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May 8, 2010

CAMP COOKING WITH KIDS



I've accumulated a few recipes for cooking with kids. Many of them tend to involve using tin foil and throw it onto the coals or gill. I'm not a fan of tin foil on my food so I try to avoid this method as much as possible but if your OK with it then go for it. I use wax paper to line the foil as an alternative.
Each child and parent combo has it's own patients level so I have given each recipe a patients level number. PL# just for fun.


SAUSAGE ON A STICK: PL2
Use any precooked sausage or hot dog, skewer it with a metal cooking fork, place the dog on the end and let your child cook over the fire. About 6min on each side or whenever they want to eat it. Mostly your just assisting them to be safe close to fire. Set aside to cool wrap lower half in a paper towel and dip in ketchup.


JIFFY POP POPCORN: PL2
Older kids do great with this, over a grill on the campfire or stove top (a bit easier). Just keep shaking until fully popped. The hardest part of this gig is to keep there fingers out of poking the foil before cooking. This is a classic camping favorite of ours. Ugh


EASY UPGRADE SMORES: PL1
Buy a cookie that already has a chocolate coating like "LU Chocolate Cookies" and simply roast the marshmallow and pop it on top. You can use white, dark or light chocolate. I love these for several reasons, they are easy to handle, not too thick and they taste better to me because I love the amounts of chocolate vs. cookie vs. marshmallow. Serve these up with a wet wipe and don't over due it!


CHOPPING SOUS CHEF: PL2
I got this trick from Adrienne's preschool when she was 3years old. You can find these choppers at the thrift store and they seem to be quite safe. I find I have to be patient and go to town rinsing the veggies or fruit she has chopped after the chopping. Just make sure your not in a hurry to make your meal when you ask them to help you with this. It's also a great way to get your child to snack while they chop chop chop away.

APPLE PIE: PL2
Cut top off apple just to where the stem comes out
Spoon/knife out core to make space for filling
Fill with brown sugar, raisins or cranberries, cinnamon or nuts, whatever your child likes
Wrap in foil/wax paper and toss near coals of fire for 30min, turn once or twice with stick
Open and cool and you have a mushy apple pie tasting treat

BANANA SPLIT: PL1
Cut center of banana length wise with peel on
Sprinkle with brown sugar, chocolate chips, nuts etc...
Wrap in wax paper/foil and place in near fire in coals till warm
Open and cool and you have a Warm Banana Split


ORANGE CAKES: PL4
Cut and hallow an orange as best as you can
Pour pre-made cake batter into orange cup
Add any fillings you want like nuts, chocolate chips etc...
Wrap in the wax paper then foil (or just foil)
Place in coals right side up for
Cook for 15 to 20 minutes turning a few times with tongs
Cool and enjoy yummers!
SEE MAKE CAKE  for full instructions


PIE IRON COOKING: PL2/3
The list of recipes is very long. But this tool The Pie Iron is a fun and simple way to cook with kids. You may need to take over the part where you put it in the fire if they loose interests. Most recipes take about 6minutes. To see more go to PIE IRON'S site.

Basic Instructions
1. Place slice of bread, butter side down, on lower half of cooker. Place a slice of cheese or spoon fruit, meat, or other filling on center of bread (see recipes at above site link).
2. Place second slice of bread, butter side up, on top of fillings. Latch hand; trim off excess bread if necessary.
3. Toast over campfire, fireplace or BBQ until golden brown on both sides. A delicious snack in 4 to 6 minutes. 

PIZZA ON A PITA: PL 2
Toast pita on hot grill on one side
Turn over and add pizza sauce
Add shredded mozzarella cheese
Add any other topping you would like







ADDITIONAL IDEAS
Chocolate milk stove top
Celery with peanut butter or cream cheese and raisins "ants on a log"

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITES!

SEE CAMPING RECIPES 
SEE MAKE CAKE
SEE NATURE LOVING KID STUFF


6 comments:

The Outdoor Baby said...

I have personally have tried, and love, the pie iron idea. I usually make it with canned pie filling in the center and it is very tasty. The cookies with the chocolate already on top is a great idea for s'mores. It makes food packing much easier.

chasecreative said...

I was wondering about it. I haven't actually used one but get the idea and love it.

Mostly I like the "NEW" smoores because they taste so much better, the ratio is better and yes simpler to pack and eat.

Thanks for the post,
Ruth

Marc said...

Our family loves Jiffy Pop! My kids also love bratwurst or steaks thrown right over the campfire. They think its cool to cook over the fire (come to think of it, who doesn't?!). Pancakes are also a favorite, mostly because they can request different shapes, and then make me launch them into the air and try to catch them on a plate. Fortunately my launching/catching combo is usually accurate!

Cold cut sandwiches are also easy, and well received.

chasecreative said...

Mark you sound fun to camp with. I wish I liked to eat pancakes more because they are easy and fun. I end up doing a salami, cheese plate with crackers instead of sandwiches just because if I don't have to manage the mayo from staying out or going bad it's one less thing for me to worry about.

mrsnic said...

I just found your blog - I'm so excited! These recipes and meal ideas are perfect. We don't have kids, but like to make simple meals while camping. You gave us a few new ideas - THANKS for the post.

chasecreative said...

It is so inspiring to hear your post. Did you check out http://campinginstyle.blogspot.com/p/meals.html for more simple recipes
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