We love making and eating tin foil dinners! These easy-to-prepare meals are perfect for the first or second night at camp. Do the prep work at home, and you have a delicious meal just waiting to be cooked.
Once you know the basics, you can get creative with the ingredients. The possibilities are endless!
Cooking in foil has many advantages:
There's something about cooking over a campfire that turns just about any food into a feast.
Make up the packets the night before you leave, pop them in the cooler in the morning, and your first night's meal is taken care of!
If you build a campfire as soon as you arrive, it can be burning down to coals while you set up the tent or RV and get your campsite organized.
That means that there are no pots to wash!
A meal that would be just ordinary if cooked on a stove becomes exciting when cooked right in the fire.
Make a separate foil packet for each person. You can adjust the ingredients for individual food sensitivities and preferences.
Better yet, have each person make his or her own packet!
You can put just about any combination of meats and vegetables into a foil dinners, but some work better than others.
Any type of meat works in a foil dinner - but you must ensure that it is cooked thoroughly.
If you're just learning about making tin foil dinners, why not used precooked meat? Then you won't need to worry about whether the meat is cooked.
When the meat is warm and the vegetables are tender, supper is ready!
Here are some suggestions:
Choose vegetables that will hold their shape and not get mushy. These vegetables work especially well in a foil dinner - but feel free to experiment with your favorites.
Unlike most other foods, onions taste great even if they get a little bit burnt.
If you are using raw meat, marinate it before adding it to the packet. Marinating adds flavor, and also keeps the food from sticking to the foil.
If you are not using a marinade, oil or butter the foil before adding the ingredients.
A long-handled spade is the perfect tool for campfire cooking!
It allows you to move coals around, place foil dinners in the coals, and remove them - all without getting too close to the heat of the fire!
You don't want ashes in your food! Open the outer piece of foil carefully and discard it. Shake any ashes off the inner packet before opening it.
Your fingers will get dirty when you open the foil packets. Have soap and water handy - or use homemade baby wipes for a quick and easy cleanup.
If there is uncooked meat or poultry in your packet, put the packet in a plastic bag to prevent juices from leaking. Then put ice in the plastic bag before you put it in your cooler or RV fridge.
Keep the packets scrupulously cold until you are ready to cook.
Plan to cook packets with raw meat or poultry on the first camping day.
This page is a work in progress. I'll post more recipes as I try them. Do you have a favorite tin foil dinner? I'd love to hear about it!
This is delicious and easy. Click here for full instructions.
Wrapping a foil dinner in cabbage leaves keeps the important ingredients from getting burnt!
To make silver turtles, lay a large cabbage leaf on your piece of foil. Top with the ingredients of your choice. (We used thin slices of beef and chunks of onion, potato and carrot.)
Lay another cabbage leaf on top, and wrap in foil as described above.
Cook as you would any tin foil dinner. You can eat the cabbage leaves or not, as you choose.
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