The way we cook our food makes a huge difference to the way it tastes and smells, completely changing your experience of the food between methods. One such method which leaves a recognisable flavour is cooking over an open fire. While cooking on fire is a great way to get delicious results, it can be challenging to get right, so if you’re hoping to get the best results, make sure to read up on everything you need to know before getting stuck in.
Build Your Fire Carefully
It goes without saying that constructing your fire is of the utmost importance and will affect the taste and quality of the food. Cooking on coals and cooking on wood will give a different flavour, and making sure that you have your fire at the ideal temperature will ensure that you have well-cooked food.
If you choose to cook over wood, picking the right wood is essential. If the wood is too wet, it will give off a lot of smoke and not an awful lot of heat, whereas dry wood will give off the heat you need to ensure your food is cooked through.
Make sure you also have enough firewood or coals to keep the fire going for long enough to get all of your food cooked.
It may take a little practice to get things right when cooking over fire, but there are some things you can do to get the most out of your food.
You’ll need to get your fire going around 15 minutes before you want to start cooking. This will allow the flames to die down and the optimum temperature to be reached. Once the flames have subsided, you can add your food to the grill and start cooking.
Particularly oily cuts of fish can be challenging to cook on fire as they can drip oil, causing swells of flames. However, a salt crust can help to protect the fish while giving it a delicious crackling skin without leaving it charred. You can brush off any extra salt after cooking and tuck into a perfectly cooked cut of fish.
Essential Fire Safety
Remember to be particularly careful when you are cooking with oil. Oil ignites in fire, and if it is dripping onto your fire from your food, it can be easy for things to get out of hand. In case your fire does get out of hand, you should always have a bucket of water or sand ready to make sure you are ready to put it out.
It is also essential that you practice good food hygiene during preparing and cooking, ensuring that all raw meat is prepared separately. It may be helpful to invest in a thermometer so you can be sure that all meat is cooked through.
With barbeques, grills and other accessories and tools for cooking on fire, you can find everything you need to get stuck into this method of preparing food at Sous Vide Tools. For more tips and advice, take a look at our Toolshed resource centre, and for a little foodie inspiration, browse through our recipes to find a new dish to have a go at.