Tips on How to Cook Baked Potatoes on a Campfire

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It is pretty tasking when it comes to cook baked potatoes on a campfire as they do not come out well cooked if adequate care and measures aren’t taken. There are several methods of cooking baked potatoes on a campfire. However, avoid putting your potatoes directly into the fire because they won’t cook rather they will only end up burnt and uneatable. We have taken out time to carry out adequate research and have found an easier way to cook baked potatoes on a campfire.

1. Getting the potatoes ready

Start by removing the potato peels after which you cut the potatoes in a lengthwise shape. Apply butter or margarine all over the lengthwise potatoes, to prevent the potatoes from drying when cooking over the campfire. Add your seasoning and wrap the potatoes in a foil with the luminous side on the inside.

2. Cooking the potatoes on the campfire

The most difficult task in cooking baked potatoes on a campfire is putting it in your campfire. Putting the potatoes directly into the flames would get the potatoes burnt. The right technique is to have heated coals both under and on top of the potatoes. Build a keyhole-shaped fire with glowing pieces of coals, to enable you have an area not connected to the primary fire and that will enable you to put your heated coals for cooking. This is the best method to cook your baked potatoes on the campfire.

3. How to know when the potato is cooked

Usually, baked potatoes take about 45 minutes to cook. You need BBQ tongs and some hand gloves. They are used to turn the wrapped baked potatoes from time to time while still on the heated coals. To check if the potato is cooked, wear the gloves on, and then stick a finger into the side of the unwrapped potato. If it feels soft and forms a shallow deformation in the surface, it means your potato is cooked.

4. Cooking Sweet Potatoes on a Campfire

You could also prepare sweet potatoes the same way which you made the regular baked potatoes. Sweet potatoes take about 20-25 minutes to cook. Personally, I always prefer cooking baked sweet potatoes on a campfire.

5. Campfire Potato and Onion

Instead of cooking the traditional baked potatoes on a campfire, why not prepare campfire potato and onion. This takes about the same time as the sweet potatoes to cook. To prepare it, cut your potato into about ¼ inches, leaving them together, in order to retain its initial shape before it was cut. Add your butter or margarine in between the cut pieces. Chop some onions and add them in between each piece. Finally, use a foil to wrap them and cook just as you cooked the baked potatoes.

6.  Alternative method using a tin can

Another way to cook baked potatoes on a campfire is to put it in a tin can. After placing it in a tin can, cover with foil and put it close to the campfire. The concept enables heats up the metal, thereby creating a kind of oven, which cooks your potato. This method isn’t ideal because some parts of the potato end up getting burnt while some other parts end up not panning correctly despite turning the potatoes. The ideal method for cooking baked potatoes on a campfire is by wrapping them in a foil and then covering them in heated coals.

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