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    Beverages to Bear the Backwoods

    Wed Mar 29, 2006 3:11 pm Groupie

    When you wake up earlier than Mother Nature herself, you may have difficulty facing your day without a hot cup of something. Tea and hot chocolate are fairly easy to manage when out in the wilderness, but coffee can be more of a challenge. Don't let yourself be intimidated! There are several different ways to brew coffee when camping:

    There are numerous instructions and recipes for making coffee in a plain pot over a campfire. You may have to try a few varieties to see what suits you best.

    Campfire Coffee Technique One
    Bring two quarts of water to a good, rolling boil. Take it from the fire and add 2 handfuls of ground coffee (fine grind). Since 'handful' is hardly a precise measurement, whoever makes the coffee will alter the results. Steep for 4 minutes. Add a few tablespoons of cold water to settle the grounds and then serve.

    Campfire Coffee Technique Two
    Add 6 teaspoons of ground coffee into the pot, and pour 3 pints of cold water over the grounds. Put the pot on the fire and bring to a boil. Take it off the heat and let steep for 3 minutes. Again, add a bit of cold water to settle the grounds. This makes 6 mugs of coffee.

    Campfire Coffee Technique ThreeIn this recipe, you are supposed to use coarse ground coffee rather than fine. Use as much water as you want coffee, and use 2 heaping tablespoons of coffee for each cup. Add an extra cup of water, and an extra couple spoons of coffee 'for the pot'. (I'm not sure what that's supposed to mean). Sit this pot on hot coals, not open flame. Bring it slowly to a boil. When it boils, remove from the heat and let steep for 5 minutes. Add cold water to settle the grounds and serve.

    Campfire Coffee Technique Four ~ Swedish Method
    Brewing method is the same as in the Campfire Method, however, a raw egg and/or crushed egg shell is added to the brewed coffee to absorb the oils and settle the grinds. Coffee is clearer than the Campfire Coffee, but still has an over-extracted flavor.

    This is likely the most common method, even though it requires extra equipment. You'll need coarsely ground coffee when using a percolator. If you still end up with grounds in your coffee, you should get a regular coffee filter, poke a hole in it and put it in the perk basket. Use 1 or 1˝ tablespoons of coffee for each 6 oz of water. How long to perk depends on how strong you like your coffee.

    The French Press, (or plunger pot) is a quick method for brewing small amounts of coffee. When using one, you'll also need to pack a pot to boil the water in. Your coffee should be medium ground, and you'll need 2 tbsp for every 6 ounces of water. Put the coffee in the pitcher and set aside. Boil your water and remove from the fire. Pour the water into the French Press. Put the plunger at the top but do not depress yet. Wait for one minute, and then remove the top to stir the grounds a bit. Wait for another 1 or 2 minutes. Slowly depress the plunger to the bottom of the pot. Serve.

    These days of necessary luxuries, you can even buy espresso makers for the campfire. You should follow the directions that come with your particular model of pot. This is a great idea for those die-hard espresso drinkers who can't stand to be without their coffee. It won't be as strong as a commercially made cup, but still stronger than conventional coffee.

    The Coleman coffeemaker is an automatic drip coffee maker. It makes coffee just like any modern home coffee maker. You put you coffee in a filter in the hopper. Put water in the built in container and start it up. The difference with this coffee maker is that instead of plugging it into the wall and turning on the electricity, you put it on you Coleman style stove and turn on the gas. You can use your RV gas range or a Coleman camp stove It works good on either one.

    Other Tips

    Good water. It's hard enough to make good coffee while in the great outdoors without having to deal with unpleasant lake, well or tap water. Bring some with you.
    Keep it fresh. If you are going to be away from civilization for awhile, ground coffee won't last. So pack whole beans and bring a grinder. You can get small portable grinders that are light and easy to carry.

    To appease the camping tea-drinkers, I'm going to mention one traditional campfire tea technique, Billy Tea. For authentic billy tea, you shouldn't use a pot, but a tin can or commercial Billy Tea pot. Boil water in the can over your open fire and toss in your tea (loose). Then swing the can around at arm's length in circles about 5 times. This will settle the tea leaves to the bottom.
    Mama's Kitchen (Hope)
    Wed Mar 29, 2006 3:54 pm Groupie
    I JUST LOVE this! Great idea!

    Now this is a TEXAS campfire!

    Gig 'em!

    Last edited by Mama's Kitchen (Hope) on Wed Mar 29, 2006 4:15 pm, edited 1 time in total
    Mama's Kitchen (Hope)
    Wed Mar 29, 2006 3:57 pm Groupie

    You want Mama to spend a whole weekend camping with a bunch of bugs, dirt, snakes, spiders and BEARS?????



    OKAY- BUT NOT without a few REQUIRED necessities! lol

    Our dear NCM has provided the coffee- thank god! Just a few more things to make this weekend BEAR-able- pun intended!

    I don't feel no stinkin' bug bites!

    Prepare these at home- freezing in large zipper bags. Toss in the cooler filled with ice and other cold stuff. When you are ready- thaw to slushy consistency and enjoy!

    Pineapple-Rum Slush recipe #37075

    Amaretto Slush recipe #17793

    I LOVE to recycle old water jugs and fill them with recipes like this!

    Citrus Sangria recipe #135026

    These are NON alcoholic BUT- you could ALWAYS add a little something!

    Jolly Water- Mama’s recipe to keep the kids busy!
    You need 1 bag of Jolly Rancher hard candies and several individual bottles of water. Let the kids unwrap the candy and drop into a bottle of water. Then let them shake it up to dissolve the candy- this takes some time so it will keep them busy. Be prepared! They will get bored, run off and do something else, then return again and again to shake some more! It also work great in fanny or back packs and gets shaken up in there while they explore and run! End result is water flavored by the candy. They will have a blast making new concoctions too! AND they don’t complain as much when the drink gets warm bc it helps the candy to melt! Heheheheehe! That darn Mama is so sneaky!

    Picnic Punch recipe #36259

    Ok- and here is one for breakfast-

    Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
    Peel a cold orange and place in a zipper quart bag. Get the kids to squoosh it up for you- after all you have a hang over! Lol ! Poke or cut a small hole at the bottom and squeeze the juice straight into your mouth! MMMMMMM- and a shot of that vodka will help that hangover! Hehehehe

    And for those cold or rainy camping days!

    Emergency Hot Buttered Cider recipe #76774 – and an extra shot of rum doesn’t hurt at all!

    Now I can’t do much about the room service part BUT ………

    Instant running water!

    Take a plastic gallon jug of water, string and a clean golf tee. Tie one end of the string the handle of the jug and the other to the golf tee. Insert the tee into the side near the bottom of the jug. NOW each time you want fresh water just remove the tee and allow the water to fill a container. Replace the golf tee to stop the flow of water!

    Viola! Instant running water!- PS this works on that jug of Sangria too!

    NOW Where on earth did Daddy put that watermelon Mama spiked with all that vodka??????????
    Susie D
    Wed Mar 29, 2006 5:02 pm
    Forum Host
    mama's kitchen wrote:
    I JUST LOVE this! Great idea!

    Now this is a TEXAS campfire!

    Gig 'em!

    gig 'em Aggies! icon_wink.gif

    What a helpful thread!!! icon_biggrin.gif
    Wed Mar 29, 2006 7:47 pm
    Forum Host
    Susie D wrote:
    mama's kitchen wrote:
    I JUST LOVE this! Great idea!

    Now this is a TEXAS campfire!

    Gig 'em!

    gig 'em Aggies! icon_wink.gif

    What a helpful thread!!! icon_biggrin.gif

    My son was there.
    Wed Mar 29, 2006 8:00 pm
    Forum Host
    If your camping and it gets cold how about

    Spicy Mulled Cider recipe #3636
    Hot Cocoa Mix recipe #851
    Hot Mulled Apple Cider recipe #3713
    Photo by ~*Pamela*~in Winnipeg
    Cappuccino Mix recipe #3378
    Fiesta Hot Chocolate recipe #7742
    Photo by Bunny Mom

    Then if it turns warmer and you want to sit around the campfire telling ghost stories

    Witches Brew recipe #3093

    Can anyone find any others for the ghost stories?

    What is a camp out without watermelon

    watermelon chiller recipe #27370
    Watermelon Lemonade recipe #54966
    Photo by Sharon123

    Watermelon Cooler recipe #93110
    Photo by Rita L

    Then you can let the sun do the work by making tea

    Faster than Sun Tea recipe #36200

    To finish off we have Campfire Nitecap recipe #18814 .

    just to mention a few!
    Wed Mar 29, 2006 10:30 pm Groupie
    Well now, you all beat me to a couple of them.
    What about Relaxing in Front of the Fire recipe #33980
    Spiced Apple Cider or Wine Mix recipe #13751
    Hot Spiced Orange Drink Mix recipe #107449

    When I was a kid at camp, we used to have cowboy sodas...stick a peppermint stick in a large navel orange and suck on it until it becomes a straw. The peppermint sticks like Bob's or See's sugar sticks work best.
    Tang also always reminds me of camp icon_lol.gif

    (Notice how I didn't say anything about those awful "Gig 'Em" comments..... icon_lol.gif )
    Thu Mar 30, 2006 2:33 am Groupie
    I always manage coffee when I am camping. That said, I also always have a bottle of Jack Daniel's in my bag. icon_wink.gif icon_razz.gif icon_lol.gif
    Thu Jun 07, 2007 9:34 pm Groupie
    I have one of these, they work great but you have to turn off the flame once the brewing is complete. There is no hot plate to keep it warm (unless the have perfected it since we bought ours) so if you don't drink it right away, it will get cold. If it is really cold outside, it is almost cold by the time you get it in your cup and if you take cream... well you have iced coffee. icon_confused.gif Now I just bring a thermal coffee carafe, place a Melitta cone brewer on top and pour boiling water through it. I have HOT coffee for hours. icon_biggrin.gif
    Thu Jun 07, 2007 11:52 pm Groupie
    Fabulous idea!!!!!
    Angela Dawn
    Sat Jun 09, 2007 9:06 am Groupie
    I have not made this yet, as I've not been camping yet this year- BUT I'm dying to make it!!!!
    It's the first recipe I ever saved in my cookbook.

    Blueberry Cobbler in a Bottle

    Next camping trip I'm making a GALLON of this because it sounds SO good!
    John DOH
    Sat Jun 09, 2007 7:25 pm Groupie
    When doing such outdoor "camping", its handy to bring along a bottle of brandy, let one of the party should suffer snakebites..."Hot Toddy" might offer warmth and comfort to any "unhappy camper"

    (NOTE: I'm kidding-never offer alcohol in case of snake bites!)(but you might enjoy this, just the same!)
    Mama's Kitchen (Hope)
    Wed May 23, 2012 1:53 pm Groupie
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