Outdoor Cooking

How to Make a Pizza Box Oven

pizza box oven When we think about outdoor cooking, most of us think about a grill or a campfire.  But did you know that you can cook in a pizza box oven?

All you need is a pizza box, a few basic supplies and the sun, and your Cub Scout can make some cool “solar” recipes, including English muffin pizzas and s’mores.

Because the only heat source is the sun, this is a great cooking activity for younger kids.  You don’t have to worry too much about them getting burned.  However, I would still supervise them especially when they take the food out of the oven because it will be hot.

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smoresNational S’mores Day is August 10th.  Who knew there was an entire day to celebrate these ubiquitous campfire treats?

No one knows who invented s’mores.  According to Wikipeida, the Campfire Marshmallow company published the first s’mores recipe in the early 1920s where it was called the Campfire Graham Cracker Sandwich.  Here’s that recipe as it was originally printed:

Place a thin layer of sweet chocolate on a graham cracker, then a toasted marshmallow.  Cover with another graham cracker.  Especially for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.  To be made around an open fire.

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Outdoor Cooking Ideas for Cub Scouts

camping cookbook grilling recipesIf you’re looking for some new outdoor cooking ideas, you’ll want to grab this awesome camping cookbook called Campfire Grilling Recipes.  It’s available through my Amazon affiliate linkAnd right now, it’s FREE!
Unfortunately, the book is no longer free, but it’s still a great deal!

I don’t know how long it will remain free, but it looks like the regular price is only 99 cents.  I downloaded and reviewed the book today, and it’s well worth 99 cents.

The great thing is that you don’t have to have a Kindle!  You can download a free Kindle reader app to read Kindle books on your computer, smartphone or tablet.

As I was looking at the yummy recipes, I kept thinking that many of them would take outdoor campfire cooking to the next level!

Two of my favorite recipes from the book are Flintstone Steak & Lemony Asparagus and Lime-Drizzled Fish Tacos.  They both sound so sophisticated compared to the burgers, hot dogs and hobo meals that you usually have on camping trips. Continue reading

Food Safety Practices for Outdoor Cooking

food safetyIn the new Cub Scout Adventure program, our Webelos will complete the Cast Iron Chef adventure.  This will help them learn how to cook outdoors which has some challenges that we don’t have when cooking indoors.

One of the challenges is how to keep your food safe when you don’t have the luxury of a refrigerator.  Our boys need to learn good food safety practices while cooking outdoors.

Webelos Adventure –  Cast Iron Chef 2:  Prepare a balanced meal for your den or family. If possible, use one of these methods for preparation of part of the meal: camp stove, Dutch oven, box oven, solar oven, open campfire, or charcoal grill. Demonstrate an understanding of food safety practices while preparing the meal. Continue reading