Culinary Arts

Learning About Outdoor Cooking

outdoor2One of the many things that I like about Girl Scouts is that girls learn new skills, and quite often, it’s from each other.

In this photo, taken at an Outdoor Cooking Class, Zali taught Kayla and Rachel how to slice onions for a Campfire Beef Stew.

While slicing onions is a common cooking skill, the girls soon discovered some unusual cooking techniques that allow campers to create a grand variety of recipes.

From baking in a box (Box Oven Pizza) to baking on a stick (Cinnamon-Sugar Biscuit Stick), there really isn’t anything you can’t cook in the Great Outdoors.

And for a sweet treat, forget about s’mores, try the Banana Dessert Tin Foil.

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Outdoor Cooking Links:

Outdoor cooking traditions have been handed down for centuries, but now the Scouting movement is largely responsible for upholding and sharing this knowledge.

Find recipes sorted by cooking technique or food type at Outdoor Cook.  I’m intrigued by theZiploc Bag Egg Buffet (but wouldn’t recommend trying it due to potential health hazards posed by heating plastic.) I can assert – from experience – that the Apple Squish is delish.

The Netwoods Virtual Campsite includes many favorite Scout camping recipes and it provides illustrated instructions for making a box oven or a vagabond stove.  WARNING – Be sure to use hot coals – not recycled sterno cans –  as the heat source for your vagabond stove, otherwise you may find yourself taking an hour to make one grilled cheese sandwich (like me!)

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Chuckwagon Diner sorts recipes into categories that includes Kids As Cooks, Rubs and Sauces, and the tempting Pie Iron Recipies.

Outdoor Cooking has extensive databank of recipes, as well as party planning and canning tips.

Find kid-friendly recipes on Kids Campfire Cooking.

The Eight Basic Skills lists Girl Scouts outdoor cooking recipes within a progression guide to help select cooking projects by age level.

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