Campfire baked potatoes
So simple but ohhhh so yummy, healthy and filling!
Age Range: all ages
Duration: 1-2 hours
Time Of Day: any time
Category: food outdoors
Believe it or not there are a few different approaches to cooking normal baking potatoes in a fire.
We always like to keep things simple so we are going to explore 2 methods – cooking from raw and pre-cooking.
The method you choose will depend mainly on how much time you have to create the correct cooking fire and the additional time to cook the potatoes.
Build a fire and let it die down to embers – see our fire lighting activities for safety and tips.
Gather the following helpful extra items: tin foil; bowls and spoons or forks; tongs for retrieving the potatoes from the embers, and a fire glove or a posh heat-resistant glove.
Butter or non dairy substitute (veg oil)
Your choice of toppings
Herbs and salt & pepper if you wish.
Cooking from raw
Spike each potato all over with a fork then rub each one with butter or oil.
Add some herbs and salt & pepper if you wish.
Wrap in aluminium foil, preferably twice.
This is a helpful cheat if you are short of time or catering for large numbers.
Either part- or fully-cook the potatoes in a microwave or oven.
If you are near to your fire you can cover them with butter (and add any herbs or cheese and salt & pepper) and wrap and pop them in straightaway.
Or you can allow them to cool and put them in a container where they wont get bashed together for later.
Cooking in the embers
Our campfire cooking activities (see below) describe how to create a good cooking fire and embers.
Once your fire has died down, use a stick to create some pits in the ember bed and pop in your potato, dragging the embers over the top.
Repeat for each potato.
If you have a longer fire pit you can create embers at one end then move the fire to the other end and continue using it to cook on, and you can rake ashes from the fire end over the potatoes if you feel the embers are cooling down.
Cooking time will vary depending on the heat and size of potatoes – approximately 30 to 60 minutes.
You will need to check progress until they are soft throughout.
Tongs are helpful to retrieve the potatoes from the embers and a glove for squeezing the potatoes to see if they are ready.
When they come out the hot potatoes need to be held in a cloth or in bowls. Add toppings of choice. Yum yum yum.
Take it further
Make this a long term project and grow your own spuds before cooking, or forage for the herbs.