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Monthly Project - May 2013
« on: May 01, 2013, 03:54:01 PM »
Well, it's that time again!

For the May monthly project, (more of an activity this time, really) we will be cooking outdoors.

In order to include as many people as possible, this is going to be a personal challenge sort of thing. Some urban city dwelling members might not be well situated to build a camp fire, but they might be able to find a spot to fire up an alcohol burner or a twig stove.

The goal for this month is to challenge yourself. If you've never cooked outdoors before, now is a great time to familiarize yourself with the quintessential backyard pastime, grilling! :thumbsup: For those of you who grill all the time but never cooked over a campfire, do it! For those of you who have cooked over a campfire often, challenge yourself by trying a different method.

There are hundreds of different ways to cook outdoors so any of us should be able to find a method we haven't tried before.


Have fun, be safe, and let's see what you come up with!

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Re: Monthly Project - May 2013
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2013, 03:57:34 PM »
This one sounds fun

looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with

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Re: Monthly Project - May 2013
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2013, 04:21:47 PM »
Perfect timing on this challenge.   And we can put in more than one picture as we learn different ways of cooking out there?
 
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Re: Monthly Project - May 2013
« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2013, 09:37:31 PM »
Sure thing WW, post as many different methods as you like to try. :)

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Re: Monthly Project - May 2013
« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2013, 07:39:29 PM »
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Re: Monthly Project - May 2013
« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2013, 09:25:51 PM »
All sorts of firsts for me tonight. :)
 
I got to start a fire in my new fire pit, so its not shiney new anymore. 
I used my little 2 qt. Dutch oven to cook a cornish hen (first) and carrots underneath it.
I used wood coals and not charcoal briquettes , wich I was nervous about, being a beginner.
I got to learn how a lid lifter works.  And I didnt get ashes on anything. whew.
 

 
 

 
Another first is using the camera's resizer.. so I have no idea on how big the pix will be in here.
 
Oh ya.. got beaned in the head by a bat too.  hah.
 
I took the chicken out , cleaned up the oven and then made the peach cobbler mentioned in the food forum.   DIdnt burn that either.   whew.
 
Lessons learned..  I need a new type of tongs.. mine want to twist when grabbing coals.  I need to find myself a pair of leather gloves.  And I need to quit peeking...... :)
 
It was a fun experience!!!   And sitting there listening to the geese, loons, frogs, robins, turkeys and sand cranes making their noises I enjoyed my evening out there.
 
 
 
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Monthly Project - May 2013
« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2013, 09:43:59 PM »
Congrats WW... That's awesome and it looks delicious :cheers:
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Re: Monthly Project - May 2013
« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2013, 09:59:16 PM »
That looks great WW! And congrats. :cheers:


Going to give mine a try as soon as we get a break in the rain.

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Re: Monthly Project - May 2013
« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2013, 10:00:32 PM »
HOORAY for WW :banana: Hope you saved me a drumstick! :drool:

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Re: Monthly Project - May 2013
« Reply #9 on: May 06, 2013, 10:06:05 PM »
Thanks guys..   I didnt DARE burn nuttin...    :)
 
LOL Wolfy..  that drumstick is smaller than most wing sections.. are you sure you dont want a bird of your own?   :)  I split it with hubby.. he ate the two wings and went back to bed.   :-\    No compliments from him.  humph.
 
I did a report on the peach cobbler under PW's beginner dutch oven post.   At least..I think thats where I put it.
 
If its not raining tomorrow I'm going to make another fire and cook my first bannock I think....
 
 
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Re: Monthly Project - May 2013
« Reply #10 on: May 06, 2013, 10:22:57 PM »
Oh, yeah.....I forgot that it was a Cornish hen!    Better make me a whole one. 8).   Good luck with the bannock tomorrow! O:-)
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Monthly Project - May 2013
« Reply #11 on: May 06, 2013, 10:32:50 PM »
How did you start your fire WW?
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Re: Monthly Project - May 2013
« Reply #12 on: May 06, 2013, 11:36:01 PM »
Umm.. do I have to tell?   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
14 newspapers and a bic lighter.    :P
 
 
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Re: Monthly Project - May 2013
« Reply #13 on: May 07, 2013, 07:34:26 AM »
Great looking meal WW. 
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Re: Monthly Project - May 2013
« Reply #14 on: May 07, 2013, 07:40:16 AM »
All sorts of firsts for me tonight. :)
 
I got to start a fire in my new fire pit, so its not shiney new anymore. 
I used my little 2 qt. Dutch oven to cook a cornish hen (first) and carrots underneath it.
I used wood coals and not charcoal briquettes , wich I was nervous about, being a beginner.
I got to learn how a lid lifter works.  And I didnt get ashes on anything. whew.
 

 
 

 
Another first is using the camera's resizer.. so I have no idea on how big the pix will be in here.
 
Oh ya.. got beaned in the head by a bat too.  hah.
 
I took the chicken out , cleaned up the oven and then made the peach cobbler mentioned in the food forum.   DIdnt burn that either.   whew.
 
Lessons learned..  I need a new type of tongs.. mine want to twist when grabbing coals.  I need to find myself a pair of leather gloves.  And I need to quit peeking...... :)
 
It was a fun experience!!!   And sitting there listening to the geese, loons, frogs, robins, turkeys and sand cranes making their noises I enjoyed my evening out there.
 
 
 
WW.

  The next time you make Cornish hens,  try this.

  Rinse your birds and pat dry,  put them in a large zip lock freezer bag and add one can of frozen apple juice concentrate and put them in the fridge over night to marinate,  the next day------
  Cut up a few Granny Smith apples,  leave the skins on but take out the seeds,  cut them into wedges (eight to each apple),  put a few wedges and a couple of tablespoons full of Golden raisins in the birds cavities after salting a little,  place the birds in your Dutch Oven along with the rest of the apple wedges and a cup of rasins,  the marinade liquid,  a med. onion (chopped),  one stalk of cellery (chopped),  and two cloves of garlic (smashed).
  Drizzle a little light olive oil over the birds, add a pinch of seasoned salt and pepper, cover and cook at about 350 for about one hour,  when the birds are cooked take them out and set aside (tent them with Foil).
  Now get the pan juices simmering and mash what ever is left of the apples, raisins, onion, and cellery while the sauce is reducing,  you want it to end up at about the same consistency of maple syrup,  when it's reduced strain out the remaining bits,  drizzle the sauce over the birds, reserve some sauce for adding more at the table, return the birds to the oven for another 10 minutes to glaze the birds,  then serve.

  Warning,  if you have guests,  they will try to drink the sauce right out of the serving dish,  it's that good,  you may end up having to restrain them so that there's enough to go around.   :)
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Re: Monthly Project - May 2013
« Reply #15 on: May 07, 2013, 08:22:02 AM »
 :thumbsup: from me, to UTC & WW!
Nice looking chow! Bet both of your "projects" were delicious!
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Re: Monthly Project - May 2013
« Reply #16 on: May 12, 2013, 08:45:50 PM »
Cooked my first Camp Dutch Oven recipe today. Came out good!

http://bladesandbushcraft.com/index.php/topic,5803.new.html#new





Still a couple of weeks to go so get out there and cook something! :thumbsup:

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« Reply #17 on: May 12, 2013, 08:49:21 PM »
That looks good PW... :thumbsup:
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Re: Monthly Project - May 2013
« Reply #18 on: May 13, 2013, 05:42:51 PM »
AHH, GRASSHOPPA......I see you used the time-honored RING method of coal placement! :hail:    Your browning couldn't have been more even! :thumbsup: :drool:

I think I might even try that myself, next time......I've heard it works well. 8)
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Re: Monthly Project - May 2013
« Reply #19 on: May 14, 2013, 06:15:49 AM »
Wolfy:  I took a class through the Boy Scouts and they said that's the way to do it with out burning food.  When using charcoals too many/too little will cause uneven cooking and/or burning.

   

When using coals from the fire, I don't think there is a science (at least I haven't figured it out).  Trial and error and just make sure you aren't burning by peaking once in a while.
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Re: Monthly Project - May 2013
« Reply #20 on: May 17, 2013, 09:13:04 PM »
Just a bump as we are a little past the halfway mark for May. Let's see some al fresco cooking!

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Re: Monthly Project - May 2013
« Reply #21 on: May 17, 2013, 10:23:51 PM »
Ya..what he said ^^^^^  :)     

Come on someone.. cook a fish on a stick so I can see how its done.  :)   



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Re: Monthly Project - May 2013
« Reply #22 on: May 27, 2013, 02:01:13 PM »
Do marshmellows in the backyard count?
What a great day to be outside.

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Re: Monthly Project - May 2013
« Reply #23 on: May 27, 2013, 06:06:31 PM »
Do marshmellows in the backyard count?

Yes, as long as it's something new to you. :)

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Re: Monthly Project - May 2013
« Reply #24 on: May 27, 2013, 06:19:44 PM »
Darn, I am making a reflector oven from some left over roof valley but I don't think it will be done by months end.
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Re: Monthly Project - May 2013
« Reply #25 on: May 27, 2013, 06:48:36 PM »
Darn, I am making a reflector oven from some left over roof valley but I don't think it will be done by months end.

Nothing stopping you from posting it in June. :) These projects do not have a deadline. I try to encourage members to participate in the same month that a project is posted, mostly so that we can all see what each other came up with in a similar time frame. But there is no rule limiting participation to one month.

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Re: Monthly Project - May 2013
« Reply #26 on: June 03, 2013, 12:52:42 PM »
Since I found this area so late, I can but comment.  A very easy method of outdoor cooking is dig a pit wrap a roast of some sort in foil, bury it and then build a fire on the top.  That part takes a bit of practice, if the fire is too big, you can have some very well done meat.  And pork will cook very fast.

This is a variation on the Hawaiian Luau, where you wrap a pig in palm leaves do do the same thing. This method of cooking seals all of the juices inside, and does not dry things out like grilling.

However there is nothing like a big thick steak cooked, only a little , over a nice bed of coals.   

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« Reply #27 on: June 03, 2013, 01:57:24 PM »
Since I found this area so late, I can but comment.  A very easy method of outdoor cooking is dig a pit wrap a roast of some sort in foil, bury it and then build a fire on the top.  That part takes a bit of practice, if the fire is too big, you can have some very well done meat.  And pork will cook very fast.

This is a variation on the Hawaiian Luau, where you wrap a pig in palm leaves do do the same thing. This method of cooking seals all of the juices inside, and does not dry things out like grilling.

However there is nothing like a big thick steak cooked, only a little , over a nice bed of coals.   

My wife and I sometimes like to make 'hobo dinners' when we go camping.
Just wrap some meat, carrots, 'taters, onion, and some salt and pepper with a little oil into some tin foil and set it in the coals until done :drool:

We use to do that lots for the first night of backpacking trips.

It's also fun to do on weekend camping trips too.
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Re: Monthly Project - May 2013
« Reply #28 on: June 03, 2013, 02:16:25 PM »
When I lived in Alaska and had access to really fresh salmon, we would get a fish out of the "wheel" clean it and then go build a fire, wait until it was burned down to coals, we would wrap the fish in foil, with, onions lemon, butter salt and pepper, bury the fish in the coals, and then in a short time we had some of the best cooked fish ever.


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« Reply #29 on: June 03, 2013, 02:58:31 PM »
When I lived in Alaska and had access to really fresh salmon, we would get a fish out of the "wheel" clean it and then go build a fire, wait until it was burned down to coals, we would wrap the fish in foil, with, onions lemon, butter salt and pepper, bury the fish in the coals, and then in a short time we had some of the best cooked fish ever.

We've done similar with fresh mountain trout :drool:
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Re: Monthly Project - May 2013
« Reply #30 on: June 03, 2013, 03:06:00 PM »
I have always been of the opinion that whatever you cook outside tastes better..

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Re: Monthly Project - May 2013
« Reply #31 on: June 07, 2013, 11:26:42 AM »
A little late but still done. 
These are a couple strip steaks.


And this is some pan fried fish.
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Re: Monthly Project - May 2013
« Reply #32 on: June 07, 2013, 01:21:41 PM »
Looks good! :drool:

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Re: Monthly Project - May 2013
« Reply #33 on: June 07, 2013, 01:31:01 PM »
 MATT CHAOS

I have a fire pit in my front yard, and my youngest son and I get together and "burn meat".   But what is meat with out a bit of bread to soak up all of the good juices.. bannock on a stick..!