It’s been a long cold, wet and windy winter and now we can see the first signs of spring appearing. Flowers blooming and longer days. With the spring finally on its way we have a few more weeks to prepare for outdoor cooking and camping trips. We have some useful information about how to cook outdoors using a fire pit.
Fire Pit or BBQ?
The BBQ is synonymous with a British summer. As soon as the sun is out we are all scrambling for bags of sausages and burgers to enjoy the weather. So, why would we want to change this?
Firstly a fire pit is not only a way of cooking, it’s a social experience. Whether you want to use it to cook or simply relax in front of its glow on a warm summer’s night. You might want to invite the family round and cook over the open fire or of course, do both. Cooking over an open fire is a social experience and is great for a party where everyone sits, talks and cooks their own food.
The types of food you can cook on a firepit is versatile. Anything that can be cooked over a grill can be cooked on a firepit. You can sear steak, hot dogs, and burgers over the fire as well as throwing a pan over the flames to fry seafood, vegetables and more.
Fire Pits can still be used to cook our usual barbecue favourites, this familiar way of cooking is the best place to start since you already know the basic timings and method. You can buy grill racks to fit over the top of your pit, we have a range of grill racks you can use. Another option is to lay out the raw ingredients and let your guests cook their own food in a grill basket it frees you up to host and provides a bit of socialisation to the evening.
We ’ve all seen it in the films, people toasting marshmallows on a stick over a fire. This camping practice is a great way to end an evening and get the conversation flowing. Sausages are a given but small chunks of meat and veg are also great when cooked like this. You need nothing but the skewer (make sure it’s made of metal).
One Pot Cooking
This kind of cooking requires the most equipment.. With the right recipe you can cook a variety of foods that would not be possible on a barbeque. This method is best utilised with one-pot dishes like stews or curries and is a homely and unique way of serving pre-made dishes whilst keeping them warm.
This one is simple. Baked corn cobs or jacket potatoes. Wrap in foil and leave in the fire pit. Add butter and seasoning to really crisp them up. You can also bake breads using a fire pit.