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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Fire Pit Cooking Tips

The crackling warmth of a campfire evokes a nostalgia which is longed-for in today's hectic world. But many people are discovering that it doesn't take a trek into the woods or a night of roughing it in order to enjoy the experience of a campfire. In fact, the experience of a campfire awaits just outside the backdoor. All it takes is the simple purchase of a fire pit.

These pits have surged in popularity over the last few years and now include all manner of color and design. They are well-suited for every yard, from the most rustic to the extravagantly luxurious. And fire pit devotees use their pits for far more than just aesthetic value. In fact, many owners have turned these pits into an extension of their kitchens. And these kitchen pit enthusiasts are cooking a delicious array of foods.

However, when cooking on a fire pit, keep in mind a few considerations. First, decide what type of fuel you prefer. You should be able to use either wood or charcoal with your firepit. And with the purchase of a grill accessory, you can turn your fire pit into a large grill. With such an accessory, you can grill a wide variety of meats and veggies over the surface of your fire pit.

Of course, the ever popular camp method of foil-cooking can be used with a home pit. Just throw some meat and veggies into a double layer of foil. Fold into a neat packet and crimp the edges securely. Then just lay your foil packet on top of the smoldering coals, and toss a few coals on top. In a quarter of an hour or so, your tasty, pit-cooked meal should be ready.

And sometimes, sticking to the basics is best. Adults and children alike crave the simple joy of roasting weenies and marshmallows over an open flame. So, scour your yard for some long sticks or simply uncoil some metal coat hangers, and have a go at pit-roasting. Don't forget the chocolate to make s'mores!

These cooking ideas are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the versatility that a fire pit offers a home cook. Besides tasty cuisine, your pit will provide you and your family with memories that will last long after the fire burns out.

Geoffrey F. Moore
Fire Pit
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