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¥Handy fire starter.  Save lint out of lint filter in clothes dryer.  Place lint under kindling and use as tinder.

¥Put a burger fresh from the grill into the bun and place in a plastic bag for about a minute.  The bun will be steamed warm.

¥Let a pan or bucket of water heat on the fire while you eat and your dish water will be ready when you are.

¥Melted paraffin, applied inside and outside a cooler leak will seal it.

¥A bar of soap will stay clean on a cookout if kept in the end of an old stocking and hung in a tree.

¥For safety, always keep a bucket of water nearby when cooking outside.

¥When camping, choose foods that keep well with little or no refrigeration.  Check out instant and dehydrated foods.

¥Cool the ice chest before you fill it.  The ice will last much longer.

¥Cans of frozen juice can help keep other foods cold when packing your ice chest.

¥Freeze fresh meat before putting in cooler.  It will last longer and also help keep other foods cold.  Even make hamburger patties and freeze with double paper between each.

¥Give yourself plenty of time to start a fire and wait for wood or briquettes to be ready.

¥Brush grates of a grill with oil to prevent meat from sticking.

¥Don't forget to rub the outside of metal pans with liquid detergent - it sure helps when it comes time to clean up.

Cooking Tricks

You won't want to spend your whole day cooking while in camp.  In the beginning, cooking will take up a lot of your time, but soon you'll learn a number of tricks that will get you out of the "kitchen" quickly.

One of the most important tricks in camp cookery is to have exactly the right kind of fire ready for the job on hand when you start cooking -- quick flames if you have boiling to do, low flames for stewing, a bed of glowing coals for frying and broiling.

In the kitchen at home, your oven can be set for the exact temperature called for in a recipe.  When camping, you can come close to determining correct temperature by learning the trick of counting seconds while holding your palm in at place where food will go.

A cookbook will call for specific measurements by the teaspoon, tablespoon, or cup.  In camp, your fingers and palm will do.  The measurements on the next page are for the average hand.  Find out how they fit your hand by testing them at home against a measuring spoon and cup.

As you pick up other cooking tricks, make a note of them.  You will find that they will come in handy sooner or later.

Building A Fire

Before you cook outdoors you must have a fire.  Remember that the fire makes the success of the cooking.  Learn when to have a quick hot fire, when to have good coals, when to plan for a fire that burns for a long while.  Firebuilding and cooking go hand in hand.

Building a fire is a big responsibility.  Build a fire only where and if you have permission.  You need a grown up around when building a fire.  Care of the fire and fire prevention becomes the responsibilities of the person who lights the match.  A good camper knows not only how to light a fire, but also how to put it out.  When he is finished, he makes sure every ember is out and cleans up the fire site.

Wood Fires

Have and safe and suitable place for your fire.  It could be built in a park, a campsite or a driveway.  Clear away anything that can burn - leaves, grass, paper,etc.

Have a bucket of water ready to put out the fire.

Collect your equipment before you start.

For a fire to burn three things are required:

FUEL - material that will burn.

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