Easy fix and easy clean-up meals for day’s end

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Easy fix and easy clean-up meals for day’s end
by Russ and Tiña De Maris

Traveler’s nightmare: Rolling into camp at the end of the day, stomach growling. Now the big coin-toss who gets to fiddle around fixing the meal? And who really wants to do the cleanup? Is this yet another night of gastronomically ghastly fast food? Nooooo, my traveling friends. Pull out the barbee and the tinfoil and let the meal almost fix itself.

A couple of our favorite foil-wraps can be prepped before pulling out — then on arrival, fire up the grill and toss a packet on. Go about the rest of your setup business and in a short time the appetizing aromas will signal the meal is ready. Best of all, there’s not a lot of cleanup!

Foil-wrapped burger bundles: Toss a burger patty in the middle of a square of aluminum foil. Top it with slices of onion, potato, carrots and chunks of celery. Dab on a small pat of margarine, season with a pinch of garlic powder and (if you have it) a few drops of “liquid smoke.” Fold up the aluminum “bundle” to seal in the food good and tight. Poke the pack once with a fork and toss on the grill over medium heat. Cooking time will vary with the size and thickness of the hamburger patty. Check it out at about 20 minutes, but it may take longer. When the spuds can be poked easily, it’s ready to eat. Be sure to keep the veggies on top or they’ll burn. Alternatives? Ground turkey is a hit.

Painless foiled fish: This is one of our favorites when traveling through Native fishery areas when the folks are selling fresh salmon by the roadside. Starting with a good-sized chunk of foil, lay the fish on the foil, skin side down. Butter the fish as you would a piece of toast and sprinkle on lemon juice. Salt and pepper to taste. Wrap up the tin foil and fold over tight. Poke once with a fork and toss on the grill, medium fire. Thickness of the fish determines cook time: 10 minutes per inch at the thickest point is a good starting point. Alternatives? Forget the butter! Layer on mayonnaise instead. Wow!

Clean up: Toss the “pan” in the trash!

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About smokeycamping

Well let's see have lived in NY for my whole life, have always loved the outdoors (as long as it is warm out) have always hated the cold, and like a dummy have stayed in NY. But now with my second try my wife, we have been camping now for well over 25 yrs. We currently own a 2010 Cedar creek silverback 35TS and can not wait to get out on the highways and see this great country we all call home. Hope to see every National park before my medical issue becomes too bad to travel. I love my African gray parrot (she is my baby) and have two dogs at the time brother and sister mutts, but love them all the same. Have always been a big Nascar fan, love computers (have a number of certificates to build and work on them) am trying to learn photography, enjoy light hiking, being with good friends and folks. country music, pop music and just being outdoors. So I hope someday to meet some of the great people who like what I like and post out there in some great campground somewhere in the country, till then I will keep posting and I hope you keep liking.

Posted on August 4, 2014, in The world as i see it as a camper and who loves his country and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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