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If you have cooked over a campfire, please come here and help me.....

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TooTicky Tue 30-Sep-08 13:09:54

We are doing something mad this weekend and I have never cooked anything more ambitious than a marshmallow over a fire, and that was over 20 years ago.

SO, what is the best way to cook veggie sausages over a large fire? Clean hazel twigs? Skewers? Long-handled forks?
Pretty please smile

Overmydeadbody Tue 30-Sep-08 13:11:31

The best way is too cook them over hot embers, not open flames, unless you want them burnt chargrilled.

You can just use a grill like you have on top of a bbq, or hold them over with twigs/forks/skewers

QueenBhannae Tue 30-Sep-08 13:12:17

I read that as cocked over a campfire! [lush]
Baked apples in tinfoil filled with raisins were what we did as brownies..

QueenBhannae Tue 30-Sep-08 13:12:42

eek! blush not lush!!

TooTicky Tue 30-Sep-08 13:14:29

Hmm...there will be a communal fire and I don't quite know what it will be like.
There is the option of bringing a stove (I don't have one) but with 4 dc to keep an eye on....well, I just want to keep things as simple as possible grin

AnarchyAunt Tue 30-Sep-08 13:14:30

Can't you just take a frying pan and balance it on the fire? I have spent months on end cooking over fires, but usually use a pan of some sort.

If you really want to do them straight on the fire then twigs are fine, but looong ones! Or use a metal grill and barbecue them.

One thing though - if treated wood (ie, pallets, planks, etc) is burned the smoke is v v nasty and you don't want it in the food.

expatinscotland Tue 30-Sep-08 13:14:40

i wrap things like sausages in foil and cook them over embers or bury them in embers.

Overmydeadbody Tue 30-Sep-08 13:14:45

You can wrap all sorts of things in tinfoil and throw them in the hot embers too.

TooTicky Tue 30-Sep-08 13:15:52

See, I have this vision of a huge, towering fire swarming with people and...and... me just standing there with my boxes of sausages feeling helpless blush

tarantula Tue 30-Sep-08 13:17:53

Def wait till fire dies down like OMDB says. Not sure large fires and cooking really go together tbh. Can you have a small cooking fire which is seperate and rig up a grill over it. Much easier than sticks/long handled forks. Even better in a pan over the fire.

TooTicky Tue 30-Sep-08 13:23:37

Right, embers. Pan. Possibly foil.

Not sure I can take responsibility for my own fire - dc enough to look after really.

I will be an efficient outdoorsy type...one day...it's just the combination of fighting boys/wandering tiddler and fire that worries me.

So how long do veggie sausages take in the embers? Apples? Potatoes? [daring]

TooTicky Tue 30-Sep-08 13:24:17

The fire will probably be just right - is all being done by good, sensible people.

andiem Tue 30-Sep-08 13:26:05

bananas and chocolate is agood one
slit banana lengthways stuff nice choc in wrap in foil chuck on fire for 10 15 mins yummy

EachPeachPearMum Tue 30-Sep-08 16:48:58

Forget the sausages? and do baked apples, potatoes, marshmallows (on wooden skewers) or can you not eat gelatine?
Core the apples, stuff hollow with raisins, wrap in foil, in embers.
Um- we always hung pans on hooks from a stick, hanging between 2 sets of forked sticks at either end IYSWIM.

Metal coat hanger, unbent and wrapped round a long stick, makes a good sausage fork apparently. Have just read so in the Cool Camping Cookbook (every MNetter camping bible grin)

TooTicky Wed 01-Oct-08 23:08:46

chhocolate bananas sound interesting.

No, I don't eat gelatine. I know veggie marshmallows exist but I have left it too late to order any.

Nice tip about the coathanger - thanks!!

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