• Outdoor Cookery | 4-H Family Fun Online Projects

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    The Outdoor Cookery project will give you and your family a chance to experiment with outdoor cooking be it while camping or in your backyard - way beyond s'mores. 

    There are three activities in this project.  You may space the activities out to be one per week or move along faster if you wish.   No prior experience is needed, just follow the directions, practice, and have some discussion with your friends and family to learn from those around you!

    Outdoor cooking

    Each activity includes a:

    "Discussion" -  please answer the Q and then respond to one other person <you don't have to have a long reply - okay to say something like - "cool idea" or "that has happened to me"> - it is a chance to share your ideas and get to know another family or two.

            • "Lesson" - read or watch the information that is shared, and do the activity.

            • "Check-in" - the check-in is a reflection or a little knowledge check (not a graded quiz!) - you can do the knowledge checks as many times as you want.  

    To complete the project
     - please do all of the items in each of the activities (check off boxes as you do them, and you will notice the discussion boxes self-check when you do the activity requested).  Please complete this project by the middle of August.
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    cooking over fireHave you ever been around a campfire that just wouldn’t start or wouldn’t stay going?  No fun…and certainly hard to cook on.  Learning how to safely start a campfire for cooking will be our first activity.  You may have also seen examples of fires that were not started or put out safely.  We don’t want to follow those examples.   In this activity, we are going to work on the basics of starting a campfire for cooking and learning about Leave No Trace principles.    


    As with other activities in this series, you are encouraged to talk with others to ask questions, share what you are learning, and show them what you know. 

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    cheesy potatoes

    In this activity, we will explore using foil packets to cook over a campfire.  We have a feeling you are going to love this recipe!  Cheesy Campfire Potatoes are a family favorite, and the recipe can be adapted to meet your family's style and taste.   Look for this on page 25 of the cookbook. 

    As with other activities in the Family Fun Online Projects, we encourage you to talk with others about their experiences, share what you are learning about and doing, document your success (take pictures or notes in your cookbook)...or maybe even share your new skills and interests with your family, friends, and neighbors.  

    Oh, and few things to remember before you get started: always wash hands and food before preparation, use safety precautions in cutting and preparing food, and have a trusted adult present!


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    campfire orange blueberry muffins

    What do you think of when you think of a treat prepared over the campfire?  Oftentimes people think immediately of s’mores.  Don’t get me wrong, s’mores are great, but there are many other options that will delight your tastebuds and feel like a treat.   

    For a fun and sweet snack, we will be making Campfire Orange Blueberry Muffins. This recipe can be found on page 23 of the 4-H Outdoor Cooking Guide.  The 4-H Outdoor Cooking cookbook has a number of after-dinner treats, directions here are for Campfire Orange Blueberry Muffins.  There are lots of ways to adjust this recipe to meet your family’s liking.  We hope that you will like them as much as we do!


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