Archive for October, 2006

Tent Quiz

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Can you guess what this is a picture of?

Seam sealer on Tent

I’ll give you a hint. It’s got something to do with camping :o

Oh, alright, I’ll give it up. This is a picture of the seams of my tent with seam sealer smeared all over them. Why am I showing you this? To remind you that this is the rainy part of the camping season and to make sure you put some fresh seam sealer on your tent seams before you go camping.

There’s nothing worse than lying awake at night listening to the melodic pitter patter of rain and have it interrupted by the constant plop, plop sound as water leaks in through the seam and puddles on the floor of your tent!

Happy Camping!

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Dutch Oven Cook-off Winner!

Just got back from our annual Boy Scout Camporee, where 40 patrols competed for prizes. One of our patrols won the Dutch Oven Cook-off with an unusual recipe. I think the judges usually expect something like peach cobbler or cake, but this year they got a surprise with Pepsi Chicken. At first, it doesn’t sound very appetizing, but it sure smelt good while it was cooking. Here’s the recipe for you to try:

Pepsi Chicken
Take a 2 liter bottle of Pepsi, 10-14 chicken legs and 2 bottles of BBQ sauce. Put all the chicken in the Dutch Oven, pour on the BBQ sauce and add the Pepsi so that the chicken is almost completely covered. Put the lid on and set the Dutch Oven on about 8 hot coals and cover lid with 16 more hot coals. That will give you about 360º F. (Remember the rule of thumb is 15º F per coal). Cook 20-30 minutes. Check to see if the legs are done by poking them with a fork.

Cook rice or other vegetables on the side to serve with the chicken and you have a tasty outdoor meal!

The trick is, the sugar in the Pepsi caramelizes the chicken and keeps it from burning. So, don’t use Diet Pepsi!

Try it out and let me know what you think. You may even win a prize for your Pepsi Chicken!

For more Dutch Oven Cooking information check out TheCampingGuy website at: http://www.thecampingguy.com/dutch_oven_course.html

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Campfire Treats

A number of campers have written me to ask about what campfire treats I like best. Well, here’s a few that I like, that you may want to try.

Everybody has heard of Smores, right? This is a classic campfire treat made with marshmallows, Hersheys milk chocolate and Graham crackers. Toast two marshmallows to your liking and put them between two Graham crackers and a piece of chocolate. It’s no small wonder why Smores are always a hit.

BUT, how about…SMORES WITH A TWIST!!

Use chocolate chip cookies or peanut chip cookies instead of Graham crackers and chocolate. Next time you’re camping, try it and let me know what you think!

Chocolate Bananas
This next one we used at Scout-o-Rama where we invite the public to see what Scouting has to offer, and we had people lined up to taste these. Take a strip of tin foil about 12 inches long, cut a whole banana lengthways, then stuff it with chocolate, or caramel or Rolos (chocolate/caramel chucks). Squeeze the banana back together and wrap it tightly in foil. Put the foil-wrapped banana on a fire or on BBQ coals for about 3-5 minutes. Take if off the coals, open it up and dig out the gooey, chocolatey insides with a fork or spoon. CAUTION: It’s Hot! Use tongs to pull it out of the coals and to peel back the foil.

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