For all you big scouts headed off for a weekend of camping, I’ve been reposting some popular camping-related posts from last year. This week’s re-posts have included how to make a fire starter and build a box oven. Today, let’s bake something in that oven!
Baking in a Box (a.k.a. Scotch) Oven
(reposted from June 2, 2011)
In the last post, I demonstrated how to make a box, or 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 recently made to get that charcoal going.
So how can a foil-lined box bake to temperature using charcoal? It turns out that one 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.