Hi! This is Barb from A Life in Balance. I’m thrilled to be guest posting on Trina’s site, O’Boy! Organic today. When she asked me to write about kids and summer, I immediately thought of something on my bucket list for my kids this summer – Campfire Cooking!
Last fall, as a newer Girl Scout leader, I did my outdoor camp training which included a workshop on campfire cooking. At the workshop, we made foil packet meals for dinner based on a smorgasboard of meat, veggie, and sauce options. The results were amazing! I’ve been dying to share my camp cooking experience with my kids. If you don’t have access to a campfire, you can make up foil packets for the grill. Just follow the same rules for safety and making up the packets.
Outdoor Fire Safety
Follow these rules to keep foil packet cooking as safe as possible for your kids.
- Pull back and secure long hair.
- Don’t let bandanas, jewelry, or anything else hang out
when working by the fire.
- Don’t wear nylon clothing since it melts.
- Always have a safety circle around the campfire or
- Never leave the campfire or grill unattended, and have
a bucket of water near the campfire.
- Always check weather conditions before starting a
campfire, and don’t have a campfire during a drought.
- No running or playing near the campfire.
- Always, always supervise kids around a fire, and limit
the number of kids close to the fire.
How to Make a Foil Packet
- Lay out a large sheet of foil about 10 inches semi-square) or a double layer of regular foil on a flat
surface. Spray the foil with cooking oil or rub a pat of butter on
the foil to prevent the food from sticking while cooking.
- Place the food on the foil in layers. Dense food that
needs a longer cooking time, like meat, carrots, and potatoes,
should be on the bottom of the packet. The butter/oil and
spices/herbs go on top of the food.
- Bring the shorter ends of the foil together and fold
twice. Fold in the sides to seal, and leave a little room for the
steam to escape.
- An adult or teenager can play the packets on the coals
- Test the packet after 10 minutes to see if everything
is cooked. Only an adult should remove the foil packet from the
campfire or grill. You may need to turn the packet to ensure even
Foil Packet Meals for a Campfire with Kids
Tips for Camping with Kids
Barb is a mom of 4 boys and 1 princess who spends
her day keeping track of Nerf guns, stuffed animals, and library
books when she isn’t writing about all the frugality, organizing,
cooking, and reading she manages to fit in between the crazy, loud
moments Her idea of quiet time is a trail run in the woods. Barb can
be found at A Life in Balance.