Easy Camping Food: Devour Delicious and Easy Camping Food in Minutes

Easy Camping Food: Devour Delicious and Easy Camping Food in Minutes

It’s true.

You too can now enjoy the same quality meals you enjoy in your home kitchen in your campfire kitchen with little fuss.

Meals around the campfire are just as much the centre of camping life as meals around the kitchen bench at home.

It’s possible to unleash the gourmet campfire chef within you when you know how to make your campfire work for you!

For an experienced outdoorsman, the key to good outdoor cooking is both simplicity and creativity. Outdoor cooking need not employ the techniques of a high-paid chef, or even require the latest array of advanced cooking tools. It’s all about a case of good preparation, good thinking, and a whole lot of luck.

Here are some simple campfire cooking skills that will help you create mouthwatering dishes around the campfire in minutes that are not only delicious but turn out just the way they would if you were at home.

It is best to start off with a low heat fire and if the food isn’t cooking quickly enough increase coals.

Practice with a friend’s camp oven before you go out and buy one for yourself.

There are basically two kinds of fires – a trench fire or the traditional, old-fashioned above ground fire. A trench fire is a pit dug into the ground about 30 x 45 cm deep.

Look for ground that’s free from rocks as this is easier to dig. If the ground should become loose and the sides fall into the hole, place rocks around the top to support your barbeque plate and grate.

Building a below level fire will be safer for you in windy conditions.

A below level fire is also easier to cook with in bad weather conditions.

A trench helps retain the heat if you are forced to use poor quality wood.

If you use good quality dry wood in the morning you will normally wake up to hot coals under the ashes.

Remember it takes time to build good coals. Don’t expect to be able to cook a delicious feast 10 minutes after lighting your fire.

Use the cooler end of the trench fire for cooking cakes, dampers and scones.

Remember to preheat your oven over the flames and level out the ash and coals at the cooler end and place your oven down on those coals.

It’s a good idea to check the food you’re cooking every five to ten minutes and to add or remove coals in accordance with how your foods are cooking.

Lift your dutch ovens and other cooking utensils off the fire by using a thick rag and a piece of wire with a hook on one end.

Carry strike anywhere matches as well as a butane lighter and candle.

Keep matches in a plastic jar with cotton wadding on top.

Cotton balls dipped in Vaseline make great fire starters.

You should be able to hold your hands over the coals about 60 centimetres away if your oven is moderately hot. It will be hot but it should be bearable.

Your fire is ready when the flames have subsided and coals are glowing.

Cooking in the outdoors may seem hard when you’re miles away from the comforts of your own kitchen, market, or grocery store. But this is one experience that’s worth a try. So let nature bring out the best cook in you. Be prepared, be simple, be creative – whatever suits your fancy. But, don’t forget the most important part – get your family involved in the process and have as much fun outdoor cooking as you possibly can.

After all, these are among the special ingredients of a great camping cooking experience that truly lasts a lifetime.

NOTE: This is just one of the many super tips Karin Manning has included in her latest book, “The Ultimate Campfire Kitchen and Camping Guide”. (Her amateur weather forecasting tips will have you predicting the weather before you leave home. They’re cool! Check it out at http://www.easy-family-camping-recipes.com

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    Make Your Own Aromatherapy Bath Salts in Ten Minutes or Less

    Make Your Own Aromatherapy Bath Salts in Ten Minutes or Less

    Aromatherapy bath salts are one of the quickest, easiest goodies to make for the bath – and one of the most healing. With just a few simple ingredients you can make your own aromatherapy bath salts to ease your aching back, calm your frazzled nerves or relax yourself for a deep, restful sleep.

    We all need down time, and we all need to have fun. Life is so busy these days that it can be hard to carve out the time. Making your own aromatherapy bath salts is a great way to give yourself a break.

    First, you give yourself some ‘fun’ time by making your scented bath salts – mixing, stirring, smelling… and, most especially, experimenting. Don’t be afraid to blend together a few of your favorite essential oils to create your own custom scent. Play! The creative process is half the fun.

    Second, you actually have to lie in the bath for a while (here’s your down-time) to use your aromatherapy bath salts. Give yourself candles, a glass of wine or tea, soothing music – all those good, stress-draining, nerve-calming accessories. Lock the door and slide into warm, scented bliss – your own hand made, master crafted aromatherapy bath salts, created just for you!

    Aromatherapy Bath Salts Quick Trick

    If you honestly don’t have time to make bath salts but you still want some aromatic down-time in the tub, try this instant ‘cheat’. Add 1 to 2 cups of Epsom Salt to your hot running bathwater. Pour a tablespoon of vegetable oil (any type will do) into a small glass. Add 10 drops of your favorite essential oil. Adjust the water temperature and slide into the tub. Pour in the essential oil mixture and swish it around a bit. Lie back and relax.

    10 Minute Aromatherapy Bath Salt Recipe

    3 cups Epsom Salt
    1/2 cup Baking Soda
    15 drops of your favorite Essential Oil (or one of the blends below)
    Optional: 10 drops of your choice of food coloring

    Measure salt and baking soda into a large glass, ceramic or stainless steel bowl (not plastic – it will absorb the essential oils.)
    [Three minutes]

    Stir together the salt and baking soda using a metal spoon (a wooden spoon will absorb the essential oils.)
    [One minute]

    Drop in the essential oils and food coloring, placing each drop in its own little spot on top of the salt.
    [Two minutes]

    Stir until thoroughly mixed.
    [One minute, maybe two]

    Pour your essential oil bath salt mixture in a dark glass or PET plastic jar. Click on the following link to learn why you should use dark glass. http://www.easy-aromatherapy-recipes.com/storing-essential-oils.html
    [One minute]

    That’s it! Nine minutes (plus one extra for spills or finding your glasses.) Quick, easy, painless!

    It’s best to let your aromatherapy bath salts cure at least 24 hours before using them so the salt can really absorb the aroma.

    Use about one cup of salts per bath. This aromatherapy bath salt recipe makes enough for three baths.

    Essential Oil Bath Salt Blends

    Cheer Up! Essential Oil Bath Salt Blend

    7 drops Bergamot essential oil

    7 drops Sweet Orange essential oil

    1 drop Rose Geranium essential oil

    Super Sedative Essential Oil Bath Salt Blend

    8 drops Sandalwood essential oil

    4 drops Lavender essential oil

    3 drops Cedar essential oil

    Pain Relief Essential Oil Bath Salt Blend

    10 drops Lavender essential oil

    3 drops Chamomile essential oil

    2 drops Marjoram essential oil

    Making your own aromatherapy bath salts is so easy and quick that almost anyone can do it. It’s a great activity to do with your children or grandchildren (just make sure an adult handles the essential oils.) Family time and play time all in one!

    Plus, aromatherapy bath salts make great gifts – why not make up a big batch and share the love. We all have friends and relatives who could use a friendly jar of aromatherapy bath salts. Just remember to save some for yourself!

    Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to treat, prevent, diagnose, or cure any condition.

    Kyley Zimmerman works from home and focuses on making her family life happy, healthy and eco-friendly.

    She shares her love of making natural bath, body and home products at http://www.easy-aromatherapy-recipes.com/ Check it out!

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