Do you find yourself cooking over the fire when you go camping? In our family, we love a good camping trip. We love spending time in the great outdoors. One of the best ways to just be together and have slow food is cooking it over a slow campfire.
How to ensure safer cooking on a campfire
There are a few things that you need to be aware of when you cook over a fire that is different than if you just cook on a stove.
Choose a clean burning medium
You need to be aware that cooking over fire is you need to make sure that you cook over a clean-burning medium. By that, I mean as clean wood as you can get or brakes that you buy at the store. You want to make sure that the tree that you put on the campfire is not processed in any way so that it doesn’t give off any fumes to the food that you cook.
Choose pots and pans that are meant for cooking over fire
Do you want to make sure that you cook the food in something that can contain the high heat of the campfire? You don’t want to just put any cans that you have bought the food in onto the campfire because you want to make sure that it doesn’t give off any harmful things from the cans. You want to prepare your food in pots and pans that are actually made to go on the campfire.
Wrap food in cook safe matrials
Make something where you need to wrap your food to cook it in the campfire you want to make sure that you put food-safe wrapping on there first before you wrap it in something like newspapers or anything else because you don’t want the printing things from the newspaper to leach into your meat for instance.
Be careful to have better hygiene
Tips on hygiene now when you cook over the fire, it’s more important than when you’re at home that you keep extra, extra good care of your hygiene. We always keep a couple of cutting boards so that we make sure that we never ever use the raw meat cutting board to the when where we chop our salad. We want to keep it strictly apart so that we know that there’s no cross-contamination of bacteria.
It’s also important to think about when you touch the meat that is cooking. So if you put meat on a pan, you want to make sure that that fork or whatever you have has been in contact with the raw things that you don’t use on the finished cooked items. Or if you do at least wash it in between. It can really really easily carry bacteria over to the cooked food.
Make sure food is completely cooked through
Another thing to keep in mind is that you want to make sure that you cook all of your meats through completely. We have lately started to go more vegetarian when we go camping. But if you do choose to bring meat make sure that you cook it all the way through. It is harder to keep good hygiene roles when you’re out and about in the outdoors. It’s of course completely possible to bring meat but you just want to really make sure that you cook it all the way through but also that you don’t charge it.
So doing this you need to keep maybe started out on a bit of a lower heat so that you make sure that the meat is cooked through and then you can charge it at the end.
Keep hand sanitizer close by
You also want to make sure that you wash your hands now after a long period of time with the pandemic. I’m sure we all have hand sanitizers and we know the importance of washing our hands but still, when you’re cooking outdoors it is extra important that you make sure that you have clean hands and you cannot wash your hands enough.
Have separate containers for separate things
Rather do an extra round of washing your hands in between things than one time too little now just make sure that when your campfire is going you don’t put anything on there that is not supposed to be on there. Don’t put plastic wrappers don’t put anything on there that can give off really toxic fumes because it will go into your food. And as always you really should not put that on the campfire anyway, put it in a bag and bring it to a proper trash can somewhere.
Obviously, these are just my perspective on how to make sure that I keep my family safe when camping. If you have any other suggestions, please leave them in the comments. I would love to hear what you’re thinking about them. And other than that just stay safe and have a good camping trip.
What are your own best tips for safer campfire cooking?