6. Humidity will affect how your cooked products turn out. For example, cooking bread in high humidity is very different than cooking it in low humidity. The humidity in winter is usually low, so cooking will be a bit different than in other times of the year. This makes wintertime a good time for cooking stews, soups, etc. in pots that contain additional liquid to reduce the risk of food becoming a bit drier than you want.
7. If the ground is covered in snow or is frozen, then keep the heat source separate from the ground. If you can raise the fire then that’s great, never light a fire on snow, it will just fall apart as it melts through.
The cold ground will draw a lot of the heat and at the same time cause the snow/ice to melt, which will further impede your ability to cook and could even end up soaking your fuel so much it can’t burn.
Clear an area down to the ground if you can and then insulate your fire from the ground, this can be a piece of metal laid on the ground or if needed use wood to create a platform, it will get consumed but should give you time to cook.
8. This is really important – Dry fuel will start much easier and burn much hotter than wet fuel, you will be able to control your fire and cook more efficiently with dry wood. If you notice that you do have quite a bit of wet fuel, start drying it out with the heat by arranging it around the fire, you can use the damper wood as a windbreak or reflector. This will allow the wood to burn better with less smoke when you eventually do need to use it.
It’s worth investing the extra time to procure dry fuel, it could make all the difference between success and failure
9. Do everything you possibly can to contain the heat in your cooking device. Because of its even heat distribution, once it warms up, heavy cast iron pots and pans will help you cook with less fuel. Also, use lids on any available pot and leave the lid on as long as possible. This will let you cook with more heat and use less fuel.
These are just a few tips to help you with your wintertime outdoor cooking, it’s a great thing to do on your own or with friends and family, everyone loves fresh food cooked over the fire and as your skills improve you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the variety of what you can cook and the different way’s of cooking it.
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