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An Old Fashioned Campfire Cookout

When you’re in the mood for great campfire cooking here is a great menu for a night of classic cooking! Break out the dutch oven and all your great cast iron cookware and partake in a cooking tradition that is generations old. Cast iron cooking is an age old tradition and the way that all cooking was done when settlers traveled hundreds of miles through rough terrain to settle out west.

Cast iron cookware came about around 513 B.C. when furnaces that could heat iron to its melting point were discovered in China. After this the idea of cooking with cast iron pots and pans began to grow. The great thing about cooking with cast iron was that even though it took a bit to heat up, once heated it cooked its contents evenly, even or uneven heat. Cooking with cast iron can often give the body a healthy and much needed dose of you guessed it, iron. So cook up a great meal with a method that has been passed down for centuries.

Here are some great campfire recipes to share with your family, and a great reason to start a tradition of cast iron cooking as well.

Marinated Beef Tenderloin

  • 1 whole beef tenderloin
  • ½ cup red wine
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp seasoning salt

Combine marinade ingredients in small bowl. Pierce tenderloin several times with fork, place in plastic sealable bag and add marinade. Leave in refrigerator or cooler overnight. Grill over 400 F coals for about 15 minutes per side. Remove carefully and serve.

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Camping Cooking Tips

It’s that time of the year- the trees are full, the grass is green and the weather is beautiful. What better reason to go camping than to enjoy the outdoors and the scenic wonders of nature!

A camping trip can be so much more enjoyable when the details are planned ahead of time. The folks over at LovetheOutdoors.com published an impressive list of camping ideas and tips.

Some of the ideas from the list  that really stood out to me include:

  • To keep warmer–wear a hat to sleep in–80% of heat loss occurs through your head.
  • Head lamps or snake lights hung around your neck can provide a hands-free light source.
  • Always bring a roll of duct tape. It can be used for MANY things!
  • Use a throw rug or a piece of outdoor carpet in front of your tent to reduce the amount of dirt tracked in.
  • Check with the campground about security and quiet hours. Be respectful of others.

See the full list of camping ideas and tips here.

 

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