 t. salt
1 t. cinnamon
dried apple rings, cut into quarters
Golden Grahams cereal or chex cereal

Beat egg white and water until frothy. Mix in sugar, salt and cinnamon. Add nuts and stir until well-coated. Spread on a large baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Bake at 200*F for one hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Remove from oven when the nuts are dry and toasted. When cool, mix with cereal and apple rings. Store in airtight container or ziploc bag.

Camping Recipes: Delicious Vegetarian Chile Con Carne – All dry/canned goods

This is delicious- I make this at home even when we are not camping. A good one for dry camping or if you are in remote area and no access to fresh foods.

Ingredients:
Chile spices: Cumin, garlic powder or sale and chili powder. dried onion flakes You can also buy package of your favorite brand i.e. Club House Chile Spice
salt
Canned Carrots
Canned corn ( NOT cream of corn!)
can of black beans
can of red kidney beans
optional- can of chick peas
2 cans diced or whole tomatoes. I like plum.
optional- bulgur wheat ( this gives it some “meat” ). Soak in the juices of tomatoes for about 1/2 hour if you like.
Vegetable oil.

Ad about Tbs. vegetable oil to large pot. Stir is spices, add all your canned goods. Check spices- add salt to taste. Add bulgur wheat ( if you choose) simmer for about 20mins-1/2 hour. Serve with rice or bread.
This like most chiles is even better the next day.

Camping Recipes: Quesadillas – Fast Easy and Nutritious

I am putting together a meal plan for camping trip and posting some of our tried and true meals and recipes that we make while camping. We seldom do total dry camping but are often in remote areas. Most recipes assume you have a cooler.

Kids LOVE these Quesadillas- they are easy and fast to make.
I spend the extra money and buy pre-shredded cheese when camping.

Shredded or grated cheese. You choice can be Monterrey jack, mozzarella, cheddar or a blend of “nacho” cheeses.
Tortillas
Vegetable oil
optional: vegetables such as mushrooms, diced tomatoes, jalapenos, zucchini, green pepper, etc. If using raw saute first.
You can also try canned mushrooms and other veggies.

Heat oil in frying pan. Lay down tortilla and sprinkle on cheese and other fillings. Fold over. Turn over when one side is golden brown. Cook until cheese melted.

Serve with salsa and sour cream.

Make Cool Campfire Colors- Make Colored Flames for your Campfire!

Amaze Your Friends and Family with these cool campfire trick- You can create some really neat special effects with some common and not so common- household chemicals.

To add to fire- Use duct tape lay a piece of duct tape out- about a 3-4″ strip- put a few spoonful of ONE chemical of your choice on the tape and fold over- making sure edges are sealed. DO NOT MIX THESE CHEMICALS- EVER!!!!!
When ready to add to fire- just toss the whole packet in :)

Copper Chloride : makes a BLUE flame, Can be found at Fire Work chemical companies- my favourite is SkyLighter.com

Borax : Light yellow-Green Flame (but this at any supermarket in laundry section)

Copper Sulfate: makes a green flame in campfire. Buy in pool/spa chemical store or Fireplace store.

Lithium Chloride: bright pink/red flame . Can buy here http://secure.sciencecompany.com/Strontium-Chloride-100g-P15973C672.aspx

Salt Peter:(potassium nitrate).For a violet-purple flame.

Epsom salt(Magnesium Sulfate}makes a bight white flame in campfires- buy pretty much anywhere.

Strontium Chloride: makes red flame in campfire. Stores specializing in fireworks chemicals.
also here : http://secure.sciencecompany.com/Strontium-Chloride-100g-P15973C672.aspx

Potassium Chloride: makes a deep purple flame in campfire. Sold as a water softener salt and starter fertilizer in most gardening sections..

Alum (thallium): a nice bright green flame in campfire. Used for pickling but can also buy cheap at drugstore- ask pharmacist.

Calcium Chloride : nice blue flame – is sold commercially as the product ” Damp-Rid” to get rid of moisture.

Table Salt (sodium chloride)- make an orange flame.

Boric Acid – deep red flame. Buy at any pharmacy.