Cooking in a Can: More Campfire Recipes for Kids

Cooking in a Can: More Campfire Recipes for Kids

by Kate White, Debra Dixon
     
 

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Cooking in a Can is the perfect activity book for kids who love to camp and cook! The newest book in our successful children's activities series, Cooking in a Can follows Cooking on a Stick (now over 63,000 copies sold), and introduces dozens of techniques for cooking outside. Author Kate White shows kids the beauty of cooking over a campfire, with dozens of

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Cooking in a Can is the perfect activity book for kids who love to camp and cook! The newest book in our successful children's activities series, Cooking in a Can follows Cooking on a Stick (now over 63,000 copies sold), and introduces dozens of techniques for cooking outside. Author Kate White shows kids the beauty of cooking over a campfire, with dozens of delicious and easy recipes like Hot Rock Chicken and Wilderness Wonder Chocolate Cake. From cooking in a can to cooking in a paper bag to cooking on a rock, this activity book produces scrumptious results that kids of all ages will enjoy.

Also included are dozens of related activities to keep kids busy, such as making a family banner to identify your camp, planning menus, and organizing cooking supplies and groceries. There are also tips on natural refrigeration, food storage and camp clean up.

Chapters include topics such as:

Cooking Over a Campfire

The Outdoor Kitchen

No Pot Cooking

Hot Rock Cooking

Pit Cooking

Make-Your-Own Oven Cooking

Spit Cooking

Dutch Oven Cooking

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Danielle Williams
Most kids love to cook. Give them simple chores to do during dinnertime and you not only have the opportunity to light a spark for cooking that could last them a lifetime, but you have the chance to spend quality time with your child. While cooking in the kitchen at home is a fun activity, cooking outside can be even more fun. White has written a colorful and fun book filled with recipes designed to be cooked by children outdoors. White begins by describing the tools and supplies needed when going on a camping trip and planning to cook outside. Basic supplies are listed, as well as a few fun activities that will help children create things not strictly necessary but that can add a fun dimension to the trip. Safety information and basic conservation information are included in the first chapter, followed by chapters that emphasize different methods of outdoor cooking. The recipes are simple enough for children to create on their own and fun enough that, with slight modification, can be cooked at home, too.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781586858148
Publisher:
Smith, Gibbs Publisher
Publication date:
04/21/2006
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
747,633
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
6 Years

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Buddy Burner

A buddy burner is a small, easy-to-make stove perfect for cooking small amounts of food for one or two hungry campers. You make a buddy burner in a can. You'll want to make yours at least a day in advance.

What you need:

short, squat cans (like tuna, pet food, or pineapple cans)

corrugated cardboard, free from bright inks, wax, or tape

melted wax

What you do:

1. Cut strips of cardboard that are as tall as your can is high. Cut across the corrugation, so you can see the holes in the edge of the cardboard.

2. Roll up the cardboard and fit it snugly into the can. Cut a thin strip of cardboard 1/2-inch taller than the can. Put this strip in the spiral so it sticks out of the can. This is your wick.

3. Pour melted wax into the can, almost covering the cardboard.

Ta-da! You've made a buddy burner. Repeat this process to make as many as you'd like. When you're ready to cook, simply light the wick! You can use your slow-burning buddy burner to cook some of the recipes in this book. Another simple recipe you can make is toast. Using tongs, just hold a piece of bread above your buddy burner to make toast.

A buddy burner should last for about an hour, but you may add chunks of wax when it's lit to add more fuel and increase cooking time. When finished, cover your buddy burner with a piece of foil larger than the mouth of the burner to put the fire out. Don't move the burner until the wax is hard and cool.

Howlin' Good Pizza Soup

Main dish

Make this recipe in a can

Serves 4 to 6

What you need:

1 tablespoon butter

1 cup sliced mushroom, green pepper, onion, or combination

1 cup meat (ground sausage, ground hamburger, or pepperoni chunks)

1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce

1 can (15 ounces) stewed tomatoes

1 to 2 cups beef broth, vegetable broth, or water

shredded mozzarella cheese (optional)

goldfish crackers (optional)

What you do:

1. Preheat the can by placing it in or over the heat source. Wear oven mitts and use tongs when handling the hot can.

2. Melt the butter in the can. If your meat is raw, add it to the butter and stir with a wooden spoon or a clean stick until it is well browned.

3. Add the vegetables and stir until well cooked (about 3 minutes).

4. Add the tomato sauce, tomatoes, and broth. (Add the meat if it's precooked.)

5. Cover your soup with aluminum foil and cook until warm, about 15 minutes.

6. Top with mozzarella cheese or goldfish crackers, if using, and serve.

This soup is great served with a grilled cheese sandwich.

You can also make this recipe on a stove or grill.

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