a muffin in the wild.
By Kate O’Connor
Jim McNutt has written up a
(http://www.wa6otp.com/Baking%20Muffins.html) for doing this and I have
enjoyed eating the product he made on a camping trip. But, you
say, if recipes
were all that was required to be a chef, hardly anyone would eat
out. So, here
is the description of a verification of Jim’s instructions. He
was not present
and was not consulted during the process. His instructions were
followed to a T,
but telling isn’t doing and there are many judgment points in
instance, how hot is the right hot on a homemade camp stove?
Here are the “packed” set of tools (no commercial products for cooking-
handy stuff with a few modifications) and the kit opened up to show
what is in it.
Here is the total fuel used. Kindling was about 3-4 inches
The system was ssembed as instructed with ingredients as suggested
cooked for the recommended 20 minutes. You won’t want to plan on
a swim while this muffin is baking. The fire needs continuous
attention, but if
you have gathered your fuel before hand, it is pleasant anticipatory
And this is what you get; lower figure shows the muffin cut in half
Lifting the bowl off the stove (not addressed in the protocol)with
sticks didn’t work well because there really isn’t much of a lip on the
used, but quick and brief handling with gloves was no problem.
are not light and airy biscuits, but I much prefer a moist, dense
camping. They are hearty and stay with you a long time (in a good
Would I think it was worth doing in the field? You betcha!