Eating at camp with the harvested meat doesn’t exactly have to be all that bloody and flavorless. With the right skills and knowledge of non-poisonous plants, it should be survival cooking outdoors without the proper kitchen tools you have at home. Here is a list of things you could do to cook meat, fish, and other game animals that you harvested during the hunt.
Survival Cooking – Eat Deliciously Cooked Meat With Primitive Tools
Steam Pit Cooking With Rocks, Leaves, and Dirt
If you’re tired of eating raw or uncooked meat at your hunting camp, you should take a look at these method to cook meat or fish with the most basic materials found in nature. You don’t actually have to have the fancy kitchen equipment you have back home. The most important things when cooking outdoors is the fresh meat, the right materials for cooking, and good old hunting companions to enjoy your dish with. Take a look at thgis wonderful outdoor cooking method for your next camping trip!
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With just a few materials like rocks and fibrous plant leaves, you should be able to cook a sumptuously oven roasted dinner back in your campsite and enjoy a wonderful dinner meal with your buddies.
For Steam Pit Cooking, you’ll need to dig a hole about 2 feet deep and 12 inches in diameter. The idea is to place the stones inside the pit, and start a fire in it so that the heat will transfer to the stones and it will hold the heat to cook the meat. You can let the flames burn out for a couple of hours and add some more firewood if the fire threatens to burn out in less than 2 hours time. The pit this size should be able to cook food enough for two persons to consume and if you’re going to cook more meat, then it’s better to adjust the size of the pit depending on how much more you’re going to cook.
When picking out the leaves, choose the ones that are fibrous but watch out for the poisonous ones. The toxic elements of the leaves can transfer to the meat and poison the person eating it. The leaves will hold the moisture and choosing leaves that burn out easily will leave your meat charred and you don’t want to be eating charcoal. It is also advisable to soak your leaves in water for about an hour or so, so that it won’t burn out easily. And also, when wrapping your meat with leaves, it is best to tie them with vines or whatever fibrous material you can find to secure them in place and avoid having them split open before you remove them from the pit.
Finally for the rocks, it is best to choose the heavier ones for their size and those that has a smooth texture. These rocks will be better at retaining heat and they won’t explode when subjected to intense heat. Exploding rocks can actually injure you when they explode and you don’t want that to happen most especially in survival situations.
Once you have everything set up and the stones are hot enough, you can then remove the ashes from the pit and place your leaf-wrapped meat inside the pit on top of the stones. You can add more rocks or a slab of large rock on top of your meat to keep the dirt away from it once you fill in the hole with more dirt.
It is important to cover the whole pit with dirt and make sure that no smoke is coming out of it. The purpose of this is to seal the pit completely and prevent oxygen from entering it. Oxygen will allow the pit to fire up and you only want it to be hot but not burning.
The best part of this method is that the food comes out well cooked and retains much of its natural juices making for a sumptuously delicious meal. In addition, the food won’t catch fire because oxygen won’t be able to go into your pit and for combustion to happen, lots of oxygen should be present. This way, the heat will cook your food but won’t get charred away. This process take a little more time than other outdoor cooking methods but it surely has a better end result compared to cooking in open fire. With this method, you’re sure to enjoy a wonderfully cooked meal with some basic tools and materials that can easily be found in nature.