It’s true. Food always tastes better when prepared and eaten outdoors. Whether you’re cooking out in a local park or on a camping trip, outdoor cooking offers a relaxing way to gather with family and friends, and share stories and meals with a scenic backdrop.
For a smoother campfire experience, prepare as much as you can ahead of time. Then freeze and store in plastic bags. This will also help keep things cold in the cooler. Aluminum foil serves many purposes. You can wrap meals inside and place on hot coals, use as a grill cover or pot handles, and wad it into a ball to clean the grill. Placing foil or detergent on the outside of your pan helps for after meal cleanups.
Enjoy a recipe and video for making orange muffins over a campfire. You can find more recipes from our Campfire Cooks of MDC Conservationist article. Find recipes for cooking wild edibles and game outdoors including Carp on a Stick, BBQ Wild Turkey and more on our website.
- “Just add water” muffin mix, any flavor
- Cut the oranges in half so the stem is on the bottom. With a spoon, remove all of the orange, leaving only the intact rind.
- Put the muffin mix in a bowl and follow package directions. Mix completely and pour into each rind until it’s about a centimeter from the top.
- Tear off an 8-inch piece of aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray. Place the foil on top of the muffin mix and wrap around the orange.
- Repeat for all the orange halves.
- With a fork, poke a few holes in the foil to let steam escape. Place the oranges on a grate above the campfire.
- Wait for muffin mix to come out of the holes. When it looks cooked or when you can stick a toothpick in the foil and it comes out dry, they are done.