In the last post, I demonstrated how to make a scotch oven, and we’re picking it up now with a demo of how it actually bakes food.
You’ll see that charcoal is an important (essential) part of the process, so I’m using this opportunity to use one of the fire-starters I demonstrated last week to get that charcoal going.
So how can a foil-lined box bake to temperature using charcoal? It turns out that a hot coal represents 40 degrees F. for about 30 minutes. So if your recipe calls for a 400 degree oven for 30 minutes, you need to heat up a batch of 10 coals in order to “preheat” your oven. If your recipe calls for you to bake at 400 degrees for 50 minutes, you’ll need to preheat a second batch of 10 coals while the first batch is baking. You’ll swap the fresh coals out at the 30 minute mark.
Key lime squares are the recipe du jour. Watch to see how the oven works, along with the all-important taste test of the results:
So… to sum up, the thing really does work, but you want to be choosing recipes that won’t suffer from that mild charcoal flavor. 😉
In the next post, look for a big ol’ wrap up of things learned during the camping training in early May.