OMG how did I not know that people were cooking meals in tin foil when they go camping and calling them Hobo dinners!! This has seriously blown me away… and everyone at my campsite!
I simply had no idea there was
- a meal actually named this!
- and the simplicity of creating and cooking I was missing out on!
All I had to do was plate up each person’s individual raw meal in the foil pocket I made, put it on to cook and sit down by the fire with a toasty warm drink while I waited for them to cook.
The most I had ever cooked in foil was a simple potato or a whole fish. I was clueless to the fact that there is a whole world of people out there cooking themselves some pretty tasty meals in individual foil packs with didley squat washing up!!
What I love…
The fact that I can cater for each individual person I’m cooking for is fantastic! Our daughter has food intolerances, I’m always making separate meals for her, and this was the perfect way to cook them altogether, instead of having a kitchen full of different pots and dishes. And the best thing is she gets a meal that looks like everyone elses (on the outside) and kids love that!
How easy and exciting is getting a meal organised like this! Throw it on the fire and enjoy a cuppa while it cooks! Does life get any better than that!
So now that I’m super excited about this discovery, I thought I would share some helpful sites I found with great instructions and tasty recipes for anyone else out there oblivious to this way of cooking. I’ve also added my own tips and instructions down below with some more pics. I’ve now got a new reason to light up the fire pit and do some outdoor cooking and sit under the stars. Yay.
Check these out for inspiration…
Amber at Creating Memories gives a really thorough walk through of the preparation.
Chelsea has some great tips on getting that extra hit of flavour. Easy Tin Foil Sausage Dinner.
I tried this one and loved it by Holly Lofthouse. BBQ Chicken Foil Pack
This was a different way of cooking and serving them up.
There’s quite a few different recipe choices here at Betty Crocker.
I’m yet to try this one, it looks divine!! Hoisin Glazed Salmon and Veggies.
Here’s a great Vegetarian recipe. Vegetarian Boho Dinner
This one is also on my to make list. Caprese Stuffed Chicken Foil Packs
Don’t forget breakfast! Who needs to be standing cooking when you can sit back with a cuppa while brekky cooks itself.
And look if you aren’t near a fire, BBQ or oven, what about using your Slow Cooker!
Bet ya checking the pantry now to see if you’ve got enough foil lol.
So this is how it rolled for me…
The main thing I found you need to do with your harder veggies is either slice thin, dice them small or even grate them like I did with the potato for the hash browns. Otherwise your meat will be finished cooking before your veggies, and no one like hard half raw spuds!
If you can cook them under a cover, (upside down pot or fry pan) Dutch Oven, BBQ Grill with the lid down, or even in the coals, you will get more even cooking. We mainly used the BBQ plate over the open fire and the flames were a tad hot sometimes which resulted in the bottom burning a bit, not that it bothered us. Then we tried a large fry pan over the top and that worked great.
Add extra flavour! I read on a couple of the above sites about adding extra seasoning, and it really did make such a difference as it baked inside the foil, it smelt amazing opening it and tasted so much yummier then just grilling.
I also doubled over the standard supermarket foil so it was a bit stronger, I guess you could try to purchase a heavy-duty foil. We also experimented with the small foil baking tray’s, that worked great too.
Simple steps for folding your foil
- Start with a large square, rectangle of foil (doubled over if you want)
- After you lay the food out on it, bring one side over, then the other side over past it.
- Then fold in one end neatly (this makes it easier to open after its cooked) then fold over again to ensure it’s sealed properly. then do the same for the other end.
- Then it’s time to cook, the cooking time will depend on what food you are cooking and the heat, most of the ones we cooked took about 20-30 minutes.
- You can serve it up on top of a plate for support or just pop it on your lap to keep you warm.
I’d love to hear if you’ve got any favourite recipes to cook this way, I am now slightly addicted, I know cooking in foil isn’t the best thing for your health but it certainly was fun and easy for camping. 🙂