Once you know how to bake a potato in the coals of a campfire, you'll want to eat campfire potatoes every time you go camping!
For some reason, a potato cooked in the campfire tastes infinitely different (and better) than a potato cooked any other way. I don't know why!
I look forward to these all year!
Be sure to start the fire long before you want to eat the potatoes!
Keep adding wood so that you have a hot fire. It doesn't have to be big - just hot.
This will take a while!
You can get ready while you wait.
Here's what you'll need:
You'll need some way to get the potatoes safely into and out of the hot coals. After trial and error, we've discovered the perfect set of campfire cooking tools:
Using these tools allows you to cook over a campfire without worrying about getting burned. You can read more about campfire cooking equipment here.
Don't poke them after you wrap them in foil. Ashes will get in through the holes.
Be patient! If you put the potatoes directly into the flames, you'll get burnt potatoes!
Wait until the flames have died down completely and there is nothing left but red glowing coals.
You might want to rake the coals to one side of the grate and keep the fire going on the other side to supply yourself with fresh coals - especially if you are cooking for a crowd.
Click here for details, and for more campfire cooking tips.
Be careful! Those coals are hot!
Use the spade or tongs to place the potatoes on top of the coals.
You want to make sure that all sides cook evenly.
Part of learning how to bake a potato in a fire is gauging how long they will take to cook.
Unfortunately, I can't tell you how long it will
take. That will depend on the temperature of your coals and the size of the potatoes.
When you suspect that the potatoes might be ready, rake one of them out of the coals and remove it from the fire.
This means one of two things:
Put it back in the coals and wait.
If you have left the potatoes in the fire for too long and they have burned, they won't be soft. The burnt parts will be hard and you might mistakenly think that they are not yet cooked!
Checking the potatoes frequently will avoid this problem.
The good news is that a potato that is burned on the outside will still be edible on the inside!
You won't want to eat the skin, but the innards will be delicious.
Now that you know how to bake a potato in the coals of a campfire, I'm guessing that you'll want to take along a sack of potatoes every time you go camping! I do!
Planning a camping trip? Be sure to visit The Camping Family home page for lots of helpful hints.