Scouting, Volume 67, Number 5, October 1979 Page: 52
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Easy, plan-ahead meals
make for good eating whether
you're on the run or
on the road.
your destination. Commercial insulated
Thermos containers, foam-topped con-
tainers, and hot boxes come in handy to
meet this challenge.
To keep warm foods warm without a
Thermos, make a "hot box." In a Dutch
oven or a heavy aluminum pan, bring a
one-pot meal to a boil and cook to a point
just short of the last 10 to 20 minutes of the
recommended time. Remove from heat
and place into a large cardboard box lined
with at least two to three inches of news-
papers. Pack the newspapers as snugly as
possible around the Dutch oven on all
sides, top and bottom of the box to prevent
heat loss. The food will continue to cook in
the box as well as stay hot for hours.
(Cooking time depends on the amount of
insulation and the weight of the kettle.)
Commercial coolers will keep drinks
and salads cool for a longer period of time
if you use a large block of ice instead of ice
cubes. Make your own blocks of ice by
freezing water in half-gallon or gallon
cardboard or plastic milk cartons. Freeze
your punch partially before packing for a
cold drink on the road.
To carry meats you'll be cooking later,
freeze them in self-sealing plastic bags,
then carry in a cooler. They'll keep other
foods cold and will thaw without leaking.
After packing and preparation comes
the best part of your meal, eating. You'll
find these recipes quick and easy to fix.
Some can be prepared ahead of time.
Hearty Hot Dog Thermos Special
Fill a Thermos % full with your favorite,
steaming hot soup. Tie a string around a
heated hot dog and drop it in the soup.
Then cap the Thermos. (Arrange the string
so you can use it to pull out the hot dog
later.) For a quick meal on the road, open
your Thermos, pull out the hot dog, and
place it on a bun spread with all your
favorite fixings. Serve with the hot soup,
ice-cold fruit punch, and your favorite,
made-ahead cupcakes or turnovers.
For a Spanish-flavored variation, try
suspending your hot dog in a Thermos full
of spicy, steaming hot chili. Serve with
corn chips, fruit punch, and dessert.
Instant Taco Treats
Another quick meal prepared ahead
features instant tacos, fruit punch, and
ice-cream cone pie. For a taste treat with a
Spanish accent, pack your favorite taco
mixture (hamburger cooked with onions,
tomato, and taco sauce) in a Thermos. At
mealtime, open the top of a small bag of
corn or taco chips and pour the mixture
into the bag to mix. Sprinkle with grated
cheese and eat right from the bag.
For fancier fixings, pack shredded let-
tuce mixed with chopped green onions
and unthawed frozen peas into one self-
sealing bag and shredded cheese in an-
other, then store with ice in a cooler. To
serve, sprinkle the corn chips on a paper
plate nestled in a Frisbee for support, ladle
the taco mixture over the chips, spread on
the lettuce mixture, then top with shred-
ded cheese. Serve with cold cider.
Quickie Desserts and the Newspaper Stove.
For dessert, make lucious ice-cream cone
pie from ice-cream cones, chocolate cake
mix, marshmallows, and nuts. Pack the
dry cake mix with one cup of miniature
marshmallows and '/2"CUP chopped nuts
into a self-sealing plastic bag. To serve,
add enough water to moisten (about one
cup) and mix right in the bag, then pour
the mixture into the ice-cream cones. Top
with more nuts and a maraschino cherry, if
desired. For a tasty variation, fill the cones
with a mixture of cream cheese and cherry
Use your imagination to come up with
other palate-tickling fillings by combining
other cake mix flavors with raisins, peanut
butter, small candies, dried fruit, etc.
For an after-hike dinner or picnic lunch,
try hamburgers cooked on a newspaper
stove, served with potato chips, a relish
tray, and banana boats.
A newspaper stove is easy to make, fast,
and easy to clean up. To make your stove,
you'll need a five-gallon can, a wire cookie
cooling rack (not a refrigerator rack, which
may be coated with a substance that's toxic
when heated) to fit over the can, some
newspapers, and a spray bottle full of
Remove the top from the five-gallon
can. Cut a 2'//' x l'/2" vent on one side of
the can, about two inches from the bottom.
(Watch those sharp, metal edges!) Loosely
twist and crush lightly four to five news-
papers into small "logs" and place in the
stove bottom. Then wad up a single sheet
of newspaper, set it on top of the "logs"
and light. (Caution: Do not use paper such
as comics with colored inks that produce
toxic flames when burned.)
Place the cookie cooling rack over the
top of the can as a grill. Any meat not more
than an inch thick that contains some fat
can be cooked on this stove. Fat dripping
from the cooking meat will keep the paper
burning. If flames burn too high, spray
them with water to avoid charred, half-
Use your stove to cook your ham-
burgers. When they're finished cooking,
use your stove to warm up banana boats
Cut lengthwise a diamond-shaped
wedge from a banana, strip back the
peeling, and eat the banana part of the
wedge. Fill the cavity you've made in the
banana with a mixture of either milk-
chocolate chips, miniature marshmallows
and nuts, or drained, crushed pineapple,
brown sugar, or any other good tasting,
meltable mixture you can dream up. Re-
place the peeling, then wrap securely in
foil, using the drugstore wrap. To use this
method, cut a piece of foil big enough to
completely enclose the object being
cooked and with about three to four inches
of excess foil on all sides. Place food in the
center of the foil and bring two opposite
sides together at the top and fold down in
small folds. Flatten both ends and fold in
small folds toward the center. (Caution:
Banana must be sealed well in the foil, or
the banana will pick up a burnt flavor.)
After the newspapers you've used to
cook your hamburgers have burned down,
place the wrapped, well-sealed banana
boats in the bottom of the can. Place five
to six sheets of wadded-up newspaper on
top of them, and light. Replace the greasy
cookie cooking rack over the can. As the
flames char the grease on the rack, the
banana boats will cook. After the news-
papers have burned down, remove the
rack, then take out the tasty banana boats
and eat! When the rack is cool, wipe off
with a paper towel or a pad of fine steel
Whether you're on a short jaunt or a
long journey, you'll find these quick tricks
and fun foods will spice up your trip. Look
for more tasty recipes in our November/-
December issue. ■
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