If you have never used a pie iron over an open fire, you are in for a treat. For those of you who have experienced this - WOW
. What a treat! Nothing tastes better than food cooked over a campfire, and using these tools makes it super easy to whip up a tasty meal quickly. When shopping for these pie irons, you will find that they come in different shapes and different materials. One great website for sourcing these is Pie Iron.com
- they have been making them since 1964 and offer something for everyone! You will find the cast iron pie iron
which is considered the "Cadillac" of pie irons because they hold up well to the severity of camp life. Note:
it is best to preheat these and watch closely so that the food doesn't burn! The aluminum pie irons heat up quickly (which is good!) and can be found with non-stick coatings (for those of us who would rather not spend their time scrubbing pans).
I have been told there are also stamped steel (tin) pie irons, but was not able to find a picture of one. They can also be found with non-stick coatings but it is recommended that you NOT put them directly on the coals. Pie irons can have many different names so when you are doing your research, you may also want to look under: Pudge Pie, Mountain Pie, Hobo Pie, Sandwich Cooker, Toastite, Pie Sham, Jaffle Iron, Toastie, Panini Grill.
Here are a few recipes to get you started (based on a 4" pie iron):
Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit
1 Egg for each Biscuit / Bacon, fried
Buttermilk Biscuits, canned / Cheese, sliced
The ingredients are for 1 sandwich, so its good to cook up a batch of ingredients
Start by frying some scrambled eggs (or individual eggs, breaking the yolks) and bacon, nice and crispy. Set this aside and spray oil on both sides of your Pie Iron, then take a large biscuit for each side from the can (or 2 if they are small ones). Roll or pat them out thin (big enough to flop over the edges of the Pie Iron) and lay 1 in the oiled Pie Iron, now layer some scrambled egg, a slice of bacon (cut in half) and top it off with a cheese slice (your choice), put the other biscuit on top and close up the Pie Iron. Cook for a few minutes on each side over medium heat, turning periodically, until golden brown.
first for a herd.
These make great breakfast sandwiches, the biscuits really "Puff" up. Be sure to have lots of Pie Irons handy if you have a large stock of hungry campers to feed. Us "Kids" really love these...
Campfire Cinnamon Rolls
Tubes of Refrigerated Cinnamon Rolls
These are great for Sunday morning breakfast or even as a snack.
Spray or butter your Pie Iron sections and also the individual rolls. Close 'em up in the Pie Iron and cook over med~low heat until done (they need to cook slow so the outside doesn't burn before the inside gets done), turning often. When done, spread with the glaze and enjoy (I like mine with just a little butter on top).
Everyone can make their own cinnamon rolls. You better have extras, and a pot of coffee, on hand for all the neighboring campers that just happen to drop by...
For more recipes, you might want to visit this site: BOONDOCKERS---USED SPORTS
We hope you have enjoyed this BLOG and that you find the "perfect pie iron" for you and your family. If you have any recipes that you would like to share, please send them to: firstname.lastname@example.org
How to sanitize your RV fresh water tank
Sanitizing your RV fresh water tank is much easier to do than it sounds. It can take around half a day to get the chore done, but the actual work will only take less than an hour to accomplish.
To get started with sanitizing your RV fresh water tank, you'll need to get your RV plugged into an electric hookup or have its batteries fully charged. That's because you'll have to use the pump as you're doing this chore. You should also turn off your water heater and get rid of the anti-freeze in your pipes, as you're going to use cold water for this task. Lastly, you'll have to open the drain valve of your gray water tank and pay attention to your levels in case of overflow.
So, here's a step-by-step guide to sanitizing your RV fresh water tank.
- Turn off your water pump and open the valve of your fresh water tank. Drain your tank completely of all its stored water.
- Mix one cup of bleach or tank cleaner with one gallon (4 1/2 liters) of water. Pour the solution in your now-empty fresh water tank using a funnel.
- Replace the valve of your fresh water tank and turn on your water pump. Fill your fresh water tank with water.
- Once the tank is full, turn on all the faucets and water outlets in your RV, including the shower and just let the water flow. Pay attention to your water levels and make sure that the drain valve of your gray water tank is open.
- Turn these water outlets off once the smell of the bleach becomes really strong.
- Fill your fresh water tank again with cold water and let the water sit in the tank for about 8 to 12 hours.
- After the allotted time, turn on all the faucets and water outlets in your RV again and let the water run until the smell of the bleach goes away. Refill the fresh water tank and just keep flushing the water out until you're sure that the bleach is completely gone.
- Refill your fresh water tank with clean water if you're still using your RV. Empty your tank if you're going to put your RV in storage.
You should sanitize your RV fresh water tank at least once every six months. However, it is ideal that you do this chore once a month if you're frequently on the road in your RV.
How to prevent your RV fresh water tank from getting contaminated
As the old adage goes, an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. Aside from sanitizing your RV fresh water tank regularly, you should also observe a few measures that will prevent harmful bacteria from colonizing your water tank and contaminating the water you use in your RV. Here are a few tips that will help you out:
It doesn't take much to keep your RV fresh water tank clean and sanitized. Keeping the tank clean and sanitized, though, will do a lot in making sure you won't get sick from drinking or using contaminated water.
- Ask your campground hosts where the water in the campground comes from, whether it's well water or water coming from the city or municipal system. If it's well water, ask if the water is tested for safety.
- Wash your hands thoroughly before handling your white water hose. Keep the ends of your white water hose from touching the ground when you hook up your RV. If you're not using the hose, keep it coiled and store it in a sealable plastic or cloth bag.
- Wash your hands thoroughly after using the dump station in the campground you're staying at. Never fill your fresh water tank with water from the dump station unless the water is guaranteed clean and safe for consumption.
- Install water filters in your RV.
- If you're not sure about the safety of the water in the campground you're staying at, boil the water before drinking it. Better yet, keep a supply of bottled water in your RV.
- Sanitize your fresh water tank before putting your RV in storage.
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